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Master’s Degrees at SPCS

The School of Professional and Continuing Studies is one of three schools of the University that offers graduate-level coursework. The Robins School of Business offers the Master of Business Administration, while the Richmond School of Law offers the Juris Doctor degree. 

SPCS master’s degrees combine theory and real-world practice to give students the skills and knowledge to move their careers to the next level. As a graduate student, you’ll explore emerging trends, unique opportunities, and innovative strategies in your respective career fields and area of study. As such, some of our degrees are well suited for students interested in career change.

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Curriculum and Instruction: For educators who wish to be leaders in their field by learning to use appropriate techniques to motivate and encourage learners.

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies: For educators seeking an administration/supervision endorsement for leading a public and private school.

Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM)

HR Management: For professionals seeking a deeper theoretical and practical understanding of management principles related to human resources.

Master of Liberal Arts (MLA)

Liberal Arts: For professionals seeking to build a valuable base of knowledge and experience for career enhancement and advancement. Includes an optional concentration in Public History

Master of Nonprofit Studies (MNPS)

Nonprofit Studies: For nonprofit managers, those seeking to transition from positions in the corporate sector and those who seek to lead or establish a nonprofit organization.

Review course requirements for each degree below.

Master's Degrees
M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction

Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

Core Courses

18 semester hours

EDUC 650U Advanced Educational Psychology
EDUC 651U Assessment and Evaluation in Education
EDUC 652U Differentiated Instruction
EDUC 660U Curriculum Development
EDUC 653U Issues, Ethics and Policy in Education
EDUC 661U Instructional Leadership

Elective Courses

6 semester hours.

Elective options vary by semester based on school division requests and needs within the field of education.

Research Experience

6 semester hours

EDUC 680U Content Specialization and Research I
EDUC 681U Content Specialization and Research II

Capstone Experience

Comprehensive Written Examination to be completed during the final semester.

Program Option

Gifted Education

12 semester hours. Substitute the following courses as an alternative for a portion of Core Coursework.

EDUC 555U Curriculum for Talented and Gifted Education
EDUC 561U Perspectives in Gifted Education, Talent Development and Creativity
EDUC 562U Special Populations of Gifted Students
EDUC 570U Talented and Gifted: Working with High Achievers
M.Ed. in Educ. Leadership & Policy Studies

Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies


15 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses. Each course includes a 30-hour practicum.

EDUC 601U Foundations of Educational Leadership Studies
EDUC 602U Data for Decision-Making
EDUC 603U Leading and Supervising Instruction
EDUC 604U Communicating and Leading
EDUC 605U School Law and Ethics

Professional Studies

15 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses. Each course includes a 10-hour practicum.

EDUC 630U School Technology
EDUC 631U Fiscal Leadership
EDUC 632U Leading Change in Educational Settings
EDUC 633U School Culture and Human Resource Leadership
EDUC 634U Context of Educational Public Policy and Politics

Field Experience

7 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses. Reflective Leadership Seminar residency includes 170 hours in practicum.

EDUC 610U Reflective Leadership Seminar I
EDUC 611U Reflective Leadership Seminar II

Capstone Experience

All candidates must complete a Comprehensive Written Examination.

Master of HR Management

Master of Human Resource Management

Total: 30 semester hours

Core Courses

18 semester hours

HRM 531U Human Resource Management
HRM 532U Legal Issues in Human Resource Management
HRM 533U Quantitative Analysis and Research in HRM
HRM 534U Strategic Human Resource Development
ECON 507U Labor Economics
PSYC 530U Organizational Psychology

600-Level Courses

12 semester hours. HRM 697U is required. Students may then choose 3 of the remaining 600-level courses to complete the requirement.

HRM 657U HRM in the Global Environment
HRM 697U Strategy and Policy
HRM 635U Managing Compensation and Benefits
HRM 638U HRM Leadership Theory and Application
HRM 639U Recruitment and Retention
HRM 647U Human Resource Information Systems
HRM 650U Labor Relations
HRM 696U Directed Research
Master of Liberal Arts

Master of Liberal Arts

Required Core

15 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses.

MLA 500U Methods and Themes in Liberal Studies
MLA 506U Humanities Seminar
MLA 507U Social Sciences Seminar
MLA 508U Science Seminar
MLA 599U Seminar in Liberal Arts

Required Focus

15 semester hours. All candidates must select 5 additional graduate courses in consultation with the program coordinator. A Concentration in Public History may be selected as the required focus.

MLA Concentration in Public History

PHIS 521U Introduction to Public History
PHIS 522U Managing Public History Organizations
PHIS 523U Management of Historical Collections
PHIS 524U Marketing the Past: Methods of Historical Interpretation and Communication
PHIS 575U Capstone Course
Master of Nonprofit Studies

Master of Nonprofit Studies

Total: 30 semester hours


15 semester hours

NPS 501U Understanding the Nonprofit Sector
NPS 520U Financial Management and Budget Development
NPS 530U Law, Ethics and Governance
NPS 540U Resource Development and Promotion
NPS 550U Strategic Human Resource Management


12 semester hours. Select 6 hours (2 classes) from each group below.

Content Specialization

6 semester hours. Topic for NPS 598U must relate to content specialization as determined by the program chair.

NPS 566U Public Policy and Advocacy
NPS 571U Social Entrepreneurship
NPS 598U Selected Topics

Systematic Design and Inquiry

6 semester hours. Topic for NPS 598U must relate to systematic design and inquiry as determined by the program chair.

NPS 562U Assessment and Program Evaluation
NPS 598U Selected Topics
EDUC 680U Content Specialization and Research I

Integrative Seminar

3 semester hours

NPS 590U Integrative Seminar

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