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Graduate Degree Programs

Our graduate programs are designed to arm you with the most up-to-date knowledge and skills demanded by today’s employers. Field-tested, employer vetted, and designed by experts in the industry, our programs put you ahead of the curve.

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Business Administration in Accounting Doctorate

The Doctorate of Business Administration in Accounting degree, offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, serves experienced accounting professionals who may be considering careers in academia, consulting, or in advanced professional positions. The DBA is carefully constructed to provide students with a foundation in research, an in-depth exposure to the accounting literature, and a supportive environment through faculty guidance and mentorship. The online curriculum is augmented by optional on-campus residences and allows students to maintain momentum in their career while pursuing their doctoral degree.

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Business Cybersecurity Management M.S.

The Master of Science in Business Cybersecurity Management offered by the WVU John Chambers College of Business and Economics is designed to address the significant need for cybersecurity talent. There are over 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the US that are not filled, and cybersecurity job postings are up to 74 percent in the last five years, according to a 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics study. The degree is built to equip the motivated student with the toolkit to engage, lead and own the cybersecurity business career path. You will be prepared to hold a number of diverse positions, to include security analyst, network security engineer, information security manager and security administrator.

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Business Data Analytics M.S.

The Doctorate of Business Administration in Accounting degree, offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, serves experienced accounting professionals who may be considering careers in academia, consulting, or in advanced professional positions. The DBA is carefully constructed to provide students with a foundation in research, an in-depth exposure to the accounting literature, and a supportive environment through faculty guidance and mentorship. The online curriculum is augmented by optional on-campus residences and allows students to maintain momentum in their career while pursuing their doctoral degree.

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Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling M.S.

The Master of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, prepares students to help people overcome, 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 is expansive, covering a wide spectrum of work with people who have disabilities. 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 online.

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Communication Studies M.A.

The Master of Arts in Communication Studies offered by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences creates leaders who have an ability to communicate strategically and with a diverse audience. Through this program, graduates translate fundamental ideas of communication into real-life applications. By learning innovative strategies for effective solutions, graduates develop skills to respond to crises that organizations may encounter. You will succeed in the workplace by having strong organizational interpersonal, critical-thinking, and written communication skills. The workplace of the 21st century is based on information exchange – on developing core communication literacies to effectively engage multiple information sources and receivers in an increasingly crowded and connected digital landscape – and our program prepares graduates who can meet those demands.

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Data Marketing Communications M.S.

WVU’s Master of Science in Data Marketing Communications is the nation’s first online master’s degree explicitly focused on the strategic use of data in marketing communications. Online shopping, digital advertising, social media metrics, web analytics, customer relations management platforms, website user statistics, the data available to marketers to better understand audience habits and motivations is growing daily. We worked with industry leaders to craft a program where students acquire the specific skills they need to be successful in today's competitive market.

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Digital Marketing Communications M.S.

You've likely been a digital media consumer for years. You know how quickly we've moved from static to responsive websites; from Facebook to Instagram to TikTok; from cable television to Hulu. What's next? And how do you use the existing and emerging media channels to reach the audiences living on them? WVU's completely online master's degree in Digital Marketing Communications gives you the strategy and the skills — in just one year. You’ll learn how to create a dialogue with today's modern audience that builds community around a brand or organization. It's all about building trust and providing customers with long-term value so that they become advocates who bring you more customers.

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Economics M.S.

The newly formed WVU John Chambers School of Business and Economics M.S. Economics is a 30-credit hour program, delivered fully online, that can be completed in one year. The flexible format allows students to maintain momentum in their career while pursuing their degree.

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Educational Psychology M.A.

If you’re intrigued with the learning process and are seeking a career with future growth opportunity, our Educational Psychology, M.A. program is the perfect fit for you. Learning is a continual process from infancy to old age. Graduates of our program understand the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial changes that occur across the lifespan and their impact on learning. Graduates of our program also develop a strong understanding of research methods and design. Have a particular area of interest? Our program offers you the flexibility to choose additional coursework best suited to your intended career path.

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Forensic and Fraud Examination M.S.

The Master of Science in Forensic and Fraud Examination offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics leads the way in developing the national curriculum for fraud and forensic accounting programs on behalf of the National Institute of Justice. You will study curriculum that teaches you how to detect, uncover, and prove fraud and other financial crimes by businesses and employees. By gaining an interdisciplinary skill set which covers business, law, cost accounting, taxation, and data technology, you will gain real-world expertise in fraud and financial crime examination.

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Game Design M.A.

The Master of Arts degree in Game Design, offered by the College of Creative Arts, is for emerging game designers who would like to expand and build upon their conceptual, production, and project management skills, as well as to further their professional credentials. You will learn game design, game theory, and game production, and will develop a specialized, advanced set of skills. All courses are online, except for a four-day residency required each summer that brings all students and faculty together for a dynamic games conference and game jam. For the capstone project, each student develops a functional and playable game prototype. Graduates are qualified for employment with game development companies, and a wide range of employers from banks to educational software developers.

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Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis M.S.

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spatial Analysis M.S. degree, offered by WVU’s Eberly College of Arts, with support from other programs across campus, is the first of its kind in West Virginia. There is an increasing demand for professionals trained in geospatial technologies, and WVU is answering the call with a program that incorporates predictive modeling, technical issues, programming, spatial hydrology, remote sensing, data science and analytics, machine learning, and applications in the environmental and health sciences. It is ideal for graduate students, recent college graduates, and working professionals who desire advanced training in this high-growth industry and who would like to explore a wide variety of topics and skills.

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Health Administration MHA

The Master of Health Administration, offered by the School of Public Health, is the premier professional program for those seeking to lead the health systems of the future. Focused on the organization, delivery and management of healthcare and public health systems and services, this program will equip you with the skills and insight needed to lead in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, medical group practices, healthcare consulting firms and health departments. With both full- and part-time options, as well as other flexible features – including the option to complete your internship experience with your current employer – the MHA program will take you beyond the business of healthcare.

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Healthcare MBA

The Healthcare Master of Business Administration, offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics, is for those seeking a career in the field, or for current healthcare professionals who want to expand their skillset to take on leadership roles within their organization. The healthcare industry in the United States is projected to grow to 19.4 percent of the GDP by 2027. Professional opportunities are also expected to grow by 20 percent over the next decade. The industry needs trained leaders to manage diverse teams, to successfully navigate the business of healthcare, to lead across the many challenging transitions, and to provide innovative solutions that improve the healthcare system in order to more readily support positive outcomes.

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Higher Education Administration M.A.

The Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration offered by the College of Education and Human Services is designed to prepare students for administrative and faculty positions, policy roles, and research areas within colleges and universities and external educational agencies. Using a personalized program of study you will gain the tools you need to develop and measure programs that support student success and retention. You will analyze instructional strategies and management principles that will help you address today’s most pressing issues facing higher education institutions, while learning how to use distance learning technology to effectively manage online programs for students with varied learning styles.

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Human Resource Leadership M.S.

The Master of Science in Human Resource Leadership offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics focuses on giving students advanced professional knowledge, data-driven decision-making skills, and leadership capabilities. Graduates will be positioned to compete in a growing market and see continued upward movement along their career path. They will be subject matter experts with the ability to make data-driven managerial decisions and will possess the skills to assume leadership roles within their organizations. This includes both the technical human resource leadership skills in demand by national employers, as well as the “people” skills frequently absent from on-the-job training.

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Instructional Design and Technology M.A.

The Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology offered by the College of Education and Human Services is designed to prepare individuals to apply cutting edge technologies and instructional design strategies to create quality learning experiences in public schools, higher education institutions, and corporate and non-profit organizations. You will help reshape the education process, so that it can be relevant to the current generation that is learning by applying cutting edge instructional technologies and design strategies in business, education, or technology.

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Integrated Marketing Communications M.S.

The Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications is a flexible, ten-course program offered exclusively online. With more than 25 electives to choose from and specializations in areas like digital and social media and creative strategy, you can create your ideal educational experience. Fill a marketing void at your company, hone skills to prepare for a promotion or pursue a topic that you’re passionate about.

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Legal Studies M.L.S.

The Master of Legal Studies is for individuals who need a working knowledge of the law, but don’t intend on becoming practicing lawyers. If you work with lawyers, or legal issues, or want to gain a deeper understanding of how the law influences your industry, this degree will improve your career and promotion prospects in just 18 months. It is designed for professionals practicing in human relations, criminal and juvenile justice, the court system, journalism, social work, regulatory agencies, county and municipal government, military, business and other professionals who work with, though not necessarily in, the legal system.

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Literacy Education M.A. With Certification

The Master of Arts in Literacy Education offered by the College of Education and Human Services is a professional graduate program that leads to pre-K through adult reading specialist certification in West Virginia. Coursework focuses on preparing specialized reading professionals in the three areas identified by the International Literacy Association. You will gain a deep understanding of the theory and research that is fundamental to successful teaching of reading, and upon graduation you may attach Reading Specialist certification to their current teaching area by passing the PRAXIS Series test.

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The Master of Business Administration offered by the John Chambers College of Business and Economics delivers results for students by offering exciting experiential-learning projects, consultative engagements, and opportunities to develop enhanced business acumen - yielding the essential professional skills that are needed for top job placement. Accredited, affordable and unique, our Carnegie Research Level 1 (R1) MBA program is forging new paths for students via experiential learning projects, consultative engagements and entrepreneurial thinking.

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Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Business Administration

The School of Nursing and the John Chambers College of Business and Economics offer a dual master's degree 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/MBA program work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practice, nonprofit organizations and the public sector. The degree requires 57 credit hours for completion.

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Media Solutions and Innovation M.S.

The Media Solutions and Innovation graduate program prepares students to become media strategists and futurists who can function as change agents and adaptive leaders within the industry. Our 12-month master’s degree program helps students learn about the disruptions in the media industry and how to build industry partners to assist in research and development, discovery, and creating targeted solution pathways to address some of the most challenging media problems.

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Multicategorical Special Education M.A.

The graduate program in Multicategorical Special Education offered by the College of Education and Human Services is designed to prepare professional educators to work with children and adolescents with autism, learning disabilities, emotional/behavior disorders, and intellectual disabilities. Students who graduate from this program will be eligible for special education certification in West Virginia. Based on research-based practices, this program prepares you to provide high-quality education in inclusive elementary and secondary classrooms that leads to academic achievement and successful post-school outcomes for students with mild to moderate disabilities.

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Music Industry M.A.

The Master of Arts in Music Industry offered by the College of Creative Arts provides an integrated and methodical approach to understanding the mastery of current music industry systems and commercial practices, combined with acute awareness of new regulations, income streams, and business models. You will focus on the skills, concepts, and methodologies central to global business models and apply these models to the artistic management and entrepreneurial challenges of music and digital media in the global entertainment industry.

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Nursing, Doctorate of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice offered by the School of Nursing prepares you 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. DNP nurses possess a blend of clinical, leadership, economic, and organizational skills that puts you in a unique position to deftly critique nursing practice and design programs of care delivery that are economically feasible, locally acceptable, and that significantly impact healthcare outcomes.

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Physical Education Teacher Education M.S.

The Master of Science in Physical Education Teacher Education offered by the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences is a part-time program designed for teaching professionals. You will gain the skills necessary to design and implement comprehensive school activity programs, create evidence-based curriculum and instructional models in physical education and sport, integrate instructional technology in the gymnasium, classroom and sports arena, and implement physical activity programs for school-aged children.

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Population Health M.S.

The Master of Science in Population Health program prepares students for a variety of population-oriented leadership, clinical, and research-oriented positions in both healthcare and public health organizations. Population health is an interdisciplinary field of practice at the nexus of healthcare and public health. This field works to integrate both healthcare and public health practices to address critical health issues that affect target populations and to make significant impacts in the health and well-being of populations. With this degree, all students pay in-state tuition rates. The program is totally online and can be completed in as a little as one year.

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Program Evaluation and Research M.A.

If you enjoy looking at social and educational programs from a variety of angles to determine what works, why those things work, and how to make them better, a Program Evaluation and Research M.A degree may be in your future. Answers come in a variety of ways but if you’re a student in our master’s program, those answers will come through systematic data driven inquiry, applied research, and practice based evaluation techniques and competencies aligned with the American Evaluation Association (AEA), the largest network of professional evaluators in the country. This degree prepares students for career opportunities with federal or state agencies, educational institutions, profit and non-profit organizations, or as independent consultants. Graduates will also have a strong foundation for entry into a doctoral degree program.

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Resource Economics and Management M.S.

The Master of Science in Resource Economics and Management, offered by the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, provides advanced training in the areas of natural resource, environmental, agricultural, mineral, energy, agribusiness, international, and rural development economics. Only a handful of other institutions across the country offer a relevant online master’s program in this area and the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts that graduates of programs in the fields of natural resources and agriculture will be needed in the coming years to address issues related to food security and sustainable energy. The program can be completed with or without a thesis.

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Safety Management M.S.

The Master of Science in Safety Management offered by the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources prepares you to help companies follow state and federal regulations, while designing programs to prevent disease, injury, or damage to the environment. And with a strong job market - Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 4 percent yearly increase in the number of jobs in this field through 2024 – you will be ready to respond to the needs of the public and employers, to inspect hazardous situations, and to investigate and administer government regulations.

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Social Work MSW – Advanced Standing

The Master of Social Work offered by the WVU School of Social Work prepares you to be a well-rounded advanced practitioner who can respond to the complex realities of practice in a variety of roles and settings. The specialization in advanced integrated practice builds on generalist practice and prepares you to integrate micro, mezzo, and macro practice skills across service sectors and within interdisciplinary teams to effectively address social and human problems pertinent to a wide range of professional practice areas, with a particular emphasis on effective models of rural service delivery.

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Social Work MSW – Regular Standing

The Master of Social Work offered by the WVU School of Social Work prepares you to be a well-rounded advanced practitioner who can respond to the complex realities of practice in a variety of roles and settings. The specialization in advanced integrated practice builds on generalist practice and prepares you to integrate micro, mezzo, and macro practice skills across service sectors and within interdisciplinary teams to effectively address social and human problems pertinent to a wide range of professional practice areas, with a particular emphasis on effective models of rural service delivery.

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Software Engineering Master’s Degree M.S.S.E.

The Master of Software Engineering offered by the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering will provide you with the expertise to better understand the holistic design, development, and management processes of software applications and systems. You will learn how to identify and analyze user and client needs, while gaining the skills necessary to implement or create software-based solutions. Software Engineering is one of the most in-demand and fastest growing occupational fields in the country, with careers in any number of industries including technology, healthcare, automotive manufacturing, green energy, remote sensing, aeronautics and finance.

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Sport Coaching M.S.

The Master of Social Work offered by the WVU School of Social Work prepares you to be a well-rounded advanced practitioner who can respond to the complex realities of practice in a variety of roles and settings. The specialization in advanced integrated practice builds on generalist practice and prepares you to integrate micro, mezzo, and macro practice skills across service sectors and within interdisciplinary teams to effectively address social and human problems pertinent to a wide range of professional practice areas, with a particular emphasis on effective models of rural service delivery.

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Sport Management M.S.

The Master of Science in Sport Management offered by the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences is designed to prepare you to work behind-the-scenes of the sport industry, one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. You will be equipped with skills including management and leadership, sport marketing and finance, critical thinking, and problem solving to create appropriate solutions and implementing positive outcomes in their sport organizations. By melding innovative courses with professional development, you will find jobs in the areas of sales, marketing, fan relations, intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics, community recreation and sport centers, and sport goods and marketing companies.

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Teacher Leadership: Digital Technologies and Connected Learning

The Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership: Digital Technologies and Connected Learning, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, enables individual teachers to not only teach the students in their classroom, but also to have influence within their school and beyond as coaches, change agents, curriculum developers, and facilitators of job-embedded professional development. Teacher leaders develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and encourage their colleagues to join them on a journey to improve teaching and learning locally and further afield.

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Teacher Leadership: Elementary Math Specialist

The Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership: Elementary Math Specialist, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, enables individual teachers to not only teach the students in their classroom, but also to have influence within their school and beyond as coaches, change agents, curriculum developers, and facilitators of job-embedded professional development. Teacher leaders develop collaborative relationships with colleagues and encourage their colleagues to join them on a journey to improve teaching and learning locally and further afield.

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