The graduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences is an essential component of the University’s research effort. All of our Master’s programs, except the Masters of Public Administration (MPAL), offer a thesis option in which the graduate student will complete a prescribed array of courses and be given a substantial research project under the mentorship of one of our graduate faculty. These programs enhance critical thinking, effective oral and written communication, the development of discipline specific marketable skills, and require the student to better understand the theoretical aspect of their discipline. This track prepares the student not only for enhanced job opportunities and can improve earning potential, but prepares the student to enter professional and PhD programs.
All of our Master’s programs have a non-thesis track as well. These programs offer a prescribed graduate program to sharpen the student’s job skills, and to enhance job opportunities and can improve earning potential.
The Master of Arts (MA) degree is offered in English, History, Psychology with concentrations in either Clinical Psychology or Experiential Psychology and Spanish; the Master of Public Administration (MPA); and the Master of Science (MS) is offered in Biology, Computer Science, Criminal Justice Administration, Kinesiology, Geology, and Mathematics. Many of these programs have an online version of the non-thesis track, these include an MS in Kinesiology and Criminal Justice Administration, and an MA in English, Psychology, and a Master’s in Public Administration.