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Professional Studies

College of Health and Human Services

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Professional Studies - Graduate Programs

Graduate Programs


Master of Arts in Occupational Studies (code OCSTMA01)



The Master of Arts degree in Occupational Studies is available to qualified students preparing for professional careers in the fields of career, occupational, and vocational education. A major thrust is the development of qualified leadership personnel to serve occupational education programs in public and private education as well as related human resource development programs in California and the nation.

The graduate program in occupational studies consists of three parts. The first part is a 15 unit set of required or core coursework in the following areas:

History & Foundations of Professional Education (PROF 501)
Leadership Development (PROF 502)
Management Skills (PROF 503)
Research and Evaluation (PROF 505 and 696)

The second part is an area of specialization which is selected by the student in consultation with an advisor. Examples of program specialization areas follow:

Administrative studies – for persons interested in administration of occupational education in public or private sectors.
Special populations­ – for persons planning to work with learners who are culturally different, handicapped, and/or limited English proficient in occupational education settings.
Corporate training and development – for persons interested in development, implementation, and evaluation of training programs in a variety of business or industrial settings.
Career guidance – for persons interested in counseling and guidance services in education and employment settings.
Research and evaluation – for persons planning to work in research and evaluation units in public and private agencies or to pursue advanced graduate studies.
Curriculum and instruction – for persons interested in developing occupational education courses and programs in public and proprietary institutions.

The third program part is the decision to conduct a major research study (the thesis option) or to complete a comprehensive examination near the end of the Master’s program.

Each applicant must submit a copy of transcripts for all college work to the program office, in addition to the official copies required by the Office of Admissions and Records.

Prerequisites
1. A bachelor’s degree in occupational studies, with a minimum of 24 upper division units in vocational education comparable to courses offered at this University; or
2. A bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 24 upper division units comparable to courses offered at this University in the discipline in which the degree was awarded.
3. Successful completion of Departmental Writing Examination.
Advancement to Candidacy
1. Satisfaction of the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy, including successful completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
2. Completion of all core courses;
3. Maintenance of "B" average (3.0 GPA) in all work completed in graduate program;
4. Approval of Professional Studies Graduate Faculty and Director of Graduate Studies and Research, College of Health and Human Services.

Requirements
1. Completion of PROF 501, 502, 503, 505, 696;
2. Completion of 30 units of approved upper division and graduate courses and a thesis (PROF 698) and an oral presentation of the thesis approved by Department Graduate Committee; or 36 units of approved upper division and graduate courses and a written comprehensive examination.

 

Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration (code OCSTMS01)



The Master of Science (MS) in Emergency Services Administration is designed to provide students with the conceptual foundation and managerial communication and analytical skills required for designing, testing and implementing an effective response to workplace and community emergencies. Such emergencies may involve the potential loss of human life and property due to fire, explosion, the release of hazardous chemicals, structural failures, natural calamities, and terrorist acts. The program has two major purposes:  1) to provide an understanding of the administration and management of emergency services with an emphasis on the roles and job expectations of emergency managers, and 2) to prepare students for leadership roles in emergency and disaster administration by stressing independent research, communication and writing skills, exposure to experts, and practical experiences of respected emergency services and disaster organizations. The intended audiences are practitioners from the public and private sectors who are engaged in the delivery or coordination of emergency services. The program is offered in the traditional classroom setting, and is enhanced with a careful blend of technology-assisted instruction.

Admission Criteria

1. Obtain admission to graduate standing by completing and forwarding the official CSULB graduate admission forms and fees to the University and the Graduate Advisor, Professional Studies Department, CSULB. Each applicant for graduate standing shall have completed an appropriate baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
2. Request that official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended be forwarded to the graduate advisor, Professional Studies Department, CSULB.
3. Have at least a 2.50 grade-point average in the last 60 semester units attempted.
Be accepted by the Professional Studies program and the graduate advisor for admission to the graduate program.

Program Description

The Master of Science Degree in Emergency Services Administration is designed for individuals who work or wish to work as administrators in one of the areas of emergency administration. These areas include police and fire administration, public utilities, dispatch, and emergency (disaster) operations. The degree will equip students with a broad knowledge of the activities and the relationships of the emergency services to each other, to the community, and to other public and private entities that are affected by emergency services. Students may specialize in program development and evaluation, training, personnel, budgeting, or inter-agency relations.

Advancement to Candidacy
1. Satisfaction of the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy, including successful completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR);
2. Completion of all core courses;
3. Maintenance of "B" average (3.0 GPA) in all work completed in graduate program;
4. Approval of Professional Studies Graduate Faculty and Director of Graduate Studies and Research, College of Health and Human Services.

Requirements
1. PROF 502, 505, 542, 543, 650, and 696
2. Completion of 30 units of approved upper division and graduate courses and a thesis (PROF 698) and an oral presentation of the thesis approved by the Department Graduate Committee; or 36 units of approved upper division and graduate courses and a written comprehensive examination.

The graduate program consists of three parts. The first part is an 18-unit set of required core course work as indicated in (1) above. The second part is the elective component of area of specialization consisting of 18 units if the Comprehensive Examination option is chosen or 8 units for the Thesis option. Electives from the 400, 500, or 600 series are selected in consultation with a faculty advisor. The third part is to complete a thesis (PROF 698) or take a comprehensive examination.