Areas of Specialization
In addition to completing the core component (see "Degree Requirements"), students select up to 15 credit hours of graduate coursework individually suited to their chosen area of concentration:
Higher Education Administration: This NEW specialization is designed for students whose career path puts them squarely within the American two or four-year systems of higher education. Courses have been developed focusing on student development and student affairs, enrollment management and institutional marketing, NCAA athletics, contemporary and legal issues, administrative organization, budgetary planning, institutional evaluation, and the Community College system. All courses are taught online by seasoned higher education professionals. The concentration is ideal for those currently employed in higher education and undergraduate students who derived satisfaction and purpose from their involvement in campus life.
Higher Education Administration (HEA) courses will begin Summer 2016. If you are interested in the new HEA specialization, let us help answer any questions you may have. Please look to the left and click on "Send me more information." We will respond quickly.
Community Development: This specialization 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 specialization 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 specialization 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.
Students are encouraged to e-mail or speak directly with Dr. Craig Robertson regarding their educational goals relative to the areas of specialization.