The Master of Arts in Elementary Education, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, is available to educators who work in the elementary (early/middle) school setting. Students will gain knowledge in curriculum and classroom management. Courses include issues in 21st century teaching and learning, science, math, and reading for a comprehensive program to enhance the teacher's expertise in the classroom. This program is designed for individuals currently holding a teacher certification in elementary education but wish to expand their knowledge of learning, teaching, and the issues facing educators today. The degree requires 30 credit hours for completion, and is completed entirely online.
WVU’s Business Cybersecurity Management Program is a 12-month low residency program. Our online flexibility encourages students to demonstrate managerial expertise in understanding and investigating complex cybersecurity ideas, evaluate data security of businesses from a data and systems security perspective, use appropriate tools to mitigate cybersecurity threats, and communicate the analysis and findings of a comprehensive security audit initiative to enhance the protection and security of an organization.
The Master of Science in Business Data Analytics equips students to develop expertise in statistical techniques, data mining, utilizing databases, and analytical tools. "Big data" is driving decision-making in businesses and non-profits and creating a demand for workers with data-analytic skills. McKinsey and Company estimates there will be a need for 1.5 million more data-literate managers by 2018. The degree requires 30 credit hours for completion. This is a low-residency program, requiring two site visits to campus. The remainder of the program is completed entirely online.
The Child Development and Family Studies undergraduate degree helps students obtain a specific body of knowledge in child development, while at the same time meeting the West Virginia State Department of Education's requirements for Pre-K Certification. Program courses address the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards for initial professional preparation. The degree requires 120 credit hours for completion, and all coursework is completed online.
The Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling prepares students to help people overcome disadvantages, physical disabilities, substance abuse disorders, and mental illnesses enabling them to become more productive members of society. The scope of practice for graduates of this degree will be expansive, covering a wide spectrum of work with people who have disabilities, including those with mental health diagnoses. The degree requires 63 credit hours for completion. This is a low-residency program, requiring two site visits to campus. The remainder of the program is completed entirely online.
The Master of Arts in Communication Studies is intended for working professionals who want to improve their communication skills and effectiveness in order to be successful in their careers. In the program, students will learn how to navigate organizational networks effectively, influence coworkers, clients, and administrators, interact with people from diverse populations, use technology and social media to effectively communicate, and increase one's communication competence in one-on-one and group interactions. The degree requires 36 credit hours for completion, and is completed entirely online.
The Master of Science in Data Marketing Communications program addresses a critical need for communicators who want to understand how to use data to drive strategic messaging and marketing communications campaigns that engage and influence target audiences. The DMC program seeks to produce graduates who are literate in both data and marketing communications, so they can bridge the gap between data scientists and communicators, helping to give their organizations a competitive advantage. The degree requires 33 credit hours for completion, and is completed entirely online.
The Master of Science in Forensic and Fraud Examination offers graduate students a rigorous academic experience that provides the knowledge and skills to investigate financial fraud. Due to heightened awareness and growing intolerance of fraudulent activity, demand for Forensic Accountants is rapidly increasing. WVU leads the way in developing the national curriculum for fraud and forensic accounting programs on behalf of the National Institute of Justice (Department of Justice). This effort makes WVU the leader in FFE education. The degree requires 30 credit hours for completion. This is a low-residency program, requiring two site visits to campus. The remainder of the program is completed entirely online.
The Forensic Justice LL.M. enables new attorneys to develop skills necessary to be an effective state or federal prosecutor, a public defender, or an attorney in private practice focusing on criminal defense. The LL.M. curriculum benefits from the forensic and investigative science expertise at WVU, while allowing LL.M. candidates the opportunity to combine breadth (that is, exposure to a wide range of forensic methods) with depth (the opportunity to conduct original, independent research in a narrower area of interest). This is a low-residency program, requiring site visits to campus. The majority of the program is completed online.
WVU has launched the nation's only Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in forensics for white-collar crime. Attorneys who have specialized training in fraudulent financial practices have an edge in the workplace and the courtroom. With this degree now offered online, lawyers across the country have the opportunity to develop their skills in a highly valued area of the law. The White-Collar Forensic Justice LL.M. is beneficial in a variety of career paths, including corporate in-house counsel, commercial litigation, and federal agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The undergraduate degree in General Business, offered through the WVU College of Business and Economics, gives students an overall understanding of business and how organizations operate. They also learn business and management skills, including the ability to research, interpret and use business and financial data. Graduates of this program are well prepared to enter corporate management training programs, or to apply their skills to virtually any industry. All coursework for this program is completed online.
The Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration is designed to enhance leadership skills and prepare students for academic administration and student affairs positions. Successful graduates will understand all the major divisions of higher education institutions as well as related topics including law and internal governance. Additionally, students will be able to apply theory to common, practical challenges faced by leaders in higher education. Alumni have been placed within executive, administrative (business administration, academic affairs, and student affairs), and faculty support positions, or have continued their graduate studies in pursuit of a terminal degree. The degree requires 36 credit hours for completion, and is completed entirely online.
The Master of Arts Program in Instructional Design and Technology is designed for the individual who wants to apply cutting edge instructional technologies and design strategies in business, education or technology. Major features of the program include courses in Educational Psychology, Instructional Technology and Design and Program Evaluation. The program requires 36 credit hours for completion, and is completed entirely online.
The Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications teaches communication professionals how to realign their marketing activities to ensure a constant flow of information to consumers from a variety of media. Students earn a practical and customizable graduate degree that is designed to equip them with the skills to emerge as leaders in the field. The degree requires 33 credit hours for completion, and is completed entirely online.
For those who work with the legal system, the Master of Legal Studies can provide a better understanding of the law. If you find yourself needing a better foundation for working with and understanding laws and regulations, or if you wish to improve your career prospects by obtaining legal and critical thinking skills, the MLS may be the degree for you. Graduates work in human services, criminal justice, court administration, and social work. The degree requires 30 credit hours for completion, and is completed entirely online.
The Master of Arts in Literacy Education (formerly M.A. in Reading) is designed for individuals who wish to obtain a graduate degree and PreK-Adult Reading Specialist certification in West Virginia. Coursework will focus on preparing specialized reading professionals in the three areas identified by the International Literacy Association. Graduates will be prepared to assume roles in elementary or secondary classrooms, Title I contexts, and in other school leadership opportunities, and may be able to attach Reading Specialist certification to regular West Virginia teaching licensure. The degree requires 30 credit hours for completion, and is completed entirely online.
West Virginia University's nationally ranked Online Hybrid MBA allows you to maintain momentum in your career while simultaneously pursuing a master's degree. To enhance experiential learning, four mandatory 3-4 day residencies are built into the program—one each fall and spring semester. During our residencies, you'll connect what you learn in the classroom to tangible issues and develop confidence in what you know and what you can do while incorporating the course curriculum. These experiences will provide interaction with faculty, experiential learning, and networking opportunities with peers. Three residencies are held in Morgantown, West Virginia, with the fourth being in Washington, D.C. The degree requires 48 credit hours for completion.
The WVU School of Nursing and the WVU College of Business & Economics offer WVU's first off-campus dual master's degree program to give students the skills and knowledge to serve as nurse leaders. This low-residency degree program is offered predominately online in both synchronous and asynchronous formats, and includes four 3-4 day residencies to enhance experiential learning and understanding of the curriculum content. Graduates of the MSN (Executive Focus) and MBA program work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practice, nonprofit organizations and the public sector. The degree requires 67 credit hours for completion.
The online Multidisciplinary Studies undergraduate degree program is comprised of three related minors. The program does not limit students to courses of study in a particular college or school, but rather stresses the importance of breadth of knowledge and cross-disciplinary communication. The program emphasizes flexibility and combines specialized knowledge from individual disciplines with a unique ability to approach problems from divergent perspectives. Students may choose from 20 different minors. They learn to apply their three minors to real-world problems and to apply multidisciplinary techniques in communicating the strengths of their self-chosen course of study. The degree requires 120 credit hours for completion, and all coursework can be completed online.
The Master of Arts in Music Industry offers an integrated and methodical approach to understanding and mastery of current music industry systems and commercial practices, combined with constant vigilance, close analysis, and acute awareness of new regulations, income streams, and business models. To facilitate this holistic, methodical approach, the program's courses are divided into three academic modules and an industry project. The degree requires 33 credit hours for completion, and is completed entirely online.
Nurses who have a bachelor’s degree can obtain a master's degree in nursing through our BSN to DNP program, which is offered primarily online. This program is designed to give nurses who already have a bachelor's degree in nursing the opportunity to obtain a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in 48 credit hours, with the option to finish the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in 14 additional credit hours (for a total of 62 credit hours). Upon completion of the MSN requirements, students will have the ability to sit for advanced practice certification. Specialty tracks prepare students to certify as pediatric or family nurse practitioners.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares advanced practice nurses to practice at the highest level of professional nursing and to advance the application of nursing knowledge for the purpose of improving health care for diverse populations. This post-graduate program can be completed in as few as 33 credit hours. Enrollment in nursing courses is based upon readiness, availability of space, and an adequate cohort of students.
The WVU School of Nursing RN to BSN program offers graduates of diploma and associate degree nursing programs the opportunity to complete requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) online. The RN-BSN program requires an additional 28 credit hours of nursing coursework beyond those taken for the diploma/associate degree. Coursework can be completed in three semesters of full-time study, or six semesters of part-time study. To complete the 120 credit hours required for the degree, students will have to meet all of WVU's general education requirements. The specific number of credits required will be determined after an evaluation of the applicant's transcript, as additional courses may be needed for graduation. All coursework for this program is completed online.
The Master of Science in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) is a part-time program designed for teaching professionals. The program is offered fully online and students can start any term. This format is ideal for teachers and coaches with demanding schedules who need to balance work and family while continuing their education. The goals of the curriculum include enhanced professional knowledge, practice, and leadership. Courses are generally 8-weeks in length enabling students to focus on only one course at a time. Theory-based courses are followed by applied courses allowing for the immediate application of content learned in actual K-12 school settings.
The online Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) is an innovative, foundational bachelor's degree designed to meet the unique needs of the nontraditional, adult learner. This degree allows students to earn college credit for work, life, or military experience. Furthermore, the program allows adult learners to earn College Equivalent Credits (CECs) for other academic experiences. The program recognizes the fact that many of our students have generally accumulated a wealth of work and life experiences that may be compatible with some of the courses that WVU and other state institutions offer. The degree requires 120 credit hours for completion, and all coursework for this program can be completed online.
The Master of Science in Safety Management focuses on helping companies follow state and federal regulations, while designing programs to prevent disease, injury, or damage to the environment. Students will take a comprehensive exam during the semester they are completing their last required course. The program is accredited by Applied Sciences Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The degree requires 36 credit hours for completion, and is completed entirely online.
The online Master of Social Work degree program educates graduate students in advanced integrated social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and in social administration. The goal is to produce competent and effective practitioners committed to enhancing the social well-being and quality of life of oppressed populations, with an emphasis on small towns and rural areas characteristic of the Appalachian region. The regular standing option for the degree requires students to complete generalist and advanced field placements. Advanced standing students complete the advanced field placement only.
Beginning in August 2019, the MSW in Social Work will be offered fully online, as a part-time program. Students in this program will pay in-state tuition, regardless of their current state residency. (The WVU School of Social Work also offers full and part-time on campus programs as well.)
The Master of Science in Software Engineering provides graduate-level software engineering expertise to individuals who are currently working in the computer and information technology industry. The M.S.S.E. program aspires to serve both adult learners from the local computer and information technology industry, and extended learning students taking the course from remote locations. The typical M.S.S.E. student is a full-time information technology professional who wishes to augment his or her work experience with additional academic enrichment. The degree requires 33 credit hours for completion, and is completed entirely online.
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program with a Major in Special Education prepares professional educators who provide leadership in the field of special education or disability services through practice, research, service, and advocacy. This advanced graduate program prepares future leaders to influence public policy and serve as stewards of the discipline. The requirements for the Ed.D. in Education in the College of Education and Human Services are 72 credits minimum beyond the undergraduate degree. Courses completed for the Master's degree may be counted for some requirements at the discretion of the doctoral student's committee, but the student must earn 42 credits minimum beyond the master's degree. The requirements for any doctoral degree program at WVU include at least one year in residency through enrollment in a minimum of nine credits in two successive semesters.
Students in the Master of Arts in Special Education program learn about evidence-based practices to support individuals with special needs or those who are at risk. This program focuses on current issues and topics in the field of special education and gives you the opportunity to choose an area of specialization in Early Childhood Special Education, Gifted Education, Multicategorical Special Education, Severe/Multiple Disabilities, or Special Education with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis. The degree requires 36 credit hours for completion, and is completed entirely online.
The Master of Science in Sport Coaching is a part-time program that prepares students to be lifelong learners who can adapt to contemporary demands in the coaching profession. The program is offered fully online and students can start any term. This degree is designed for individuals who coach at the scholastic, community, and club levels. Courses are generally 8-weeks in length enabling students to concentrate on one content area at a time. The curriculum focuses on intrapersonal and interpersonal knowledge, professional knowledge, applied sport science, pedagogy and content, and leadership development. Additional content areas include holistic athlete development, including sport skills, life skills, long-term development, and periodized training.
The Master of Science in Sport Management is a part-time program designed for individuals seeking employment and career advancement in the global industry of sport. The program focuses on the most contemporary issues in sport management and athletic administration, and is delivered via online courses taught by well qualified experts in higher education and industry. Students explore the latest research, industry trends, and recommendations for best practice, while also acquiring applied skills. Courses are generally 8-weeks in length enabling students to focus on one content area at a time. Students can choose to complete this five semester program in fully online or low-residency formats depending on their area of emphasis.