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The Department of Biology offers a Master of Science Degree that can be tailored to meet the needs of the student. Choices include a Thesis Option and a Non-thesis Option. Read more
The Department of Biology offers a Master of Science Degree that can be tailored to meet the needs of the student. Choices include a Thesis Option and a Non-thesis Option. The programs are designed to accommodate both full-time and part-time students.

Please visit the website to see the curriculum for these programs:

http://bio.wcupa.edu/biology/index.php/graduate-degrees.html

Our Mission

The primary mission of the Department of Biology is to provide a high quality educational experience to graduate students. This is achieved by maintaining small class sizes staffed by full-time faculty. Virtually all courses have a laboratory component, facilitating participatory learning. An integrated core curriculum is intended to strengthen the communication, quantitative and analytical skills of all biology majors. Several focused concentrations within the undergraduate curriculum offer options of either specialising for immediate employment upon graduation, or preparing for postgraduate education. 

Masters students receive training as biological scientists primarily for career advancement. Although most students come from the Delaware Valley region, their educational experience is intended to equip them well for careers anywhere. Biology majors are required to perform independent projects in many courses, and are encouraged to work closely with faculty in collaborative research. The combination of unusually broad course selection and individual attention allows students from very diverse backgrounds to excel within the program. A part of the department's mission is to participate in the process of scientific inquiry.

The department expects its faculty to engage in scholarly activity, and encourages research publication and the acquisition of extramural funding. Scholarship enhances the stature of the Department and University, adds exceptionally current information to lecture material, and has helped to secure technologically up-to-date laboratory equipment. The department's research environment also provides an ongoing framework into which graduate and undergraduate student research projects can beincorporated. A strong record of collaborative faculty-student research is one reason for the successful placement of most Biology Department graduates. 

The Biology Department serves the University by supporting coursework for other disciplines, principally in Nursing, Health, Kinesiology and the Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry program, and is actively involved in maintaining the high quality of the Preprofessional Program. The department is working closely with the School of Education in training Secondary school biology teachers, and is strengthening ties with other departments in environmental science. Department faculty serve the community as consultants to government, non-profit organisations, other schools and industry.

Research Opportunities

The faculty of the Department of Biology are nationally recognised for their research programs and publications in prestigious journals. Faculty research is regularly supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, or similar state and national organisations. Research and teaching facilities are equipped with such state-of-the-art equipment as liquid scintillation and gamma counters, spectrophotometers, and a digitised HPLC system. We also have access to a FEI environmental scanning electron microscope, a FEI transmission electron microscope, and Reichart ultramicrotome.

The Biology Department also manages a USDA certified (NIH approved) animal care facility, the 20,000 specimen William Darlington Herbarium, and 100 acre Robert B. Gordon Natural Area for Environmental Studies.

Research opportunities for graduate students are particularly strong in three areas:

(1) Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology;
(2) Physiology, Development, and Cell Biology; and
(3) Molecular Genetics, Immunology, and Microbiology.

Faculty in each of these programs have ongoing research projects and welcome serious student investigators into their laboratories.

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Computer Science Departmental degree requirements for the master’s degree, which are in addition to those established by the College of Engineering and the Graduate School (http://graduate.ua.edu/), are as follows for Plan I and Plan II students. Read more
Computer Science Departmental degree requirements for the master’s degree, which are in addition to those established by the College of Engineering and the Graduate School (http://graduate.ua.edu/), are as follows for Plan I and Plan II students.

- Master of Science–Thesis Option (http://cs.ua.edu/graduate/ms-program/#thesis)
- Master of Science–Non-Thesis Option (http://cs.ua.edu/graduate/ms-program/#nonthesis)
- Timetable for the Submission of Graduate School Forms for an MS Degree (http://cs.ua.edu/graduate/ms-program/#timetable)

Visit the website http://cs.ua.edu/graduate/ms-program/

MASTER OF SCIENCE–THESIS OPTION (PLAN I):

30 CREDIT HOURS
Each candidate must earn a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit for coursework, plus a 6-hour thesis under the direction of a faculty member. Unlike the general College of Engineering requirements, graduate credit may not be obtained for courses at the 400-level.

Degree Requirements Effective Fall 2011

Credit Hours
The student must successfully complete 30 total credit hours, as follows:

- 24 hours of CS graduate-level course work

- 6 hours of CS 599 Master’s Thesis Research: Thesis Research.

- Completion of at least one 500-level or 600-level course in each of the four core areas (applications, software, systems and theory). These courses must be taken within the department and selected from the following:
Applications: CS 528, CS 535, CS 557, CS 560, CS 609, CS 615
Software: CS 503, CS 507, CS 515, CS 516, CS 534, CS 600, CS 603, CS 607, CS 614, CS 630
Systems: CS 526, CS 538, CS 567, CS 606, CS 613, CS 618
Theory: CS 500, CS 570, CS 575, CS 601, CS 602, CS 612

- No more than 12 hours from CS 511, CS 512, CS 591, CS 592, CS 691, CS 692 and non-CS courses may be counted towards the coursework requirements for the master’s degree. Courses taken outside of CS are subject to the approval of the student’s advisor.

- Additional Requirements -

- The student will select a thesis advisor and a thesis committee. The committee must contain at least four members, including the thesis advisor. At least two members are faculty of the Computer Science department, and at least one member must be from outside the Department of Computer Science.

- The student will develop a written research proposal. This should contain an introduction to the research area, a review of relevant literature in the area, a description of problems to be investigated, an identification of basic goals and objectives of the research, a methodology and timetable for approaching the research, and an extensive bibliography.

- The student will deliver an oral presentation of the research proposal, which is followed by a question-and-answer session that is open to all faculty members and which covers topics related directly or indirectly to the research area. The student’s committee will determine whether the proposal is acceptable based upon both the written and oral presentations.

- The student will develop a written thesis that demonstrates that the student has performed original research that makes a definite contribution to current knowledge. Its format and content must be acceptable to both the student’s committee and the Graduate School.

- The student will defend the written thesis. The defense includes an oral presentation of the thesis research, followed by a question-and-answer session. The student’s committee will determine whether the defense is acceptable.

- The student will complete an oral comprehensive exam. This exam is scheduled with the Department Head prior to the semester in which the student intends to graduate.

- Other requirements may be specified by the Graduate School (http://graduate.ua.edu/) and by the College of Engineering.

Degree Requirements Prior to Fall 2011

Credit hours

The student must successfully complete 30 total credit hours, as follows:

- 6 hours of CS 599 Master’s Thesis Research

- 24 hours of CS graduate-level course work with a grade of A or B, including the following courses completed at The University of Alabama:
At least 3 hours of theory courses (CS 500 Discrete math, CS 601 Algorithms, CS 602 Formal languages, CS 612 Data structures)

At least 3 hours of software courses (CS 600 Software engineering, CS 603 Programming languages, CS 607 Human-computer interaction, CS 614 Compilers, CS630 Empirical Software Engineering)

At least 3 hours of systems courses (CS 567 Computer architecture, CS 606 Operating systems, CS 613 Networks, CS 618 Wireless networks)

At least 3 hours of applications courses (CS 535 Graphics, CS 560 or 591 Robotics, CS 591 Security, CS 609 Databases)

- Additional Requirements -

- The student will select a thesis advisor and a thesis committee. The committee must contain at least four members, including the thesis advisor. At least two members are faculty of the Computer Science department, and at least one member must be from outside the Department of Computer Science.

- The student will develop a written research proposal. This should contain an introduction to the research area, a review of relevant literature in the area, a description of problems to be investigated, an identification of basic goals and objectives of the research, a methodology and timetable for approaching the research, and an extensive bibliography.

- The student will deliver an oral presentation of the research proposal, which is followed by a question-and-answer session that is open to all faculty members and which covers topics related directly or indirectly to the research area. The student’s committee will determine whether the proposal is acceptable based upon both the written and oral presentations.

- The student will develop a written thesis that demonstrates that the student has performed original research that makes a definite contribution to current knowledge. Its format and content must be acceptable to both the student’s committee and the Graduate School.

- The student will defend the written thesis. The defense includes an oral presentation of the thesis research, followed by a question-and-answer session. The student’s committee will determine whether the defense is acceptable.

- The student will complete an oral comprehensive exam. This exam is scheduled with the Department Head prior to the semester in which the student intends to graduate.

- Other requirements may be specified by the Graduate School (http://graduate.ua.edu/) and by the College of Engineering.

MASTER OF SCIENCE–NON-THESIS OPTION (PLAN II):

30 CREDIT HOURS
Each candidate must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit for coursework, which may include a 3-hour non-thesis project under the direction of a faculty member. Unlike the general College of Engineering requirements, graduate credit may not be obtained for courses at the 400-level.

Degree Requirements Effective Fall 2011

The student must successfully complete 30 total credit hours, as follows:

- Completion of at least one 500-level or 600-level course in each of the four core areas (applications, software, systems and theory).
Applications: CS 528, CS 535, CS 557, CS 560, CS 609, CS 615
Software: CS 503, CS 507, CS 515, CS 516, CS 534, CS 600, CS 603, CS 607, CS 614, CS 630
Systems: CS 526, CS 538, CS 567, CS 606, CS 613, CS 618
Theory: CS 500, CS 570, CS 575, CS 601, CS 602, CS 612

- No more than 12 hours from CS 511, CS 512, CS 591, CS 592, CS 691, CS 692 and non-CS courses may be counted towards the coursework requirements for the master’s degree. Courses taken outside of CS are subject to the approval of the student’s advisor.

- The student may elect to replace 3 hours of course work with 3 hours of CS 598 Research Not Related to Thesis: Non-thesis Project. This course should be proposed in writing in advance, approved by the instructor, and a copy placed in the student’s file. The proposal should specify both the course content and the specific deliverables that will be evaluated to determine the course grade.

- Additional Requirements -

- The student will complete an oral comprehensive exam. This exam is scheduled with the Department Head prior to the semester in which the student intends to graduate.

- Other requirements may be specified by the Graduate School and by the College of Engineering.

Degree Requirements Prior to Fall 2011

Credit hours

The student must successfully complete 30 total credit hours of CS graduate-level course work with a grade of A or B, as follows:

- The following courses will be completed at The University of Alabama:
At least 3 hours of theory courses (CS 500 Discrete math, CS 601 Algorithms, CS 602 Formal languages, CS 612 Data structures)

At least 3 hours of software courses (CS 600 Software engineering, CS 603 Programming languages, CS 607 Human-computer interaction, CS 614 Compilers, CS630 Empirical Software Engineering)

At least 3 hours of systems courses (CS 567 Computer architecture, CS 606 Operating systems, CS 613 Networks, CS 618 Wireless networks)

At least 3 hours of applications courses (CS 535 Graphics, CS 560 or 591 Robotics, CS 591 Security, CS 609 Databases)

- The student may elect to replace 3 hours of course work with 3 hours of CS 598 Research Not Related to Thesis: Non-thesis Project. This course should be proposed in writing in advance, approved by the instructor, and a copy placed in the student’s file. The proposal should specify both the course content and the specific deliverables that will be evaluated to determine the course grade.

- Additional Requirements -

- The student will complete an oral comprehensive exam. This exam is scheduled with the Department Head prior to the semester in which the student intends to graduate.

- Other requirements may be specified by the Graduate School and by the College of Engineering.

TIMETABLE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF GRADUATE SCHOOL FORMS FOR AN MS DEGREE
This document identifies a timetable for the submission of all Graduate School paperwork associated with the completion of an M.S. degree

- For students in Plan I students only (thesis option) after a successful thesis proposal defense, you should submit the Appointment/Change of a Masters Thesis Committee form

- The semester before, or no later than the first week in the semester in which you plan to graduate, you should “Apply for Graduation” online in myBama.

- In the semester in which you apply for graduation, the Graduate Program Director will contact you about the Comprehensive Exam.

Find out how to apply here - http://graduate.ua.edu/prospects/application/

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The Occupational Health and Safety master’s program, a concentration in Engineering Technology, offers mostly evening classes to accommodate working adults attending school part-time. Read more
The Occupational Health and Safety master’s program, a concentration in Engineering Technology, offers mostly evening classes to accommodate working adults attending school part-time. Occupational health and safety specialists analyze workplaces to help prevent disease and injury to workers and damage to the environment related to biological, chemical, ergonomic, and physical factors. They may inspect work environments for potential hazards, design new programs and procedures, and enforce public health and safety regulations. MTSU’s graduate degree includes both thesis and non-thesis options. Courses cover a range of topics such as industrial hygiene, fire safety, federal and state safety and environmental laws, safety psychology, ergonomics, toxicology, industrial safety, and safety planning. Faculty members have strong academic backgrounds and practical work experience in engineering, industrial management, vocational education, safety, and industrial hygiene. Graduate assistantships are available to qualified students. Also there may be internships, short-term work experiences, and cooperative education experiences available.

Degrees

Occupational Health and Safety is a concentration leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree at MTSU under the Engineering Technology major. In addition, there is also an Engineering Technology concentration. Thesis and non-thesis options are available for both programs.

To be admitted, applicants must have:

taken the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)—typically a GRE quantitative score of 148 and a verbal score of 143 for successful applications
a bachelor’s degree

Application deadlines: April 15 for those wishing to be considered for graduate assistantships and admission in the Summer or Fall; Oct. 1 for admission in the Spring. Applications will be accepted after these dates, but admission consideration is not guaranteed.

NOTE: The GRE may be waived for those students who have a GPA of at last 3.00 from the MTSU Engineering Technology undergraduate program.

Students complete 18 hours of core courses including safety planning and take 9 hours of concentration courses in safety technology and engineering, accident prevention, and occupational and environmental hygiene. The thesis option is a 30-hour program, while the non-thesis option is 36 hours with a Six Sigma research project course and 6 hours of electives that can include a cognate in management, computer science, economics, or psychology.

Career

The median annual wage for occupational health and safety specialists was $70,210 in May 2015, and the job outlook is expected to grow by 7.4% in Tennessee—almost double the national projection. The majority of graduates are employed by industry or government. Some pursue other advanced degrees. Federal agencies include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Occupational health and safety specialists also work in management, scientific, and technical consulting services; education services; hospitals; and manufacturing.

Some types of positions held by graduates:

Certified industrial hygienist
Chief safety officer
Corporate safety director
Director of employee safety and health
Energy management specialist
Environmental health and safety (EHS) officer or manager
Environmental management specialist
Environmental protection officers
Environmental scientist or specialist
Health and safety engineer
Health and safety manager
Occupational health and safety technician
Risk control consultant
Safety and health consultant
Safety director
Safety specialist

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Amazon
Bridgestone
Coca-Cola
ERS-USA
Feintool Tennessee
General Mills
General Motors
Lockheed Martin
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro Water and Sewer Dept.
Nissan
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Select Staffing
State of Washington
Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation
United Technologies
Vi-Jon, Inc.

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The MS in Sport Science/Exercise Science Track prepares students for a variety of careers in allied health, clinical settings, fitness, and sport-specific performance. Read more
The MS in Sport Science/Exercise Science Track prepares students for a variety of careers in allied health, clinical settings, fitness, and sport-specific performance. Students may choose the thesis or non-thesis option.

The thesis option allows students to gain experience in the design and implementation of research within the field of exercise science.

The non-thesis option allows students to gain experience through internships in the workplace in a variety of settings including hospitals, wellness centers, and corporate and community based fitness facilities.

Graduation from this program will provide students with the necessary preparation for certification from organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

WHY MS SPORT SCIENCE AT IUP?

-The program allows you to choose from two newly revised concentrations, Clinical/Research and a new Strength and Conditioning concentration.
-Both concentrations allow you to select a thesis or non-thesis option.
-Coursework from this program provides students with the necessary preparation for certifications from ACSM, NSCA and NASM.
-Quality internships are an integral part of the curriculum.
-Assistantship opportunities are available on a competitive basis every year.

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The Master of Health Ethics degree program will help students develop the skills needed to identify and analyze ethical issues in health care and in the life sciences, and to propose solutions to these issues as they arise in the clinical, research, and policy contexts. Read more
The Master of Health Ethics degree program will help students develop the skills needed to identify and analyze ethical issues in health care and in the life sciences, and to propose solutions to these issues as they arise in the clinical, research, and policy contexts. Students will gain a basic knowledge of the functioning of the health system and will have the opportunity to design and carry out a research project.

The MHE program is designed to be completed in four semesters of full time study, and consists of three options: 1) thesis, 2) non-thesis, capstone project, and 3) non-thesis research papers.

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The LL.M. program, whether with Thesis or Non-Thesis, offers an outstanding opportunity to immerse yourself in the McGill Law community by giving you maximum latitude in designing your study program. Read more
The LL.M. program, whether with Thesis or Non-Thesis, offers an outstanding opportunity to immerse yourself in the McGill Law community by giving you maximum latitude in designing your study program.

Course selection and concentration

To facilitate your course selection, we encourage you to consult our suggestions of courses related to the four concentrations identified for graduate students in Law at McGill:
-Legal Traditions and Legal Theory
-International Business Law
-Human Rights and Cultural Diversity
-Regulation, Technology and Society

These concentrations do not give your LL.M. Thesis or Non-Thesis a formal specialization, but instead reflect the particular strengths and character of our graduate-level course offerings.

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The Thesis program is suited to students who wish to focus on original scholarly research and writing under the supervision of a law professor. Read more
The Thesis program is suited to students who wish to focus on original scholarly research and writing under the supervision of a law professor. The Air and Space Law LL.M. with Thesis involves 20 credits in course work and 25 research credits.

In turn, the Non-Thesis program is suited to students who wish to gain a wide exposure to a range of taught courses within, and related to, the domain of Air and Space Law. The Non-Thesis option requires the completion of 27 course credits and a substantial Supervised Research Project (18 credits) during the third term of registration.

For more details, please see the website: http://www.mcgill.ca/law-gradprograms/programs/llm/iasl

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The online Adult and Community Education master’s program adds a versatile graduate degree to your qualifications. Students of the program share how the program gave them a convenient, cost-effective education that enhanced their credentials. Read more
The online Adult and Community Education master’s program adds a versatile graduate degree to your qualifications. Students of the program share how the program gave them a convenient, cost-effective education that enhanced their credentials.

We offer this program 100 percent online so you can align your professional advancement with your life and career.

It’s rare that students in our Master of Arts in Adult and Community Education program have time for classes during the day. Our students are nurses, police officers, community organizers, corporate managers, engineers, technicians, and human resource professionals. Though from many fields, they’re alike in one way: They're busy people who want to expand their career opportunities.

That’s why we offer this two-year program online so you can keep your job while you develop your teaching and training skills.

You’ll be part of a cohort, and courses are designed to promote a high degree of interaction with your professor and fellow students. In addition, you’ll have the time and guidance to make sure you develop your unique set of skills that will help further your individual career goals.

The IUP Master of Arts in Adult and Community Education is the oldest program of its kind in the United States.
-Acquire a balance of academic courses, individual research, and practical field experience from this 36-semester-hour program.
-Complete the program part-time in two years by taking two courses per semester for six semesters.
-Choose whether you want to complete the thesis or non-thesis option. Students in the non-thesis option are required to take a comprehensive exam.
-Complete a required six-semester-hour theory-to-practice internship that enables you to transfer what you've learned in class to a real-world setting. You'll develop a “learning contract” which is approved by a faculty advisor and a supervisor at the internship site. You'll be able to complete the internship without its interfering with your current employment.

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For over 20 years, the IUP Master's in Criminology program has prepared students like you for administrative and research careers in the criminal justice system. Read more
For over 20 years, the IUP Master's in Criminology program has prepared students like you for administrative and research careers in the criminal justice system. For those of you who want to go on and pursue doctoral studies, the MA program provides a solid foundation from one of the top criminology and criminal justice programs in the country.

To graduate you will be required to complete 30 semester hours. You may choose between a thesis or non-thesis curriculum. The thesis option requires that you complete a six-credit thesis. The non-thesis option requires that you complete six hours of elective course work, for both the online and on-campus programs.

To gain admittance you must:
-Demonstrate a sound understanding of criminological theory and the criminal justice system.
-Have knowledge gained through experience within the justice system, by specialized training or by completing graduate or undergraduate studies in a related field.
-Apply by March 15 for best consideration. Students begin the program in the fall term. (The online program allows full-time students to being in the fall and part-time students to begin in the spring.)

MA IN CRIMINOLOGY

-Prepare for advanced positions in federal, state, and local law enforcement and corrections; federal and county probation and parole; juvenile justice, and more.
-Develop a foundation for doctoral study to become a future college and university professor and researcher.
-Engage in the rigorous study of criminology theory, legal issues, organizational dynamics, research methodology, quantitative analysis, and ethical and philosophical issues in criminology.

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The Master of Science program requires the student to complete a 15-credit track in GIS/Cartography, Regional Planning, or Environmental Planning. Read more
The Master of Science program requires the student to complete a 15-credit track in GIS/Cartography, Regional Planning, or Environmental Planning. Each track includes two required courses and a list of options.

All graduate degree programs require a minimum of 33 hours of credit for the thesis option or at least 39 hours for the non-thesis option. Nine of these hours constitute the core program. These include three core courses: GEOG 610, GEOG 612, and GEOG 614. Graduate students have the option to incorporate an internship as part of the MS program, up to six credits.

For students selecting the non-thesis option, a portfolio is a nongraded graduation requirement. A three-person faculty committee will evaluate the portfolio, which will include at least three of the student's best pieces of work and written reflective analysis. The portfolio is submitted by the end of the first week of the semester the student is scheduled to graduate.

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The sport management track prepares you for the business and management aspect of the sport industry. Employment in this field ranges far and wide, such as college and athletic departments, community recreation organizations, minor and major league sport franchises, commercial sport facilities, and golf courses. Read more
The sport management track prepares you for the business and management aspect of the sport industry. Employment in this field ranges far and wide, such as college and athletic departments, community recreation organizations, minor and major league sport franchises, commercial sport facilities, and golf courses.

Courses emphasize sports marketing, facility management, governance, fundraising, sponsorships, and coaching. Students in this track can choose a 30-credit thesis option or a 36-credit non-thesis option.

WHY MS SPORT SCIENCE AT IUP?

-The program allows you to choose from three different tracks of Sport Science, a unique aspect that is rarely offered elsewhere.
-There are a number of assistantship opportunities that become available every year.
-You have the option to choose a thesis or non-thesis curriculum.
-Gain experience in your field of choice outside of the classroom with professionals in the area.

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An MS in Sport Studies will prepare you for multiple career options in sports. This track gives you the flexibility to design a curriculum that combines courses from multiple departments to create an academic emphasis. Read more
An MS in Sport Studies will prepare you for multiple career options in sports. This track gives you the flexibility to design a curriculum that combines courses from multiple departments to create an academic emphasis. Students interested in coaching and engaging in the sport psychology field would benefit from this track greatly.

This track also allows students to choose a 30-credit thesis option or a 36-credit non-thesis option.

WHY MS SPORT SCIENCE AT IUP?

-The program allows you to choose from three different tracks of Sport Science, a unique aspect that is rarely offered elsewhere.
-There are a number of assistantship opportunities that become available every year.
-You have the option to choose a thesis or non-thesis curriculum.
-Gain experience in your field of choice outside of the classroom with professionals in the area.

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The West Chester Master's Program in Communication Studies focuses on building better leaders by improving their communication skills. Read more
The West Chester Master's Program in Communication Studies focuses on building better leaders by improving their communication skills. Effective leaders must be effective communicators, and effective communicators need to develop a broad array of communication skills. In addition, the M.A. program is designed to provide a broad spectrum of knowledge in communication theory and methodology of the social scientific approach. Our program is intended for students in one of three vocational areas:

• New Careers
As a result of their Masters in Communication Studies, students have launched new careers in Internet Web Design, Training and Development, Community Organization, Consultation, Marketing, Association Management, Public Relations, and Teaching at the secondary, community college, small college, or university level.

• Career Development
Many students pursue their degrees while maintaining positions in the Delaware Valley's major corporations. They seek vocational advances as they acquire the conceptual foundations and professional skills for becoming a leader in their organization's communicative competence.

• Continuous Learning
Some students have used their West Chester M.A. to launch a Ph.D. in Communication Studies and now teach in Universities throughout the United States or work as researchers in the private sector.

Course Structure

• Non-Thesis/Applied Curriculum Option (36 credits)

1. Required Core (21 credits)

COM 501: Theoretical Perspectives on Human Communication (3)
COM 502: Communication Research Methods (3)
15 additional credits selected from departmental offerings

2. Applied Courses (15 credits)

These courses are to be selected from other departments or from communication studies courses. A three-credit or six-credit graduate internship (COM 598) may be selected upon successful completion of the required core but requires graduate coordinator approval.

3. Comprehensive Examinations

Non-thesis students may schedule their comprehensive written examinations in three areas during the semester that, upon completion, they are within six credit hours of completing the program. B

• Thesis option (36 credits)

1. Required Core (27 credits)

COM 501: Theoretical Perspectives on Human Communication (3)
COM 502: Communication Research Methods (3)
COM 601: Communication Studies Thesis 1 (3)
COM 602: Communication Studies Thesis 2 (3)
15 additional credits selected from departmental offerings

2. Applied Courses (9 credits)

These courses are to be selected from other departments or from communication studies courses.

3. Comprehensive Examinations

Thesis students may schedule their comprehensive written examinations in three areas during the semester that, upon completion, they are within six credit hours of completing the program. Thesis students also will defend their theses orally.

Note: students are not required to take summer classes, and students may attend as full-time or part-time student

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The MA degree in history provides a broad base for teaching excellence, a platform for studies leading to the Ph.D., and skills for professions in both the public and private sectors. Read more
The MA degree in history provides a broad base for teaching excellence, a platform for studies leading to the Ph.D., and skills for professions in both the public and private sectors. Students in the MA program concentrate in United States, European, or World/Comparative history and may take up to six semester hours in a discipline related to their major field of study (with permission of the graduate coordinator). The MA in history may be earned by completing either a thesis or non-thesis program. The non-thesis option is designed for students who desire more content courses as background for their own teaching, further academic work, or personal enrichment. The thesis option is designed for students who wish to conduct original research on the Master's level. MA graduates from the West Chester program have gone on to a variety of Ph.D. programs in the United States and abroad.

Please visit the website to see what modules are available on this course:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/arts-humanities/history/history-ma/

Course Outcomes

Graduate history courses at WCU enhance the ability of students to:

• Construct generalizations and interpretations that demonstrate an advanced knowledge of historical eras, change over time, and key historical concepts in the history of the United States, Western Civilization, and global civilization.

• Communicate effectively at the graduate level (in both oral and written presentations) their advanced knowledge of history in reasoned arguments supported by historical evidence and an appreciation of multiple causes, effects, and perspectives.

• Locate, distinguish between, and assess primary and secondary sources, and to analyze and interpret a variety of written, oral, visual, and material evidence at an advanced level (Information Literacy).

• Connect their advanced knowledge of historical events and topics to a broader context (historical, historiographical, political, global, or with contemporary life and issues).

Careers

A history major need not mean commitment to a life in poverty. Recent studies suggest that history majors fair well in salaries. WCU history graduates have found employment in a broad range of professions and occupations, including:

• high school teachers
• university professors
• lawyers and judges
• ministers
• museum professionals
• archivists
• librarians
• journalists
• screenwriters
• law enforcement officers
• business
• public officials (in the United States Congress as well as the Pennsylvania General Assembly)
• fundraiser/ development officer
• non-profit administrator
• editor

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Philosophy may sound dauntingly remote from our daily concerns, but its basic questions "What can I know? What may I hope? What must I do?" actually pose themselves throughout any thinking person's journey. Read more
Philosophy may sound dauntingly remote from our daily concerns, but its basic questions "What can I know? What may I hope? What must I do?" actually pose themselves throughout any thinking person's journey. And the skills it teaches — close reading, careful thinking, and the critique of ideas — apply to most areas of human endeavor. A background in philosophy is thus excellent training for many careers, and matchless preparation for life itself.

This degree offers training in the theoretical justification and the practical application of moral reasoning. Students may choose to concentrate their courses in business ethics or health care ethics or in combination and will develop skills in seeing, analysing, and resolving problems in the workplace. Prerequisites are six credits of upper-division undergraduate work in philosophy.

Curriculum

Core modules:

• PHI 501 Graduate Proseminar
• PHI 525 Epistemology
• PHI 599 Philosophical Concepts and Systems
• PHI 640 Seminar

Philosophy Concentration (choose two):

• PHI 512 Ethical Theories (recommended)
• PHI 570 Bioethics (recommended)
• PHI 580 Business Ethics (recommended)

Thesis:

• PHI 600 Thesis I
• PHI 610 Thesis

OR

Non-Thesis:

• Students can choose the non-thesis option and select modules from the business or healthcare track.

Please visit the website for more detailed information about the curriculum of this course:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/arts-humanities/philosophy/philosophy-ma-applied-ethics-concentration/

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