The Master of Business Administration provides students with a broad understanding of how the elements and processes of business organizations relate to one another and to the external environment. Degree requirements are designed to develop proficiency and confidence in all of the functional areas of business. The program offers concentrations in General Business, International Business, Sports Management and International Business Strategy.
The Master of Arts in Administration is unique among graduate programs in South Texas in that it provides participants with core competencies in administration as well as essential knowledge, skills and abilities in several specialty areas. The curriculum is designed to develop ethical and accountable administrators. The program offers eight concentrations including Adult Education, Applied Administration (online), Communication Arts, Healthcare Administration, Instructional Technology (online), Nutrition, Organizational Development, and Sports Management.
The Master of Health Administration degree is a 45 hour program designed for those seeking entry and mid-level management positions within the healthcare industry. Built upon a foundation of 24 competencies critical to the success of entry to mid-level managers, the Master of Health Administration degree will provide students with a systems perspective of the healthcare industry built upon an understanding of health and disease as well as, the economic and social factors that influence the industry. Courses focus on and integrate managerial responsibilities, functions, and roles related to human resources management, budgeting and financial decision making, legal and ethical issues, quality and continuous improvement, information management, marketing and strategic thinking within the context of the healthcare industry.
The Master of Science in Accounting offers a thirty-hour graduate degree designed to provide the opportunity for concerned and enlightened persons to achieve the professional competencies required for entrance to the accounting profession, as well as to provide candidates the credentials required by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy to sit for the national CPA licensing examination.
The Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees are designed for those wishing to increase academic and professional competence by improving research, writing, presentation and leadership skills. Concentrations are offered in Adult Education, Cross-Cultural Education, Early Childhood Literacy, Instructional Technology (online), Kinesiology, Literacy (M.Ed.), Organizational Learning and Leadership, Special Education (M.Ed.), and Teacher Leadership.
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Student Services
The M.Ed. concentration in Student Services in Higher Education is designed to prepare students for employment or advancement at the college or university level. The goal for this concentration is to develop students that possess the knowledge, skills, and leadership qualities necessary to facilitate the learning and development of students through campus support services. The curriculum is designed to enhance understanding of college student diversity, related legal issues, and the overall dynamic nature of higher education. Student learning outcomes for this concentration are benchmarked against industry standards established by the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Organization (NASPA).
The Master of Arts in Teaching is designed for those seeking certification while working towards the master’s degree with concentrations in elementary and secondary education.
The Master of Arts in Communication Arts offers a unique blend of theory-driven and experienced-based classes that focus on the critical knowledge and practical skills necessary to prepare students to enter the media industry in a variety of capacities including media studies, multimedia production, print media and public relations as well as to prepare students for further graduate studies.
The Master of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies allows a student, in consultation with advisors, to design a degree plan that builds on personal interests, academic strengths and career opportunities.
The Master of Administration in Religious Studies/Pastoral Institute provides students with scriptural, theological and pastoral preparation for careers in a variety of pastoral ministries and religious education.
The Master of Science or Master of Arts in Biology provides a broad background in biology, including the study of molecules, organisms and ecological systems.
The Master of Arts in Mathematics with a concentration in Teaching provides students with expertise in the teaching and learning of mathematics and research in mathematics education. This degree is aimed at producing leaders in mathematics education for pre-college schools.
The Master of Science in Applied Statistics is designed for students seeking professional careers as applied statisticians in a variety of settings including, but not limited to government, academia and industry. The program provides for the comprehensive study of probability and statistics, with specific emphasis on application, reporting, and consulting. Students will participate in consulting projects with local businesses through the statistical consulting laboratory.
The Master of Arts in Multidisciplinary Sciences serves to deepen scientific comprehension in biology, chemistry, environmental sciences and physics stressing their interconnection and presents new ways of teaching science.
The Master of Science in Nursing prepares Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL) and Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) for practice in a variety of settings. Additionally, the program also offers additional training to prepare students for entry-level faculty roles as clinical instructors.
The Master of Science in Kinesiology is designed for those students interested in teaching physical education at the K-12 or college level, or working in a business-related area.
(Note: this degree does not carry initial teacher certification). For teacher certification, see the Dreeben School of Education.
The Master of Science in Nutrition serves employed professionals pursuing an advanced degree and those wishing registration with the American Dietetic Association, by providing students with current theory and policy and practical and research skills in nutrition. The program offers concentrations in Nutrition Education and Health Promotion, and Administration.
The Master of Science in Sport Management is designed for people working in a variety of sports organizations. These include National Governing Bodies of Amateur Sports, international organizations such as the International Olympic Committee and its subsidiaries, charitable institutions, professional and amateur sports organizations, as well as college and university athletic departments. Many graduates of sports management programs work in institutions of higher education for student services where facilities are managed and physical activities such as intramurals are programmed and supervised.