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The MPA + MSW Dual-Degree Program prepares students for administrative positions in social service agencies. It also helps social workers gain the management and administrative skills needed for roles as supervisors, administrators and agency heads. Read more
The MPA + MSW Dual-Degree Program prepares students for administrative positions in social service agencies. It also helps social workers gain the management and administrative skills needed for roles as supervisors, administrators and agency heads. Similarly, public administration practitioners recognize the need for specialized knowledge and skills to respond to an environment of increasing policy and organizational complexity within social welfare agencies. The program is designed to ensure students acquire both the management and social work skills necessary to excel in these environments.

By carefully structuring the sequence of courses, recognizing comparable course offerings, and using courses in one program to count as electives in the other, students are often able to complete both degrees in three years of full-time study without compromising the professional standards of either program.

Successful completion of the dual-degree programs results in two degrees: a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) and Master's in Social Work (MSW).

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
- Letters of recommendation
- Personal statement
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

Applicants must also meet the following program-specific requirements:
MPA:
- Two letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity, such as professors, work supervisors, and professionals from organizations where the applicant has served as a volunteer or in another capacity. When evaluating the letters of recommendation, the admissions committee looks for evidence of academic achievement, community involvement, and personal characteristics that suggests the applicant has the capacity to foster an institutional culture that advances democratic administration and governance.

- Personal statement
The personal statement should be no more than 500 words or two (2) double-spaced, typed pages and should answer the question,"Why do I want an MPA?" You may wish to describe your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in public administration, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee. In the personal statement, the committee assesses the student's commitment to public and/or nonprofit administration as well as his/her ability to communicate in writing.

- Significant work experience (5 or more years in the public and/or nonprofit sectors) can earn applicants a positive adjustment to their admissions scores. However, the lack of work experience does not result in a penalty.

- The GRE is not required. If GRE scores are submitted, the admissions committee evaluates them by averaging the applicant's quantitative, verbal, and analytical writing scores.

MSW:
- Minimum of 24 credit hours (undergraduate) in the liberal arts and sciences, with a minimum of 15 credit hours in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology)

- Paid or volunteer experience related to human services

- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your potential for graduate study, such as those with whom you have worked in an academic, professional, volunteer or work-related capacity
* The MSW program has a special letter of recommendation form that must be used to evaluate MSW applicants. Use the Letter of Recommendation for MSW form. Please download and save the form to the computer first, before beginning to fill out the form. Then, open the file from the computer and enter text. Please do not use the version that opens in the web browser.
* If you are a college student or a recent graduate, one letter must be from a college instructor.
* If you are or have recently been employed, one letter must be from an employment supervisor.

- Personal statement (6-8 pages)
Follow the guidelines in the Personal Statement for MSW document.

- Resume or curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
Include paid or volunteer experience related to human services.

- A signed copy of the Social Work Contract
* By signing the above document, you agree, if admitted to the program, to abide by the professional standards of social work as set forth by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.
* Review the Code of Ethics before signing the contract.

- A signed copy of the Certification of Information

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The MPA + MS Nursing Dual-Degree Program prepares students for nursing administrator positions in hospitals, health care facilities and community health agencies. Read more
The MPA + MS Nursing Dual-Degree Program prepares students for nursing administrator positions in hospitals, health care facilities and community health agencies. Nurses who advance to administrative positions often find themselves struggling with their new responsibilities related to budgetary, human resources, organizational, policy and management matters. The dual-degree program is designed to ensure that students not only advance their professional nursing credentials, but also develop knowledge and skills for effective management. The dual-degree program is targeted specifically to students in the Community Health Nursing program who have selected the Nurse Administrator role.

By carefully structuring the sequence of courses, recognizing comparable course offerings, and using courses in one program to count as electives in the other, students are often able to complete both degrees in three years of full-time study without compromising the professional standards of either program.

Successful completion of the dual-degree programs results in two degrees: a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Science (MS) in Nursing.

The MPA-MS Nursing Dual Degree Program

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) housed in the College of Community and Public Affairs and Master of Science in Nursing (MS Nursing) housed in the Decker School of Nursing offer a dual MPA-MS Nursing degree program to provide students at Binghamton University with a unique opportunity. By carefully structuring the sequence of courses, recognizing comparable course offerings and using courses in one program to count as electives in the other, the MPA-MS Nursing dual degree program allows students to complete both degrees in three years of full-time study, without compromising the professional standards of either program. The 42-credit hour MPA program and the 48-credit hour MS Nursing program can be completed as part of a 68-credit hour program (rather than 90 credit hours required to complete the two programs without the benefit of the dual degree structure).
The MPA-MS Nursing Dual Degree Program prepares students for nursing administrator positions in hospitals, health care facilities and community health agencies. Nurses who advance to administrative positions often find themselves struggling with their new responsibilities related to budgetary, human resources, organizational, policy and management matters. The dual-degree program is designed to ensure that students not only advance their professional nursing credentials, but also develop knowledge and skills for effective management. The dual-degree program takes advantage of the complementary foci of the two degree programs. Both programs have a clear commitment to preparing students to help their communities through advanced professional knowledge and skills. Accordingly, the dual degree emphasizes community health and professional management to prepare nurses to be effective administrators. The dual degree is targeted specifically to students in the Community Health Nursing program who have selected the Nurse Administrator role.
Students must apply and be admitted to both the MPA program and the MS Nursing program. These are separate applications and each requires an application fee to the Graduate School. Students who begin one program and then apply to the other program later will need to meet with the appropriate advisors for both programs to develop a customized program of study; completion within three years may not be possible for students who do not begin the programs in the same semester.

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
- Two letters of recommendation
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores. GMAT scores may be submitted in lieu of GRE scores.

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

Applicants must also meet the following program-specific requirements:

MPA:
- Letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity, such as professors, work supervisors, and professionals from organizations where the applicant has served as a volunteer or in another capacity. When evaluating the letters of recommendation, the admissions committee looks for evidence of academic achievement, community involvement, and personal characteristics that suggests the applicant has the capacity to foster an institutional culture that advances democratic administration and governance.

- Personal statement
The personal statement should be no more than 500 words or two (2) double-spaced, typed pages and should answer the question,"Why do I want an MPA?" You may wish to describe your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in public administration, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee. In the personal statement, the committee assesses the student's commitment to public and/or nonprofit administration as well as his/her ability to communicate in writing.

- Significant work experience (5 or more years in the public and/or nonprofit sectors) can earn applicants a positive adjustment to their admissions scores. However, the lack of work experience does not result in a penalty.

MS Nursing:
- Undergraduate degree in nursing from a program which is accredited by a nursing accreditation organization
- Previous (successful completion of a) course in descriptive statistics
- A license to practice as a registered professional nurse
- Passing completion of the NCLEX examination (must be completed prior to the start of clinical courses)
- One year of full-time employment as a registered nurse is strongly encouraged (Candidates without one year of previous full-time employment may wish to consider enrolling in a part-time program while they acquire the needed work experience)

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The MPA + MS Student Affairs Administration Dual-Degree Program prepares students for administrative positions in college and university settings. Read more
The MPA + MS Student Affairs Administration Dual-Degree Program prepares students for administrative positions in college and university settings.

To be an effective leader in student affairs, professionals must first be knowledgeable of how students grow and develop during the college years and how institutions can be intentional in facilitating the growth process. Leaders in higher education need to employ proven managerial strategies in order to be successful and must pay careful attention to the management of human resources, finances, information technology, and physical infrastructure. In addition to this, leaders should know how to adjust their administrative style if problems are encountered and be able to ground both successes and shortcomings in administrative theory.

By carefully structuring the sequence of courses, recognizing comparable course offerings, and using courses in one program to count as electives in the other, students are often able to complete both degrees in three years of full-time study without compromising the professional standards of either program.

Successful completion of the dual-degree programs results in two degrees: a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration.

The MPA-MSAA Dual Degree Program

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration (MSAA) programs both are housed within the College of Community and Public Affairs and are considered professional terminal degrees. By carefully structuring the sequence of courses, recognizing comparable course offerings and using courses in one program to count as electives in the other, the MPA-MSAA dual degree program allows students to complete both degrees in three years of full-time study, without compromising the professional standards of either program. The 42-credit hour MPA program and the 45-credit hour MS in Student Affairs Administration program can be completed as part of a 66-credit hour program (rather than 87 credit hours required to complete the two programs without the benefit of the dual degree structure).
The MPA-MSAA dual degree will prepare students for administrative positions in college and university settings. The MSAA program provides specialized training for students desiring to work in student affairs offices, while the MPA provides the knowledge and skills necessary for management. To be an effective leader in student affairs, professionals must first be knowledgeable of how students grow and develop during the college years and how institutions can be intentional in facilitating the growth process. This requires the study of organizational and student development theory as well as gaining hands-on experience in at least one student services office. Leaders in higher education also need to employ proven managerial strategies in order to be successful and must pay careful attention to the management of human resources, finances, information technology, and physical infrastructure. In addition to this, leaders should know how to adjust their administrative style if problems are encountered and be able to ground both successes and shortcomings in administrative theory.

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
- Letters of recommendation (see details below)
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores. GMAT scores can be submitted in lieu of GRE scores.

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

You must also meet the following program-specific requirements:
MPA:
- Two letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity, such as professors, work supervisors, and professionals from organizations where the applicant has served as a volunteer or in another capacity. When evaluating the letters of recommendation, the admissions committee looks for evidence of academic achievement, community involvement, and personal characteristics that suggests the applicant has the capacity to foster an institutional culture that advances democratic administration and governance.

- Personal statement
The personal statement should be no more than 500 words or two (2) double-spaced, typed pages and should answer the question,"Why do I want an MPA?" You may wish to describe your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in public administration, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee. In the personal statement, the committee assesses the student's commitment to public and/or nonprofit administration as well as his/her ability to communicate in writing.

- Significant work experience (5 or more years in the public and/or nonprofit sectors) can earn applicants a positive adjustment to their admissions scores. However, the lack of work experience does not result in a penalty.

MS:
- Personal statements should specifically address the applicant's interest in the program, career goals, and current skills and experiences relative to their current or intended career in student affairs

- Three letters of recommendation, which should come from instructors or professors who can attest to the applicant's academic ability for graduate study
Applicants who have been out of college for at least three (3) years may submit current letters of reference from employment supervisors or others affiliated with their employment who can attest to their ability to perform successfully and professionally and to the likelihood of success in a graduate program

- A signed copy of the Student Affairs Administration Contract
*By signing the above document, you agree, if admitted to the program, to abide by the professional standards of student affairs administration as set forth by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Statement of Ethical Principles and Standards that govern our profession.
*Review the Statement of Ethical Principles and Standards before signing the contract.

- A signed copy of the Student Affairs Administration Certification of Information

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Prepare yourself for an outstanding career in management and leadership with our two-year Global Master's in Management. We offer a unique approach to management, with a truly in-depth and rigorous learning experience. Read more

About the MSc programme

Prepare yourself for an outstanding career in management and leadership with our two-year Global Master's in Management. We offer a unique approach to management, with a truly in-depth and rigorous learning experience. Alongside a foundation in the fundamental knowledge and skills essential for managers today, you will also have the opportunity to specialise and apply what you’ve learned in practice.

An extensive first-year curriculum gives a clear understanding of the real challenges facing managers and organisations operating in a global context. After a summer internship spent exploring career options, we offer three second-year options to specialise and ground what you’ve learned in practice.

We are proud to be the only UK programme to offer the CEMS double degree, with 30 leading partner business schools worldwide, and access to a global network of over 70 corporate partners. We also offer the MiM Exchange programme, giving an opportunity to join a leading MBA classroom in North America. Alternatively, you can opt to explore LSE’s huge range of electives, and specialise in your own area of interest; the choice is yours.

Your application

If you are applying for this programme, please note the following specific requirements for your personal statement.

Write a short personal statement (up to 600 words) about why you want to do the programme. This might cover, for example, what you will bring to the cohort, and what your particular strengths are.

Also answer the following questions (your answers should be approximately 300 words each)*:
1. Explain, in your own words, the main things that managers do.
2. How will studying management theory help you to understand management practice?
3. What do you hope to gain by studying management at LSE?

*The total length of your personal statement, including the answers to the above questions, should therefore be between 1,000-1,500 words.

Graduate destinations

This programme allows students to gain both a rigorous training in the core foundations of general management in year one, and a specialisation in their specific area(s) of interest in year two. This provides our graduates with a tangible advantage when entering employment, as the combination of a broad general training in year one, plus the depth of specialist knowledge and skills in year two, gives our students a competitive advantage in the global graduate job market. In addition to the academic curriculum, the programme also includes elements designed to give practical employment experience, and develop professional skills, through the Capstone Course and summer internship.

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This is an exciting time to pursue a public service career and the demand for motivated, knowledgeable and skilled professionals continues to grow. Read more

A Message to Prospective Students

This is an exciting time to pursue a public service career and the demand for motivated, knowledgeable and skilled professionals continues to grow. If you have a passion for public service and a desire to improve your community through professional service in the public or non-profit sector, we invite you to look more closely at what the Department of Public Administration at Binghamton University has to offer. We offer a variety of academic program options, all centered around our Master of Public Administration (MPA) program which is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).

The focus of the MPA program at Binghamton University is to prepare people to handle the growing challenges facing local governments and nonprofit organizations in communities near and far. The department brings together the energy and expertise of faculty and staff who have active research agendas, strong records of community service and growing national and international reputations. Our diverse student body includes recent graduates of some of the top undergraduate institutions in the United States, representatives from a variety of other countries, as well as practicing public administrators with many years of professional experience.

The MPA

The MPA Program is a 42 credit hour program, comprised of:
- a core of seven courses (25 credits) where students are introduced to the knowledge and skills they need for professional public service
- a three-course (9 credits) specialization or set of electives
- two courses (3 credits) to practice application of learning
- a culminating experience consisting of two courses (5 credits) to demonstrate competencies.

It typically takes full-time students 2 years to complete our MPA Program.

COURSES

Core Courses
1. PAFF 510 - Research Design & Methods (4 credits)
2. PAFF 521 - Foundations of Public Service (4 credits)
3. PAFF 520 - 21st Century Governance (4 credits)
4. PAFF 527 - Budgeting & Financial Management (4 credits)
5. Evidence-Based Decision Making (4 credits): Students can fulfill this requirement with one of several courses including Policy Analysis, Program Evaluation, Survey Research, and Performance Analysis.
6. Managing People in Organizations (3 credits): Students can fulfill this requirement with one of several courses including Human Resource Management, Organization Theory, Organization Behavior, and Managing Networks.
7. PAFF 526 - Managing Information and Technology (2 credits)

SPECIALIZATION OR ELECTIVES
(3 courses = 9 credits)

Three specializations are available within the Department of Public Administration:
Nonprofit Management & Leadership
Local Government Management & Leadership
Sustainable Communities

The Department also has relations with the School of Nursing for students interested in Health Policy Administration, and with the Department of Geography for students interested in Environmental Policy. Dual degree students complete specialization/elective courses in the discipline of their other degree. Additionally, students are offered the opportunity to choose elective courses suited to their specialized academic interests from various other graduate academic departments.

APPLICATION OF LEARNING
PAFF 594 - Internship (2 credits)
PAFF 591 - Problem Definition (1 credit)
CULMINATING EXPERIENCES/DEMONSTRATION OF COMPETENCIES
PAFF 595 - Capstone Project (3 credits)
PAFF 590 - Praxis through Cases (2 credits)

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee

- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended

- Two letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation should be from individuals who know the applicant in a professional capacity, such as professors, work supervisors, and professionals from organizations where the applicant has served as a volunteer or in another capacity. When evaluating the letters of recommendation, the admissions committee looks for evidence of academic achievement, community involvement, and personal characteristics that suggests the applicant has the capacity to foster an institutional culture that advances democratic administration and governance.

- Personal statement
The personal statement should be no more than 500 words or two (2) double-spaced, typed pages and should answer the question,"Why do I want an MPA?" You may wish to describe your reasons for pursuing graduate studies in public administration, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee. In the personal statement, the committee assesses the student's commitment to public and/or nonprofit administration as well as his/her ability to communicate in writing.

- Resume or curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
Significant work experience (5 or more years in the public and/or nonprofit sectors) can earn applicants a positive adjustment to their admissions scores. However, the lack of work experience does not result in a penalty.

- The GRE is not required.
If GRE scores are submitted, the admissions committee evaluates them by averaging the applicant's quantitative, verbal, and analytical writing scores.

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

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This is an accelerated programme that provides an opportunity for graduates to gain the knowledge and skills to practice as a physiotherapist. Read more
This is an accelerated programme that provides an opportunity for graduates to gain the knowledge and skills to practice as a physiotherapist. Successful graduates of this MSc are eligible to apply for membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and for registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
With tutorial teaching as key, the programme content aims to develop a student’s ability to integrate theory with practice and to demonstrate a high level of critical thinking. There is also a strong focus on placements.

Additional Entry Requirements

Evidence of interest and work experience in the relevant field.
Evidence of studying within the last three years, Level 6 or above.
Satisfactory disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau.
The 'Personal Statement' section of the application form is for you to provide additional information to support your application. The maximum word limit for this is 700 words. Personal Statement guidance can be found via the link in the 'How to apply for this course' section.

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OVERVIEW. The Communication, Culture and Media programme of courses includes Applied Communication MA degree, Communication, Culture and Media MA degree, Digital Media and Culture MA degree, Film and Visual Cultures MA degree, Global Media and Communications MA degree and Photography MA degree. Read more
OVERVIEW

The Communication, Culture and Media programme of courses includes Applied Communication MA degree, Communication, Culture and Media MA degree, Digital Media and Culture MA degree, Film and Visual Cultures MA degree, Global Media and Communications MA degree and Photography MA degree.

PLEASE NOTE: when making an application, please select Communication, Culture and Media MA and then state clearly your chosen routeway (specialism) within the personal statement from the options above.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

We are one of the founding departments in the field in the UK with over 25 years' experience. The course combines theoretical and practical elements with a flexible structure and diverse specialist option choices that students may tailor to their own needs.

The staff teaching on the Communication, Culture and Media Masters programme are all currently active in research and scholarly activity and/or professional practice, which informs and enhances their teaching.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Working at an advanced level, you will receive a firm grounding in Communication, Culture and Media studies.

You can choose a specialist module from:

Applied Communication MA degree;
Communication, Culture and Media MA degree;
Digital Media and Culture MA degree;
Film and Visual Cultures MA degree;
Global Media and Communications MA degree;
Photography MA degree.
Please state this chosen specialism within your personal statement when making an application.

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OVERVIEW. The Communication, Culture and Media programme of courses includes Applied Communication MA degree, Communication, Culture and Media MA degree, Digital Media and Culture MA degree, Film and Visual Cultures MA degree, Global Media and Communications MA degree and Photography MA degree. Read more
OVERVIEW

The Communication, Culture and Media programme of courses includes Applied Communication MA degree, Communication, Culture and Media MA degree, Digital Media and Culture MA degree, Film and Visual Cultures MA degree, Global Media and Communications MA degree and Photography MA degree.

PLEASE NOTE: when making an application, please select Communication, Culture and Media MA and then state clearly your chosen routeway (specialism) within the personal statement from the options above.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

We are one of the founding departments in the field in the UK with over 25 years' experience. The course combines theoretical and practical elements with a flexible structure and diverse specialist option choices that students may tailor to their own needs.

The staff teaching on the Communication, Culture and Media Masters programme are all currently active in research and scholarly activity and/or professional practice, which informs and enhances their teaching.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Working at an advanced level, you will receive a firm grounding in Communication, Culture and Media studies.

You can choose a specialist module from:

Applied Communication MA degree;
Communication, Culture and Media MA degree;
Digital Media and Culture MA degree;
Film and Visual Cultures MA degree;
Global Media and Communications MA degree;
Photography MA degree.
Please state this chosen specialism within your personal statement when making an application.

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OVERVIEW. The Communication, Culture and Media programme of courses includes Applied Communication MA degree, Communication, Culture and Media MA degree, Digital Media and Culture MA degree, Film and Visual Cultures MA degree, Global Media and Communications MA degree and Photography MA degree. Read more
OVERVIEW

The Communication, Culture and Media programme of courses includes Applied Communication MA degree, Communication, Culture and Media MA degree, Digital Media and Culture MA degree, Film and Visual Cultures MA degree, Global Media and Communications MA degree and Photography MA degree.

PLEASE NOTE: when making an application, please select Communication, Culture and Media MA and then state clearly your chosen routeway (specialism) within the personal statement from the options above.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

We are one of the founding departments in the field in the UK with over 25 years' experience. The course combines theoretical and practical elements with a flexible structure and diverse specialist option choices that students may tailor to their own needs.

The staff teaching on the Communication, Culture and Media Masters programme are all currently active in research and scholarly activity and/or professional practice, which informs and enhances their teaching.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Working at an advanced level, you will receive a firm grounding in Communication, Culture and Media studies.

You can choose a specialist module from:

Applied Communication MA degree;
Communication, Culture and Media MA degree;
Digital Media and Culture MA degree;
Film and Visual Cultures MA degree;
Global Media and Communications MA degree;
Photography MA degree.
Please state this chosen specialism within your personal statement when making an application.

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OVERVIEW. The Communication, Culture and Media programme of courses includes Applied Communication MA degree, Communication, Culture and Media MA degree, Digital Media and Culture MA degree, Film and Visual Cultures MA degree, Global Media and Communications MA degree and Photography MA degree. Read more
OVERVIEW

The Communication, Culture and Media programme of courses includes Applied Communication MA degree, Communication, Culture and Media MA degree, Digital Media and Culture MA degree, Film and Visual Cultures MA degree, Global Media and Communications MA degree and Photography MA degree.

PLEASE NOTE: when making an application, please select Communication, Culture and Media MA and then state clearly your chosen routeway (specialism) within the personal statement from the options above.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

We are one of the founding departments in the field in the UK with over 25 years' experience. The course combines theoretical and practical elements with a flexible structure and diverse specialist option choices that students may tailor to their own needs.

The staff teaching on the Communication, Culture and Media Masters programme are all currently active in research and scholarly activity and/or professional practice, which informs and enhances their teaching.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Working at an advanced level, you will receive a firm grounding in Communication, Culture and Media studies.

You can choose a specialist module from:

Applied Communication MA degree;
Communication, Culture and Media MA degree;
Digital Media and Culture MA degree;
Film and Visual Cultures MA degree;
Global Media and Communications MA degree;
Photography MA degree.
Please state this chosen specialism within your personal statement when making an application.

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Accredited by the National Council on Social Work Education, Binghamton University's master of social work (MSW) program trains competent and effective social workers in an empowering, inclusive environment. Read more
Accredited by the National Council on Social Work Education, Binghamton University's master of social work (MSW) program trains competent and effective social workers in an empowering, inclusive environment. Our mission is to prepare social workers for autonomous, knowledge-based, advanced generalist practice within an integrated community of scholars, practitioners and learners.

Students in the program acquire a broad base of knowledge and skills to address the needs of families, individuals, groups, organizations and communities. Binghamton University is committed to education that furthers social and economic justice, as well as to developing professional social workers who will become leaders in a complex, multicultural and increasingly global society.

Become an Agent of Change

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program prepares students for beginning and advanced practice in social work in a variety of settings. The curriculum includes courses in human behavior and the social environment, social welfare services and policy, research methods, administration, practice methods, special topics, and field education. Students learn to engage individual and community strengths to further the understanding, treatment, and prevention of individual and social problems.
The curriculum for the MSW degree is divided into two levels: the professional foundation and the advanced generalist concentration. Students complete the professional foundation before moving to the advanced generalist portion of the curriculum.
Students are admitted for either full-time or part-time study in the 64-credit MSW program. Full-time students complete the program in 2 years, taking 16 credits each semester for 4 semesters. Full-time students with bachelor's degrees in social work in the advanced standing program earn their MSWs in less than one calendar year. Part-time students complete the program in 3.5 years, taking 6 or 7 credits each semester, including summer sessions. Beginning in Fall 2015, the part-time program will be offered as a blended program, allowing students the opportunity to complete half of their classroom experiences online. The program will offer one online course each semester where students will meet in a virtual classroom for discussions, presentations, and group work.

Applicant qualifications:

- Minimum of 24 credit hours (undergraduate) in the liberal arts and sciences, with a minimum of 15 credit hours in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology)
- Paid or volunteer experience related to human services

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee

- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended

- Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your potential for graduate study, such as those with whom you have worked in an academic, professional, volunteer or work-related capacity
* The MSW program has a special letter of recommendation form that must be used to evaluate MSW applicants. Use the Letter of Recommendation for MSW form. Please download and save the form to the computer first, before beginning to fill out the form. Then, open the file from the computer and enter text. Please do not use the version that opens in the web browser.
* If you are a college student or a recent graduate, one letter must be from a college instructor.
* If you are or have recently been employed, one letter must be from an employment supervisor.

- Personal statement (6-8 pages)
Follow the guidelines in the Personal Statement for MSW document.

- Resume or curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
Include paid or volunteer experience related to human services.

- A signed copy of the Social Work Contract
* By signing the above document, you agree, if admitted to the program, to abide by the professional standards of social work as set forth by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.
* Review the Code of Ethics before signing the contract.

- A signed copy of the Certification of Information

- The GRE is not required

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

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This Master's level, modular course builds on the innovative and diverse curriculum offered at undergraduate level. Read more
This Master's level, modular course builds on the innovative and diverse curriculum offered at undergraduate level. Intended for non Psychology graduates this on-line conversion course will equip the student with the requirements for the Society’s Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) and enable the student to qualify for further professional training in order to then pursue a career in Psychology.
The curriculum will be entirely delivered by E-Learning and Virtual Learning Environments including, for example Skype, Adobe Connect and other best practice examples of on-line learning.

Additional Entry Requirements

What to Include in Your Personal Statement
Below is a list of twelve personal qualities possessed by successful online distance learners. It is important you address and evidence each of them when composing your personal statement. You should also alert your referees to the skills required of a successful distance learning student.

Commitment and Motivation

1. You are a conscientious 'self-starter' with high levels of motivation and independence.
2. You are eminently capable of working on your own with the course resources, with the support of tutor-led instruction.
3. You have excellent self-management skills and can organise your work-life balance effectively. You can cope with a number of deadlines at the same time.
4. When you seek help, you do so by taking a range of potential solutions to the person you are seeking help from

Information Technology Skills

5. You have good IT and computing skills:
a) You know how to download and install software. It is a course requirement that you are comfortable using (or learning to use) spreadsheet-based software packages (e.g. Microsoft Excel or IBM SPSS).
b) You are comfortable using (or learning how to use) multimedia (such as viewing and creating Powerpoint, video and audio files).
c) You have and can use equipment such as speakers/headphones and microphones.
6. You are adept at using social media to engage with others and to nurture online relationships. You recognise that online relationships demand considerable efforts of commitment and reciprocity to be rewarding.
7. You are proficient with using email to communicate, and can do so in a professional and courteous manner.
8. You are comfortable with using (or learning how to use) online communication software such as Skype.

Academic and Independent Study Skills

9. You recognise that a post-graduate student is assumed to possess a broader and deeper skill-set compared to an undergraduate student:
You can write accurately, clearly and concisely.
You can read and summarise large quantities of text quickly and critically.
You can use electronic databases effectively to look for research papers and study materials.
You can classify evidence precisely and assess its validity and reliability.
You can argue logically and consistently.
You can independently make use of support documents and materials provided to help you with basic academic skills such as academic referencing.
10. You can multi-task and work on several projects at once, advancing them all towards completion simultaneously.
11. You understand what it means to say that Psychology is both a quantitative and a qualitative discipline; that it involves both number-crunching and statistics as well as meaning-making and interpretation.
12. You are able to devote the requisite study hours necessary to the course to be successful. We strongly recommend around 40 hours per week for full time routes, and around 20 hours per week for part time routes.

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This Masters programme provides a challenging learning experience for those who wish to deepen and integrate their mediation knowledge and skills. Read more

Overview

This Masters programme provides a challenging learning experience for those who wish to deepen and integrate their mediation knowledge and skills. The course aims to develop the student’s ability in the analysis and critique of mediation and conflict intervention theory and research.

The course also delivers specialist professional training in the areas of Family Mediation, Organisational and Workplace Mediation, Commercial Mediation, Peace Process Studies, Restorative Practice, Conflict Resolution in Education and Restorative Practice in Schools. The programme has a significant experiential element, providing ongoing opportunities to learn reflectively through exercises and in practice through individualised feedback and coaching.

Formal presentations provide background theory on mediation specialist areas and are delivered by practitioner mediators.

See the website https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/courses/ma-mediation-and-conflict-intervention

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be required to have all of the following:
- A primary degree in any subject.
- Career experience relevant to mediation.
- A written Personal Statement.
- References from two referees.
- Interview.
- A Mediators Institute of Ireland Certified Training course or equivalent is essential.

Applicants without a primary degree may be considered if they have An NUIM Diploma in Mediation & Conflict Intervention OR if they have all of the following A Certified Mediation Training and a Mediation Role Play Competency Assessment (accredited by the Mediators Institute of Ireland or equivalent).

An extensive career portfolio of not less than 10 years in total, including at least three years practice as a mediator.
- A written Personal Statement.
- References from two referees.
- Interview.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website (https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/international/study-maynooth/postgraduate ) for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

Course Structure

The programme is delivered on a rollover basis over two years. In consultation with the Course Director students select 9 modules over two years. Students must complete one compulsory module and a further three or four modules each year.

Career Options

Graduates are provided with the knowledge base for practice in the specialist areas of mediation taught on the course, family mediation, workplace mediation, restorative practice, commercial mediation, peace process studies, conflict resolution in education and restorative practice in schools. On completion of 75 case hours graduates may apply for Practitioner Status with the Mediator’s Institute of Ireland.

Find out how to apply here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/courses/ma-mediation-and-conflict-intervention#tabs-apply

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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This Masters programme provides a challenging learning experience for those who wish to deepen and integrate their mediation knowledge and skills. Read more

Overview

This Masters programme provides a challenging learning experience for those who wish to deepen and integrate their mediation knowledge and skills. The course aims to develop the student’s ability in the analysis and critique of mediation and conflict intervention theory and research.

The course also delivers specialist professional training in the areas of Family Mediation, Organisational and Workplace Mediation, Commercial Mediation, Peace Process Studies, Restorative Practice, Conflict Resolution in Education and Restorative Practice in Schools & Research. The programme has a significant experiential element, providing ongoing opportunities to learn reflectively through exercises and in practice through individualised feedback and coaching.

Formal presentations provide background theory on mediation specialist areas and are delivered by practitioner mediators.

See the website https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/courses/ma-mediation-and-conflict-intervention-0

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be required to have all of the following:
• A primary degree in any subject.
• A written Personal Statement.
• References from two referees.
• Interview.
• A Mediators Institute of Ireland Certified Training course or equivalent is desirable but not essential.

Applicants without a primary degree may be considered if they have An NUIM Diploma in Mediation & Conflict Intervention OR if they have all of the following:
A Certified Mediation Training and a Mediation Role Play Competency Assessment (accredited by the Mediators Institute of Ireland or equivalent). An extensive career portfolio of not less than 10 years in total, including at least three years practice as a mediator.
• A written Personal Statement.
• References from two referees.
• Interview.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements: please visit Maynooth University International Office website (https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/international/study-maynooth/postgraduate ) for information about English language tests accepted and required scores. The requirements specified are applicable for both EU and non-EU applicants.

National University of Ireland Maynooth’s TOEFL code is 8850

Course Structure

The programme is available both full-time (one year duration) and part-time (two years duration).

In consultation with the Course Director students select 9 modules.

Career Options

Graduates are provided with the knowledge base for practice in the specialist areas of mediation taught on the course, family mediation, workplace mediation, restorative practice, commercial mediation, peace process studies, conflict resolution in education and restorative practice in schools.

On completion of 75 case hours graduates may apply for Practitioner Status with the Mediator’s Institute of Ireland.

Find out how to apply here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/courses/ma-mediation-and-conflict-intervention-0#tabs-apply

Find information on Scholarships here https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/study-maynooth/postgraduate-studies/fees-funding-scholarships

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Applications are being accepted to start the MPhil in Sociology and Demography in 2017-18. The MPhil introduces students to contemporary theories and research methods on the intersection of sociology and demography. Read more

About the course

Applications are being accepted to start the MPhil in Sociology and Demography in 2017-18.

The MPhil introduces students to contemporary theories and research methods on the intersection of sociology and demography. This 21-month programme takes a life-course and multilevel approach, aiming to integrate micro and macro issues in analysing social problems and the causes and consequences of population change.

The MPhil Sociology and Demography will prepare you for doctoral work in sociology and demography and research-intense jobs.

The curriculum emphasises:

• population-level analysis and demographic measures
• a life course approach
• sociological analysis as the key approach to explanation
• advanced quantitative methods.

This emphasis is reflected in the compulsory papers. Optional papers and the thesis will reflect either a more specialised topical study (eg gender, family and fertility, migration and integration of migrants, health and mortality, intergenerational relationships) or methodological work.

The MPhil programme has the following components:

• Sociological Analysis paper taught in the first year through lectures and seminars, assessed by an unseen examination
• Demographic Analysis paper taught in the first year through lectures, seminars and computer labs, assessed through a combination of examination and assignments
• Life Course Research paper taught in the first year through lectures, seminars and computer labs, assessed through a combination of methods
• Statistical Methods paper taught in the first year through lectures and computer labs, assessed through a combination of a test and assignments
• Research Design paper taught in the first year through lectures, assessed via a combination of methods
• Two optional papers over both years of the MPhil, normally taught through eight weekly classes/seminars for each paper and assessed by unseen examination or appropriate coursework
• Replication project in the second year, comprising a combination of individual and group work and assessed via assignments
• MPhil thesis, a substantial piece of original research (of up to 30,000 words) to be submitted by the end of the second year

Please note that the optional papers available may vary from year to year. For information about the optional papers available in 2016-17 please see http://www.sociology.ox.ac.uk/course-list?search=course_list&task=search.

Graduate destinations

Graduates often continue with a PhD at Oxford or doctoral studies at highly-ranked US and continental programmes. Others find placement in research-intensive occupations in the public sector (eg national statistical offices, government departments and regional/local authorities), in international organisations, think tanks, and in private sector occupations in which quantitative skills are highly valued (consulting, market research, health research, social research, and insurance companies).

Entry requirements for entry in 2017-18

Academic ability -

Proven and potential academic excellence:

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in a social science subject.

The department will only consider applicants who have an undergraduate degree in arts, humanities or science subjects if they can demonstrate a strong interest in sociology, as taught at Oxford.

For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.7 out of 4.0.

Other appropriate indicators will include:

- References/letters of recommendation

Your references will support intellectual ability, academic achievement, motivation, a demonstrable interest in sociology as it is taught at Oxford.

Academic references are preferred, though professional references are acceptable if you have spent a significant amount of time in work.

- Written work produced by the student

Two pieces of written work of no more than 2,000 words are required. The written work must be in English and preferably about a sociological subject. Extracts from longer pieces should be prefaced by a short note which puts them in context.

This will be assessed for comprehensive understanding of the subject area; understanding of problems in the area; ability to construct and defend an argument; powers of analysis; powers of expression.

The work need not be closely related but it should have some sociological content.

- Statement of purpose/personal statement

The personal statement must be in English and should be approximately 750 words in length.

This will be assessed for:

• your reasons for applying
• evidence of motivation for and understanding of the proposed area of study
• the ability to present a reasoned case in English
• commitment to the subject, beyond the requirements of the degree course
• preliminary knowledge of research techniques; capacity for sustained and intense work
• reasoning ability
• ability to absorb new ideas, often presented abstractly, at a rapid pace.

Your statement should focus on your academic record and interests rather than personal achievements, interests and aspirations.

English language requirement:

Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University - https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford/application-guide?wssl=1#content-tab--3

Funding

There are over 1,000 full graduate scholarships available for courses starting in 2016-17. Full scholarships will cover your course and college fees and provide a grant for living costs. Information about the full range of funding available can be found in the Fees and funding section - http://www.ox.ac.uk/node/17098/

For over 70% of Oxford scholarships, nothing more than the standard course application is usually required. If you fulfil the eligibility criteria and apply by the relevant January deadline, you will be automatically considered. Use the Fees, funding and scholarship search to find out whether you are eligible for scholarships which require an additional application. If you are, the tool will include links to full details of how to apply - http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/fees-funding-and-scholarship-search

Divisional funding opportunities:

Oxford hosts one of 21 Doctoral Training Centres accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). In 2016 approximately 65 ESRC studentships are available across the Social Sciences. See the Social Sciences Doctoral Training Centre website for details - http://researchtraining.socsci.ox.ac.uk/home-dtc

Costs

Annual fees for entry in 2017-18 - https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/fees-and-funding/tuition-and-college-fees/fee-status?wssl=1

Home/EU (including Islands) - Tuition fee: £8,715; College fee: £3,021; Total annual fees: £11,736
Overseas - Tuition fee: £16,770; College fee: 3,021; Total annual fees: £19,791

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