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Graduate Programs

When it comes to advanced degrees, we run the gamut. Among our 15 master’s programs is the highly competitive MFA in Creative Writing program, where faculty members include internationally-acclaimed poets and novelists. And among our four doctoral programs, the PhD in rural sociology is the oldest doctoral program in the South, first awarded in 1926. Its focus—on poverty, population, and the challenges of serving more people with fewer resources—has never been more relevant. Our first interdisciplinary doctoral program is the PhD in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media in which students explore the inter-relationship between digital technologies and written, oral, and visual modes of communicating. Our newest doctoral program, the PhD in Public History, is admitting its first cohort of students in Fall 2014, building on the success of the MA program in preparing future leaders in the practice and scholarship of public history.

CHASS offers graduate programs in the following areas of study:

  • Communication
    • Master of Science in Communication: This program provides graduate-level expertise for solving problems in modern organizations and social systems from a communication perspective. The program addresses issues concerned with interpersonal, relational, and technologically mediated communication systems essential to modern, networked organizations and societies.
  • Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media (CRDM): The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (CRDM) is offered by CHASS with the cooperation of the Department of Communication and the Department of English. Built on the premise that new developments in communication media and information technologies require a dramatic shift in instruction and research, the program integrates the study of oral, written, and visual modes of communication to focus on the human dimensions of information and communication technologies.
  • English
    • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (fiction or poetry): This program provides an opportunity for students of superior ability in imaginative writing to develop their skills and critical judgment through the practice of writing and the study of literature. The aim of the program is to prepare talented students for careers in writing.
    • Master of Science in Technical Communication: This program is designed to prepare professional communicators for advanced positions in industry and research organizations. With appropriate electives, students can prepare for careers in web design and development, software documentation, environmental communication, medical writing, industrial training in writing and editing, publications management and related areas.
    • Master of Arts in English: This program is offered with concentrations in English and American Literature; in Linguistics; in Composition; in Film Studies; and in World Literature. It also offers Advanced Licensure for Public School Teachers.
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures
    • A Master of Arts degree program is offered in French Language and Literature and Spanish Language and Literature. The programs are designed for students who desire the MA with a minor in education and licensure, those who desire other minors (including French for students of Spanish and vice versa), and students who wish to pursue an MA in French or Spanish language and literature without a minor.
  • History
    • Master of Arts in History: This program serves three main constituencies: people who intend to go on to a Ph.D. in history; people who intend to go into teaching (or who are already teachers) in high schools and community colleges; people, often mid-career professionals, who simply love history.
    • PhD and Master of Arts in Public History: The Public History program prepares graduates to work in a variety of public and applied history settings.  The program offers a practicum that places students under the direct supervision of the State Archivist of North Carolina.  They may also choose a practicum in their own special area of interest--including records management, the administration of historic sites, history museums, historic preservation, or historical publications.
  • Liberal Studies
    • : The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program is  interdisciplinary and interdepartmental with individually designed concentrations. The MALS program is designed especially for adult, part-time students, many of whom are employed. MALS students undertake a broad, interdisciplinary program of graduate study that integrates and expands knowledge and is geared to each student's personal interests.
  • Psychology
    • The Psychology Department trains students in the scientist-practitioner model and offers five areas of concentration leading to the Ph.D. degree. The MS degree is available as part of a student's work toward the doctorate at NC State. Students wishing to obtain a terminal Master of Science are advised to consider other programs.
      • Developmental Psychology
      • Ergonomics & Experimental Psychology
      • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
      • Psychology in the Public Interest
      • School Psychology
  • School of Public and International Affairs
    • Ph.D. in Public Administration: The Ph.D. program prepares students for teaching and research in public management and related fields. Possible specialty areas include Human Resources, Budget/Finance, Organizational Behavior, Public Management, Environmental Policy, Criminal Justice, Information/Technology Policy, Urban Administration.
    • Master of Public Administration (MPA): The MPA degree prepares students to be effective and responsible managers in public and nonprofit agencies. The MPA is a professional graduate degree for both pre-service students with no prior professional experience, and in-service administrators.
    • Master of International Studies: The MIS program offers students and professionals in government, business, and non-governmental organizations an opportunity to accelerate or refocus their careers to meet the demands of a global society and marketplace.
    • Certificate in Nonprofit Management: The School of Public and International Affairs, with the cooperation of the Institute for Nonprofits, offers a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. This 15-credit program, which carries graduate credit, targets individuals working in or planning careers in the nonprofit sector.
    • Certificate in Public Policy: The Public Administration Department offers a 12-credit certificate program in public policy for students from any discipline who wish to hone their professional skills to become effective analysts and advocates for realistic, effective, and responsible public policy. This program is built around already existing courses, and can be completed as a stand-alone certificate or as an additional credential in concert with other graduate studies.
  • Sociology and Anthropology
    • Sociology at NC State offers three graduate programs that provide preparation for academic, research, and applied careers:
      • Doctor of Philosophy
      • Master of Science in Sociology
      • Master of Sociology
    • Anthropology at NC State provides three main M.A. concentrations for the graduate student:
      • Archaeology
      • Cultural Anthropology
      • Forensic Anthropology
      • Skeletal Biology
  • Social Work
    • Master of Social Work (MSW): The Department of Social Work offers a two-year full-time and three-year part-time Master of Social Work (MSW) program. The program prepares students for advanced social work practice in two concentrations:  Direct Practice and Community Partnerships. In addition, specializations in either Children and Families or in Mental Health, allows students to focus on an area of practice.