A. Professionally Oriented Master’s Degree Program Overview
A professionally oriented master’s degree program is an academic graduate degree that prepares the student for a particular profession by emphasizing competency in a set of skills needed to practice in the profession. These professions are typically licensed or government-regulated and often require academic programs that prepare their professionals to be externally accredited. Professions such as nursing, architecture, engineering, accounting, audiology, speech-language pathology, and education often, but not necessarily, require a degree for licensing. The professionally oriented master’s degree program relies heavily on curriculum and may include required internships, practicum, fieldwork or clinical hours, and/or a final capstone experience that applies the professional knowledge, skills and training to a problem within the profession. Unlike the professionally oriented degree, the Master of Science and Master of Arts degrees generally provide experience in research and scholarship and often require a written thesis or research project and often take longer than two years to complete.
B. Program of Study
C. Faculty Advisory Committee for Professional Master’s Program of Study
D. Academic Evaluation of Students
E. Capstone Project and/or Examination Requirements