University of North Alabama

Introduction

Welcome to the University of North Alabama, where educational excellence thrives in the rich cultural heritage of the Shoals region of Alabama. UNA is an extraordinary place. As the oldest public university in the state, we have a fascinating history and a great story to tell.

If you are a prospective student, we encourage you to let academic criteria guide your choice of a college or university. Does the institution offer the degree program you need? Will the institution nurture you as you pursue your program of study? Will the faculty support you and challenge you to excel? Will the university do its best to keep the cost of education affordable so you can complete your journey and move on to a rewarding career?

At UNA, we answer these questions each day with an emphatic YES! Our faculty and staff are talented professionals who are committed to helping students succeed. The environment is safe and supportive, and the campus is stunningly beautiful. The serenity of our grounds is complemented by the adjacent historic district and vibrant downtown area of Florence --Alabama’s Renaissance City. It is an ideal setting in which to live and study.

With its wonderful people, beautiful campus, and regional charm, UNA is the perfect fit for you, too. We invite you to check out our website, or, better yet, stop by for a visit. You’ll be glad you did.

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Master

Master of Professional Studies

Campus or Online Full time September 2017 USA Florence

The Master of Professional Studies (M.Pr.S) degree is an applied professional program with workforce development, organizational leadership and personal development at the core of its mission. This graduate degree is designed to provide students an accessible, online, and affordable opportunity to achieve their educational and professional objectives. [+]

Important Announcements! STUDENT ADVISING - We are always ready to assist M.Pr.S students with advising and academic planning. Please call 256.765.5003 to set up your consultation. The Master of Professional Studies (M.Pr.S) degree is an applied professional program with workforce development, organizational leadership and personal development at the core of its mission. This graduate degree is designed to provide students an accessible, online, and affordable opportunity to achieve their educational and professional objectives. The M.Pr.S degree is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The program is a 33 to 36 credit hour graduate degree program with a thesis or non-thesis option. It is not a graduate certificate program. Through this program students will demonstrate: an understanding of the nature and impact of major social, economic, and political forces, including population diversity, technological change, and globalization the ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences the ability to conduct research and utilize research findings as a foundation for decision making an understanding of ethical bases for decision making the ability to lead, negotiate, and resolve conflicts Students will acquire and demonstrate these skills through a specific set of six required core courses and a set of four courses within one of the following specialization areas: Community Development, Security and Safety Leadership, and Information Technology. Please call UNA's Department of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies for more information Areas of Specialization In addition to the core component, students will take up to 15 credit hours of graduate coursework in one of the following areas of concentration: Community Development: This concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills to assume leadership roles in the economic and social development of communities. Students will acquire the ability to work with citizens and community leaders to establish and help maintain viable and sustainable communities, improve human and social capital and help individuals and communities to reach their full potential. This multi-disciplinary professional program will make students familiar with aspects of community planning, urban growth and change, heritage preservation, interorganizational cooperation, community empowerment, attracting industries and labor to a community, ecological sustainability in communities, community capacity building, and other economic and social aspects of community development. The concentration will be appropriate for students planning careers in both the private and public sector. Security and Safety Leadership: This concentration is designed to meet the professional development needs of students involved in the public or private safety sector. It is especially designed for students with experience or interest in law enforcement, the military, emergency management, disaster relief, corporate security, transportation security, public safety, hazards management, public health preparedness, and fire security. Students will gain familiarity with a wide range of homeland security issues, practices, and policies, including homeland security management, emergency response and disaster relief, inter-agency cooperation, leadership and performance management, the management of organizational change, and intelligence and strategic analysis. Students will graduate from the program with the ability to enhance the quality of life at community, regional, and national levels. Information Technology: This concentration is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of current and evolving technologies in the applied Information Technology (IT) field. Students will gain knowledge and skills enabling them to understand the principles underlying IT, understand technical and regulatory issues related to IT, apply IT best practices to enhance competitiveness and increase productivity, integrate IT into organizations, enhance IT awareness and literacy in organizations, and manage software and hardware cycles. This concentration will prepare students for careers in database systems management, informatics, information security, project management, software engineering, telecommunications management, and e-business development. [-]

MSc

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Campus or Online Full time September 2017 USA Florence

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) Program offers options for both in-class traditional and international graduate students as well as non-traditional working law enforcement professionals through it's online delivery options. In both cases, students will receive a quality educational experience based on critical thinking, analysis, and research. [+]

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) Program offers options for both in-class traditional and international graduate students as well as non-traditional working law enforcement professionals through it's online delivery options. In both cases, students will receive a quality educational experience based on critical thinking, analysis, and research. UNA MSCJ graduates will be well positioned for promotion to positions of greater responsibility within their organizations or new opportunities, as well as continuing advanced study at the Doctorate level and follow on teaching opportunities. Advisement Upon admission to the program, each student is assigned a faculty advisor who will provide continued supervision and guidance. Degree Program Plans Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree: a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit, to include the following: Hours Required Core…………………………………………………….…..………………9 CJ 618, Crime in America (3) CJ 640 Methods of Research in Criminal Justice (3) CJ 650, Criminological Theory (3) CJ 698, Comprehensive Exam (0) Electives…………………………………………………………………………….……21 (A maximum of 15 hours can be taken at the 500 level. Students are not permitted to receive credit for a 500-level course if they received credit for the comparable senior-level undergraduate course. Up to six hours of electives may be taken outside the Department of Criminal Justice with prior approval from the Department of Criminal Justice). CJ 505, Criminal Investigation (3) CJ 506, Forensic Investigation (3) CJ 530, Criminal Evidence (3) CJ 534, Criminal Procedure (3) CJ 550, Theory and Crime Control (3) CJ 580, Psychological Dimensions of Criminal Justice Practice (3) CJ 591, Special Topics (3) CJ 606, Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice (3) CJ 610, Nature and Function of the American Judicial System (3) CJ 614, Management and Policy in Criminal Justice Organizations (3) CJ 622, Contemporary Issues in Corrections (3) CJ 630, Victimology (3) CJ 634, Advanced Criminal Procedure (3) CJ 645, Advanced Statistical Procedure (3) CJ 660, Comparative Criminal Justice (3) CJ 690, Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement (3) CJ 699, Independent Study/Research (3) Total……………………………………………………………………………..30 hours. In the last semester in which all other course requirements are expected to be completed, the student must register for CJ 698 (Comprehensive Examination) in order to take a written comprehensive examination prior to graduation in order to complete the program. The exam will be taken on-site in the Criminal Justice Department over the course of two days. [-]

Master of Science in Geospatial Science

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Florence

The Master of Science in Geospatial Science is an innovative approach to applying spatial knowledge and technology to solve contemporary problems. The program focuses on the multidisciplinary application of geography, the spatial paradigm and methods of geospatial technologies. [+]

The Master of Science in Geospatial Science is an innovative approach to applying spatial knowledge and technology to solve contemporary problems. The program focuses on the multidisciplinary application of geography, the spatial paradigm and methods of geospatial technologies to prepare students to: Solve complex environmental, urban, economic and business problems Conduct independent research Develop skills in critical thinking and writing Enter professions requiring knowledge of geospatial methods, analysis, and techniques. Graduates from the Department of Geography at UNA work in various government, public and private sector jobs throughout the country and overseas. These jobs involve regional and urban planning, environmental research and monitoring, utilities, marketing, management, and field work among many other titles. Some of our graduates continue their studies in pursuit of a Ph.D. degree. For the past several years, job and school placement has reached almost 100%. [-]

Master of Science in Health and Human Performance

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Florence

The process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health; a commitment to dealing with the challenges of reducing inequities, extending the scope of prevention [+]

The process of enabling people to increase control over and to improve their health; a commitment to dealing with the challenges of reducing inequities, extending the scope of prevention, and helping people to cope with their circumstances; creating environments conducive to health, in which people are better able to take care of themselves” (World Health Organization). Health Promotion at UNA Through the Health Promotion concentration in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at the University of North Alabama, students will be prepared to assist people, in a variety of settings, to achieve a state of health and wellness in accordance with the environment in which they live. Skills will be developed to deal with educational, social, economic, and political issues to improve the health of the population. Opportunities for employment include: YMCA/YWCA Corporate Wellness Hospital Wellness Fitness Clubs Health Promotion Specialist in public health settings Health Promotion Specialist in non-profit/voluntary health settings Health Promotion Specialist in elder-care settings Health Coach Wellness Facilitator [-]

MA

Master of Arts in Education (School Counseling)

Campus or Online Full time September 2017 USA Florence

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program qualifies students for a variety of counseling positions in the community and meets the coursework requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor status in Alabama. The School Counseling Program prepares students to serve effectively as elementary and secondary school counselors and meets the requirements for School Counselor certification/licensure in Alabama and/or other states. [+]

The Department of Counselor Education offers master's degree programs for students who have completed bachelor's degrees and are preparing themselves for employment as school or clinical mental health counselors. The School Counseling (M.A.Ed.) graduate program in the Department of Counselor Education is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) under the 2001 standards and listed on the International Registry of Counselor Education Programs. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.) program is accredited by CACREP under the 2009 standards. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program qualifies students for a variety of counseling positions in the community and meets the coursework requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor status in Alabama. The School Counseling Program prepares students to serve effectively as elementary and secondary school counselors and meets the requirements for School Counselor certification/licensure in Alabama and/or other states. Please consult the UNA Graduate Catalog or the Department of Counselor Education for additional information regarding the degree programs in counseling. Career Options: Graduates of the Counseling program are employed in numerous settings, including the following: Colleges and Universities Department of Human Resources Hospice Mental Health Centers Nursing Homes Rehabilitation Services Substance Abuse Programs Private Practice Elementary Schools Secondary Schools [-]

Master of Arts in Public History

Campus Full time September 2017 USA Florence

The Master of Arts degree in Public History is intended to meet the educational needs of those aspiring to professional advancement in the field of public history. [+]

The Master of Arts degree in Public History is intended to meet the educational needs of those aspiring to professional advancement in the field of public history. The curriculum in history and public history provides a sound basis to: deepen students’ knowledge of history and public history, and to expand their critical thinking skills; provide students with opportunities for extensive fieldwork and collaborative community projects as they complete their coursework, while also providing experience in their chosen area of study through the internship requirement; prepare students for careers in historic preservation and historical administration, including positions in archives, museums, state historic preservation offices, and cultural resource management firms, and for advancement in job preparation and salary for public history professionals. The Master of Arts in Public History is organized into two tracks, historical administration and historic preservation. The program offers two options within the two tracks: thesis and non-thesis. Master of Arts Degree in Public History with a concentration in Historical Administration requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of credit and includes 21 hours of core courses, encompassing a course in Public History Historiography and Research Methods, two graduate colloquia in United States or European history, a course in Museum and Archival Administration, and Digital Collection Management, as well as an internship, a portfolio, and a course taken within the College of Business to help develop professional leadership skills. Students also complete 6 hours of Public History Electives. Students pursuing the thesis option take 6 hours of thesis work and must successfully defend a thesis. Students completing the non-thesis option take 6 hours of Directed Research and Study and must complete a comprehensive examination. Master of Arts Degree in Public History with a concentration in Historic Preservation requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of credit and includes 21 hours of core courses, encompassing a course in in Public History Historiography and Research Methods, two graduate colloquia in United States or World history, Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Management, Historic Preservation: Fieldwork Methods, as well as an internship, a portfolio, and a course taken within the College of Business to help develop professional leadership skills. Students pursuing the thesis option take 6 hours of thesis work and must successfully defend a thesis. Students completing the non-thesis option take 6 hours of Directed Research and Study and must complete a comprehensive examination. In addition, both tracks require demonstration of a research skill. That skill may be reading knowledge of a foreign language. Other options exist to demonstrate research skill proficiency as appropriate for each student’s area of study. The M.A. in Public History is not offered online, and is only residential. [-]

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University of North Alabama

Address Harrison Plaza 1
35632 Florence, United States
Website http://www.una.edu/
Phone +1 256-765-4100