Kennesaw State University

Introduction

Kennesaw State University (KSU) is the third-largest university in Georgia with more than 24,600 undergraduate and graduate students representing 132 countries.

KSU is located just northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, allowing students to experience the best of Atlanta while enjoying the serenity of a 328-acre, beautifully landscaped pedestrian-friendly campus.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), KSU offers 80 bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs including undergraduate degrees in education, health, business, the humanities, the arts, science and math. The university’s graduate degree programs include nursing, business, information systems, conflict management, public administration, education and professional writing. KSU’s expanding doctoral programs currently offer doctorates in education, business and nursing, as well as KSU's first Ph.D program in International Conflict Management.

The University’s national reputation continues to gain steam -- recognized for its first-year experience program for ten consecutive years and as one of the top universities in the region by U.S. News & World Report in its America’s Best Colleges issue. Kennesaw State has also been ranked among only 19 universities in the country that scored an A by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in its "What Will They Learn?" guide.

In addition, Kennesaw State’s nursing program is the largest nursing program in Georgia. The University's nursing students have one of the highest passing rates on the statewide licensing exam and are highly sought-after in the medical community. The College of Education is the second-largest preparer of teachers in the state. And the Executive MBA program, housed in the Michael J. Coles College of Business is recognized among the best in the world by CEO Magazine.

The university has committed itself to expanding the global experience of students, faculty and staff Since 2009, Kennesaw State has awarded Global Engagement Certifications to graduate and undergraduate students. This certification recognizes students’ achievements in learning global perspectives and developing intercultural skills.

As a destination campus, the University offers students plenty of opportunities to experience campus life by participating in more than 150 student groups and organizations, including student government, sororities and fraternities, club and intramural sports, social and special-interest organizations, student publications and honor societies.

Since becoming a member of the NCAA Division I, competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference, the Kennesaw State Owls have won a total of 12 conference championships with the men's golf team making a national championship appearance in 2011. During the transition from 2005-2009, Kennesaw State teams won six Atlantic Sun Conference crowns in five sports, including men’s indoor and outdoor track, women’s soccer, softball and cross-country.

Kennesaw State was originally established by the University System of Georgia in 1963 as Kennesaw Junior College serving 1,000 students. The college became a four-year institution in 1976 and was named Kennesaw College in 1977. In 1988, it was named Kennesaw State College and in 1996 became Kennesaw State University.

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Master of Accounting (MAcc)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 USA Kennesaw

The Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree program is a professional graduate degree designed to help an individual meet the challenges of a career in accounting, whether public, private, or governmental. [+]

Master of Accounting (MAcc) The Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree program is a professional graduate degree designed to help an individual meet the challenges of a career in accounting, whether public, private, or governmental. The School of Accountancy at Kennesaw State University is home to the largest accounting program in the State of Georgia and offers excellence in accounting education. Within the Coles College of Business, the Accounting and Business degree programs are fully accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The KSU MAcc Advantages: The Kennesaw State University Master of Accounting program has been preparing accounting, auditing, and taxation professionals since 1994.... [-]

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Campus Full time 20 - 24 months September 2016 USA Kennesaw

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree that prepares students for administrative and leadership positions in governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations. [+]

Master of Public Administration (MPA) What is an MPA? MPA is a Master of Public Administration. Public Administration is both a field of practice and an academic discipline. It is government in action and, as a profession, involves the implementation of public policies, programs, and laws. As an academic discipline, it is the study of public institutions and their relationships with each other, and prepares public administrators for jobs at the frontline of diverse society. The goal of the field is to advance management and policies to enable government function efficiently and effectively. Mission Statement The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree that prepares students for administrative and leadership positions in governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations. Vision To be one of the leading MPA programs in the southeastern United States. The MPA Program is a 36 semester-hour course of study that consists of three components: An 8-course core curriculum is required of all students (24 hours); a 3-course concentration of the student's choice (9 hours); and a professional exercise (3 hours). [-]

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 USA Kennesaw

The MSW program at KSU offers a full time program of study with a focus in clinical practice. The program of study consists of four academic semesters (two years). [+]

Master of Social Work (MSW) The MSW program at KSU offers a full time program of study with a focus in clinical practice. The program of study consists of four academic semesters (two years). Students may choose to focus on one of two specialization areas: Children and Family Services and Behavioral Health Services. Students who select the Behavioral Health Services specialization can choose a sub-specialty in Addiction Treatment Services. The program consists of 60 credit hours with 48 of these credit hours spent in the classroom and 12 in supervised field practicum sites located throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area. It should be noted that the MSW Program does not offer Advanced Standing. Children and Family Services The Children and Family Services Specialization helps students to deepen their knowledge and practice skills in assessment and treatment services to children and their families. This specialization prepares students for careers focused on work with children and their families in agency settings such as: child welfare, juvenile justice, family agencies, residential treatment centers, group homes, youth outreach programs, youth prevention programs, and school settings. Behavioral Health Services The Behavioral Health Services Specialization trains students to make assessments and offer treatment services to individuals, families or groups for behavioral health problems or disorders. The specialization prepares students for careers in agency and individual practice settings such as: hospitals, in-and-out-patient treatment settings, family agencies, mental health centers, and psychiatric facilities among others. Substance Abuse Services Sub-Specialty The Addiction Treatment Services Services sub-specialty incorporates content about diverse client populations and multiple service settings as they relate to Addiction Treatment Services. The sub-specialty considers Addiction Treatment Services in the context of other psychosocial problems. Students who pursue this sub –specialty will be prepared to become Certified Addiction Counselors (CAC) with additional course work and supervised work experience. Clinical Field Practicum All MSW students are required to complete a clinical field practicum at an agency site approved by the Department. First year students in the full time program of study spend two full days in a field practicum setting and second year students in the full time program of study spend three full days in a field practicum setting. More specific details of the program of study and policies for the program can be found in the University Graduate Catalog, the MSW Student Handbook, and the MSW Field Practicum Manual. [-]

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Master of Science in Applied Statistics (MS)

Campus Full time 22 months September 2016 USA Kennesaw

The Master of Science in Applied Statistics (MSAS) Program at Kennesaw State University is a professional degree program which seeks to prepare a diverse student body to utilize cutting-edge statistical methods to draw valid and meaningful inferences from business, industry, government and health services data. [+]

Master of Science in Applied Statistics (MS) The Master of Science in Applied Statistics (MSAS) Program at Kennesaw State University is a professional degree program which seeks to prepare a diverse student body to utilize cutting-edge statistical methods to draw valid and meaningful inferences from business, industry, government and health services data. Using a variety of commercial software, graduates are expected to analyze real-world data appropriately and communicate their findings effectively. The MSAS degree is a 22-month early evening program designed for professionals or students with undergraduate degrees in the sciences or business. Course titles include: Introduction to Mathematics for Statistics Mathematical Statistics Statistical Computing and Simulation Statistical Methods Advanced Programming in SAS Quality Control and Process Improvement Applied Experimental Design Design of Human Studies Six Sigma Problem Solving Applied Regression Analysis Time Series Analysis Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis Data Mining Applied Categorical Data Analysis Applied Multivariate Methods Applied Topics in Binary Classification Applied Analysis Project An emphasis of the MSAS program is in applied statistical methods used in industry and government for process and quality improvement. A key focus is the continuous training and practice using Six Sigma methodology of process improvement. These techniques are in demand in industry due to the cost savings typically resulting from process improvement activities. Upon completion of program, students will be able to: Apply appropriate statistical methods to solve problems Analyze data using several statistical packages Identify opportunities for quality and productivity improvement Establish process control systems Lead problem-solving teams Communicate project results orally and in writing [-]

Master of Science in Chemical Sciences (MS)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2016 USA Kennesaw + 1 more

The Master of Science in Chemical Sciences (MSCB) is a thesis-based program with tracks in Chemistry and Biochemistry. The MSCB offers a flexible curriculum, individually tailored to the student's background and research interests. [+]

Master of Science in Chemical Sciences (MS)

The Master of Science in Chemical Sciences (MSCB) is a thesis-based program with tracks in Chemistry and Biochemistry. The MSCB offers a flexible curriculum, individually tailored to the student's background and research interests. The program is 33-credit-hours of coursework with research opportunities in all areas of chemistry and biochemistry, from synthetic organic chemistry to enzymology. Current research areas include the traditional sub-discipline areas of chemistry and biochemistry as well as interdisciplinary areas such as chemical biology, astrochemistry, and materials science including nanochemistry. Ongoing projects are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health, the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement, and the Petroleum Research Fund. The MSCB will prepare students to think in an interdisciplinary fashion about problems in chemistry, biochemistry and many other related areas of study. This program is designed to allow students to complete course work and thesis research within two academic years. Qualified students admitted to the program will be awarded a teaching assistantship, helping to instruct undergraduate students in general chemistry lab classes. This award includes a tuition waiver and a stipend of $12,000 for the first 10 months in the program. They will take graduate courses, attend seminars and begin their work with potential research mentors on projects that demonstrate the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of inquiry in the chemical sciences. In the second year, students will work closely with their mentors on their thesis projects. Successful candidates will have completed requirements for the bachelor degree in a college accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association within the U.S., or in an equivalent institution outside the U.S. (accredited by a recognized accrediting agency) that has been authorized to operate by their respective governments either as agencies of the government or as private (nongovernmental) organizations. Successful candidates will have taken the Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Successful candidates will typically have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Adequately prepared applicants must demonstrate core competency as reflected by the record of undergraduate coursework in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, with a degree focus in one of these areas. The core includes 8 semester hours of physics with labs, 16 hours of general and organic chemistry with labs, 8-9 hours of math including calculus, and 8-20 hours of upper level chemistry and/or biochemistry and/or biology. It is important that the record reflects adequate preparation at the undergraduate level in order to succeed in the MSCB. An applicant who is deemed deficient in one or two courses by the Admissions Committee may be admitted into the program under the condition that the missing undergraduate courses be taken in addition to the graduate program requirements; these will not count toward the degree and are not eligible for the tuition waver.... [-]


Master of Science in Computer Science (MS)

Campus Full time Part time 2 years September 2016 USA Kennesaw + 1 more

Kennesaw State University is now offering the NEW Master of Science in Computer Science degree to meet Georgia's increasing workforce demand in computer science. [+]

Master of Science in Computer Science (MS) Kennesaw State University is now offering the NEW Master of Science in Computer Science degree to meet Georgia's increasing workforce demand in computer science. The MSCS program offers students a true graduate-school experience in the exciting discipline of Computer Science, with high expectations and intensive learning. The MSCS offers excellent curriculum that blends theoretic foundations of computer science with the state-of-the-art computing technologies. The program provides students with opportunities in computer science research, advanced project development and interdisciplinary study, with maximum of flexibility in study plans and class attendance options. Curriculum featuring the state-of-the-art computing technologies: Mobile computing, mobile app development, wireless networking Game design and development, modeling, and simulation Database, data warehousing, and data mining Cloud computing, high performance computing, distributed computing Computing security Three degree models Thesis model Non-thesis model Interdisciplinary CS model Full time/part time study plans and flexible class attendance options KSU BS/MS Accelerated Plan 4+1 BS/MS Accelerated Plan 4+1.5 BS/MS Accelerated Plan, with part-time MSCS Closely working with faculty in research and project development Research Interests Cloud Computing Mobile Computing High Performance Computing Artificial Intelligence Game Development Modeling and Simulation Software Engineering Data Mining Social Intelligence Networking Computing Security [-]

Master of Science in Conflict Management (MS)

Campus Full time Part time 16 months September 2016 USA Kennesaw + 1 more

Kennesaw State University’s Master of Science in Conflict Management (MSCM) is a 16-month executive degree program designed for students seeking a supportive academic environment. Students gain the knowledge and skills to manage conflicts in today’s challenging environments. [+]

Master of Science in Conflict Management (MS) Kennesaw State University’s Master of Science in Conflict Management (MSCM) is a 16-month executive degree program designed for students seeking a supportive academic environment. Students gain the knowledge and skills to manage conflicts in today’s challenging environments. The MSCM faculty bring a diverse array of experiences to the classroom including environmental, public policy, international, court-related, workplace, non-profit, and more. Conflict Management education addresses the issues that divide our world by encouraging communication, fostering positive relationships and developing comprehensive, long-term solutions. It enhances the safety and vitality of group our families, communities and workplaces. Conflict management is also a set of tools and a way of thinking that can help not only prevent conflict, but effectively engage it once it arises. Conflict management education teaches the various ways people choose to react when confronted with conflict situations and the effect of those reactions on potential outcomes. Studying conflict is really about learning skills which can provide the ability to respond in ways that help prevent and manage conflict by reducing ineffective responses. The MSCM operates a Cohort learning model for the study of conflict, admitting 27 students to each incoming group each fall. Taking classes with the same group of students from program start to finish creates a unique and enriching learning environment.Cohort peers challenge one another and share insights from their respective diverse professional backgrounds to contribute to classroom learning. In a typical MSCM Cohort, over 20 undergraduate academic backgrounds are represented, several students already hold an advanced degree, approximately 20% of the students are international (often having come to us directly from a conflict zone), and multiple languages and ethnicities are represented. Such diversity in the classroom provides opportunities for enriching dialogue and discussion. [-]

Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MS)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 USA Kennesaw

The MSCJ is an ideal program for traditional students who aspire to pursue their academic goals and for professionals in the field of criminal justice who want to advance their knowledge and skills for career enhancement. [+]

Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MS) The MSCJ is an ideal program for traditional students who aspire to pursue their academic goals and for professionals in the field of criminal justice who want to advance their knowledge and skills for career enhancement. The program includes face-to-face and some online course instructional formats. It also has a unique "Global/International Perspectives in Criminal Justice" focus, which includes both an 'International Criminal Justice Experience' study abroad opportunity and a comparative criminal justice systems course. Other than high academic learning, the students will have the opportunity to gain research experience by working with our faculty members in the program. Please explore our website and let us know if we can answer any of your questions about the program. Thank you for visiting our website, and we hope to hear from you soon! Vision A pioneer of high-quality, comprehensive, and global criminal justice education, experience, and research at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Mission To prepare students for careers in criminal justice and related fields. To prepare students for post-graduate and professional education. To expose students to various types of research methodologies. To expose students to the interdisciplinary nature of criminal justice. To develop critical and analytical thinking skills and an understanding of the scientific method. To develop effective oral and written communication skills. To instill awareness of and promote adherence to the highest ethical standards. To bridge theory, practice, and research. To foster global learning and community engagement. To understand and raise awareness of issues involving diversity and discrimination. To provide opportunities for research and collaborative professional activities. To learn and utilize current technological applications for research and practice. [-]

Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS)

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 2 years September 2016 USA Kennesaw + 1 more

The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) at Kennesaw State University's Coles College of Business will help prepare tomorrow's technology leaders to succeed in the global business environment. [+]

Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) The Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) at Kennesaw State University's Coles College of Business will help prepare tomorrow's technology leaders to succeed in the global business environment. This program emphasizes the strategic importance of technology and the development of qualified and capable leaders for global organizations. The curriculum covers the importance of leadership and IT strategy through 2 capstone courses: Information Systems (IS) Strategy and Information Technology (IT) Leadership. With evening, online, and hybrid classes, the KSU MSIS program at Coles College gives students the opportunity to engage in significant professional development, without disruption of their careers. For those interested in getting more information, please complete the Graduate Interest Page, which will allow you to receive e-mail reminders for due dates and upcoming events. [-]

Master of Science in Integrative Biology (MS)

Campus Full time 2 years February 2017 USA Kennesaw

The Master of Science in Integrative Biology offered by the Department of Biology and Physics combines traditional research-based graduate training in the field of biology with a strong emphasis on the rapidly emerging paradigm of integrative biology. [+]

Master of Science in Integrative Biology (MS) The Master of Science in Integrative Biology offered by the Department of Biology and Physics combines traditional research-based graduate training in the field of biology with a strong emphasis on the rapidly emerging paradigm of integrative biology. While students center their research within a particular area of biology based on faculty expertise, the program incorporates through course work and collaboration an integrative approach that spans scales (e.g. molecules, cells, populations, ecosystems) and disciplines (e.g. genetics, physiology, and physics) within biology and outside of biology. What is Integrative Biology? Integrative biology is an emerging scientific paradigm that assembles concepts and information from different disciplines and from different scales to produce a more complete understanding of biological systems and to better answer some of the great scientific questions of our day. Integrative biology is a response to the exponential growth of scientific knowledge over the last two centuries that has resulted in the specialization and compartmentalization of various subdisciplines. Integrative biology recognizes that no one person can master these many fields, but instead that research must be designed to bring people’s specialized expertise together and to integrate their knowledge and skills in order to solve a common problem. Why Integrative Biology? The MSIB program at KSU trains graduate students to solve biological problems using knowledge from multiple fields. Students who graduate with an MS in Integrative Biology degree are more versatile than a conventionally trained graduate because they can provide connectivity in interdisciplinary teams and adaptability to changing workplace needs in industry, research, and education. The integrative approach in their training will allow them to better anticipate changes in the marketplace, as well as to more successfully solve complex biological questions. Recognition of the importance of this field is widespread and growing. Evidence for the trend appears in the recent establishment of Departments and Programs of Integrative Biology, funding agencies that stress integrative science and new societies andjournals that espouse integrative biology. A recent report from the National Research Council of the National Academies clearly stresses the need for an integrative approach in thebiological sciences: "The ways in which we think about and pursue research in biology are changing rapidly. In the past decade, powerful innovations — including recombinant DNA, instrumentation, and the digital revolution — have altered fundamentally the ways in which biology is done. Biologists are increasingly intrigued by the challenges of deciphering how components such as molecules, cells, or organisms interact to produce higher-order structures and properties. They are studying the ways in which molecules can affect cells, or ways in which cells can affect organ systems, or how individual organisms affect populations and ecosystems. At all levels of biological organization, the elucidation and understanding of integrated systems are moving to center stage." Students in our Master of Science in Integrative Biology (MSIB) program are trained in the integrative paradigm through courses that incorporate scales and disciplines within and beyond biology, and by the structure of thesis committees where at least one of the three members is from outside the major professor's subdiscipline. Such a foundation develops ways of thinking that allow students to recognize and expand upon the integrative nature of modern biology. The Master of Science in Integrative Biology program is designed to allow students to complete course work and their thesis research within two academic years. In addition to a thesis generated by original research, the degree will require 36 credit hours total: 11 credit hours Thesis Research, 12 credit hours of required graduate courses (including 2 Graduate Seminar experiences), and another 13 credit hours of graduate-level electives. [-]

Master of Science in International Policy Management (MS)

Online Full time Part time 20 - 24 months September 2016 USA Kennesaw + 1 more

The Master of Science in International Policy Management (MSIPM) is a cohort-based online degree program that builds on Kennesaw State University’s strong tradition and long-standing commitment to international education. [+]

Master of Science in International Policy Management (MS) The Master of Science in International Policy Management (MSIPM) is a cohort-based online degree program that builds on Kennesaw State University’s strong tradition and long-standing commitment to international education. The program prepares future leaders in the private and public sectors to understand the interaction between political and economic dynamics in the global context. The curriculum offered by the program will enhance understanding of international policy in an interactive collaborative learning environment, whether students are recent college graduates or have experience working in public, private, or nongovernmental organizations. Students will learn how to assess political risk, better understand the regulatory environment in which corporations function, and deal with the cultural nuances inherent to the global negotiation process. The online nature of the program offers flexibility for students to complete an academically solid degree program while continuing current employment, whether working in-state, nationwide, or abroad. Additionally, the cohort model builds a learning community for mutual support. Orientation The delivery of the program courses is all online; however, at the beginning of the first semester, students attend a mandatory orientation held on the Kennesaw State University campus. The orientation focuses on program expectations, interaction with faculty and administrators, and hands-on learning with Desire2Learn (formerly GeorgiaView Vista), the distance learning technology platform used in the program. Cohort Model The MSIPM program is a 33 semester-hour course of study that uses a cohort-base online style of course delivery. Students begin as a group in fall semester of year one and complete the program by May of the final spring semester in year two. Since courses are offered in a predetermined sequence, students can finish the program in 20 months. Internships Opportunities for your internship or practicum are varied and depend on your personal interests and policy focus. Examples include a local logistics-related internship at Interra International, a global food trading company, and a global internship opportunity in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat. The MSIPM Director will be glad to discuss the large range of internship opportunities available to graduate students enrolled in the degree program. [-]

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Master of Arts in American Studies (MA)

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 USA Kennesaw

KSU’s master’s program in American Studies offers interdisciplinary study of American cultures as they exist locally, regionally, nationally, and trans-nationally. [+]

Master of Arts in American Studies (MA) The American Studies program at Kennesaw State University dedicates itself to crossing boundaries: disciplinary, social, cultural, institutional. The program is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, focusing on the study of American cultures as they exist locally, regionally, nationally, and trans-nationally. With grounding in the content knowledge base and methodologies from a range of fields, students are actively encouraged to pursue an understanding and critical analysis of the history, literature, arts, politics, language, philosophy, and social practices of the multitude of American communities. Through the use of project-based learning linked to their own professional development needs, interests, and abilities, the program engages students in an exchange of learning and service in local communities and abroad. What can I do with an American Studies degree? A background in American Studies can be useful in just about any vocation, but here are careers in with an American Studies degree can be particularly valuable: Human relations Diversity officer Museum interpretation Journalism Public relations Educational leadership Teaching Public service KSU’s master’s program in American Studies offers interdisciplinary study of American cultures as they exist locally, regionally, nationally, and trans-nationally. The sole American Studies graduate curriculum in the University System of Georgia, KSU’s new course of study will ground students in the most important and innovative recent scholarship dealing with the United States and its role in the world. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in practical, project-based learning linked to their own professional development needs and interests. Thus, students will not only learn cutting-edge approaches to the study of American history, politics, literature, arts, and culture, but they will also apply this knowledge through group work, collaborations with faculty, community service, and career-related capstone projects. [-]

Master of Arts in Integrated Global Communications (MA)

Campus Full time Part time 4 semesters September 2016 USA Kennesaw + 1 more

Market share, mind share and competitive positioning are vital ingredients for organizational success. Achieving these goals on a global scale requires special knowledge and skills to effectively communicate shared meanings across countries and regions with diverse cultural, political, and economic characteristics. [+]

Master of Arts in Integrated Global Communications (MA)

Market share, mind share and competitive positioning are vital ingredients for organizational success. Achieving these goals on a global scale requires special knowledge and skills to effectively communicate shared meanings across countries and regions with diverse cultural, political, and economic characteristics. Global communication refers to the information flow that transcends national boundaries, that is mindful of organizational goals and objectives while being sensitive to peoples of different cultures and races, and that recognizes political and economic differences among global organizational stakeholders. About the Program The M.A. in Integrated Global Communicationat Kennesaw State University is a professional-oriented, 33-hour, four semester graduate program that features:... [-]


Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MA)

Campus Part time 2 years September 2016 USA Kennesaw

The Master of Arts in Professional Writing program (MAPW) is a professional graduate degree program that prepares candidates for a wide variety of writing-related positions in business, education, publishing, and the arts. [+]

Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MA) The Master of Arts in Professional Writing program (MAPW) is a professional graduate degree program that prepares candidates for a wide variety of writing-related positions in business, education, publishing, and the arts. Coursework in three concentrations applied writing, composition and rhetoric, and creative writing allows students to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in various fields of professional writing. As students become experienced in producing and analyzing business, technical, journalistic, and creative texts, they develop a sophisticated understanding of style, structure, and audience. MAPW students will become writing professionals who can move in many directions during their careers. They will become flexible writers who can tune in to the writing conventions of a given genre, adapting their writing style to the requirements of various rhetorical contexts. To earn an MA in Professional Writing degree, students complete at least 36 hours of course work. Students enroll in the following: The Writing Core (3 hrs) PRWR 6000: Issues and Research in Professional Writing, the core course, equips MAPW students with the necessary tools they will need to acquire both practical and theoretical knowledge about writing and writers, as well as graduate-level study skills. Students must complete this core course in their first semester in the MAPW program. The Concentration (15 hrs) All students concentrate in one of the three genres of writing: Applied Writing Composition/Rhetoric Creative Writing To graduate, students must successfully complete 5 courses (15 hrs) in their concentration. The Support Area (9 hrs) All students select one of the remaining genres as the support area. To graduate, students must successfully complete 3 courses (9 hrs) The Elective (3 hrs) In addition to the above requirements, students take an elective, a single course (3 hrs) from any of the MAPW courses of their choice. The Capstone (6 hrs minimum) After completing a minimum of 27 hours, students may enroll in capstone (i.e., thesis) hours, which allows students to explore more fully an area of interest by producing a thesis or other substantial project. To graduate, students must complete at least 6 hours, but some may need to enroll in more hours, and complete their capstone work successfully. [-]