The following programs can be completed fully online.
The graduate certificate in adult education is designed for professionals who desire graduate-level training in the discipline of adult education but do not need a master’s degree. The graduate certificate program consists of four courses from the master of science in adult education program. Students who complete the certificate program and choose to continue their graduate studies at Buffalo State may request that certificate program courses be applied toward the master’s degree in adult education. This program does not lead to teaching certification and is housed within the Adult Education department.
The master of science in adult education program prepares professionals for careers in adult education and human resource development. Community agencies employ adult educators to conduct literacy, personal development, and workforce-preparation programs. Similarly, businesses employ human resource development professionals to train new workers and retrain experienced workers. Graduates of the program are also well prepared for doctoral programs in adult education. This program does not lead to teaching certification and is housed within the Adult Education department.
The graduate certificate program in Assessment in Student Affairs is designed to provide professionals with the necessary skills to become assessment leaders in their higher education community and beyond. The Advanced Certificate is grounded in the principles and foundations of data-based decision making, collaborative practice, and reflective learning. It is designed to equip practitioners with the skills to gather information, the ability to understand the nature and value of formal inquiry, and the opportunity to serve as change agents within their institution through assessment. This program is housed within the Higher Education Administration department.
Th graduate certificate program in Human Resource Development is designed to serve the advanced educational needs of professionals who educate and train workers and volunteers but do not need a master’s degree. The certificate program consists of 12 graduate credit hours, and is designed to address the essential skills and competencies for professional practitioners in human resource development. Graduates will use their skills to develop and administer training programs to produce a more effective and competitive workforce.
The certificate in human resource development can be applied toward a master’s degree in adult education at Buffalo State. Students wishing to complete the graduate certificate in human resource development and the master of science in adult education within 30 credit hours must complete the entire graduate certificate and then apply for admission to the master’s degree in adult education. This program does not lead to teaching certification and is housed within the Adult Education department.
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 degree program by selecting graduate courses from academic departments at the college or from other accredited institutions. This program is housed within the Graduate School.
The Mus.M degree is designed for the in-service music teacher who already possesses an initial Teaching Certificate. The degree program will help students become accomplished reflective educators as indicated by the Buffalo State College Teacher Education Unit Conceptual Framework for advanced programs. This online degree is comprised of courses that are critical to the ongoing professional development of the music teacher. The entire program will require 30 credits and includes 24 credits of required graduate coursework in music history, music theory, music education, and a master’s project or master’s thesis. An additional six credits of elective coursework will include graduate courses chosen from repertoire and ensemble leadership, educational foundations, musical theatre, and a flexible independent study. The Music department anticipates developing additional elective graduate offerings in the areas of music education, music technology, music history, music theory, composition, and/or performance after the initial implementation of the degree
The Communication Department’s Master of Science degree in Public Relations, a part-time program (six credits per semester) provides a solid foundation in the principles and practice of public relations for students interested in careers in public relations. It educates students in the principles, theories, research methods and writing techniques that are needed for a career in public relations, with special emphasis on strategic communication planning skills and ethical standards that are required to succeed in public relations. The 33-credit program includes seven required public relations courses, two public relations electives, and two general electives.
The graduate certificate in public management provides students with an advanced course of study at the graduate level concentrating on the conceptual, technical, and professional education and skills required for administrative and leadership positions in the public sector. The program, totaling 15 credit hours, includes three required core courses (9 credit hours) and two electives (6 credit hours) taken from Public Administration (PAD) graduate courses.
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