Programs by Interest

  • Business and Administration

    Accounting (MS)

    Contact: J.T. Norris, PhD  | (210) 930-8013
    College/School: H-E-B School of Business and Administration

    The Master of Science in Accounting program provides the opportunity to achieve the professional competencies required for entrance into the accounting profession and the credentials required by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy to sit for the national CPA licensing examination.

    Administration (MAA)

    Contact: eapadmission@uiwtx.edu | (210) 757-0202 | Online or Classroom
    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Master of Arts in Administration program 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 the specialty areas listed below. The curriculum is designed to develop ethical and accountable administrators who are able to conceptualize and critically analyze complex organizational issues within their specialty areas and who are able to persuasively communicate toward a course of action that is in the best interests of those they serve.

    Concentrations in:

    • Applied Administration (Online or Classroom)
    • Communication Arts (Online)
    • Criminal Justice Leadership (Online or Classroom)
    • Healthcare Administration (Online)
    • Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Online)

    Business Administration (MBA)

    Contact: Scott Roberts, PhD | (210) 832-2141
    College/School:  H-E-B School of Business and Administration

    The MBA provides students with abroad understanding of how the elements and processes of businesses relate to one another and to the external environment.

    Concentrations in:

    • Finance : Provides students with an understanding of the importance of money management in business and the impact of financial decisions.
    • Marketing : Provides students with an in-depth understanding of strategic marketing solutions.
    • Sport Management : Students pursuing this specialization will be qualified for executive-level positions in sports industries and related fields.

    Business Administration, Professional (MBA)

    Contact: eapadmission@uiwtx.edu   | (210) 757-0202 | Online or Classroom
    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Professional Master of Business Administration (MBA) will develop in each student a broad understanding of how the elements and processes of business organizations relate to one another and to the external environment. The MBA will develop proficiency and confidence in all of the functional areas of business. In addition to providing the technical skills required for an executive-level business position, this degree also emphasizes ethical considerations of doing business. 

    Concentrations in:

    • Asset Management
    • Data Analytics
    • Human Resource Management

    Health Administration (MHA)

    Contact: Chris Nesser, PhD | MHA Director | (210) 832-5626
    College/School: H-E-B School of Business and Administration

    The Master of Health Administration program provides a competency-based curriculum based on the knowledge, skills, and abilities believed to be critical to the successful entry of mid-level managers into the health administration field. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.

    Sport Management (MS)

    Contact: Randall Griffiths, PhD |  (210) 829-2987
    College/School: Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

    Sport Management degrees are designed with two outcomes in mind. The topic of Sport Management is used as a template to study the general principles of business. Students who relate to this area are able to more readily able to grasp and apply the basic principles of business. In addition, we hope to prepare students to pursue careers in the area of Sport Management and give them the tools that will prepare them for life-long learning

    Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

    Contact: Jill Stanislawski  | (800) 641-4101 | Online Program
    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The DBA builds on the knowledge and skills of students who have completed master's level study in business and business-related disciplines. The DBA creates scholar-practitioners who are able to provide meaningful contributions to the advancement of business research and practice. 

  • Communications

    Communication Arts (MA)

    Contact: Trey Guinn, PhD | (210) 283-6397
    College/School: School of Media and Design

    The Communication Arts program uses a unique blend of theory-driven and experienced-based classes where students acquire the knowledge and skills to enter the media industry. Fields of study include production, print media, or convergent media delivery and prepares students for further study at the graduate level.

    Administration (MAA)

    Contact: eapadmission@uiwtx.edu | (210) 757-0202 |  Online or Classroom
    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Master of Arts in Administration program 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 the specialty areas listed below. The curriculum is designed to develop ethical and accountable administrators who are able to conceptualize and critically analyze complex organizational issues within their specialty areas and who are able to persuasively communicate toward a course of action that is in the best interests of those they serve.

    Concentration in:

    • Communication Arts (Online): The Master of Arts in Administration (MAA) in Communication Arts prepares students to serve as ethical and accountable administrators who are able to conceptualize and critically analyze complex organizational issues. They will also be able to persuasively communicate toward a course of action that is in the best interest of those they serve.
  • Doctoral and Professional

    Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

    Contact: Jill Stanislawski  | (800) 641-4101 | Online Program
    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The DBA builds on the knowledge and skills of students who have completed master's level study in business and business-related disciplines. The DBA creates scholar-practitioners who are able to provide meaningful contributions to the advancement of business research and practice. 

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    Contact: Diana Beckmann-Mendez, PhD  | (210) 283-6318
    College/School: Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed for nurses seeking the highest degree in nursing practice. DNP graduates are prepared as scholars to improve outcomes through organizational/systems leadership, quality improvement processes, and translation of evidence into practice.

    The Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing (IFMSN) offers two options for obtaining a degree as a DNP. If you have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), consider becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) through the BSN to DNP track. If you already hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) then the MSN to DNP track is available to you.

    Doctor of Optometry (OD)

    Contact: optometry@uiwtx.edu  | (210) 883-1190
    College/School: Rosenberg School of Optometry

    Doctors of Optometry (ODs) are the primary health care professionals for the eye and visual system.  Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures, as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye.

    Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

    Contact: Andrea Cyterski-Acosta  | (210) 283-6998
    College/School: School of Osteopathic Medicine

    Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) are fully licensed physicians who apply their distinct philosophy to patient care in every medical specialty. They are taught from early on that optimal health is a dynamic interaction between the mind, body, and spirit. From this philosophy, osteopathic physicians naturally focus on understanding the person they are treating rather than only the presenting symptoms. The goal of the osteopathic physician is to enhance the body’s natural self-healing processes. This holistic approach is the heart of osteopathic medicine and is done with empathy and compassion whether hands-on osteopathic manipulative treatment is used or modalities such as pharmaceuticals or surgery. With over 100,000 practicing DOs in the U.S. currently, the U.S. healthcare system stands to benefit from the care and treatment by DOs who embody the osteopathic philosophy.

    Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

    Contact: Elizabeth Hernandez | (210) 883-1000
    College/School: Feik School of Pharmacy

    The program focuses on a strong foundation in the pharmaceutical sciences, curricular integration, provision of high-quality pharmaceutical care, lifelong learning, appropriate use of technology and opportunities for multi-cultural and multi-language development.

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education

    Contact: Norman St. Clair, PhD  | (210) 829-3138
    College/School: Dreeben School of Education

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a research doctorate focused on preparing leaders and researchers for roles in changing organizations, in higher education, and in international agencies and businesses.

    PhD concentrations in:

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Vision Science

    Contact: Jeffrey Rabin, PhD  | (210) 883-1197
    College/School: Rosenberg School of Optometry

    The Graduate Program in Vision Science offers Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Vision Science which ensure that the successful graduate acquires knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as experience and focused training to conduct independent research in Vision Science. The program provides a broad, graduate-level core curriculum in vision science, optics, binocular vision, ocular anatomy, physiology, genetics, statistics, and research methodology. Successful candidates receive - depth training to conduct basic, applied and/or clinical vision research, achieve proficiency in developing and presenting basic and advanced material as effective lectures in small to large classes, grand rounds, continuing education venues, and as peer-reviewed presentation at major national and international meetings.

    Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

    Contact: Cynthia Plueger | (210) 283-6477 
    College/School: School of Physical Therapy

    The Physical Therapy program is designed for individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree but have not yet earned a degree in Physical Therapy. This 33-month program combines didactic and clinical courses to educate students to be able to address patient and societal needs through quality education, evidence-based decision making and a commitment to serving the underserved.

  • Education

    Education (MA, MEd, PhD)

    Contact: Norman St. Clair, PhD | (210) 829-3138
    College/School: Dreeben School of Education

    MA and MEd programs in education are designed for those wishing to increase academic and professional competence by improving research, writing, presentation and leadership skills.

    MA and MEd concentrations in:

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a research doctorate focused on preparing leaders and researchers for roles in changing organizations, in higher education and in international agencies and businesses.

    PhD concentrations in:

    Kinesiology (MS)

    Contact: Gregory Soukup, PhD | (210) 832-2176
    College/School: Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

    The Kinesiology graduate program is designed for those students who are interested in teaching in a K-12 school program, working in a business related area or teaching on the college level.

    Pastoral Ministry (MA)

    Contact: Jakob Rinderknecht, PhD | (210) 829-3871
    College/School: College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

    The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry is designed to prepare participants to serve competently and effectively in contemporary ecclesial ministries and leadership, especially in Catholic parish ministries, religious education on all levels, spirituality and spiritual development, youth ministry and catechetical leadership or as a mission leader in Catholic healthcare or education.

    Teaching (MAT)

    Contact: Elda Martinez, PhD | (210) 832-3297
    College/School: Dreeben School of Education

    Our Master of Arts in Teaching Program prepares students for a graduate degree and teacher certification.

    Concentrations in:

    • Elementary Education (Early Childhood- Grade 6)
    • Secondary Education  (7-12) / All Level Education (EC-12)

    Teacher Leadership (MA)

    Contact: eapadmission@uiwtx.edu | (210) 757-0202 (Online Program)
    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership is designed for PK-12 teachers who want to continue in the classroom while assuming leadership roles in their school and community.

    This University of the Incarnate Word degree program focuses on the “teacher as leader” and empowers experienced teachers to effect change and improve student learning. This degree program is appropriate for teachers who wish to advance their current work as teachers or assume master teacher roles as department heads, team leaders, curriculum leaders, instructional coaches or informal teacher leaders.

  • Health Professions

    Administration (MAA)

    Contact: eapadmission@uiwtx.edu   | (210) 757-0202
    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Master of Arts in Administration program 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 the specialty areas listed below. The curriculum is designed to develop ethical and accountable administrators who are able to conceptualize and critically analyze complex organizational issues within their specialty areas and who are able to persuasively communicate toward a course of action that is in the best interests of those they serve.

    Concentration on healthcare: 

    • Healthcare Administration (Online)The Healthcare Administration concentration provides you with unique expertise in health services management that will prepare you to serve in a variety of healthcare organizations to include those in hospital, group practice, health insurance and other clinical and administrative settings.

    Biomedical Sciences (MBS)

    Contact:   Anamika Sengupta, PhD | MBS Director | (210) 283-6990
    College/School: School of Osteopathic Medicine

    The Masters in Biomedical Sciences offers an innovative one-year program designed to enhance the scientific knowledge of graduates who desire to pursue a professional degree in the biomedical sciences or healthcare.  

    Health Administration (MHA)

    Contact: Chris Nesser, PhD | MHA Director | (210) 832-5626
    College/School: H-E-B School of Business and Administration

    The Master of Health Administration program provides a competency-based curriculum based on the knowledge, skills and abilities believed to be critical to the successful entry of mid-level managers into the health administration field. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.

    Healthcare Administration (Certificate)

    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration is designed to serve as an enhancement to a previously earned undergraduate or graduate degree—especially a BBA or MBA. It is intended to meet the educational needs of individuals currently serving in managerial positions within a variety of health services organizations as well as those who desire to serve in such positions. Eighteen hours in health administration coursework, as detailed below, are required for this certificate. Completion of the certificate will provide individuals with the essential knowledge, skills and abilities required of entry to mid-level health services administrators.

    Kinesiology (MS)

    Contact: Gregory Soukup, PhD | (210) 832-2176
    College/School: Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

    The Kinesiology graduate program is designed for those students who are interested in teaching in a K-12 school program, working in a business related area or teaching on the college level.

    Nursing (MSN)

    Contact: Holly Cassells, PhD | (210) 829-3977 | Online and Classroom
    College/School: Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

    Designed for the student seeking a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Nursing Leadership roles. This flexible program of study allows the student to apply knowledge and expertise to improve healthcare for clients at the systems level of care. Nursing Leadership students develop administrative competence in human and financial resource management, and in leading change in complex healthcare environments.

    Tracks in:

    • Nursing Leadership
    • Clinical Nurse Leader
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist 

    Nutrition (MS)

    Contact: Beth Senne-Duff, PhD, RD  | (210) 829-3165
    College/School: School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering

    The Master of Science degree in Nutrition is designed to accommodate employed professionals pursuing an advanced degree, persons wishing to complete didactic requirements to apply to a dietetic internship and those seeking continuing education in nutrition. The graduate program provides students with knowledge of current theory, research and nutrition policy, and gives them the skills necessary to apply that knowledge throughout their professional careers.

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    Contact:  Diana Beckmann-Mendez, PhD | (210) 283-6318
    College/School: Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is designed for nurses seeking the highest degree in nursing practice. DNP graduates are prepared as scholars to improve outcomes through organizational/systems leadership, quality improvement processes and translation of evidence into practice.

    The Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing (IFMSN) offers two options for obtaining a degree as a DNP. If you have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), consider becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) through the BSN to DNP track. If you already hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and are an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), then the MSN to DNP track is available to you.

    Doctor of Optometry (OD)

    Contact: optometry@uiwtx.edu  | (210) 883-1190
    College/School: Rosenberg School of Optometry

    Doctors of Optometry (ODs) are the primary health care professionals for the eye and visual system. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases, injuries and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures, as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye.

    Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

    Contact: Andrea Cyterski-Acosta | (210) 283-6998
    College/School: School of Osteopathic Medicine

    Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) are fully licensed physicians who apply their distinct philosophy to patient care in every medical specialty. They are taught from early on that optimal health is a dynamic interaction between the mind, body, and spirit. From this philosophy, osteopathic physicians naturally focus on understanding the person they are treating rather than only the presenting symptoms. The goal of the osteopathic physician is to enhance the body's natural self-healing processes. This holistic approach is the heart of osteopathic medicine and is done with empathy and compassion whether hands on osteopathic manipulative treatment is used or modalities such as pharmaceuticals or surgery. With over 100,000 practicing DOs in the U.S. currently, the U.S. healthcare system stands to benefit from the care and treatment by DOs who embody the osteopathic philosophy.

    Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

    Contact: Elizabeth Hernandez  |  (210) 883-1000
    College/School: Feik School of Pharmacy

    The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) focuses on a strong foundation in the pharmaceutical sciences, curricular integration, provision of high-quality pharmaceutical care, lifelong learning, appropriate use of technology and opportunities for multi-cultural and multi-language development. 

    Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

    Contact: Cynthia Plueger | (210) 283-6477 
    College/School: School of Physical Therapy

    The Physical Therapy program is designed for individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree but have not yet earned a degree in Physical Therapy. This 33-month program combines didactic and clinical courses to educate students to be able to address patient and societal needs through quality education, evidence-based decision making and a commitment to serving the underserved.

    Vision Science (MS and PhD)

    Contact: Jeffrey Rabin, PhD | (210) 883-1197
    College/School: Rosenberg School of Optometry

    The Graduate Program in Vision Science offers Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Vision Science which ensure that the successful graduate acquires knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as experience and focused training to conduct independent research in Vision Science. The program provides a broad, graduate-level core curriculum in vision science, optics, binocular vision, ocular anatomy, physiology, genetics, statistics and research methodology. Successful candidates receive - depth training to conduct basic, applied and/or clinical vision research, achieve proficiency in developing and presenting basic and advanced material as effective lectures in small to large classes, grand rounds, continuing education venues and as a peer-reviewed presentation at major national and international meetings.

  • Hybrid and Online Programs

    Administration (MAA)

    Contact: eapadmission@uiwtx.edu | (210) 757-0202 (Online and Classroom)

    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Master of Arts in Administration program 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 the specialty areas listed below. The curriculum is designed to develop ethical and accountable administrators who are able to conceptualize and critically analyze complex organizational issues within their specialty areas and who are able to persuasively communicate toward a course of action that is in the best interests of those they serve.

    Concentrations in:

    • Applied Administration (Online or Classroom): The MAA in Applied Administration is designed to offer a program of study that allows students to personalize their degrees in order to gain the knowledge and skills required of their career fields.
    • Communication Arts (Online): The Master of Arts in Administration (MAA) in Communication Arts prepares students to serve as ethical and accountable administrators who are able to conceptualize and critically analyze complex organizational issues.
    • Criminal Justice Leadership (Online and Classroom): Criminal Justice Leadership is an interdisciplinary concentration that prepares students for leadership roles in criminal justice organizations. In addition, the concentration provides excellent preparation for current criminal justice administrators and managers within the field. It will also provide a broader foundation in knowledge of leadership skills, the understanding of human behavior, and critical decision-making abilities that are needed to be an effective leader in the field of criminal justice.
    • Healthcare Administration (Online): The Healthcare Administration concentration provides you with unique expertise in health services management that will prepare you to serve in a variety of healthcare organizations to include those in hospital, group practice, health insurance and other clinical and administrative settings.
    • Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Online): Industrial and Organizational Psychology is the science of human behavior as it relates to the well-being of people in organizations. Graduates will apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace with the goal of improving productivity, health and the quality of work life. Additionally, they may design new ways to increase productivity, improve personnel selection or enhance job satisfaction. They are prepared for positions as human resource specialists, helping organizations with staffing, training and employee development.

    Business Administration, Professional (MBA)

    Contact: eapadmission@uiwtx.edu | (210) 757-0202 | Online or Classroom 
    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Professional Master of Business Administration (MBA) will develop in each student a broad understanding of how the elements and processes of business organizations relate to one another and to the external environment. The MBA will develop proficiency and confidence in all of the functional areas of business. In addition to providing the technical skills required for an executive-level business position, this degree also emphasizes ethical considerations of doing business.

    Concentrations in:

    • Asset Management
    • Data Analytics
    • Human Resource Management

    Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

    Contact: Jill Stanislawski | (800) 641-4101 | Online Program
    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The DBA builds on the knowledge and skills of students who have completed master's level study in business and business-related disciplines. The DBA creates scholar-practitioners who are able to provide meaningful contributions to the advancement of business research and practice.

    Nursing (MSN)

    Contact: Holly Cassells, PhD | (210) 829-3977 | Online and Classroom
    College/School: Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

    Designed for the student seeking a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Nursing Leadership roles. This flexible program of study allows the student to apply knowledge and expertise to improve healthcare for clients at the systems level of care. Nursing Leadership students develop administrative competence in human and financial resource management, and in leading change in complex healthcare environments.

    Tracks in:

    • Nursing Leadership
    • Clinical Nurse Leader
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Teacher Leadership (MA)

    Contact: eapadmission@uiwtx.edu | (210) 757-0202 | Online Program
    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership is designed for PK-12 teachers who want to continue in the classroom while assuming leadership roles in their school and community.

    This University of the Incarnate Word degree program focuses on the “teacher as a leader” and empowers experienced teachers to effect change and improve student learning. This degree program is appropriate for teachers who wish to advance their current work as teachers or assume master teacher roles as department heads, team leaders, curriculum leaders, instructional coaches or informal teacher leaders.

    Organizational Development and Leadership (MS)

    Contact: eapadmission@uiwtx.edu | (210) 757-0202 | Online or Classroom
    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership is an accelerated graduate organizational development program of instruction designed to enhance each students’ understanding of the fundamental practices of organizational development while enabling the acquisition of the analytical skills necessary to lead others.

  • Leadership

    Education (MA, MEd, PhD)

    Contact: Norman St. Clair, PhD |  (210) 829-3138
    College/School: Dreeben School of Education

    M.A. and M.Ed. programs in education are designed for those wishing to increase academic and professional competence by improving research, writing, presentation and leadership skills.

    MA and MEd concentrations with leadership focus:

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a research doctorate focused on preparing leaders and researchers for roles in changing organizations, in higher education and in international agencies and businesses.

    PhDconcentration with leadership focus: 

    Nursing (MSN)

    Contact: Holly Cassells, PhD | (210) 829-3977 | Online and Classroom
    College/School: Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

    Designed for the student seeking a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus in Nursing Leadership roles. This flexible program of study allows the student to apply knowledge and expertise to improve healthcare for clients at the systems level of care. Nursing Leadership students develop administrative competence in human and financial resource management and in leading change in complex healthcare environments.

    Tracks in:

    • Nursing Leadership
    • Clinical Nurse Leader
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist 

    Organizational Development and Leadership (MS)

    Contact: eapadmission@uiwtx.edu | (210) 757-0202 | Online or Classroom
    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership is an accelerated graduate organizational development program of instruction designed to enhance each students’ understanding of the fundamental practices of organizational development while enabling the acquisition of the analytical skills necessary to lead others.

    Pastoral Ministry (MA)

    Contact: Jakob Rinderknecht, PhD  | (210) 829-3871
    College/School: College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

    The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry is designed to prepare participants to serve competently and effectively in contemporary ecclesial ministries and leadership, especially in Catholic parish ministries, religious education on all levels, spirituality and spiritual development, youth ministry and catechetical leadership or as a mission leader in Catholic healthcare or education.

    Teacher Leadership (MA)

    Contact: eapadmission@uiwtx.edu | (210) 757-0202 | Online Program
    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership is designed for PK-12 teachers who want to continue in the classroom while assuming leadership roles in their school and community.

    This University of the Incarnate Word degree program focuses on the “teacher as a leader” and empowers experienced teachers to effect change and improve student learning. This degree program is appropriate for teachers who wish to advance their current work as teachers or assume master teacher roles as department heads, team leaders, curriculum leaders, instructional coaches or informal teacher leaders.

  • Ministry

    Pastoral Ministry (MA)

    Contact: Jakob Rinderknecht, PhD | (210) 829-3871
    College/School: College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

    The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry is designed to prepare participants to serve competently and effectively in contemporary ecclesial ministries and leadership, especially in Catholic parish ministries, religious education on all levels, spirituality and spiritual development, youth ministry and catechetical leadership or as a mission leader in Catholic healthcare or education.

    Pastoral Ministry (Certificate)

    Contact: Jakob Rinderknecht, PhD | (210) 829-3871
    College/School: College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

    A non-degree certificate offers the opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge in the field of pastoral theology and ministry. Certificates can be highly tailored to the needs of the individual.

  • Multidisciplinary 

    Multidisciplinary Sciences (MA)

    Contact: Alakananda Chaudhuri, PhD | (210) 829-3145
    College/School: School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering

    Serves to deepen scientific comprehension in biology, chemistry, environmental sciences and physics, stressing their interconnection and presenting new ways of teaching science.

    Multidisciplinary Studies (MA)

    Contact: Kevin Vichcales, PhD| (210) 805-5885
    College/School: College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

    The Multidisciplinary Studies program allows students to design degree plans that build on personal interests, academic strengths and career opportunities.

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics 

    Biomedical Sciences (MBS)

    Contact: MBSProgram@uiwtx.edu | (210) 283-6998
    College/School: School of Osteopathic Medicine

    The Masters in Biomedical Sciences offers an innovative one-year program designed to enhance the scientific knowledge of graduates who desire to pursue a professional degree in the biomedical sciences or healthcare.

    Multidisciplinary Sciences (MA)

    Contact: Alakananda Chaudhuri, PhD | (210) 829-3145
    College/School: School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering

    Serves to deepen scientific comprehension in biology, chemistry, environmental sciences and physics, stressing their interconnection and presenting new ways of teaching science.

    Nutrition (MS)

    Contact: Beth Senne-Duff, PhD, RD | (210) 829-3165
    College/School: School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering

    The Master of Science degree in Nutrition is designed to accommodate employed professionals pursuing an advanced degree, persons wishing to complete didactic requirements to apply to a dietetic internship, and those seeking continuing education in nutrition. The graduate program provides students with knowledge of current theory, research and nutrition policy, and gives them the skills necessary to apply that knowledge throughout their professional careers.

    Vision Science (MS and PhD)

    Contact: Jeffrey Rabin, PhD | (210) 883-1197
    College/School: Rosenberg School of Optometry

    The Graduate Program in Vision Science offers Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Vision Science which ensures that the successful graduate acquires knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as experience and focused training to conduct independent research in Vision Science. The program provides a broad, graduate-level core curriculum in vision science, optics, binocular vision, ocular anatomy, physiology, genetics, statistics and research methodology. Successful candidates receive - depth training to conduct basic, applied and/or clinical vision research, achieve proficiency in developing and presenting basic and advanced material as effective lectures in small to large classes, grand rounds, continuing education venues and as a peer-reviewed presentation at major national and international meetings.

  • Graduate Certificates

    Healthcare Administration (Certificate)

    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration is designed to serve as an enhancement to a previously earned undergraduate or graduate degree—especially a BBA or MBA. It is intended to meet the educational needs of individuals currently serving in managerial positions within a variety of health services organizations as well as those who desire to serve in such positions. Eighteen hours in health administration coursework, as detailed below, are required for this certificate. Completion of the certificate will provide individuals with the essential knowledge, skills and abilities required of entry to mid-level health services administrators.

    Pastoral Ministry (Certificate)

    Contact: Jakob Rinderknecht, PhD | (210) 829-3871
    College/School: College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

    A non-degree certificate offers the opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge in the field of pastoral theology and ministry. Certificates can be highly tailored to the needs of the individual.

    Organizational Development (Certificate)

    College/School: School of Professional Studies

Programs in Alphabetical Order

  • A

    Accounting (MS)

    Contact: J.T. Norris, PhD | (210) 930-8013
    College/School: H-E-B School of Business and Administration

    The Master of Science in Accounting program provides the opportunity to achieve the professional competencies required for entrance into the accounting profession and the credentials required by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy to sit for the national CPA licensing examination.

    Administration (MAA)

    Contact: eapadmission@uiwtx.edu | (210) 757-0202
    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Master of Arts in Administration program 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 the specialty areas listed below. The curriculum is designed to develop ethical and accountable administrators who are able to conceptualize and critically analyze complex organizational issues within their specialty areas and who are able to persuasively communicate toward a course of action that is in the best interests of those they serve.

    Concentrations in: 

    • Applied Administration (Online or Classroom): The MAA in Applied Administration is designed to offer a program of study that allows students to personalize their degrees in order to gain the knowledge and skills required of their career fields.
    • Communication Arts (Online): The Master of Arts in Administration (MAA) in Communication Arts prepares students to serve as ethical and accountable administrators who are able to conceptualize and critically analyze complex organizational issues.
    • Criminal Justice Leadership (Online or Classroom): Criminal Justice Leadership is an interdisciplinary concentration that prepares students for leadership roles in criminal justice organizations. In addition, the concentration provides excellent preparation for current criminal justice administrators and managers within the field. It will also provide a broader foundation in knowledge of leadership skills, the understanding of human behavior, and critical decision-making abilities that are needed to be an effective leader in the field of criminal justice.
    • Healthcare Administration (Online): The Healthcare Administration concentration provides you with unique expertise in health services management that will prepare you to serve in a variety of healthcare organizations to include those in hospital, group practice, health insurance and other clinical and administrative settings.
    • Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Online): Industrial and Organizational Psychology is the science of human behavior as it relates to the well-being of people in organizations. Graduates will apply psychological principles and research methods to the workplace with the goal of improving productivity, health and the quality of work life. Additionally, they may design new ways to increase productivity, improve personnel selection or enhance job satisfaction. They are prepared for positions as human resource specialists, helping organizations with staffing, training and employee development.
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    Biomedical Sciences (MBS)

    Contact: MBSProgram@uiwtx.edu  | (210) 283-6998
    College/School: School of Osteopathic Medicine

    The Masters in Biomedical Sciences offers an innovative one-year program designed to enhance the scientific knowledge of graduates who desire to pursue a professional degree in the biomedical sciences or healthcare.

    Business Administration (MBA)

    Contact: Scott Roberts, PhD | (210) 832-2141
    College/School: H-E-B School of Business and Administration

    The MBA provides students with abroad understanding of how the elements and processes of businesses relate to one another and to the external environment.

    Concentrations in:

    • Finance: Provides students with an understanding of the importance of money management in business and the impact of financial decisions.
    • Marketing: Provides students with an in-depth understanding of strategic marketing solutions.
    • Sport Management: Students pursuing this specialization will be qualified for executive-level positions in sports industries and related fields.

    Business Administration, Professional (MBA)

    Contact: eapadmission@uiwtx.edu   | (210) 757-0202 |  Online or Classroom 
    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Professional Master of Business Administration (MBA) will develop in each student a broad understanding of how the elements and processes of business organizations relate to one another and to the external environment. The MBA will develop proficiency and confidence in all of the functional areas of business. In addition to providing the technical skills required for an executive-level business position, this degree also emphasizes ethical considerations of doing business. 

    Concentrations in:

    • Asset Management
    • Data Analytics
    • Human Resource Management

    Business Administration (DBA)

    Contact: Jill Stanislawski  | (800) 641-4101 |  Online Program  
    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) builds on the knowledge and skills of students who have completed master's level study in business and business-related disciplines. The DBA creates scholar-practitioners who are able to provide meaningful contributions to the advancement of business research and practice.

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    Communication Arts (MA)

    Contact: Trey Guinn, PhD | (210) 283-6397
    College/School: School of Media and Design

    The Communication Arts program uses a unique blend of theory-driven and experienced-based classes where students acquire the knowledge and skills to enter the media industry. Fields of study include production, print media or convergent media delivery and prepare students for further study at the graduate level.

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    Education (MA, MEd, PhD )

    Contact: Norman St. Clair, PhD |  (210) 829-3138
    College/School: Dreeben School of Education

    MA and MEd programs in education are designed for those wishing to increase academic and professional competence by improving research, writing, presentation and leadership skills.

    MA and MEd concentrations in:

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a research doctorate focused on preparing leaders and researchers for roles in changing organizations, in higher education and in international agencies and businesses.

    PhD concentrations in:

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    Health Administration (MHA)

    Contact: Chris Nesser, PhD | MHA Director | (210) 832-5626
    College/School: H-E-B School of Business and Administration

    The Master of Health Administration program provides a competency-based curriculum based on the knowledge, skills, and abilities believed to be critical to the successful entry of mid-level managers into the health administration field. This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education.

    Healthcare Administration (Certificate)

    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Administration is designed to serve as an enhancement to a previously earned undergraduate or graduate degree—especially a BBA or MBA. It is intended to meet the educational needs of individuals currently serving in managerial positions within a variety of health services organizations as well as those who desire to serve in such positions. Eighteen hours in health administration coursework, as detailed below, are required for this certificate. Completion of the certificate will provide individuals with the essential knowledge, skills and abilities required of entry to mid-level health services administrators.

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    Kinesiology (MS)

    Contact: Bill Carleton, PhD | (210) 829-3966
    College/School: Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

    The Kinesiology graduate program is designed for those students who are interested in teaching in a K-12 school program, working in a business related area or teaching on the college level.

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    Multidisciplinary Sciences (MA)

    Contact: Alakananda Chaudhuri, PhD | (210) 829-3145
    College/School: School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering

    Serves to deepen scientific comprehension in biology, chemistry, environmental sciences and physics, stressing their interconnection and presenting new ways of teaching science.

    Multidisciplinary Studies (MA)

    Contact: Kevin Vichcales, PhD | (210) 805-5885
    College/School: College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

    The Multidisciplinary Studies program allows students to design degree plans that build on personal interests, academic strengths and career opportunities.

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    Nursing (RN-MSN)

    Contact: Maureen Rauschhuber, Ph.D. | (210) 829-3995 | Online
    College/School: Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

    The RN-MSN track at the University of the Incarnate Word is an accelerated program designed for the academically talented registered nurse who has an Associate’s Degree or diploma, has completed Undergraduate Health Assessment and Statistics, and has a desire to earn a graduate degree in nursing. Selected courses at the BSN Level including Community Health Nursing and a bridge course must be completed prior to transitioning to the 31 credit MSN-Leadership curriculum.

    Nursing (MSN-Leadership)

    Contact: Holly Cassells, Ph.D. | (210) 829-3977 | Online and Classroom
    College/School: Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

    The Nursing Leadership Track at UIW is designed to prepare nurses for roles in executive and advanced health care leadership. It provides administrative and management theory and skills in order to address organizational issues within complex health care systems and community-based agencies. Students have the opportunity to complete clinical experiences with nurse leaders, developing expertise in financial management, strategic planning and navigating a range of issues encountered in health care organizations.

    Nursing Practice (DNP)

    Contact: Laura Munoz, Ph.D. | (210) 805-3033
    College/School: Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

    In the University of the Incarnate Word’s DNP program, students will have a close working relationship with faculty and staff throughout their doctoral studies. On-campus orientations are planned at the start of each semester providing students with the opportunity to engage with faculty. Courses will be provided in an online format using an asynchronous approach which may be augmented with synchronous sessions.

    Nutrition (MS)

    Contact: Beth Senne-Duff, Ph.D., RD | (210) 829-3165
    College/School: School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering

    The Master of Science degree in Nutrition is designed to accommodate employed professionals pursuing an advanced degree, persons wishing to complete didactic requirements to apply to a dietetic internship, and those seeking continuing education in nutrition. The graduate program provides students with knowledge of current theory, research and nutrition policy, and gives them the skills necessary to apply that knowledge throughout their professional careers.

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    Optometry (OD)

    Contact: optometry@uiwtx.edu | (210) 883-1190
    College/School: Rosenberg School of Optometry

    Doctors of Optometry (ODs) are the primary health care professionals for the eye and visual system. Optometrists examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases, injuries and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures, as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye.

    Organizational Development and Leadership (MS)

    Contact: eapadmission@uiwtx.edu | (210) 757-0202 | Online or Classroom
    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Master of Science in Organizational Development and Leadership is an accelerated graduate organizational development program of instruction designed to enhance each students’ understanding of the fundamental practices of organizational development while enabling the acquisition of the analytical skills necessary to lead others.

    Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

    Contact: Andrea Cyterski-Acosta | (210) 283-6998
    College/School: School of Osteopathic Medicine

    Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (DOs) are fully licensed physicians who apply their distinct philosophy to patient care in every medical specialty. They are taught from early on that optimal health is a dynamic interaction between the mind, body and spirit. From this philosophy, osteopathic physicians naturally focus on understanding the person they are treating rather than only the presenting symptoms. The goal of the osteopathic physician is to enhance the body’s natural self-healing processes. This holistic approach is the heart of osteopathic medicine and is done with empathy and compassion whether hands-on osteopathic manipulative treatment is used or modalities such as pharmaceuticals or surgery. With over 100,000 practicing DOs in the U.S. currently, the U.S. healthcare system stands to benefit from the care and treatment by DOs who embody the osteopathic philosophy.

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    Pastoral Ministry (MA)

    Contact: Jakob Rinderknecht, PhD | (210) 829-3871
    College/School: College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

    The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry is designed to prepare participants to serve competently and effectively in contemporary ecclesial ministries and leadership, especially in Catholic parish ministries, religious education on all levels, spirituality and spiritual development, youth ministry and catechetical leadership, or as a mission leader in Catholic healthcare or education.

    Pastoral Ministry (Certificate)

    Contact: Jakob Rinderknecht, PhD | (210) 829-3871
    College/School: College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

    A non-degree certificate offers the opportunity for students to enhance their knowledge in the field of pastoral theology and ministry. Certificates can be highly tailored to the needs of the individual.

    Pharmacy (PharmD)

    Contact: Elizabeth Hernandez  |  (210) 883-1000
    College/School: Feik School of Pharmacy

    The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program focuses on a strong foundation in the pharmaceutical sciences, curricular integration, provision of high-quality pharmaceutical care, lifelong learning, appropriate use of technology and opportunities for multi-cultural and multi-language development.

    Physical Therapy (DPT)

    Contact: Cynthia Plueger | (210) 283-6477 
    College/School: School of Physical Therapy

    The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is designed for individuals who have earned a bachelor's degree but have not yet earned a degree in Physical Therapy. This 33-month program combines didactic and clinical courses to educate students to be able to address patient and societal needs through quality education, evidence-based decision making and a commitment to serving the underserved.

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    Sport Management (MS)

    Contact: Randall Griffiths, PhD | (210) 829-2987
    College/School: Ila Faye Miller School of Nursing and Health Professions

    Sport Management degrees are designed with two outcomes in mind. The topic of Sport Management is used as a template to study the general principles of business. Students who relate to this area are able to more readily able to grasp and apply the basic principles of business. In addition, we hope to prepare students to pursue careers in the area of Sport Management and give them the tools that will prepare them for life-long learning.

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    Teaching (MAT)

    Contact: Elda Martinez, PhD | (210) 832-3297
    College/School: Dreeben School of Education

    Our Master of Arts in Teaching Program prepares students for a graduate degree and teacher certification.

    Concentrations in:

    • Elementary Education (Early Childhood-Grade 6)
    • Secondary Education (7-12) / All-Level Education (EC-12)

    Teacher Leadership (MA)

    Contact: eapadmission@uiwtx.edu | (210) 757-0202 | Online Program  
    College/School: School of Professional Studies

    The Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership is designed for PK-12 teachers who want to continue in the classroom while assuming leadership roles in their school and community.

    This University of the Incarnate Word degree program focuses on the “teacher as leader” and empowers experienced teachers to effect change and improve student learning. This degree program is appropriate for teachers who wish to advance their current work as teachers or assume master teacher roles as department heads, team leaders, curriculum leaders, instructional coaches or informal teacher leaders.

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    Vision Science (MS and PhD)

    Contact: Jeffrey Rabin, PhD | (210) 883-1197
    College/School: Rosenberg School of Optometry

    The graduate program in Vision Science offers Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Vision Science which ensures that the successful graduate acquires knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as experience and focused training to conduct independent research in Vision Science. The program provides a broad, graduate-level core curriculum in vision science, optics, binocular vision, ocular anatomy, physiology, genetics, statistics and research methodology. Successful candidates receive - depth training to conduct basic, applied and/or clinical vision research, achieve proficiency in developing and presenting basic and advanced material as effective lectures in small to large classes, grand rounds, continuing education venues and as a peer-reviewed presentation at major national and international meetings.