University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Introduction

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is located on approximately 521 acres in northeast Colorado Springs at the foot of Austin Bluffs, a rugged natural cliff formation. The campus provides a spectacular view of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, including Pikes Peak, a 14,100-foot mountain that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write “America the Beautiful” from its pinnacle in 1893.

Established in 1965, UCCS was built on an original 1964 gift of 80 acres (for the price of $1) from local businessman George Dwire. The campus continues to expand with the recent additions of a Campus Recreation Center, the Gallogly Events Center, the Osborne Center for Science & Engineering, Berger Hall, Mountain Lion Stadium, and renovations to Dwire Hall, the Heller Center for the Arts and Humanities and Centennial Hall.

In the Fall 2013 semester, more than 10,600 students enrolled in state-supported instruction and almost 1,100 students participated in extended studies. At UCCS 53% of students are female; 23% identify as ethnic minority students. Approximately 92% of UCCS students originate from Colorado; however, students from all 50 states and 55 countries are represented. More than 325 active military personnel and 25 U.S. Olympic athletes pursue higher learning at UCCS. About 84% of students are enrolled in undergraduate programs and 16% are pursuing graduate study, with the assistance of approximately 1,100 faculty and staff. The current funds budget for fiscal year 2014 is approximately $186 million. Campus expenditures yield approximately $310 million to the local economy each year through construction, employee and student spending, travel and operating expenses.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission; Member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Our Mission

The mission of the Graduate School is to promote excellence in graduate education and to facilitate and enhance the educational experience and opportunities for graduate students. The Graduate School has the responsibility for oversight and coordination of all graduate programs, and to ensure compatibility among programs and compliance with Graduate School policies.

Facts and Figures

2014 Enrollment

  • 11,132 fall 2014 on-campus students, +5% (record-high enrollment)
  • 2,000 students enrolled in online courses
  • 32% Pell Grant recipients
  • 33% of all students are minority; 35% of freshman class
  • Among fastest growing universities in the state

Fall 2014 Graduate Student Enrollment:

  • 1,753 graduate students
  • Fourth largest public university graduate enrollment in Colorado (CU Denver, CU Boulder, CSU-Fort Collins, UCCS)
  • Graduation rates for ethnic minority groups equals peer university average
  • More than 1,500 military veterans, active military, and family members
  • 25 U.S. Olympic athletes

Efficient

  • UCCS core expenses are 14% less than those of peer universities
  • UCCS receives $1,023 less state support per full-time student than peer universities
  • UCCS tuition and fees are 8% less than peers
  • UCCS has 40% fewer full time equivalent staff than peer universities

High-Quality

  • UCCS offers 37 bachelor's degrees, 19 masters, and five doctoral degrees
  • US News & World Report: America's Best Colleges
  • Thirteenth among Western regional public universities
  • Sixth nationally for public undergraduate engineering
  • Top-ranked graduate programs in nursing, business and public affairs
  • GI Jobs
  • Military Friendly (top 20% of colleges and universities)

History

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs was established as an extension of the University of Colorado System in 1965. The campus was located on the site of the former 80-acre Cragmor Sanatorium, a Colorado Springs treatment center and nursing home for persons suffering from tuberculosis that was built in the early 1900s. In 1965, George J. Dwire generously sold the 80-acre property for $1 to the University, and the Colorado Springs Center of the University of Colorado was established.

Property was acquired over the years through significant donations and widespread community support, resulting in the magnificent 532-acre campus UCCS has today to develop and grow. The site was once home to ancestral Native Americans; remains from approximately 30 sites used by Plains Indians from about 100 A.D. to 1400 A.D. dot the campus.

The Early Years

In 1972, the Colorado General Assembly approved Colorado Constitutional Amendment 4, designating the Colorado Springs campus and two other centers as distinct campuses of the University of Colorado. That year Dwire Hall opened as the first solely academic building on campus. In 1974, the first Chancellor of UCCS was appointed, reporting directly to the University of Colorado president.

UCCS grew over the years, developing new study programs within its five colleges: Business and Administration; Education; Engineering and Applied Sciences; Letters, Arts and Sciences; and the School of Public Affairs. In 1997, a community referendum merged the city-owned Beth-El College of Nursing with UCCS, making it the sixth college within the University.

In 2011, responsibility for research was officially added to the UCCS statutory mission by the Colorado legislature. Today, meeting the needs of Colorado's second-largest city and regions beyond, UCCS offers 34 bachelors, 19 masters and five doctoral degrees through its six colleges and schools.

Today

Today, the campus houses extensive classroom buildings, residential housing, a recreation center, a sports complex, a family development center, the Dusty Loo "Bon Vivant" theatre, El Pomar Center and the Kraemer Family Library, the Gallogly Events Center, and the Osborne Science and Engineering Center; groundbreaking for the innovative Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences was held in June 2012. Since 2000, historic buildings such as the original Main Hall, Cragmor Hall and Dwire Hall have been renovated.

Since its first commencement in 1975, UCCS has graduated approximately 35,000 students. This year's annual enrollment is more than 10,500 students, served by nearly 1,000 faculty and staff, advancing the mission and vision of the university. UCCS anticipates an enrollment of 13,000 students by 2020.

Through the commitment of its community, its alumni and its faculty and staff, UCCS has grown into a vibrant, dynamic university poised to accomplish remarkable things in the 21st century. This is a university built by a community, to benefit the entire community. Its legacies of commitment promise to build opportunities to create a great university in a great city.

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Master of Criminal Justice

Online & Campus Combined Full time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) program is designed for students interested in comprehensive professional graduate education in the field of criminal justice. It is intended to develop in the student a fundamental understanding of the basic fields within criminal justice and of background material from supporting disciplines which would enable the student to adapt to many operational specializations. [+]

The Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) program is designed for students interested in comprehensive professional graduate education in the field of criminal justice. It is intended to develop in the student a fundamental understanding of the basic fields within criminal justice and of background material from supporting disciplines which would enable the student to adapt to many operational specializations. As an academic and professional field of study, this program is dedicated to preparing men and women not only to administer the system as it presently exists but also to evaluate, to analyze and to change - to become pioneers in accelerating the shaping of a rational and responsive criminal justice system. The program's balanced theoretical and practical mix fully prepares individuals for the complex challenges facing today's public leaders in the state, region and nation. The MCJ program provides an interdisciplinary perspective on crime and the criminal justice system. It focuses on law enforcement, the judiciary, correctional systems, juvenile justice, and the formulation of laws and codes. Individual courses focus on personnel and financial administration, systems analysis, policy analysis, organizational theory and behavior, and program development within the criminal justice system. The MCJ program is flexible, allowing students to design an individualized course of study. Admission Requirements To qualify for admission, a student should: 1. Have a good undergraduate GPA, preferably 3.0 or higher; 2. Submit three letters of recommendation; 3. Submit acceptable scores on the GRE, GMAT or LSAT exams; 4. Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended; 5. Complete the online application for graduate school; and 6. Submit the $60 application fee. Applications should be received by June 1 for Fall admission; by November 1 for Spring admission; and by April 1 for Summer admission. Plan ahead to be sure to meet admission deadlines. It takes time to acquire transcripts and letters of recommendation. Entrance exam scores may take up to four weeks for delivery after the exam is taken. Applicants may enter the SPA graduate programs as non-degree students while awaiting the arrival of admission materials and SPA acceptance. They may take up to 12 hours (four courses) as non-degree students before being admitted to the School of Public Affairs. [-]

Master of Engineering - Energy Engineering (Online)

Online Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The <strong>Master of Engineering - Energy Engineering (ME EnE)</strong> is a practical graduate degree program that focuses on commercial buildings and manufacturing processes and the energy they consume. Graduates become consultants and allies to industries who must become more efficient to compete. [+]

The Master of Engineering - Energy Engineering (ME EnE) is a practical graduate degree program that focuses on commercial buildings and manufacturing processes and the energy they consume. Graduates become consultants and allies to industries who must become more efficient to compete. The Master of Engineering in Energy Engineering (ME EnE) program outline is derived from methods in use by successful practicing energy engineers. Graduates from this program will be taught to view buildings as machines and energy as an ingredient to manufacturing processes. The foundation of the curriculum is systems: how each works at the fundamental level, its predicted behavior and characteristic energy signature. Energy engineering is an applied science that embeds engineering fundamentals into analysis, findings and recommendations, supporting calculations, business cases, and projects. Admission Requirements The minimum requirements for regular admission into the Master of Engineering - Energy Engineering are as follows: - Bachelor's of Science degree (BS) in engineering or closely related discipline. - Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0 in all college level academic work attempted. - Undergraduate coursework in: - Engineering Economics - Basic Thermodynamics - Basic Fluid Mechanics A student who lacks one or more of the above courses may be admitted on a provisional basis, but will normally be required to satisfy the requirements after admission. Two or more years of experience in mechanical, industrial, civil or government engineering or technical professional positions. Program Information The ME EnE program consists of 30 semester hours of coursework. Core material is centered around commercial and industrial energy systems and quantifying methods, because they are the essential skill for jobs in this field. Supporting courses are HVAC design and controls. Ancillary courses include energy management and alternative energy and sustainability concepts. Capstone Project - Students are required to complete a Capstone course to demonstrate mastery of the overall program content. Project topics are decided between the student and the course instructor and will normally reflect a real-world industry or community need and interest. Available exclusively online, the ME Ene program can be completed entirely via distance. [-]

Master of Engineering - Focus in Software Engineering

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

Complex software intensive systems permeate every aspect of our lives. These systems are among the most complex products humankind has ever tackled. <strong>Software Engineering</strong> is the disciplined application of proven principles, techniques, and tools to the creation and maintenance of cost effective, user friendly software systems that solve real problems. [+]

Complex software intensive systems permeate every aspect of our lives. These systems are among the most complex products humankind has ever tackled. Software Engineering is the disciplined application of proven principles, techniques, and tools to the creation and maintenance of cost effective, user friendly software systems that solve real problems. To accommodate the demand for well educated software engineers in almost all industries today, UCCS has established the Master of Engineering degree with a Focus in Software Engineering. UCCS offers a unique environment to study, learn, and share experiences surrounding this special engineering discipline. Our faculty comes from a broad spectrum of backgrounds. Many have had years of experience in industry prior to joining the faculty. The result is a diverse melting pot of ideas, technologies, and experiences. Objectives: - Graduates of the MESE program can manage a mid to large size software project. - Graduates of the MESE program contribute as a productive member in a software team for large software project. - Graduates of the MESE program practice lifelong learning and keep themselves up to date with emerging Software Engineering knowledge. - Graduates of the MESE program contribute to Software Engineering Journals and Conferences. Outcomes: - Students should know the proven principles/techniques/tools, current standards, and best practices of Software Engineering. - Students can perform independent research in the area of Software Engineering. - Students can apply the Software Engineering process in the software system project. - Students have developed effective communication skills and professionalism. Admission Requirements You will need the following: - A Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics, computer science, engineering, or information systems. - An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0; awarded within the past five years) or minimum 148 GRE (new grading scale), quantitative portion. Applicants with a grade point average of less than 3.0 or awarded more than five years ago may be admitted on a case-by-case basis. Applicants with a grade point average between 2.75 and 3.0 awarded within the past five years may be admitted provisionally. International applicants must follow the international applicant admission requirements located on the 'How to Apply' page. - It is recommended that the applicant have two years experience with commercial, industrial or government software development or maintenance. - A concise statement of experience and career goals. - A completed online application, including all required supporting documentation. Course Prerequisites - Knowledge of a modern programming language, e.g., Pascal, Java, or C++ - CS 1450 Data Structures and Algorithms - Math 2150 Discrete Mathematics - CS 3300 Software Engineering Note: Some of these courses may have prerequisites, and any comparable course from another approved university will suffice. Graduation Requirements The following is needed in order to graduate: - An overall 3.0 grade point average in all graduate work - All work applied to the degree must be accomplished within a six year time limit - Up to 9 credit hours of relevant graduate work may be transferred from an accredited graduate program at another institution or taken as a non-degree seeking student at UCCS, provided course work has not been used for any other degree, grade earned for the course(s) is B or better, the course work has been taken within past six years, and the course coverage is equal in level, content, and depth to the course for which is it being substituted. - All courses included to count for this degree must be part of an approved plan of study. This plan must be developed by the student and approved by his/her advisor prior to completing 12 credit hours of course work. [-]

Master of Engineering in Engineering Management (Online)

Online Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The <strong>UCCS MEEM program</strong> will prepare engineers for effective technical management through a series of courses focused on the key skills needed to be successful in a technology-driven work environment. Flexibility in program timing and modality is designed to accommodate today's working professional. [+]

The content of the MEEM program is consistent with the guidelines for the Master's programs in Engineering Management provided by The American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM). Program Goals The UCCS MEEM program will prepare engineers for effective technical management through a series of courses focused on the key skills needed to be successful in a technology-driven work environment. Flexibility in program timing and modality is designed to accommodate today's working professional. Program graduates will know and be able to perform in the following areas: - Systems engineering life cycle process - Finance and accounting principals applied to engineering organization - Leadership and management skills for a rapidly changing technological world Admission Requirements The minimum requirements for regular admission into the Master of Engineering in Engineering Management program are as follows: Bachelor of Science in engineering or a related science discipline from an accredited institution. Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0 in all college level academic work attempted. Undergraduate coursework in: - Engineering Economics - Statistics Two (2) or more years experience in industrial, civil or government engineering or technical professional positions is required. A student who lacks one or more of the above requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis, but will normally be required to satisfy the requirements after admission. Program Information The Master of Engineering in Engineering Management degree program consists of 30 semester hours of coursework comprising 21 hours of core courses and 9 hours of emphasis courses. Core Requirements (21 credit hours) - Systems Perspective - Systems Engineering - Processes Engineering - Project Management - Finance & Accounting for Engineering Managers - Project Estimation and Risk Analysis - Leadership for Engineers - Case Studies in Engineering Management (Capstone) Engineering Health Emphasis (9 credit hours) - Introduction to Engineering Health Systems - Healthcare Analytics - Information Technology in Healthcare Business Emphasis (9 credit hours) - Marketing Strategy - Operations & Competing Through Capabilities - Fundamentals of Business Statistics - Capstone Project - Students are required to complete a capstone course to demonstrate mastery of the overall program content. [-]

Master of Engineering Systems Engineering (MESyE) (Online)

Online Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The UCCS Master of Engineering Systems Engineering (MESyE) program provides a broad understanding of the roles of a systems engineer and a thorough understanding of process implementation -- from needs analysis and system requirements to trade off studies and system design. [+]

Systems engineering describes the highly interdisciplinary domain of scientific, technical, and managerial skills needed to evolve, verify, field and support an integrated and balanced set of system solutions designed to satisfy customer needs. The UCCS Master of Engineering Systems Engineering (MESyE) program provides a broad understanding of the roles of a systems engineer and a thorough understanding of process implementation -- from needs analysis and system requirements to trade off studies and system design. Program Goals The UCCS MESyE program is designed to enhance value in today's engineering workforce by focusing on the roles of a systems engineer. - Program graduates will know and be able to perform in the following areas: - Broad understanding of the systems engineering life-cycle process - Thorough understanding of project management techniques applied to technical development, including risk analysis - Proficiency with mathematical tools and techniques used to perform systems analysis, trade-off studies, and high-level modeling - Broad understanding of systems architecture and its relationship to system design Admission Requirements The minimum requirements for regular admission into the Master of Engineering - Systems Engineering program are as follows: - Baccalaureate degree (BS) in engineering or a related science discipline from an accredited institution. - Undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a scale of 4.0 in all college level academic work attempted. - Evidence of mathematical maturity equivalent to completion of the following university-level coursework: - Three semesters of Calculus - At least one semester beyond Calculus (Advanced Calculus or Differential Equations) - Linear Algebra - Probability and Statistics - Two years experience in a commercial, civil or government engineering/science field. A student who lacks one or more of the above courses may be admitted on a provisional basis, but will normally be required to satisfy the requirements after admission. Program Information Program of Study The degree program consists of 30 semester hours of coursework comprising 24 hours of core program courses and 6 hours of electives. Core Requirements (24 hours) - SYSE 5010 Introduction to Systems Perspective - SYSE 5050 Engineering Project Management - SYSE 5110 Systems Engineering Processes - SYSE 5150 System Analysis - SYSE 5210 Systems Architecture - SYSE 5310 Project Estimation and Risk Management - SYSE 5350 Engineering Modeling and Simulation - SYSE 5450 Systems Engineering Project (Capstone) Elective Courses (6 hours) Student will choose two of the following courses - EMGT 5020 Finance & Accounting for Engineering Managers - EMGT 5510 Leadership for Engineers - SPCE 5025 Fundamentals of Astronautics - SPCE 5045 Space Mission Analysis - SPCE 5065 Spacecraft Environment Interactions - SPCE 5085 Space Communications All systems engineering students are required to accomplish a capstone systems engineering project to demonstrate mastery of the overall program objectives. The project is administered through SYSE 5450, which is part of the prescribed course sequence. The capstone course is normally scheduled in two parts – a two semester hour class during Fall term, followed by a one semester hour class during Spring which is devoted to project documentation and final presentation. Project topics are decided between the student and the advisor and will normally reflect a real world industry or community need and/or interest. Once accepted, a student will be required to complete a Plan Of Study. The Plan Of Study must be coordinated with and approved by the Graduate Program Director. Students should ensure an initial Plan of Study is accomplished prior to program start. The Plan will also record the transfer of any credit applied toward the degree program; this transfer of credit must occur prior to the semester in which the student will graduate. Course work must be completed with a 3.0 GPA or better, and all course work applied to the program (including any transfer credit) must have been completed no earlier than 6 years prior to degree completion. Up to 9 semester hours of graduate work may be transferred from an accredited graduate program, provided course work has not been used for any other degree, the grade earned for the course is B or better, and the course content has been approved by the program director. [-]

Master of Engineering with a specialty in Space Operations (MESO) (Online)

Online Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The Master of Engineering with a specialty in Space Operations (MESO) is well suited for working professionals involved in civil, military, or commercial space operations, space systems requirements, design specifications, payload and mission support, and space systems analysis. [+]

Available exclusively online, the MESO degree program can be completed entirely via distance. Since 1998, over 250 engineering professionals and mission specialists from NASA Johnson Spaceflight Center and numerous aerospace companies have completed the UCCS Master of Engineering in Space Operations. The program is truly one-of-a-kind, delivering high-quality instruction to meet the diverse needs of the aerospace industries. The Master of Engineering with a specialty in Space Operations (MESO) is well suited for working professionals involved in civil, military, or commercial space operations, space systems requirements, design specifications, payload and mission support, and space systems analysis. Selected as a Western Regional Graduate Program The ME Space Operations program is proud to have been selected as a Western Regional Graduate Program participant effective Fall 13. To be selected, a nominated program must be determined to be "distinctive" and present evidence of faculty leadership, recognition, and accomplishment. The WRGP allows students who are residents of WICHE states to enroll in programs outside of their home state at resident tuition rates. Program Goals The UCCS MESO program will prepare space professionals through a series of courses focused on the key skills needed to be successful. Flexibility in program timing and modality is designed to accommodate today's working professional. Program graduates will know and be able to perform in the following areas: - Translate a need, relating to a space mission, into a feasible system design - Apply the principles, concepts and methods of course work to the effective design and application of space systems to fulfill a practical mission need Program Information The Master of Engineering with a Focus in Space Operations is well suited for working professionals involved in civil, military, or commercial space operations, space systems requirements and design specifications, payload and mission support, and space systems analysis. The program is designed for those students desiring an in-depth technical program presenting these subject areas. Degree Requirements Students must take: - SPCE 5005 - Engineering Analysis for Space Applications - SPCE 5025 - Fundamentals of Astronautics - SPCE 5045 - Space Mission Analysis SPCE 5065 - Spacecraft Environmental Interactions - SPCE 5085 - Space Communications - SPCE 5105 - Remote Sensing in Space - SPCE 5125 - Spacecraft Dynamics - SPCE 5595 - Space Mission Design (Capstone course) AND Choose two of the following: - SPCE 5605 - Engineering Simulation - SPCE 5625 - Global Positioning System - SPCE 5645 - Space Policy - SPCE 5665 - Systems Engineering Processes - SPCE 5685 - Enterprise/Systems Architecture for Space Systems: A Technical Course Once accepted, a student will be required to complete a Plan Of Study. The Plan Of Study must be coordinated with and approved by the Graduate Program Director. Students should ensure an initial Plan of Study is accomplished prior to program start. The Plan will also record the transfer of any credit applied toward the degree program; this transfer of credit must occur prior to the semester in which the student will graduate. The ME in Space Operations program is a non-thesis program; however, program requirements include successful completion of a capstone project. The project is administered through SPCE 5595, which is part of the prescribed course sequence. The capstone project should demonstrate mastery of the overall program objectives. Course work must be completed with a 3.0 GPA or better, and all course work applied to the program (including any transfer credit) must have been completed no earlier than 6 years prior to degree completion. Up to 9 semester hours of graduate work may be transferred from an accredited graduate program, provided course work has not been used for any other degree, the grade earned for the course is B or better, and the course content has been approved by the program director. Admission Requirements The minimum requirements for regular admission are as follows: - Bachelor of Science degree in engineering or a related technical field. - An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better on a scale of 4.0. Applicants with a grade point average of less than 3.0 may be provisionally admitted on a case by case basis. - A grade of B or better in Calculus I, Linear Algebra and calculus-based Physics I. - Two or more years experience in a commercial, civil or government engineering/science career is preferred. - Applicants who do not meet these requirements for regular admission may be admitted on a provisional basis subject to the recommendations of the ME graduate committee. [-]

Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program

Campus or Online Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The <strong>Master of Public Administration degree</strong> is multidisciplinary and designed to provide graduate professional education for individuals who wish to prepare themselves for administrative and/or policy careers in public, nonprofit, national security and criminal justice systems. [+]

The MPA degree prepares students to take leadership roles in the public and nonprofit sectors. The Master of Public Administration degree is multidisciplinary and designed to provide graduate professional education for individuals who wish to prepare themselves for administrative and/or policy careers in public, nonprofit, national security and criminal justice systems. In addition to a solid core curriculum covering essential problem-solving and decision-making skills and diverse elective choices, students with less professional experience participate in internships with public and nonprofit agencies. Many SPA students, already established in the public sector in mid-level management, bring a stimulating real-world perspective to the classroom. Our traditional MPA degree is distinctive in that it can be acquired entirely online, entirely in the classroom, or in combination. The online availability means the degree is accessible to any student with Internet access. Curriculum, degree expectations, and competencies, are all identical for the online and classroom programs. Students in the MPA program should expect to complete the degree in no less than one and a half and no more than six years; the average is about three years. Approximately 120 MPA students were enrolled in the program during the 2012-2013 academic year. Mission: The Master of Public Administration program provides high quality graduate education for current and prospective practitioners in public and nonprofit organizations, here and abroad, to prepare them for excellence in public service. To accomplish this mission, we strive to: - Advance public service through improving the quality of public, nonprofit, national security, and criminal justice systems. - Teach students from diverse backgrounds to work collaboratively to meet societal challenges ethically, with compassion, vision, analytic rigor, and practicality. - Foster strategic leadership skills: critical thinking and decision-making, effective communication, creative problem-solving, knowledge management, multi-sector understanding, and global citizenship. - Support and model civil public discourse, citizenship, responsibility, and respect. - Facilitate a process of lifelong learning that evolves and adapts to the changing nature of the field and continuous development of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. Competencies: Graduates of the MPA program will have the following competencies, as enumerated by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), our accrediting body: - The ability to lead and manage in public governance - The ability to participate in and contribute to the public policy process - The ability to analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems, and make decisions - The ability to articulate and apply a public service perspective - The ability to communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry [-]

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Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The <strong>Department of Mathematics</strong> offers a strong graduate program leading to the <strong>Master of Science in Applied Mathematics</strong>. Specific areas of study currently available include astrodynamics, statistics, probability, differential equations, applied analysis, computer vision, algebra, and coding theory. [+]

The Department of Mathematics offers a strong graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Applied Mathematics. Specific areas of study currently available include astrodynamics, statistics, probability, differential equations, applied analysis, computer vision, algebra, and coding theory. To respond to the needs of both students and employers, the Department has focused this graduate program into a system of four tracks, which are intended to help students develop their programs of study. These tracks are the K-14 Education track, the PhD preparation track, the Applied and Computational Mathematics track, and the Business and Management track. By channeling the Department’s efforts in these four areas, we feel that we can offer a graduate educational opportunity of exceptional quality. Customized programs of study are available for students whose interests in Applied Mathematics are not covered within the tracks. To obtain the Master of Science in Applied Mathematics, students admitted into the program must complete at least 30 semester hours of approved graduate work, including Linear Algebra (Math 513) and Modern Analysis II (Math 532). All students must pass a comprehensive examination in Analysis. Students completing one of the four tracks of study will automatically fulfill the requirements for the MS Applied Math degree. A 3.00 grade point average in all course work applied towards the degree is required for regular acceptance into the program. A student may complete up to 12 hours of appropriate graduate coursework in departments other than the Department of Mathematics. Such courses, unless they constitute part of an established track, MUST be PRE-approved by the advisor. Students may select a thesis or non-thesis option. Students in the thesis option will replace up to 6 hours of courses work with a Master's thesis. All students make an oral presentation regarding some aspect of advanced mathematics. For students pursuing the thesis option, the thesis defense will qualify as such a presentation. Students who are enrolled "full–time" in the M.S. in Applied Mathematics program may qualify for one of the limited number of Graduate Teaching Fellowships available through the Department of Mathematics. Please contact the Department for additional information. Admissions Requirements: Students must hold a Bachelor degree in mathematics (or a Bachelor degree in some other field, with extensive coursework in mathematics), including a course in real analysis comparable to the UCCS course MATH 431 (Modern Analysis I). A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 is required. For some programs of study, a course comparable to the UCCS course MATH 414 (Modern Algebra I) may also be required. Under special circumstances students may be admitted to the program with a lower grade point average, or without a course in real analysis, as a Provisional Degree student. Scenarios under which this might occur include: the student's undergraduate work was completed a number of years ago; the student's undergraduate degree is not in mathematics; the student has not satisfactorily completed certain core mathematics courses (e.g. linear algebra, differential equations, advanced calculus, ...) The prerequisites which a student must then complete in order to change from Provisional to Regular status will be explicitly spelled out in the admission letter from the Department of Mathematics. Such prerequisites may include the completion of courses which will not count towards the MS Applied Mathematics degree. Miscellaneous Information 1. Generally, up to 9 semester hours of graduate level mathematics courses completed prior to admission to the program may be applied towards the credit requirements of the MS Applied Mathematics degree. 2. At least one mathematics course is usually offered at the 400/500 level during each Summer semester. "Full time" students normally complete the MS Applied Mathematics program in two calendar years. Prospective students holding full time jobs are also encouraged to enroll. Such students typically complete one course per semester, and normally complete the degree in four to five years. 3. For a complete description of all courses taught by the mathematics department, as well as for a complete description of the requirements for the degree MS Applied Mathematics, students should obtain a copy of the UCCS Course Catalog, available at the UCCS Bookstore. See the Mathematics Department Course Offerings for a list of graduate mathematics courses to be offered in the future. The Ph.D Preparation track The Ph.D Preparation track is designed for those individuals who are interested in obtaining a Masters Degree in Mathematics that will enable them to pursue a Ph.D degree in pure mathematics at a later time. It has been our experience that students interested in this track tend to emphasize pure mathematics rather than applied mathematics. To that end, the Ph.D Preparation track includes a solid exposure to pure mathematics with special emphasis in algebra, analysis and probability. The Ph.D Preparation track consists of a core list of required courses together with an elective strategy. The Applied and Computational Mathematics track The Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation Track for the Masters Degree in Applied Mathematics is designed for those individuals pursuing careers in science and engineering with major mathematical or computational content. A mathematician working in an applied environment should have some knowledge of another discipline as well as modern computational skills. A typical problem requires construction of mathematical models from the concepts and data of the relevant branch of science, and reporting solutions and conclusions in the language of the discipline. To insure that graduates have some background in the major topics, a year sequence in Methods of Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation is recommended. Courses from the core make up 18 of the required 30 hours for a Master's Degree. The Education Track within the Masters of Applied Mathematics Degree The Education track is designed for those individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching mathematics at the K through 14 level, but who desire the rigor and quality of a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics. Secondary schools and community colleges are increasingly interested in mathematics teachers who can demonstrate a competent use of technology within the classroom and who can integrate this technology with meaningful applications of mathematics. To that end, the Education track includes a core set of three courses that emphasize the use of applications and technology in the mathematics curriculum. A student successfully completing the Education track will have a solid background in the fundamental areas of mathematics (algebra, analysis), an excellent exposure to the applications of mathematics, particularly those that can be taught in the K-14 classroom, and robust training in the use of technology in the mathematics classroom. The elective strategies for the Education Track After successfully passing the core list of courses above, the student must complete 12 additional graduate credit hours in mathematics. It is important to develop some depth in the areas of algebra, analysis, applied mathematics, geometry or probability. To that end, each student should specialize in two of the following areas by taking at least one course in each of the areas. The Business and Management track The Business Track for the Master Degree in Applied Mathematics is designed for those individuals pursuing careers as actuaries, in financial services, or in other aspects of business and economics. Some of the core mathematical concepts in these areas include linear algebra, optimization, probability, statistics, and stochastic processes. Most applications require modern computational techniques. [-]

Master of Science in Computer Science

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 6 years September 2016 USA Colorado Springs + 1 more

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs offers the Master of Science degree in Computer Science. Graduate students are encouraged to participate in the professional activities of the department. [+]

The Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs offers the Master of Science degree in Computer Science. Graduate students are encouraged to participate in the professional activities of the department. This includes attending seminars and colloquiums, suggesting improvements in curriculum (both undergraduate and graduate), suggesting new teaching techniques and participating in the enhancement of computer hardware and software facilities within the department. Learning Objectives - Prepare the student to perform independent research in their field of specialization - Provide students with an understanding of the advanced computer science tools and concepts that apply to their field of specialization - Prepare the student to pursue doctoral studies in computer science - Develop student's communication skills and professionalism Admission Requirements Applicants for graduate study in computer science must hold a B.S. or B.A. degree and have considerable computing experience, sufficient mathematical background and show promise of ability to pursue advanced study and research. Applicants with a B.S. in computer science or in a technical area (such as mathematics, engineering, or physics) are natural candidates for graduate study in computer science. Entering students must have the equivalent of the following UCCS courses: - CS 1150 Principles of Computer Science - CS 1450 Data Structures and Algorithms - CS 2080 Programming in UNIX - CS 2060 Programming in C - CS 2160 Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming - CS 3160 Concepts of Programming Languages - CS 3300 Software Engineering A student who has completed CS 1450, but lacks other pre-requisites may be admitted, but would still be required to take the pre-requisite courses after admission. The applicant is considered to have sufficient mathematical background if he/she has taken at least two semesters of university level calculus, a course in discrete mathematics, and at least one additional course of a mathematical nature. This latter course need not be in a mathematics department; however, it should require mathematical maturity expected of an upper division mathematics undergraduate. The student should have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. Students with an average below 3.0 but above 2.75 will be considered on an individual basis, as well as students with an average above 3.0 who completed their undergraduate degree more than a few years ago. Students with GPA deficiencies who take undergraduate courses to meet the entrance background requirements will have their performance in those courses considered in making the admission decision. Students who recently earned an undergraduate degree with a GPA below 2.75 will be required to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) before they can be considered for admission. A score of 148 (new grading scale) on the quantitative portion is considered favorable. Students with an average GPA below 3.0, if admitted at all, should expect to be admitted provisionally. If a student with a GPA below 2.75 is admitted, then the Graduate School requires provisional admission. International applicants must follow the international applicant requirements located on the 'How to Apply' page. The Computer Science Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) meets regularly for action on completed applications. It is the responsibility of the applicant to assure that all materials are received in a timely manner. The applicant being considered for admission will be notified of the results of the GSC decision via email. If the applicant lacks pre-requisites, the letter notifying the applicant will list the courses the applicant needs to take before his/her application can be reconsidered. The applicant can be an unclassified student while satisfying the pre-requisites. Depending on the number of deficiencies, it may take as long as two years to satisfy requirements for admission into the graduate program. Applicants for regular admission should have all application materials into the Admissions Office at UCCS by June 1 for Fall Semester and by November 1 for Spring Semester. These deadlines permit time for the GSC and the Graduate School to process the application. It is the student's responsibility to follow up to make sure all materials are received on time. If these deadlines are not met, an application for regular admission will be considered for the following semester. International Students International students applying for the program should have all application materials into the Admissions Office at UCCS by April 1st for Fall Semester and by October 1st for Spring Semester. Applications received later than these dates or incomplete by these dates may be considered for the following semester. It is the student's responsibility to follow up to make sure all materials are received on time. Military Considerations Students on V.A. support who do not have adequate background for regular admission must pursue a plan for admission as an unclassified student. The Graduate Studies Committee, upon the request of the student, will send a letter to the V.A. indicating courses and other requirements, which must be completed before regular admission can be considered. Financial Aid Students seeking financial support should visit the Computer Science Department faculty website to explore the facutly research areas of interest. Make direct contact with any facutly whose research areas match your own to see if any financial support is available. Financial support opportunities exist through graduate research assistantship positions, or part-time teaching assistantships. [-]

Master of Science in Computer Science - Games and Media Integration

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The <strong>Masters of Science degree in Computer Science - Games and Media Integration</strong> option is an interdisciplinary degree that gives all students a firm foundation in pursuing research and development in the area of games, animation and movie making, VR/HCI, complex systems, and wearable computing. [+]

The Masters of Science degree in Computer Science - Games and Media Integration option is an interdisciplinary degree that gives all students a firm foundation in pursuing research and development in the area of games, animation and movie making, VR/HCI, complex systems, and wearable computing. Both animation and games industry, and the wearable computing community demand highest quality portfolio in place before students graduate. Up to six credit hours of Portfolio Development is an important feature of this degree program. In addition to a complete Game program, a short animated movie, or a wearable computing product, portfolio development may include auditing classes in Letters, Arts and Sciences (LAS) and the College of Business. One of the most exciting aspects of the degree program is the combination of a set of required courses to ensure all students develop a firm foundation in the basics of design and development of games and media integration products, and the opportunity for students to pursue their special interests through several elective courses and portfolio development. Program Goals Program graduates will know and be able to perform to professional standards in the following areas: - Broad understanding of the entire spectrum of games and media integration - A thorough understanding of the process of creating, designing, product development and deployment of a game, animation and movie, or a wearable computing product - Proficiency with many of the tools and techniques for implementing game and media integration product for the industry General Requirements Applicants for graduate study in Games and Media Integration must hold a B.S., B.A. or B.F.A. degree and have considerable computing experience and show promise of ability to pursue advanced study and research. An overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 is needed. Applicants with a grade point average of less than 3.0 may be provisionally admitted on a case by case basis. International applicants must follow the international applicant requirements. Entering students must have the equivalent of the following UCCS courses: - CS 1450 Data Structures and Algorithms - CS 3020 Advanced Object Technology using C#.net OR CS 3060 Object Oriented Programming in C++ - MATH 2150 Discrete Mathematics - MATH 3130 Linear Algebra A student who has completed CS 1450 but lacks the other pre-requisites may be admitted, but would still be required to satisfy the above requirements after admission. Students with considerable knowledge of programming and/or mathematical experience in the industry are encouraged to apply. Program Information Development of new forms of interaction, innovative research in a team environment, and portfolio development are the core foundation of the proposed degree. All courses in the curriculum will emphasize creativity and team participation by all students. Potential projects and application include -- graphical asset generation, virtual reality, education, medical, movie making and animation, rehabilitation and geriatric healthcare, history and theory, mixed, augmented and wearable computing, and simulation and training. This program requires 30 credit hours of graduate level work. In order to insure that the graduate of the program will have acquired a sufficient breadth of knowledge in games and media integration, the following three courses or their equivalents are required if they were not previously taken as an undergraduate: - CS 5720 Design and Analysis of Algorithms - CS 5780 3D Games and Digital Contents Creation - CS 5800 Introduction to Computer Graphics In addition, if the student's future plans are to pursue a PhD in Computer Science, the following core courses are highly recommended if they were not taken as part of an undergraduate program: - CS 5500 Operating Systems - CS 5700 Computability, Automata & Formal Languages - CS 5200 Computer Architecture These courses insure that the graduate of the GMI program will have acquired a sufficient breadth of knowledge in computer science. Students who have had advanced undergraduate courses in these exact areas will not be allowed to take these courses for graduate credit, but instead are required to include other graduate level computer science courses. Industrial Portfolio, Thesis, Project In addition students will be required to develop an Industrial Portfolio (up to six credit hours), and complete a Project (three credit hours) or a Thesis (six credit hours). A maximum total of nine credit hours of thesis or project, and portfolio is allowed ensuring that students have sufficient coursework in the games and media integration areas. Thesis or Project (3 or 6 credit hours) Students are required to complete a project (three credit hours) or a thesis (six credit hours). Students will be expected to work with an advisor in the GMI area of concentration following the guidelines of MS Thesis or Project work in the CS Department. [-]

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

Campus Full time 1 - 6 years September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The <strong>Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering</strong> offers coursework and thesis supervision leading to the degree Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE). Courses at the graduate level are ordinarily taught at 8:00 a.m. or after 4:30 p.m. to enable students from local industry to continue their studies. [+]

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers coursework and thesis supervision leading to the degree Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE). Courses at the graduate level are ordinarily taught at 8:00 a.m. or after 4:30 p.m. to enable students from local industry to continue their studies. The completion of the MSEE degree is normally accomplished in one to three years, and should be accomplished in six years, commencing with the beginning of course work. Learning Objectives - Be able to read, interpret, and critically assess literature in specialized fields of electrical engineering and to evaluate its impact on current issues on engineering and society - Be able to write acceptable technical reports and other documentation - Be able to give acceptable oral presentations of a technical nature - Be able to apply basic and advanced knowledge in science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines to perform analysis and synthesis of engineering problems MSEE Admission Requirements Regular admission to the M.S.E.E. program requires a 3.0 undergraduate grade-point-average (GPA). The verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning portions of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are required of all international applicants. The GRE may be required of any student whose GPA falls below this average, or is not a graduate of an ABET accredited undergraduate program in electrical engineering. If the student has an unacceptable undergraduate GPA, but has achieved a graduate GPA of 3.25 or better on a minimum of 15 semester hours of relevant graduate work (e.g., taken as an unclassified student, or at another university), then the student may be accepted into the program (note that units completed before admission may not all be transferable into a graduate degree program). Graduates of international universities are required to take the TOEFL exam: A score of 550-600 on the paper-based exam, 78-80 on the internet-based exam or 213-250 on the computer-based exam is required. Students not admitted on a regular basis may be admitted on a provisional basis depending on their overall application file, including GPA, GRE, letters of recommendation, etc. Students admitted on a provisional basis are often required to take remedial courses (these are specified in the letter of acceptance). Registration for such remedial courses must commence with the first semester of a student's program with at least three credits completed per semester until all remedial requirements are satisfied. Applications are reviewed on a continual basis, but need to be received by April 1 (fall admission) or October 1 (spring admission) for students who are applying for assistantships. It is recommended that international students apply at least 3 months prior to the start of the semester to allow time to request a visa. Limited fellowships and assistantships are available. Course Requirements Thesis option: - 30 semester hours total. - 24 semester hours of course work. - At least 18 semester hours must be ECE courses. The remaining 6 semester hours may be replaced by allied department courses (e.g., computer science, mathematics, physics, mechanical and aerospace engineering, etc.). - At most 6 semester hours may be independent study courses. - 6 semester hours of thesis credit. Non-Thesis option: - 30 semester hours total. - All 30 semester hours are course work. - At least 24 semester hours must be ECE courses. The remaining 6 semester hours may be replaced by allied department courses (e.g., computer science, mathematics, physics, mechanical and aerospace engineering, etc.). - At most 6 semester hours may be independent study. - The student must choose an advisory committee with the same composition as a Thesis committee (see section 7.1). - The student must choose a subject for his/her Masters Report. This subject must be approved by his/her academic advisor. - The student must make an oral presentation and submit a written report to the advisory committee. Both must be approved by the committee. [-]

Master of Science in Sport Nutrition

Campus Full time Part time 1 year September 2016 USA Colorado Springs + 1 more

The <strong>Master of Science degree in Sport Nutrition</strong> is designed to prepare registered dietitians (RDs or RD eligible) and/or nationally and internationally recognized nutritionists. [+]

The Master of Science degree in Sport Nutrition is designed to prepare registered dietitians (RDs or RD eligible) and/or nationally and internationally recognized nutritionists. RDs, RD eligible or graduates of DPD (Didactic Program in Dietetics) programs are eligible to apply. IOC Sport Nutrition Diploma graduates will receive up to 9 credits for their coursework (please send your diploma). Depending on the student, projects, and practical work IOC Sport Nutrition Graduates may be able to finish their Master of Science Program in 1 year. The application process for IOC Sport Nutrition Diploma graduates is the same as for the regular track. Please send a copy of your IOC diploma in your application materials along with other materials listed below under the general program. Graduates are prepared to take leadership roles in providing nutrition services to high school, collegiate, recreational, elite, and professional athletes and active individual of all sports and genders. This degree prepares students for the Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) Examination offered to RDs through the Commission for Dietetic Registration (CDR) of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). This program also aims to provide international experiences and collaborations through a newly created network of Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport (PINES; www.sportsoracle.com). The degree offers students 3 degree tracks: - Sport Nutrition with Research Focus (Thesis) - Applied Sport Nutrition w/ Project + Comprehensive Exam (NON-Thesis) OR - Applied Sport Nutrition w/ Comprehensive + Practical Competency Exam(NON-Thesis) Our program is currently offered on-site only. Program Objectives The goal of the Master of Sciences in Sport Nutrition is to provide students the learning experiences that encompass the scientific and practical principles of nutrition for exercise and sport. Students acquire the knowledge and skill necessary for evidence-based applications and competencies of sports dietitians, working with athletes and active individuals in a variety of settings. Specifically, students in the sport nutrition graduate program will be prepared to: - Work as a sports dietitian/sport nutritionist in the setting where exercise and sport science services are offered or requested (e.g., traditional settings: teams, clubs, community groups, fitness and wellness centers, research teams, individuals; nontraditional settings: military, fire fighters, police) - Plan and program sport-specific nutrition services for individuals, teams, and groups - Screen, assess, follow up, and monitor athletes and active individuals in a variety of settings, integrating both nutrition and sport science principles and skills - Effectively integrate nutritional interventions into the annual training and competition plan of athletes at the elite and professional level - Provide sport nutrition education to active youth in community settings (e.g., schools, after-school programs, clubs) - Provide sport nutrition services and programs to University recreation centers, active students, faculty, staff, and student athletes - Provide nutrition education and services to exercising individuals and active community groups with focus on health promotion, fitness, weight maintenance and loss, and disease prevention - Counsel athletes and active individuals in a variety of settings - Work as part of the multi-disciplinary team in a variety of sports and their clinical settings - Effectively use scientific knowledge and evidence-based principles in evaluating, analyzing, and interpreting client/patient data - Apply knowledge and skill consistent with the American Dietetic Association’s Standards of Practice (SOP) and Standards of Professional Performance (SOPPs) for Sports Dietitians - Plan, conduct, analyze, and interpret research in the field of nutrition for exercise and sport - Teach nutrition for exercise and sport using experiential learning opportunities (e.g., recovery workshops w/ food and food preparation; shopping at grocery stores, cooking classes to improve skill in the kitchen; gardening as effective weight loss strategy) - Plan food service and catering for individuals, teams, and community groups at sporting events, fund-raisers, and camps - Work with industry to establish socially and ethically responsible partnerships for individuals, teams, and groups - Synthesize scientific data and translate into practically meaningful information through a variety of communication channels (e.g., electronic and written materials, website development and hosting, audio-visuals, writing for magazines) Admission Requirements Admission to the program is competitive based on controlled enrollment. Qualified applicants meeting the priority enrollment deadline will be given preference for available seats in the program. Remaining qualified applicants meeting the final admission deadline will be awarded admission based on availability of seats. Admission to the MS Sport Nutrition program requires that the student meet the following requirements: Students may only enroll in the Master of Science in Sport Nutrition Program in the fall of each year. International students must observe application deadlines listed under International Admissions. International students must show proof of proficient use and knowledge of the English language (TOEFL Test) . Other Requirements: One of the following (Verification required): - Registered Dietitian - Registration eligible OR - Verification statement received from a DPD program - Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university - Undergraduate coursework in exercise physiology and biochemistry - Undergraduate cumulative and major GPA of 3.0+ - Complete UCCS online Graduate Application Form - Signed in-state tuition form (if applicable) - Three recommendations, using UCCS form - Selective service form (if applicable) - Submit one official transcript from degree-granting institution. Additional transcripts may be required to verify prerequisites or major coursework. - Curriculum Vitae or resume - Nonrefundable application fee of $60 - Recommended GRE scores of 290 combined in quantitative and verbal sections, and 4 on the analytical section. Criteria for scores prior to Aug 1, 2011 are a recommended minimum score of 900 combined on math and verbal; analytical writing recommended minimum score of 4. (Send scores to UCCS: Institution Code 4874) International applicants: - IOC Sport Nutrition Diploma, nutrition degree or strong background in exercise science and nutrition required - TOEFL test [-]

Master of Sciences (MSc) with Mathematics Emphasis

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The <strong>Master of Sciences (MSc) with Mathematics Emphasis Program</strong> is a cross-disciplinary program leading to the Master of Sciences degree. It provides an opportunity for present and prospective science and mathematics professionals and others to extend and/or broaden their training in the natural and physical sciences and mathematics at advanced undergraduate and graduate levels. [+]

The Program The Master of Sciences (MSc) with Mathematics Emphasis Program is a cross-disciplinary program leading to the Master of Sciences degree. It provides an opportunity for present and prospective science and mathematics professionals and others to extend and/or broaden their training in the natural and physical sciences and mathematics at advanced undergraduate and graduate levels. All courses credited toward the degree after admission must be taken at the University of Colorado, on the Colorado Springs, Denver, Health Sciences or Boulder campuses, over a maximum of five years or six successive summers. Requirements for Admission The admission criteria include but are NOT limited to the following requirements. Any decision regarding admission is made by the Graduate Committee on an individual basis, after taking into consideration the application material and supporting documents. - Bachelor's degree from an accredited university - At least 40 semester hours in the natural sciences and mathematics, including one year of calculus. Students may be admitted to the program with a deficiency in mathematics but must remedy the deficiency within one year after admission with a grade of B or better - GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale. A student with an undergraduate grade point average below 3.00 may be considered for admission, subject to approval by the Graduate Committee. Requirements for Master of Sciences Degree General regulations of the Graduate School governing the award of the Master’s degree apply except as modified below: 30-36 semester hours of science and/or mathematics courses are required. - All courses must be taken from approved Graduate School faculty members. - 24 or more hours in science/math must be from courses numbered 5000 or above. Courses may be selected from the following departments: Biology, Chemistry, Education, Health Sciences, Geography, Mathematics, and Physics. Courses from other departments must be approved by the Chair of the Graduate Committee. - Because not all courses will be appropriate for all programs, students should first consult with their advisor before enrolling. An academic plan should be completed during the student's first semester. - Minimum grade point average: Courses at the 3000 and 4000 levels will be accepted toward the degree only with grades of A or B; 5000 and 6000 level courses will be accepted toward the degree with grades of A, B, or C. Students must have a B average in all courses taken subsequent to admission to the program, including courses not actually required for the degree. Select Thesis or Non-Thesis option: Thesis Option: 30 semester hours, including a minimum of 6 hours of thesis credit. At least 15 semester hours must be at the graduate level in their primary department. A minimum of three credit hours must be taken from a secondary department. Student must write a thesis on their research, give a presentation, and defend their thesis before a thesis defense committee. Please consult with the Graduate Committee Chair and the Graduate School for the Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines and Manual. Non-Thesis Option: 30 semester hours; at least 15 semester hours must be at the graduate level in their primary department. A minimum of three credit hours must be taken from a secondary department. Student must complete a paper describing a project on a mathematical topic approved by the Graduate Committee. The final paper must be approved by the Graduate Committee. [-]

Master of Sciences in Chemistry

Campus Full time Part time 18 - 72 months September 2016 USA Colorado Springs + 1 more

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Sciences (M.Sc.) degree in Chemistry. The following focus areas are available: [+]

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Sciences (M.Sc.) degree in Chemistry. The following focus areas are available: - analytical chemistry - biochemistry - inorganic chemistry - organic chemistry - physical chemistry ADMISSION Guaranteed Admission A student who is in his or her final semester studying toward the B.A./B.S. in Chemistry or Biochemistry at UCCS or is within one year of graduation is guaranteed admission to the M.Sc. program, if he or she satisfies all of the following criteria: - Has completed a minimum of 45 credits at UCCS at the time of graduation. - Has a minimum grade point average of 3.20. - Has two letters of recommendation from faculty members in Chemistry or Biochemistry. Regular Admission Regular admission to the M.Sc. program requires that the student meets the following requirements: - Has attained a Bachelor's degree in chemistry or biochemistry from an accredited College or University. - Has an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 - Has a combined GRE percentile score of 50th percentile or higher Applicants must complete the online Graduate School application and include four letters of recommendation, one official transcript from each college or university attended, and pay a non-refundable $60 application fee. International students must also meet Graduate School requirements for the TOEFL or IELTS exams. Provisional Admission Students who meet all of the requirements for regular admission listed above, but who have a GPA between 2.75 and 3.00 may be considered for provisional admission. Program faculty may assign course work and/or examinations that must be taken to make up deficiencies. When the conditions for regular status are met, the program director will reclassify the student to regular status. Each candidate is evaluated individually for provisional admission. TRANSFER OF CREDIT - Up to 12 hours of coursework with a grade of “B” or better and earned at UCCS may be requested for transfer into the M.Sc. program. These credit hours are computed into the student’s graduate GPA. - Up to 9 hours of coursework with a grade of “B” or better and completed at an institution other than UCCS may be requested for transfer. This request may be submitted only after completion of 9 hours of coursework as a regular admission student into the M.Sc. program. These credit hours are not computed into the student’s graduate GPA. - Courses applied to a graduate degree elsewhere or within the CU System may be transferred for M.Sc. credit with permission of the chemistry faculty. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS The student should choose a research mentor and complete a Plan of Study in consultation with the Program Director by the end of his or her first semester of residence. Near the end of a student's program, a thesis committee will be chosen. The committee will also administer the thesis examination required for the MSc degree. COURSEWORK AND THESIS - 15 hours of coursework, which must be taken at the 5000-level or above (Normally, this includes five 5000-level chemistry courses or four 5000-level chemistry courses and one 5000-level course from another department.) - At least 9 hours of Chemistry Research – Graduate (CHEM 5904) - 6 hours of thesis (CHEM 7000) - Thesis defense exam (open to the public) [-]

MSc in Biology: Ecology & Evolution, Exercise Science or Molecular & Cellular

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 6 years USA

The Department of Biology offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Sciences (MSc) with options in Molecular & Cellular Biology, Exercise Science, and Ecology & Evolution. [+]

The Department of Biology offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Sciences (MSc) with options in Molecular & Cellular Biology, Exercise Science, and Ecology & Evolution. Graduate students pursue coursework in biology and one other science discipline (e.g., physics, chemistry, mathematics), providing students with a diverse curriculum and an understanding of how various science disciplines relate to each other. This interdisciplinary program offers students a broad science education with few restrictive requirements compared to traditional graduate science programs. It allows for development of a plan based on individual needs. Admission Regular admission Regular admission to the MSc program requires that the student meet the following requirements: - Must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited College or University. - Must have completed 40 credit hours in natural and physical science and mathematics courses. - Must have completed two semesters of Calculus or one semester of Calculus and one semester of statistics. - Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. - GRE - Applicants must apply online and submit a cover letter, resume, GRE scores, all previous transcripts and three letters of recommendation. - Completed applications must be received for review February 1. - A completed sponsor form. Provisional admission Under certain circumstances, applicants not meeting the criteria for admission as a regular degree student may be recommended by the faculty for admission as a 'provisional admissions' student. The department may assign course work and/or examinations that must be taken to make up deficiencies. When the conditions for regular status are met, the program advisor will reclassify the student to regular status. Transfer credits - Up to 12 credit hours of appropriate course work with a grade of B or better and earned at UCCS may be requested for transfer into the MSc program. These credit hours are computed into the students’ graduate GPA. - Up to 9 credit hours of appropriate course work with a grade of B or better and completed at an institution other than UCCS may be requested for transfer into the MSc program. These credit hours are not computed into the students’ graduate GPA. Degree Requirements Students must complete 30 credit hours of coursework: - 6 hours of thesis - 24 hours of coursework taken at the 5000-level. - Courses must be selected from at least 2 departments participating in the MSc program. - Courses must be taught by a member of the Graduate Faculty. Thesis Requirements - Students must complete research leading to a thesis. - The student must enroll in Biol 5010, Graduate Seminar, his/her second semester in the program. - The student must choose an academic advisor, an advisory committee and complete an Admission to Candidacy form by the end of his/her first semester of residence. - The advisory committee shall consist of at least 3 members of the UCCS graduate faculty. One faculty member may come from outside the Department of Biology. - The advisory committee will guide the student in formulating his/her course of study and will advise the student with his/her research. - At the end of one year in the program the student will present their thesis proposal as a formal, open seminar. - At completion of the thesis, the student will present his/her research to the community in an oral seminar open to the public. - The student will defend his/her thesis research before his/her advisory committee. - Publication of the research is encouraged. The Sponsor and Sponsor Agreement - The Sponsor is any faculty member on the Graduate Faculty that agrees to function as a Major Advisor and mentor to the student during their tenure as a graduate student. The Sponsor Agreement form must be signed by both student and Sponsor. Sponsorship Form - This signed form is required for consideration to entrance into the MSc Program in Biology. Students should interview several faculty members of the department regarding their interest in the MSc program to identify a sponsoring faculty member and a possible research project. This sponsoring faculty must be a member of the Department of Biology and must be appointed to the Graduate Faculty at UCCS. [-]

MSc in Physics

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

Admission documents into the <strong>MSc program</strong> are consistent with those specified by the UCCS Graduate School. [+]

Admission Forms Admission documents into the MSc program are consistent with those specified by the UCCS Graduate School. These admission documents required of applicants are as follows: - Submit two complete official transcripts of all previous graduate and undergraduate work - Submit three letters of recommendation - Make application through UCCS Admissions online form For more information on our Graduate programs please contact the Graduate Adviser Prof. Robert Camley. While Prof. Camley is on sabbatical (August 2014-August 2015), please contact the interim Graduate Adviser, Assist. Prof. Karen Livesey. For more information on the application process, please contact Admissions or the UCCS Graduate School. Admission Requirements - Applicants with a BA or BS in physics or in a related area, such as chemistry, computer science, electrical engineering or mathematics, are natural candidates for graduate study in physics - A BS or BA degree from a college or university of recognized standing, or work equivalent to that required for such a degree and equivalent to the degree given at this university - Considerable course work in physics - Sufficient mathematical background, i.e. at least two semesters of mathematics beyond the normal calculus sequence, such as differential equations and mathematical methods of physics - Promise of ability to pursue advanced study and research - Undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale - Students with an undergraduate grade point average of less than 3.0 but at or above 2.5, or students with an inadequate background, may be allowed into the program provisionally. This decision would be made by the UCCS Physics Graduate Student Committee. Provisional status would subsequently be removed and a student given regular standing after completion of nine hours of graduate courses with a 3.0 average (or better). Additional requirements for some students: - students with international transcripts must take the Physics GRE exam. A minimum score for regular admission is in the range of 520-550. - applicants for whom English is a second language must complete the TOEFL exam with a minimum score of 560 (paper-based exam) or 83 (internet-based exam) or 220 (internet-based exam). A band score of 6.5 on the IELTS is also acceptable. If the student has successfully completed one year of full-time academic study at a U.S. institution, this requirement can be waived. An oral interview may also be required, as the department sees fit. - promising students who do not meet all of the requirements may be considered as provisional applicants Transfer Student Requirements Students who are transferring from other physics graduate programs must meet the minimum standards outlined above and, in addition, have a 3.0 average (or better) in all graduate work done previously. Full credit, up to nine hours (normally one semester of full-time course work), will be given for course work done previously, assuming the prior work is done at accredited institutions with approved programs. Course equivalency will be decided by the UCCS Physics Graduate Student Committee after interviewing the student and comparing textbooks, class notes, or any other helpful documentation. Degree Requirements for Graduation 30 hours of course work, either 24 credit hours of course work plus six hours of thesis work (the thesis option) or 30 credit hours of course work without a thesis (the non thesis option) Regular degree students must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average each semester or summer term on all work taken, whether or not it is to be applied toward the advanced degree intended. Students who fail to maintain this standard of performance will be subject to suspension from the Graduate School The Master's Comprehensive Exam is an exit oral exam that must be passed by all students. Students electing the thesis option may substitute an oral defense of their thesis. Students in the non-thesis option are required to write a short (15 page, double-spaced) typed paper summarizing either some original research or summarizing a research topic in current physics. The paper should be at a graduate physics level. The exam consists of a 30-40 minute presentation of the paper with questions on the topic from the faculty. The committees for exit exams will consist of three members of the graduate faculty, one of whom is the student's advisor. The other two members will typically be from the physics department, but one may be selected from a related discipline such as electrical engineering, mathematics, computer science or chemistry. Degree Options Thesis and Non-Thesis: For the thesis option, the student must take 24 credit hours. Thesis work is an additional six hours (three credits per semester) for a total of 30 credit hours. The non-thesis option requires 30 credit hours from the approved courses. Concentration areas: In order to design a more specialized degree, students may concentrate their elective courses in areas outside of physics. Concentration areas could include space studies, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, geography, computer science, applied mathematics or other graduate disciplines. These concentration areas might be appropriate for students who have very well-defined career objectives which require a combination of physics with another discipline. Students should consult with the Physics graduate program advisor to establish a course sequence for the MSc degree. [-]

MSc in Science Teaching

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The <strong>Master of Sciences</strong> is an interdepartmental degree involving the College of Education and other colleges on the campus. The <strong>Science Teaching Option</strong> is designed for teachers aspiring to pursue a degree with greater emphasis on science content and less emphasis on pedagogy. [+]

The Master of Sciences is an interdepartmental degree involving the College of Education and other colleges on the campus. The Science Teaching Option is designed for teachers aspiring to pursue a degree with greater emphasis on science content and less emphasis on pedagogy. The Science Teaching Option includes Science Education courses as well as science, mathematics, and selected other content courses. The program is designed to provide classroom teachers with a strong background in science content balanced with knowledge of contemporary science teaching practice, and the sound application of research. This interdisciplinary program designed primarily for teachers who wish to improve their knowledge of science and improve their science teaching skills. The program is appropriate for teachers at all levels (K-12) interested in improving their science teaching or developing science program in their schools. Note: This program is not designed to lead to teacher licensure. Admissions Admission to the Graduate School at UCCS is required for this program. However, individual courses may be taken by unclassified students. To be admitted to the program one must provide: Admissions Checklist - Complete the electronic online application: http://www.uccs.edu/~apply/ - Obtain three letters of reference - Submit one transcript from all institutions of higher education previously attended - Prepare a career goal statement (see department specific requirements) - Current résumé - Complete a background check or provide an unofficial copy of teaching licensure - Interview with department faculty member Once application materials are in, you will need to interview with a faculty advisor for the program. *Additional items of note for International applicants: - All transcripts must be evaluated and translated into English through an authorized Credential Service (for example: World Education Services, Wes) - English Proficiency must demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, a TOEFL score of 550‐(paper‐based) or 80‐(internet‐based) or an ACT/COMPASS® English score of 270 or above (the ACT/COMPASS® may be taken through the UCCS Office of International Affairs). Program Requirements The Science Teaching program requires a total of thirty-three semester hours of course work and completion of a research project as part of CURR 5090. A thesis option is available but not required. At least 24 semester hours must be at the graduate level. Courses Course work hours required includes: Science, Mathematics, or Space Studies (18 credits) Course/Credits - Graduate science content courses offered through the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences or UCCS Extended Studies. May include limited hours at the 3000- & 4000-level-18 credits Science Education (9 credits) Course/Credits - Science Education courses offered through the College of Education-9 Education (3 credits) Course/Credits/Title - CURR 5090 - 3 Research Project Note: Students should consult with their program advisor to assure that courses selected are appropriate for credit in the Science Education program. Offerings The Master of Basic Science (MSc) degree specializing in Science Teaching can be completed in only 33 hours. Schedules are designed to meet the needs of busy teachers. Relevant courses are offered spring, summer and fall terms. Students may work on course work throughout the year in courses offered by the UCCS College of Education and the College of Arts and Science. During the Fall and Spring semesters, many courses are offered in the evening to accommodate the schedules of working teachers. [-]

MSc in Space Studies and Science Teaching

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The <strong>Master of Sciences</strong> is an interdepartmental degree involving the College of Education and other colleges on the campus. The <strong>Science Teaching Option</strong> is designed for teachers aspiring to pursue a degree with greater emphasis on science content and less emphasis on pedagogy. [+]

The Master of Sciences is an interdepartmental degree involving the College of Education and other colleges on the campus. The Science Teaching Option is designed for teachers aspiring to pursue a degree with greater emphasis on science content and less emphasis on pedagogy. The Science Teaching Option includes Science Education courses as well as science, space studies, mathematics, and selected other content courses. The program is designed to provide classroom teachers with a strong background in science content balanced with knowledge of contemporary science teaching practice, and the sound application of research. The Space Studies/Science Teaching option allows teachers to gain specialized knowledge related to various aspects of space. Space studies courses are available on a wide variety of topics including: earth systems, rocketry, biology, living in space, physics, geology, astronomy, and technology. While these courses have a strong content focus, they also emphasize creative use of inquiry strategies, manipulative activities, and science process skills as a basis for science instruction. The program is designed primarily for teachers who wish to improve their content knowledge of space and related science fields. The program is appropriate for teachers at all levels (K-12) who wish to become leaders in the field of space studies. Note: This program is not designed to lead to teacher licensure. Admissions Admission to the Graduate School at UCCS is required for this program. However, individual courses may be taken by unclassified students. To be admitted to the program one must provide: Admissions Checklist - Complete the electronic online application - Obtain three letters of reference - Submit one transcript from all institutions of higher education previously attended - Prepare a career goal statement (see department specific requirements) - Current résumé - Complete a background check or provide an unofficial copy of teaching licensure - Interview with department faculty member Once application materials are in, you will need to interview with a faculty advisor for the program. *Additional items of note for International applicants: - All transcripts must be evaluated and translated into English through an authorized Credential Service (for example: World Education Services, Wes) - English Proficiency must demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, a TOEFL score of 550‐(paper‐based) or 80‐(internet‐based) or an ACT/COMPASS® English score of 270 or above (the ACT/COMPASS® may be taken through the UCCS Office of International Affairs). Program Requirements The Science Education program requires a total of thirty semester hours of course work and completion of a research project as part of CURR 5090. A thesis option is available but not required. Courses The Science Education program requires a total of thirty semester hours of course work and completion of a research project as part of CURR 5090. A thesis option is available but not required. Course work hours required includes: Science, Mathematics, or Space Studies (18 credits) Course/Credits Must include 15 hours of Space Studies offered by the Space Foundation through Extended Studies-18 Science Education (9 credits) Course/Credits Science content and method courses offered through the College of Education-9 Education (3 credits) Course/Credits/Title - CURR 5090 -3 Research Project Note: Students should consult with their program advisor to assure that courses selected are appropriate for credit in the Science Education program. Offerings In an attempt to serve our students and our community, the UCCS College of Education offers a specialty in Space Studies as part of its well established Science Education Program. This program is offered by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in collaboration with the Space Foundation. Space Studies courses are offered through the UCCS Extended Education Program. All other courses are offered through the UCCS College of Education. The program includes classes in Space Studies, Science Education, and Educational Curriculum. A total of 33 course hours are required to complete the C&I Masters, Space Studies in Science Education. Comprehensive Exams are not required; however students will complete a science education research project as part of the Research Project course CURR 5090. [-]

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MA Clinical Psychology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The clinical track of the Master of Arts in Psychology is an adult-focused program that follows the Boulder scientist/practitioner training model which emphasizes the integrated roles of science and practice. Training in the applied skills of clinical assessment and intervention requires a thorough understanding of the range of human functioning. The database of the psychological literature is our groundwork and the scientific method guides our work. [+]

Philosophy of the Clinical Track The clinical track of the Master of Arts in Psychology is an adult-focused program that follows the Boulder scientist/practitioner training model which emphasizes the integrated roles of science and practice. Training in the applied skills of clinical assessment and intervention requires a thorough understanding of the range of human functioning. The database of the psychological literature is our groundwork and the scientific method guides our work. We require students to develop an understanding of how this database is generated, how to evaluate its utility, and how to apply it. Thus, all students are required to take the core of methodology and basic psychology courses in addition to the clinical core and a practicum experience in the community. Because a two-year curriculum can provide only the basics, it is expected that we are preparing students to proceed with training at the doctoral level. For a more detailed discussion of the clinical standards and goals, see our "Statement of Scope of Training and Standards of Behavior" which can be found here. Prospective students should be aware that the clinical MA track has a focus on adult populations. There is limited coverage of child-related topics in the clinical coursework and limited child-oriented practicum opportunities. While research opportunities with children and adolescents are possible, limited clinical training with children is provided in the MA track. This program values and promotes self-awareness as a significant component of training in clinical psychology. Students in this program engage in self-awareness exercises within their courses and practicum training. They are also strongly encouraged to engage in their own psychotherapy during their training. The applications for the MA Psychology Programs in the Clinical and Psychological Science Tracks are the same. All application materials are due on the 1st of January for Fall admission. All applications are completed online by visiting Application Materials and Submission at the Graduate School website. Application requirements for the MA Psychology Programs in Clinical and Psychological Science Tracks are as follows: Complete the online application and pay the application fee. Complete the Additional Graduate Applicant Information Form as part of the online application. Obtain four letters of recommendation from professors or employers through the online application. Submit a statement describing your interests, background, and reason for applying to our program as part of the online application. Submit official transcripts from EACH college or university attended. Take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) so that official scores are reported before the January 1st application deadline. The Institution Code for UCCS is R4874. The Department Code for Clinical Psychology is 2001 and the Department Code for Psychological Science Psychology is 2007. The general GRE is required of all applicants. The subject GRE is strongly recommended. For more information about the GRE, please visit ETS. Optionally, you may upload a vita or resume as an attachment in the online application. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is strongly recommended for all applicants. Applicants do not need to submit the original application to the department. Instead, have your results sent to UCCS at school code 004509. Please keep in mind that the FAFSA you will need to complete will not be made available until after the January 1st application deadline. How to Submit Official Transcripts For transcripts from outside institutions: Electronic Submission: Transcripts can be submitted electronically if the issuing institution is contracted with a secured server. Electronic transcripts should be sent directly to gradapp@uccs.edu. By Mail: Any application materials that need to be mailed in should be sent to the following address: Office of Admissions & Records University of Colorado Colorado Springs 1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway Colorado Springs, CO 80918-3733 [-]

MA in Applied Geography

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The <strong>Master of Arts in Applied Geography</strong> at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs is a terminal master's program that encourages graduate students to focus on applied, community-based research projects to solve local, regional, and even international issues. Given pressing research needs and future labor force demands, the MA in Applied Geography incorporates a multitude of issues that speak to people, profit, and planet. [+]

The Master of Arts in Applied Geography at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs is a terminal master's program that encourages graduate students to focus on applied, community-based research projects to solve local, regional, and even international issues. Given pressing research needs and future labor force demands, the MA in Applied Geography incorporates a multitude of issues that speak to people, profit, and planet. Areas of Specialization Sustainability Studies: Sustainability studies integrates knowledge and methodologies from the Sciences, Humanities, and Arts to provide a roadmap that can be applied to the design, selection, and implementation of sustainable policies, practices, technologies, and strategies. Sustainability Studies provides a dynamic feedback loop of information and practice. The Master of Arts in Applied Geography provides opportunities to explore nature-society relations and social equity issues at a variety of scales. Applied, Community-Based Research: Students typically engage in applied, community-based research projects. These students often provide practical and systematic solutions that address one or more of the universal sustainability goals of environmental protection, social equity, and economic opportunity. The context of this research is typically the local community, but several students have expanded the scope of their work to include the western US and the US more generally. Some have even gone as far away as Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa to collaborate with both our skilled faculty and local experts to provide social, economic, and technological solutions for specific problems facing these communities. Geospatial Technologies: Many graduate students use the newly emerging field of geospatial technology to advance research on these topics, since visualizing data through technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and/or internet mapping is profoundly changing the way research scientists are addressing critical social, economic, and environmental issues. Program Outcomes The program requires graduate students to undertake problem-solving research, think critically about spatial relationships, and communicate effectively. Graduates from the MA program go onto PhD programs, serve in professional and managerial positions, and/or as information and technology experts for consulting firms, public agencies, and non-profit organizations. Additionally, the program prepares graduate students for emerging careers as geospatial analysts in the Military and Intelligence Communities. Program Distinctions - In a 2009 external review of the UCCS Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, the reviewers stated “the program reflects a level of excellence rarely found in regional state university settings. We encountered a dynamic group of faculty, staff, and students who are enthusiastic about their program… If there is a department that captures and reflects the university’s mission statement about providing “unsurpassed, student-centered teaching and learning, and outstanding research…that serve our community, state, and nation,” GES is certainly one of the most notable for this institution.” - The department also prides itself for being recognized as one of the university’s “Unique and High-Need” Programs; indeed, it is the only program in the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences to receive that distinction. In part, this distinction comes from the departments commitment to sustainability studies and geospatial technologies. The faculty requires students to apply geographic knowledge and methodologies to the design, selection, and implementation of sustainable policies, practices, technologies, and strategies. The Geography and Environmental Studies Department is a program of excellence in all facets of teaching, research, and service and models “best practices” within the discipline of geography. - The GES faculty has produced an impressive number of pure and applied publications. Given the diverse demands on their time, they are to be commended for publishing in some of the discipline’s top journals. The quality of publication in peer-reviewed outlets, and the quantity, is on par with many Tier I (Carnegie classification) institutions. It is exceptional, too, that all faculty in the department are committed to a high level of scholarship; and support one another in pursuing academic achievement. Though at other institutions this might create a competitive environment, in GES a highly creative and supportive atmosphere predominates. This is a key strength, and ensures not only the success of GES faculty, but also provides an excellent example to the graduate and undergraduate students that are mentored in the program. - From the standpoint of external funding, the department has an excellent record. Based on a report from the UCCS Office of Sponsored Programs, the department’s awards totaled nearly $1,000,000 as of 2012. This level of external funding illustrates the value of the ideas of GES faculty as weighed by peer review. This balance of grants has been utilized for both pure research and applied research pursuits, many of which have linked directly into community needs or funding initiatives. These grants have also been a critical source of graduate student funding. As a result, many graduate student have gained not only essential financial support but also indispensable experience as “research assistants” for GES faculty working on cutting-edge projects. - Recent hires have only solidified the reputation of the GES department. Many of these new hires to the department already had an outstanding reputation in the discipline and/or are poised to make significant contributions in the future. - The prevalence of GES faculty on editorial boards of the discipline’s top journals, the election of GES faculty to key positions in the discipline’s largest professional organization, and the presence of GES faculty as board members and/or consultants for numerous local and regional community organizations illustrate that the GES faculty has exceptional standing in many different settings. Program Requirements Students may complete either a thesis option or a non-thesis option for the MA in Applied Geography. The department strongly encourages students to fulfill the thesis option. The thesis option consists of 24 credits of coursework and 6 credits of thesis. The non-thesis option consists of 30 credits of coursework plus a research paper and comprehensive exam. Required Tests - GRE [-]

MA in Communication

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's degree program in Communication offers highly-qualified UCCS Communication majors the opportunity of pursuing the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication and Masters of Arts (MA) in Communication concurrently. [+]

The Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's degree program in Communication offers highly-qualified UCCS Communication majors the opportunity of pursuing the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communication and Masters of Arts (MA) in Communication concurrently. The program allows for up to nine credit hours to be used for both the BA and MA. It is designed to be approximately a five-year program for currently enrolled University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) Communication majors. The Master of Arts (MA) in Communication at UCCS offers students the opportunity to engage in advanced study and develop graduate-level expertise for addressing complex communication problems in modern organizations and social systems. This program prepares graduates for careers in the profit and nonprofit sectors, as well as in academia. Given the extent to which communication is ubiquitous, the mission of our graduate program is to help students develop an array of scholarly, personal, and professional communication skills suitable to a variety of contexts. Students are encouraged to develop expertise either in professional communication with an emphasis on organizational communication, leadership, and strategic communication, or advanced general studies with an emphasis on communication competence in their own particular area of interest. With either focus, students learn to connect communication knowledge, theory, and research capacities to real-world situations. In addition, our program seeks to instill in students a passion for intellectual and theoretical discovery that transcends career objectives and course expectations. Learning Outcomes Honoring Our Mission Upon graduation, all of our students will demonstrate these competencies: - Broad-based and advanced knowledge and understanding of communication processes and theories related to organizational communication and/or the student's personal area of interest. - Well-developed communication skills, including critical thinking and analysis, speaking, and writing, that prepare for success in the workplace or further graduate studies, including a doctoral program. - An awareness and motivation to use their communication knowledge and skills with sensitivity to critical issues such as ethics and inclusiveness in a diverse and technologically mediated global environment and society. - Proficiency in designing and conducting an original communication research study or a research-based training in their chosen area of interest. A Personalized Program of Graduate Study In consultation with graduate faculty, graduate students develop a personalized program of study to foster their own learning objectives and career goals. They are required to complete a set of core courses; and the organizational communication focus identifies four required electives. Thesis and non-thesis options are available. Plan I is with thesis. This plan requires a minimum of 33 hours of course work, of which 12 hours are four of the core courses (does not include the capstone course) and six hours are thesis credit. Plan II is without thesis and requires a minimum of 33 hours of course work, of which 15 hours are the core courses. With both plans, no more than six hours of graduate course work may be transferred from other universities to fulfill the degree requirements for the MA in Communication. With both plans, only three credits of COMM 9500 Independent Study and three credits of COMM 6020 Communication Research Practicum may be applied to the degree requirements as electives. Admission Requirements There are three types of admission to the M. A. Program in Communication, as described below. Any applicant not satisfying the requirements of any of these three types of admission is reviewed by the Graduate Applications Review Committee constituted of three members of the graduate faculty. Guaranteed Admission: This program is designed to offer outstanding University of Colorado at Colorado Springs students enrolled in their final semester of undergraduate coursework guaranteed and expedited admission to the M. A. Program in Communication. To qualify for guaranteed admission, a student must be a Communication major with a minimum GPA of 3.7 in all Communication coursework taken at UCCS. A one-page admissions form is available from the Communication Department and a $60 non-refundable application fee are required. Fast-Track Admission (only through Spring 2015 applications) : This program is designed to offer a more efficient admission process to University of Colorado at Colorado Springs undergraduate students who have graduated no more than four years prior to application to the graduate program. Students applying under the fast-track program must submit the following: - The Fast-Track Admission application form, accurately and completely filled out. - A completed residency form (back of the application form), if the student claims in-state tuition eligibility. - A check or money order for the $60 ($100 for international students) non-refundable application fee. - Official transcripts for any university level studies attempted after graduation from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. - A letter of recommendation from the Chairperson of the student's former undergraduate department (non-Communication majors only). - GRE exam results (for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0 only). Standard Admission: This program is designed for students who are not eligible for either Guaranteed or Fast-Track admission. To be considered for Standard Admission to the M. A. Program in Communication, a student must first meet the general requirements outlined by the Graduate School at UCCS. Applications are evaluated by the Graduate Committee of the Department of Communication. - Transcripts from each college or university previously attended (an overall GPA of 3.0 is expected). - Recent GRE scores (a combined score of at least 1000 on the verbal and quantitative components is expected). - A statement indicating educational objectives and professional goals. - Four letters of recommendation from instructors or employers. - A sample of scholarly writing. - A check or money order for the $60 ($75. for international students) non-refundable application fee. Admission is not limited to those with communication-related undergraduate majors. Those who have taken little or no communication or social scientific research methods coursework in their undergraduate program will be asked upon acceptance to meet the following deficiency prerequisites. [-]

MA in Curriculum and Instruction

Campus or Online Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The <strong>College of Education</strong> prepares skilled professionals who inspire excellence and create transformative change in the schools and communities in which they serve by enhancing scholarship, achievement, and service through collaborative partnerships, promoting and modeling innovative, ethical, and research - based practices and, embracing inclusion and social justice. [+]

The College of Education prepares skilled professionals who inspire excellence and create transformative change in the schools and communities in which they serve by enhancing scholarship, achievement, and service through collaborative partnerships, promoting and modeling innovative, ethical, and research - based practices and, embracing inclusion and social justice. Philosophical Framework The philosophical foundation of the Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is designed to provide professional educators increased knowledge of current research on teaching and learning and its contexts and to apply that research in practice. The degree provides an opportunity for teachers to focus on an area of interest and to develop increased skills and knowledge in that area. The College of Education prepares skilled professionals who inspire excellence and create transformative change in the schools and communities in which they serve by enhancing scholarship, achievement, and service through collaborative partnerships, promoting and modeling innovative, ethical, and research - based practices and, embracing inclusion and social justice. Goals The overarching goals of the College of Education seek to: - Ensure high quality preparation of education and counseling professionals - Engage in research - based inquiry and practice - Embrace diversity through action - Proactively collaborate with the community - Provide continual professional growth opportunities - Infuse and enhance the use of technology The mission and goals of the College of Education and the Department of Curriculum & Instruction guide graduate students to not only develop and enhance the knowledge and skills expected in graduate study, but also to provide a meaningful structure for supporting the essential elements of each program. The model assumes that professional educators will serve as instructional leaders within their school lettings and that learning to teach is a developmental process. Teachers enhance their instructional leadership skills by: - Increasing the professional knowledge base - Reflecting on practice. The Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum & Instruction is a thirty (30) - semester hour program designed for licensed, practicing teachers who desire to continue developing their professional expertise. Candidates complete a core of academic work requiring - Examination of educational issues from the perspective of social context and culturally responsive pedagogy; - Investigation and analysis of curricular design and models of teaching; - Examination and analysis of seminal and current research and application of research in instructional settings; - Consideration of and for the role and uses of technology in Curriculum & Instruction and implementation in the classroom. Further, the selection of a cognate emphasis area allows students to concentrate their coursework in an area of instruction in which they wish to develop a particular expertise (Curriculum & Instruction, Science Education, Gifted & Talented, Instructional Technology, Special Education, Counseling and Human Services and Leadership.) Admissions General MA Admissions Checklist - Complete the electronic online application - Obtain three letters of reference - Submit one transcript from all institutions of higher education previously attended - Prepare a career goal statement (see department specific requirements) - Current résumé - Complete a background check or provide an unofficial copy of teaching licensure - Interview with department faculty member Once application materials are in, you will need to interview with a faculty advisor for the program. *Additional items of note for International applicants: - All transcripts must be evaluated and translated into English through an authorized Credential Service (for example: World Education Services, Wes) - English Proficiency must demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, a TOEFL score of 550-(paper-based) or 80-(internet-based) or an ACT/COMPASS® English score of 270 or above (the ACT/COMPASS® may be taken through the UCCS Office of International Affairs). - Masters Degree candidates must demonstrate practical knowledge in the field of teaching along with the research skills and practices necessary for graduate - level work. [-]

MA in Educational Leadership with Concentration in P-12 Education and Principal Licensure

Campus or Online Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The <strong>MA in Educational Leadership with concentration in P-12 Education and the Principal Licensure</strong> programs has been carefully designed to ensure the development of educational leaders who can transform schools into learning communities in which all members of a diverse society are accorded opportunity and respect. [+]

The MA in Educational Leadership with concentration in P-12 Education and the Principal Licensure programs has been carefully designed to ensure the development of educational leaders who can transform schools into learning communities in which all members of a diverse society are accorded opportunity and respect. This curriculum has been developed on a foundation of research in the areas of leadership, management, schooling, curriculum, instructional practices, adult development, and technology. The program is accredited by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Educational Leadership Constituency Council (ELCC). As an active participant in these programs you will develop as a leader through an expanded self-knowledge and worldview. You will develop school management competencies and leadership strategies. You will learn how to guide an educational team as they integrate recommendations from research with an assessment of the needs of a school community and create a plan for student success. You will explore the political and social implications of schooling and the educational requirements of a diverse, democratic, multicultural society. You will discover how technology can be utilized to enhance management and communication. You will acquire the confidence necessary to ignite and inspire others. Warren Bennis has written that the primary goal of leadership is the creation of a human community held together by a common purpose. True leaders, he said, demonstrate a balance of competence, virtue, and vision. It is our mission to guide you in developing all three. Online Program All programs listed above are available fully online. The online program is designed to: - Allow students the option of completing coursework for licensure only (33 credits) or completing both licensure and the MA (42 credits). - Address the needs of adult learners by offering classes in an online environment, in which courses are divided into modules to allow learners to continue their educational goals without the physical restrictions of a traditional classroom setting. - Create a rich community of learners by progressing through the online program as a cohort. - Provide opportunities for motivated educators who want to advance their education and career opportunities without disrupting their full-time jobs and volunteer commitments. - Accommodate working adults by offering online classes that are available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. - Assist educators in rural areas who have limited or no access to the UCCS campus. Application Process Application for admission to the MA in Educational Leadership with concentration in P-12 Education and the Principal Licensure programs begins with completion of the online Graduate application. The online application and all additional materials mentioned below must be completed and uploaded into your application. 1) Within the online application, you will need to: - Pay the $60.00 application fee, International student application fee is $100.00 - Upload your career goal statement(as described below) - Upload your curriculum vitae or professional résumé - Complete and upload the Tuition Classification form - Email of three references in the spaces provided in the online application - One reference should be a former instructor, one should be a current supervisor, and one should be a professional colleague. These individuals should be in a position to give feedback regarding your ability to be successful in the program. 2) Official transcripts: Domestic students: Your final step will be to have one official transcript of all academic work ever completed to date, sent directly to the Office of Admissions & Records University of Colorado Colorado Springs *Additional items of note for International applicants: - All transcripts must be evaluated and translated into English through an authorized Credential Service (for example: World Education Services, Wes) - English Proficiency must demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 575‐(paper‐based) or 90‐(internet‐based) or an ACT/COMPASS® English score of 280 or above (the ACT/COMPASS® may be taken through the UCCS Office of International Affairs). Student Ethics Students are expected to adhere to the highest codes of personal and professional ethics, as set forth by the Honor Code of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, which appears each semester in the Schedule of Classes. Students who do not meet these standards may be dismissed from the Graduate School by the Graduate Dean upon recommendation of the chair of the Department of Leadership, Research, and Foundations (LRF). [-]

MA in Educational Leadership with Concentration in SAHE

Campus or Online Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The curriculum for the <strong>MA in Educational Leadership with concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE)</strong> has been carefully designed to ensure the development of educational leaders in student affairs operations in colleges and universities. [+]

The curriculum for the MA in Educational Leadership with concentration in Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) has been carefully designed to ensure the development of educational leaders in student affairs operations in colleges and universities. An emphasis of the program is the development of educational leaders who can transform institutions into learning communities in which all members of a diverse society are accorded opportunity and respect. The program adheres to the Master’s Level Student Affairs Professional Preparation Program Standards developed by the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS Professional Standards for Higher Education, 8th ed.). Leadership coursework is organized around foundational studies, professional studies, and supervised practice. As an active participant in these programs you will develop as a leader through an expanded self- knowledge and worldview. You will develop student affairs competencies and leadership strategies. You will learn how to guide a professional team as you integrate recommendations from research with an assessment of the needs of a college and/or university and create a plan for student success. You will explore the political and social implications of higher education and the educational requirements of a diverse, democratic, multicultural society. You will acquire the confidence necessary to ignite and inspire others. Warren Bennis has written that the primary goal of leadership is the creation of a human community held together by a common purpose. True leaders, he said, demonstrate a balance of competence, virtue, and vision. It is our mission to guide you in developing all three. Two course delivery modes are available for the SAHE program. 1) In-person cohort: courses will be held on Saturdays each week of the 8-week courses 2) Hybrid cohort: courses will meet two Saturdays during each of the 8-week courses and fulfill the other 6 weeks of the course meetings and learning goals in an online environment (students must be working at least 30 hours per week in higher education and be confident with the use of technology to apply for the hybrid cohort) Admissions - Schedule a meeting with a faculty member for your admissions interview! - Applications for admission to the MA Educational Leadership Program in Student Affairs in Higher Education must begin with completion of the online Graduate application. The early admission priority deadline is January 15; the final deadline is March 15 to be considered for the SAHE cohort the following fall. - Pay the $60.00 application fee *International student application fee is $100.00 - Upload your career goals statement - Upload your curriculum vitae or professional résumé - Complete and upload the Tuition Classification Form - List the name, title/organization, and email of three references. They will be emailed the SAHE recommendation forms/instructions. *One reference should be a former instructor, one should be a current supervisor, and one should be a professional colleague. In addition to the above materials that will be submitted with your online application, please email/mail proof of your background check or proof of licensure to the Student Resource Office. *(International applicants only complete this step if they have lived in the United States for more than one year). Students who have completed a background check for employment and can provide proof do not have to repeat this process for admission. Instructions for completing your background check are below: Print a copy of the background check and turn in with your admissions materials Current CO school or agency employees who completed a background check for employment may provide a copy of their CO license or a copy of the results of the background check used for employment. Domestic Students: Your final step will be to have one official transcript of all academic work ever completed to date, sent directly to the Office of Admissions & Records University of Colorado Colorado Springs. *Additional items of note for International applicants: - All transcripts must be evaluated and translated into English through an authorized Credential Service (for example: World Education Services, Wes) - English Proficiency must demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, a TOEFL score of 575‐(paper‐based) or 90‐(internet‐based) or an ACT/COMPASS® English score of 280 or above (the ACT/COMPASS® may be taken through the UCCS Office of International Affairs). The University of Colorado Colorado Springs does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status in admission and access to, and treatment and employment in, its educational programs and activities. [-]

MA in History

Campus Full time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

Beyond quality of instruction and breadth of exposure, the core strength of the <strong>UCCS Master's in History</strong> is its rigorous training of graduate students in the process of writing a primary-source-based research paper, grounded in the relevant historiography and theory, which makes an evidenced-based argument. [+]

The UCCS History Department offers a Master's degree (M.A.) in History. The graduate program maintains high standards; it is taught only by full-time faculty with appointments to the University of Colorado Graduate Faculty. Students do not specialize in a regional history. Rather, all graduate students are exposed to a breadth of regions, time periods, and historical approaches through their course of study. Beyond quality of instruction and breadth of exposure, the core strength of the UCCS Master's in History is its rigorous training of graduate students in the process of writing a primary-source-based research paper, grounded in the relevant historiography and theory, which makes an evidenced-based argument. All graduate students complete three full research papers, which they defend in an oral examination during their last semester. Students who complete the M.A. program at UCCS acquire the essential skills of the historian without over specializing at an early stage in their graduate training. Applicants must submit transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (approx. 8-10 pages), among other materials. No GRE is required. History M.A. Requirements = 30 credit hours in total 1) HIST 6000: Historiography (3-credits) Most students must take HIST 6000: Historiography during their first semester in the program. It is only offered each fall semester. This course examines (1) the intellectual development of history as a discipline, (2) sources, documents, and issues of authentication, and (3) varieties and schools of historical analysis. 2) three 2-semester sequences of: Readings seminar (3-credits) and associated Research seminar (4 credits). Seminars in any given field are offered over two consecutive semesters. The first semester in a field is a "readings" seminar (6000 level, 3 credit hours); the second semester is a "research" seminar (7000 or 6990 level, 4 credit hours). Students may not take the research seminar unless they have completed the corresponding readings seminar. Students must complete the readings and research sequence in at least three historical fields for a total of 21 credit hours. During the semester-long readings seminar students explore the history and historiography of a major regional or thematic focus. Readings seminars familiarize students with the relevant primary and secondary literature in each field covered. Students read extensively every week and meet with their professor and colleagues to discuss, clarify, and argue about what they have read, developing their intellectual powers as historians. During the subsequent semester, students enroll in the associated research seminar where they research and write a 25-35-page primary-source-based research paper around a central argument, which is grounded in the relevant historiography. Depending on the rotation of faculty teaching the graduate reading/research sequences, students may select from 2-3 courses offered each semester. Students typically gain an impressive breadth of exposure to diverse historical fields since their three readings/research sequences could be in US Southern History, Latin American History, Middle Eastern History, or Medieval European History, to name a few. Again, the strength of the program is how students are given the opportunity to engage in focused readings, research, and writing on their chosen topic (within the field) over the course of two semesters. 3) one elective course (3 credits) The elective course must be either HIST 6955: Internship in History, an extra readings seminar or, by permission of the History Department Graduate Faculty Committee, a 3000- or 4000-level undergraduate course in History or in another department. 4) HIST 9600: Independent Study (Orals Exam and Final Portfolio submission) The capstone course for the M.A. degree is HIST 9600: Independent Study, which includes preparation for the required final oral examination and presentation/defense of a portfolio of the three research papers. Refer to the "Guide to HIST 9600" located on the website under the Graduate Program. Applying to the Graduate Program The enrollment cycle to the graduate program is open ended. It is recommended that all application materials are received at least a month before the beginning of the semester for which you are applying. Complete applications will be considered up to two weeks before the start of the semester. Applying to a graduate program takes time, effort, and attention to detail. At UCCS, there is a two-tiered process, where the requirements for the Graduate School and for the Department of History must be met.The following checklist will help you navigate through the process effectively. Step 1 - All applications are completed online by visiting Application Materials and Submission at the Graduate School website. - Fill out online or download appropriate forms depending on your status - Submit a $60 non-refundable application fee ($100 for international applicants) - Submit official transcripts from each college or university previously attended, regardless of whether a degree was earned or required. Transcripts can be submitted electronically or by mail. Step 2 - Make sure that you meet the Department of History application requirements, including a 3.0 GPA overall as well as in your history classes, along with submission of the following: - Submit your letter of intent indicated which semester you intend to apply - Submit your resume - Provide three (3) academic letters of recommendation - Provide a writing sample of 15-20 pages Step 3 - Continue to acquaint yourself with the Department of History program as well as the offerings at UCCS and throughout the region. [-]

MA in Science Education

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The program in Science Education is designed primarily for teachers who wish to improve their science teaching skills or become leaders in the field of science education. It is appropriate for teachers at all levels (K-12) who wish to learn more about applying contemporary science teaching strategies in their schools. [+]

The program in Science Education is designed primarily for teachers who wish to improve their science teaching skills or become leaders in the field of science education. It is appropriate for teachers at all levels (K-12) who wish to learn more about applying contemporary science teaching strategies in their schools. The program is designed to provide classroom teachers with a sound background in current science education research, theory, standards, and practice. Emphasis is placed on utilization of inquiry strategies, manipulative activities, and science process skills as a basis for science instruction. Teachers completing this program will be prepared to: teach science in a self-contained setting, serve as science teachers for schools utilizing departmentalization, serve as science resource teachers at the school or district level, or pursue an advanced degree in science education. Note: This program is not designed to lead to teacher licensure. Admissions Admission to the Graduate School at UCCS is required for this program. However, individual courses may be taken by unclassified students. To be admitted to the program one must provide: Admissions Checklist - Complete the electronic online application - Obtain three letters of reference - Submit one transcript from all institutions of higher education previously attended - Prepare a career goal statement (see department specific requirements) - Current résumé - Complete a background check or provide an unofficial copy of teaching licensure - Interview with department faculty member - Once application materials are in, you will need to interview with a faculty advisor for the program. **If you have questions about the program before or during the Admissions process, or would like more programmatic information, call 719-255-4996 or education@uccs.edu *Additional items of note for International applicants: - All transcripts must be evaluated and translated into English through an authorized Credential Service (for example: World Education Services, Wes) - English Proficiency must demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, a TOEFL score of 550‐(paper‐based) or 80‐(internet‐based) or an ACT/COMPASS® English score of 270 or above (the ACT/COMPASS® may be taken through the UCCS Office of International Affairs). Program Requirements The Science Education program requires a total of thirty semester hours of course work and completion of a research project as part of CURR 5090. A thesis option is available but not required. Note: Students should consult with their program advisor to assure that courses selected are appropriate for credit in the Science Education program. Courses The Science Education program requires a total of thirty semester hours of course work and completion of a research project as part of CURR 5090. A thesis option is available but not required. [-]

MA in Sociology

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 5  September 2016 USA Colorado Springs + 1 more

The M.A. with applied emphasis is designed for students who wish to relate a general graduate education in sociology with more specific skills or substantive interests. Rather than writing a thesis, an additional six hours of coursework is coordinated with the student's advisor to provide an individualized program of study. [+]

The Department of Sociology offers a full M.A. program with requirements of theory and methods and a broad range of electives. Two program tracks offer the student maximum flexibility in pursuing academic and career goals. The general M.A., which includes a thesis requirement, is designed for those who are interested in pursuing a general education in sociology as well as developing research skills and those considering the pursuit of a PhD. in sociology in the future. The M.A. with applied emphasis is designed for students who wish to relate a general graduate education in sociology with more specific skills or substantive interests. Rather than writing a thesis, an additional six hours of coursework is coordinated with the student's advisor to provide an individualized program of study. The coursework may include classes in other graduate programs such as public administration, education and criminal justice. All course work for the Master of Arts degree in sociology may be taken on the Colorado Springs campus, although students may, at their option, take up to 8 credits of appropriate and approved courses at the Denver or Boulder campuses. Admission to the M.A. program at Colorado Springs, however, does not relate to admission to the graduate programs at Denver and Boulder. Admission Requirements Application for admission is made online. Students are required to submit a complete application by the deadline dates. A complete application includes an application, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended by the student. If an applicant does not have a complete application submitted by the deadline date, their application will not be considered for admission. It is the applicants responsibility to contact the UCCS Sociology program to determine if a conmplete application in on file. Admission as a Regular Degree Student: To be admitted as a regular degree student, an applicant must have: - A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university or have completed work equivalent for such a degree and equivalent to the degree given at this University - An undergraduate overall grade-point average of at least 3.00* - Adequate preparation to begin graduate study in sociology - Show promise for advanced study and research, as judged by the applicant's previous scholastic record - Applicants with lower GPA may be considered with strong Graduate Record Exam scores. The GRE exam is not required otherwise. Statement of Purpose As part of the application process students are required to write a statement of purpose. It is required that the statement of puropse have one inch margins, double spaced, 12 inch font and be at least two pages long. Students should strive to write a persuasive statement of purpose that makes an argument that the applicant is an ideal candidate for the UCCS Sociology program. The following are suggested content: the statement might identify why an applicant desires to study Sociology and explain which areas (theory, research methods, or substantive areas) they want to focus their studies. The document could also show how achieving an MA degree for the UCCS Sociology program fits with personal and professional goals. An applicant may also identify which faculty they would want to take courses from and explain why. If a potential student is interested in developing research skills to become a stronger Ph.D. applicant, they could identify which faculty they want to work with. Transfer Credits No more than eight (8) semester hours from other accredited institutions or in non-degree coursework may be transferred toward the master's degree in Sociology at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. All transfer credits must be cognate to Sociology and approved by the Sociology Department and the Graduate School by the beginning of the semester prior to that in which the student will graduate. All transfer credit hours must be graduate credit hours and completed within six years of the start of course work. If a student completes a graduate course at another institution and wants to transfer the credits into the UCCS Sociology program, the course term for the transfer credits at the other institution is considered the start date of course work. Work done earlier will not be accepted for the degree unless validated by a special examination covering the content areas of the course. [-]

MA in Space Studies and Science Education

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The program in <strong>Space Studies in Science Education</strong> is designed primarily for teachers who wish to improve their science teaching skills or become leaders in the field of science and space education. [+]

The program in Space Studies in Science Education is designed primarily for teachers who wish to improve their science teaching skills or become leaders in the field of science and space education. It is appropriate for teachers at all levels (K-12) who wish to learn more about applying contemporary science teaching strategies in their schools. The program is designed to provide classroom teachers with a sound background in current space studies, science education research, theory, standards, and practice. Emphasis is placed on utilization of inquiry strategies, manipulative activities, and science process skills as a basis for science instruction. Teachers completing this program will be prepared to: teach science in a self-contained setting, serve as science teachers for schools utilizing departmentalization, serve as science resource teachers at the school or district level, or pursue an advanced degree in science education. Note: This program is not designed to lead to teacher licensure. Admissions Admission to the Graduate School at UCCS is required for this program. However, individual courses may be taken by unclassified students. To be admitted to the program one must provide: Admissions Checklist - Complete the electronic online application - Obtain three letters of reference - Submit one transcript from all institutions of higher education previously attended - Prepare a career goal statement (see department specific requirements) - Current résumé - Complete a background check or provide an unofficial copy of teaching licensure - Interview with department faculty member Once application materials are in, you will need to interview with a faculty advisor for the program. *Additional items of note for International applicants: - All transcripts must be evaluated and translated into English through an authorized Credential Service (for example: World Education Services, Wes) - English Proficiency must demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, a TOEFL score of 550‐(paper‐based) or 80‐(internet‐based) or an ACT/COMPASS® English score of 270 or above (the ACT/COMPASS® may be taken through the UCCS Office of International Affairs). Program Requirements The Space Studies in Science Education program requires a total of thirty-three semester hours of course work and completion of a research project as part of Curr 5090. A thesis option is available but not required. Courses The Science Education program requires a total of thirty semester hours of course work and completion of a research project as part of CURR 5090. A thesis option is available but not required. Course work hours required includes: Space Foundation Courses (15 credits) Course/Credits/Title - Offered for UCCS Credit through UCCS Extended Studies by the Space Foundation - Summer 14 Information forthcoming-15 - Science Education (9 credits) Includes core courses required by the Curriculum & Instruction degree: Course/Credits/Title - Science content and method courses offered through the College of Education-9 Education (9 credits) Course/Credits/Title - LEAD 5600 - 3 Social Foundations & Trends - LEAD 5700 - 3 Introduction to Research & Statistics - CURR 5090- 3 Research Project Note: Students should consult with their program advisor to assure that courses selected are appropriate for credit in the Science Education program. Offerings In an attempt to serve our students and our community, the UCCS College of Education offers a specialty in Space Studies as part of its well established Science Education Program. This program is offered by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in collaboration with the Space Foundation. Space Studies courses are offered through the UCCS Extended Education Program. All other courses are offered through the UCCS College of Education. The program includes classes in Space Studies, Science Education, and Educational Curriculum. A total of 33 course hours are required to complete the C&I Masters, Space Studies in Science Education. Comprehensive Exams are not required, however students will complete a science education research project as part of the Research Project course CURR 5090. All courses are offered spring, summer and fall terms at times conveniently designed to fit into the schedule of classroom teachers. Students may work on course work throughout the year in courses offered by the UCCS College of Education. [-]

MA in Special Education

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

Students at UCCS are taught to focus on student strengths and to consider the many ways children and adolescents learn and make sense of content. Our programs combine on-campus and field-based learning experiences to provide opportunities for making connections between readings and classroom experiences, and to critically evaluate support services with current research. [+]

At the University of Colorado Colorado Springs the Department of Special Education centers on innovative and inclusive education. The Department promotes high expectations to ensure that all children are welcomed into the general education classroom. Our coursework is based on principles of universal design, focusing on how all students can have access to an academic education in the general education classroom. Students at UCCS are taught to focus on student strengths and to consider the many ways children and adolescents learn and make sense of content. Our programs combine on-campus and field-based learning experiences to provide opportunities for making connections between readings and classroom experiences, and to critically evaluate support services with current research. Accreditations Department of Special Education programs are accredited by: - National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) - Colorado Department of Education (CDE) - Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) - Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Students wishing to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education have the opportunity to create a program uniquely designed to a specific area of interest. Students in the Master of Arts Degree Program will take a core set of required courses and then will choose 15 units of elective course work. The Department of Special Education MA only program does not lead to licensure as a special education generalist. Students wishing to seek licensure should follow the plans for the program in initial licensure (for students who do not hold a current CO state teaching license) or added endorsement (for students who hold a current CO state teaching license). The MA only program requires that the students complete 33 units of graduate work culminating in an in-depth research project. Students may enroll in the MA only program at any time and may work at their own pace throughout the program. No fieldwork is required for the MA only. The Department of Special Education begins their academic program each year in the Fall. Students are chosen during the spring semester for admission the following fall. Up to nine hours of approved coursework may be completed as an Unclassified Student or as a transfer student prior to admission. Successful completion of Unclassified Student or Transfer Student coursework does not ensure admission to the program. Consult with a faculty member about courses you wish to take as an unclassified student or to transfer, as certain rules apply to these courses. [-]

MA Psychological Science

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The <strong>Psychological Science track</strong> of the Master of Arts in Psychology provides the student with a solid foundation in psychological research. The program includes coursework in Psychological Science design, research methodology, and statistics. [+]

Philosophy of the Psychological Science Track The Psychological Science track of the Master of Arts in Psychology provides the student with a solid foundation in psychological research. The program includes coursework in Psychological Science design, research methodology, and statistics. The student will also develop an area of specialization that will serve as a basis for elective coursework and the Master's thesis. The program is primarily designed to prepare students for doctoral degrees in psychology or related fields. Consistent with this goal, a majority of our Master's students have been subsequently accepted into Ph.D. programs. The program is also relevant to non-traditional students who do not plan to pursue a doctoral degree but wish to become more knowledgeable about psychology and its applications to their particular interests. Sub Plans and Specializations Upon completing the MA program a student will be conferred a general degree in Psychology. However, as part of their graduate training, students will gain experience within a specialized area of Psychology. This will be reflected in the training and experience that students receive while completing their Master's thesis research project under the direction of a faculty mentor. Our department offers many areas of specialization within Psychology including but not limited to Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Geropsychology (Aging), Neuropsychology, Personality, Program Evaluation, Psychology and Law, Psychometric Theory, Quantitative Psychology, Social Psychology, and Trauma Psychology. All of these areas of specialization are available to incoming students regardless of whether or not they select a formalized Sub-Plan. Sub-plans are optional and include specific requirements for completion that include specific coursework and research areas. Applicants are asked to specify whether they are likely to pursue a Sub-plan at the time of application. However, please keep in mind that Sub-plans are optional, many students complete our MA program without completing formalized Sub-plans, and you do not need to specify a Sub-plan at the time of application in order to eventually earn that Sub-plan Empirical Research Thesis A research based thesis is required of all master's students. The psychology faculty are all actively engaged in research. Master's students are encouraged to establish a mentorship relationship with a faculty person and to develop a thesis from an ongoing program of research. The research and scientific method coursework is designed to help the student formulate a research proposal, analyze the data collected, and write up the results for scholarly publication. In addition to those courses, students take 6 credit hours of PSY 7000 Thesis. Students are encouraged to present their work at regional and national meetings and to write up their research for publication. [-]

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The <strong>Curriculum and Instruction Department</strong> recently received approval for the<strong> Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy</strong>. The program revision will encompass emphasis in both reading and writing. [+]

The Curriculum and Instruction Department recently received approval for the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy. The program revision will encompass emphasis in both reading and writing. The program will include core foundation courses that are college-wide offerings and courses that are specific graduate-level in literacy. In addition, we plan to offer a "tiered" program in which MA students could continue, if desired, their coursework and receive Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist endorsements from the state. Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy Admissions Checklist Requirements - *MA C & I: Literacy-Students must hold an initial or professional teaching license-will take 33 credit hrs. described below. - **Reading Teacher Endorsement-Students must hold an initial or professional teaching license PLUS 2 years of teaching experience-will take 33 credit hours PLUS 6 additional credit hours of coursework, described below. - ***Reading Specialist Endorsement-Students must hold an initial or professional teaching license, PLUS 3 years of teaching experience, hold a Reading Teacher endorsement - 9 additional credit hours of coursework, described below. Remaining Admission Requirements - Complete the electronic online application - Obtain three letters of reference - Submit one transcript from all institutions of higher education previously attended - Prepare a career goal statement (see department specific requirements) - Current résumé - Complete a background check or provide an unofficial copy of teaching licensure - Interview with department faculty member Once application materials are in, you will need to interview with a faculty advisor for the program. *Additional items of note for International applicants: - All transcripts must be evaluated and translated into English through an authorized Credential Service (for example: World Education Services, Wes) - English Proficiency must demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, a TOEFL score of 550‐(paper‐based) or 80‐(internet‐based) or an ACT/COMPASS® English score of 270 or above (the ACT/COMPASS® may be taken through the UCCS Office of International Affairs). - *M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction: Literacy Core (12 credits) Course/Credit/Title - CURR 5000 -3 Foundations: History & Research in Curriculum Studies-Prerequisite for ALL coursework - CURR 5002 -3 Issues, Strategies, and Models of Curriclum Design-Prerequisite for CURR 5090 - LEAD 5700 -3 Introduction to Research and Statistics-Prerequisite for CURR 5090 - CURR 5090 -3 Research Project-Final Course in Program - Literacy Content (21 credits) Course/Credit/Title - CURR 5702 -3 Literacy for Linguistically Different Learners - CURR 5415 -3 Foundations of Literacy: Theories & Models - CURR 5401 -3 Issues and Trends in Literacy - CURR 5414 -3 Literacy Assessment: Diagnosis and Evaluation K-12 OR CURR 5410-3 Informal Diagnosis and Differentiation K-12 - CURR 5420 -3 Literature for Childen and Adolescents - CURR 5412 -3 Strategies for Writing Instruction - CURR 5400 -3 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas **Reading Teacher Endorsement Required 2 years teaching experience and M.A. in Reading/Literacy. PLACE test for Reading Teacher required upon completion of coursework to add endorsement. Course/Credit/Title - CURR 5432 -3 Field Based Practicum Elementary-OR CURR 5433-3 Field Based Practicum Secondary - CURR 5430 -3 Reading Clinic Elementary-OR CURR 5431-3 Reading Clinic Secondary ***Reading Specialist Endorsement Required 3 years teaching experience, M.A. in Reading/Literacy, and Reading Teacher Endorsement coursework. PLACE test for Reading Specialist required upon completion of coursework to add endorsement. Course/Credit/Title - CURR 5413 -3 Supervision and Coaching Literacy - CURR 5432 -3 Field Based Practicum Elementary OR CURR 5433-3 Field Based Practicum Secondary (opposite level from Reading Teacher course) - CURR 5434 -3 Capstone in Literacy Leadership [-]

Master of Arts in Psychology (Clinical Track)

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The clinical track of the <strong>Master of Arts in Psychology</strong> is an adult-focused program that follows the Boulder scientist/practitioner training model which emphasizes the integrated roles of science and practice. [+]

Philosophy of the Clinical Track The clinical track of the Master of Arts in Psychology is an adult-focused program that follows the Boulder scientist/practitioner training model which emphasizes the integrated roles of science and practice. Training in the applied skills of clinical assessment and intervention requires a thorough understanding of the range of human functioning. The database of the psychological literature is our groundwork and the scientific method guides our work. We require students to develop an understanding of how this database is generated, how to evaluate its utility, and how to apply it. Thus, all students are required to take the core of methodology and basic psychology courses in addition to the clinical core and a practicum experience in the community. Because a two-year curriculum can provide only the basics, it is expected that we are preparing students to proceed with training at the doctoral level. Prospective students should be aware that the clinical MA track has a focus on adult populations. There is limited coverage of child-related topics in the clinical coursework and limited child-oriented practicum opportunities. While research opportunities with children and adolescents are possible, limited clinical training with children is provided in the MA track. This program values and promotes self-awareness as a significant component of training in clinical psychology. Students in this program engage in self-awareness exercises within their courses and practicum training. They are also strongly encouraged to engage in their own psychotherapy during their training. Coursework in Assessment, Intervention, Applied Skills, and the Practicum The clinical core consists of a set of didactic courses and a set of applied skills courses. The didactic requirements include the following courses: PSY 6780 Advanced Psychopathology, PSY 6850 Clinical Interviewing and Personality Assessment, PSY 6920 Seminar in Psychotherapy, and either PSY 6860 Cognitive Assessment or PSY 6880 Neuropsychological Assessment. Students in the clinical track take a course in basic interviewing skills (PSY 5710 Clinical Skills Lab) during their first year and a clinical practicum (taken in conjunction with PSY 6720 Professional Development I, and PSY 6730 Professional Development II) during their second year. Practicum experiences are completed at several sites either on-campus (at the University Counseling Center or the CU Aging Center) or in the community under licensed, PhD-level supervision. The goal of these experiences is to expose students to clinical settings, to the roles of clinical psychologists, and to begin the development of clinical skills. Placements must be approved by the DCT. Most sites require a 10-12 month commitment and students are expected to work approximately 15 hours per week at their site, or a minimum of 450 hours. Be informed that clinical training in the MA Clinical track requires a community practicum placement in local agencies that partner with us for training opportunities. Many of these institutions require a legal background check to ensure all employees and trainees meet current standards. In addition, state licensing boards usually require applicants to report on their legal background. As such, certain types of criminal backgrounds will prevent applicants from being able to complete program requirements or to eventually attain licensure as a mental health professional in some states. Please disclose relevant background information accordingly and before you enroll in the UCCS program. Empirical Research Thesis A research based thesis is required of all master's students. The psychology faculty are all actively engaged in research. Master's students are encouraged to establish a mentorship relationship with a faculty person and to develop a thesis from an ongoing program of research. The research and scientific method coursework is designed to help the student formulate a research proposal, analyze the data collected, and write up the results for scholarly publication. In addition to those courses, students take 6 credit hours of PSY 7000 Thesis. Students are encouraged to present their work at regional and national meetings and to write up their research for publication. [-]

MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Campus Full time Part time September 2016 USA Colorado Springs

The <strong>MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) program</strong> is designed especially for monolingual English speaking teachers, paraprofessionals and pre-service teachers who have English Language Learners (ELLs) in their classrooms, and want to know how to better serve those students. [+]

The MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) program is designed especially for monolingual English speaking teachers, paraprofessionals and pre-service teachers who have English Language Learners (ELLs) in their classrooms, and want to know how to better serve those students. Educators working with individual, small groups or whole classes of ELLs will benefit from this program. Teachers who have a teaching license from the Colorado Department of Education may use this opportunity to seek a Master of Arts Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages(TESOL). The MA TESOL degree is 30 semester hours or 10 courses. The first eight courses (24 semester hours) are applicable to the Culturally Linguistically Diverse Endorsement (CLDE) through the Colorado Department of Education. The last two courses are the core/research classes that complete the MA in TESOL. The Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language Certificate (TESL/TEFL) is a 12 credit hour program. Students would take only CURR 5701, 5703, 5705 and 5713. MA TESOL, Endorsement and TESL/TEFL Admissions Checklist - Complete the electronic online application - Obtain three letters of reference - Submit one transcript from all institutions of higher education previously attended - Prepare a career goal statement (see department specific requirements) - Current résumé - Complete a background check or provide an unofficial copy of teaching licensure - Interview with department faculty member Once application materials are in, you will need to interview with a faculty advisor for the program. *Additional items of note for International applicants: - All transcripts must be evaluated and translated into English through an authorized Credential Service (for example: World Education Services, Wes) - English Proficiency must demonstrated through providing evidence of an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, a TOEFL score of 550‐(paper‐based) or 80‐(internet‐based) or an ACT/COMPASS® English score of 270 or above (the ACT/COMPASS® may be taken through the UCCS Office of International Affairs). Please contact the UCCS Office of International Affairs Core (6 credits) Course/Credits/Title - LEAD 5700 - 3 Introduction to Research and Statistics - CURR 5090 -3 Research Project - Culturally Linguistically Diverse Education (24 credits, for CLDE endorsement) Course/Credits/Title - CURR 5700- 3 Introduction to Linguistically Diverse/Multicultural Education - CURR 5701- 3 Materials and Methods in Linguistically Diverse/Multicultural Education* - CURR 5702 - 3 Literacy for Linguistically Different Learners - CURR 5703 - 3 Assessment: Methods, Materials and Theories for ELL's* - CURR 5704 - 3 Practicum in Linguistically Diverse/Multicultural Education - CURR 5705 - 3 Second Language Acquisition: Capstone* - CURR 5707 - 3 Pro-Seminar: Parent and Community Involvement - CURR 5713 - 3 Language and Linguistics* *TESL/TEFL courses (12 credit hours) required for the online certificate. All credits may be applied to the MA TESOL within 5 years of taking the first course. [-]

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