Unless the department specifies differently in their respective curriculum, Alt+U offers a flexible masters program in MS or MA.
A master's degree can help you develop specialized knowledge in your profession and increase your job market competitiveness. There are several types of master's degrees available.
Beyond the bachelor's degree, both a Master of Arts (MA) and a Master of Science (MS) provide in-depth learning.
The Master of Arts program emphasizes humanities and theoretical knowledge. The Master of Science degree emphasizes scientific or technical knowledge.
If more than 50% of the student's course work is from liberal arts, social sciences, philosophy, history, humanities, or similar fields, the student is qualified to take the MA or its department program title equivalent.
If more than 50% of the student's course work is in scientific, technical, or related subjects, the student is qualified to take the MS or its department program title equivalent.
The student must file the "Degree Determination Form" to formalize such request, otherwise, the degree will be awarded as declared from the beginning of the program.
Online or Hybrid
Bachelor's degree or higher
3 cumulative GPA
Length of Program
3 to 4 semesters
Two of the following research courses (6 credits) or as required by the department.
REAS 520 Introduction to Research Methods
REAS 521 Graduate Statistics I
REAS 522 Graduate Statistics II
REAS 525 Qualitative Research
REAS 527 Quantitative Research
REAS 526 Advanced Technologies in Qualitative Research
REAS 531 Program Evaluation
REAS 590 Workshop in Research and Assessment
REAS 720 Advanced Research Methods
REAS 739 Fieldwork Methods
REAS 745 Interpretive Methods
REAS 746 Interview Methods
Eight of the core or specialization courses (24 credits) or as required by the department.
A maximum of 15 credits can be use to fulfill the university masteral program for graduate diploma graduates in the department.
Research Tract: A minimum of 36 graduate credit hours
Master's Thesis: (6 semester credit hours)
699 A Master's Thesis: Abstract & Introduction 1 semester credit hour
699 B Master's Thesis: Review of Related Literature 1 semester credit hour
699 C Master's Thesis: Methodology & IRB 1 semester credit hour
699 D Master's Thesis: Data Collection 1 semester credit hour
699 E Master's Thesis: Interpretation of Data 1 semester credit hour
699 F Master's Thesis: Defense 1 semester credit hour
Note: The 699 A to F semester credit hours can be use to fulfill the requirements for professional tract.
Professional Tract: A minimum of 45 graduate credit hours
Clinical Practice - 6 semester credit hours
A1 6 semesters credit courses in Clinical, Internship, Prior Learning, Practicum, and other forms of knowledge application & practice combine).
800 clock hours (3 semester hours = 400 clock hours)
A maximum of 400 clock hours for each institution for clinical, Internship and practicum.
A maximum of 400 clock hours for Prior learning if applicable.
Specialization Cognate - 9 semester credit hours
A student chosen and curated specialization courses with the guidance of the academic adviser.