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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Multidisciplinary Studies (M.A. and M.S.)

Master of Arts Program

Program Code: MA-GR

Major Code: MUL

Master of Science Program

Program Code: MS-GR

Major Code: MUL

HEGIS 4999

Kevin J. Miller, Interim Dean, The Graduate School

Kimberly J. Jackson, Program Coordinator and Assistant Dean for Strategic and Enrollment Planning,
The Graduate School
Cleveland Hall 204, (716) 878-5601
http://graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/programs?bpid=134

 

The Multidisciplinary Studies Program Individualized Track is designed for individuals with unique professional and educational objectives not readily met by traditional master’s degree programs. Through advisement and within certain guidelines students design their own program by selecting graduate courses from academic departments at the college or from other accredited institutions.

 

Upon satisfactory completion of an approved course of study, either a master of arts or a master of science degree is awarded, depending on the scope and content of the program.

 

Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5     (4.0 scale).
  2. A two- to three-page statement of intent (essay) that includes the following: (a) educational and professional objectives; (b) an explanation of the reasons for interest in a nontraditional study format; and (c) a detailed outline of the proposed plan of study, including specific courses.
  3. An interview with the program coordinator who will contact the student for an appointment after the completed application is received.
  4. Identification and consent of a principal adviser (see Advisement section below). (Those students who need assistance identifying a principal adviser should contact the program coordinator in the Graduate School office.)

    In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

 

Individualized Track

Kimberly J. Jackson, Program Coordinator

The Graduate School

Cleveland Hall 204, (716) 878-5601

Through advisement and within certain guidelines, this track allows students to design their own programs by selecting graduate courses from any department at the college or from other accredited institutions.

 

Guidelines for Designing a Multidisciplinary Studies Curriculum
A variety of curriculum options, depending upon student interest may be used to design a curriculum.  The first step is for students to select graduate course work from a variety of academic areas at Buffalo State which may include, but not limited to:  Biology, Business, Chemistry, Creative Studies, Criminal Justice, Data Analytics, Design, Earth Science and Science Education, Engineering Technology, English, Economics and Finance, Fine Arts, Geography and Planning, Great Lakes Ecosystem Science, Health Nutrition and Dietetics, Higher Education and Student Administration, History, Mathematics, Social and Psychological Foundations, and Sociology.  Only graduate course work may be included in the Multidisciplinary Studies master’s program.


When designing a curriculum, it is important to select a specific content area for which your main course work and cumulating experience (Master’s Thesis or Master’s Project) will reside.   Once content courses have been determined, the student must seek out a graduate faculty member (with graduate faculty status designation) from a department directory http://graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/faculty-roster  to work with.  A copy of the Statement of Intent and the Principal Adviser Consent Form:    http://graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/sites/graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/files/uploads/Documents/principaladvisorconsent.pdf  must be provided to the identified faculty member who has agreed to work with the student.  Students who need assistance identifying a principal adviser should contact the program coordinator in the Graduate School Office.


In addition to content course work, elective courses must also be included the curriculum. Elective courses may vary and should complement the student’s educational and professional objectives.  Elective course options can be found in the course description section http://catalog.buffalostate.edu/graduate/course-descriptions.htm of the Graduate Catalog.


The flexibility of the Multidisciplinary Studies program allows for up to 15 credit hours of transfer work based upon the approval of the principal adviser and advisory committee (if required). See transfer credit policy http://catalog.buffalostate.edu/graduate/transfer-credit.htm for guidelines.


See Program Requirements section below for additional information and guidelines for designing a Multidisciplinary Studies Curriculum.

 

Program Requirements

  1. Completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours, comprising at least 15 hours of 600- and 700-level courses, including the master’s thesis or master’s project.
  2. A maximum of 18 credit hours may be taken in a discipline that offers a master’s degree when the student does a master’s thesis (6 credits). A maximum of 15 credit hours may be taken in a discipline that offers a master’s degree when the student does a master’s project (3 credits).
  3. A maximum of 18 credit hours may be taken in a discipline that does not offer a master’s degree.
  4. A maximum of 15 credit hours may be taken at another accredited institution. This coursework must conform to the limitations stated in 2 and 3 (above) and must have the prior approval of the principal adviser.
  5. Only grades of B or better will be accepted as transfer credit. An official transcript showing transfer credit must be submitted to the Graduate School.
  6. Coursework (including transfer credit) must be completed within the six-year period immediately preceding the date of completion of the program.
  7. A maximum of 6 credit hours of independent study may be included in the program.
  8. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  9. Master of arts candidates must complete a thesis approved by the principal adviser and a second reader. Individual principal advisers may impose further requirements on candidates based on practices and policies of their home department (third reader or oral defense, for example). These must be specified in writing at the outset of the degree program.
  10. Master of science candidates must complete a) a research methods course and b) a supervised project approved by the principal advisor. Individual principal advisors may impose further requirements on candidates based on practices and policies of their home department (second reader or oral defense, for example). These must be specified in writing at the outset of the degree program.
  11. A Degree Candidacy Application Form, approved by the student’s principal adviser must be submitted to the Graduate School before the completion of 12 credit hours at Buffalo State.
     

Advisement

After completing the statement of intent and meeting with the program coordinator, students identify a principal adviser. The principal adviser reviews the statement of intent and eventually approves a plan of study and agrees to serve as thesis/project adviser. A detailed plan of study, including specific courses, may be required.

When a principal advisor has been secured, the Principal Adviser Consent Form must be completed.

The principal adviser also enumerates any additional requirements the student must complete before being permitted to advance to candidacy, including but not limited to requiring that the student identify a second adviser to support the course of study and read the eventual thesis or project. .

The principal adviser is charged with working closely with the student throughout the plan of the study and with service as a point of contact with the Graduate School to support and advise the student. It is the student's responsibility to initiate and maintain contact and ongoing communication with the principal adviser.

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Adult Education (M.S. and Graduate Certificate)

Applied Economics (M.A.)

Art Conservation (M.A. and C.A.S.)

Art Education (M.S.Ed.)

Art Education (PTCP)

Biology (M.A.)

Biology Education (7–12, M.S.Ed.)

Business and Marketing Education (M.S.Ed.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (M.S.Ed.)

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)

Chemistry Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Childhood and Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction (M.S.Ed.)

Childhood and Early Childhood Education (Birth–Grade 6; M.S.Ed.)

Creative Studies (M.S.)

Creativity and Change Leadership (Graduate Certificate)

Criminal Justice (M.S.)

Earth Science Education (7-12), M.S.Ed.

Economics

Educational Technology (M.S.Ed.)

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building & District

English (M.A.)

English Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

English Education (7–12; PTCP)

Foreign Language Education (1-6 Extension; 7-12) (M.S.Ed.)

Forensic Science (M.S.)

French Education (7–12; PTCP)

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.A.)

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.S.)

Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (M.S.)

History (M.A.)

Human Resource Development (Graduate Certificate)

Industrial Technology (M.S.)

Literacy Specialist (Birth Through Grade 12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12; 5–6 Extension; PTCP)

Multidisciplinary Studies (M.A. and M.S.)

Museum Studies (M.A.)

Museum Studies (Graduate Certificate)

Music Education (M.M.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed. with Alternative Certification)

Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics (M.S.)

Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management (M.P.A.)

Public Management (Graduate Certificate)

Public Relations M.S.

Science Education (M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7-12; 5-6 Extension; PTCP)

Spanish Education (7-12; PTCP)

Special Education

Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.Ed.)

Teaching Bilingual Exceptional Individuals

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Technology Education (M.S.Ed.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

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Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education

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