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  Dec 16, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

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Graduate School



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Bradley Bond, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate School

A student who wishes to obtain a graduate degree must apply for and be granted admission to the Graduate School. Courses numbered 500-799 may be taken for graduate credit only by graduate-level students. A student interested in graduate study should refer to the current Graduate Catalog for details regarding graduate courses and degree programs available. See also “Early Admission of NIU Undergraduates” below. The graduate degrees and certificates offered by the university are listed below by the name of the college and of the department or school in which that degree program is housed.

Entries appear in alphabetical order. Click on a link to be taken to the entry below.

   

Graduate School

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
      (see also individual departments for specializations)

Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.)
      (see also individual departments for specializations

College of Business

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Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Department of Accountancy
Master of Accounting Science (M.A.S.)
Master of Science in Taxation (M.S.T.)

Department of Finance

Department of Management

Department of Marketing

Department of Operations Management and Information Systems
Master of Science (M.S.) 
    Management Information Systems

College of Education

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Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)
   Adult and Higher Education
   Counseling
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
   Adult and Higher Education
   Counselor Education and Supervision

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
    with specialization in
    Elementary Education with Initial Licensure
Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) 
   Curriculum and Instruction
   Literacy Education 
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
   Curriculum and Instruction
      with specialization in
      Curriculum Leadership
      Literacy Education
      Science, Social Studies, and Environmental Education Integration

Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment
Master of Science (M.S.)
   Educational Research and Evaluation
Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)
   Instructional Technology
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
   Instructional Technology

Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Master of Science (M.S.)
   Sport Management
Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.)
   Physical Education
      with or without specialization in
      Adapted Physical Education
      Exercise Physiology/Fitness Leadership
      Pedagogy and Curriculum Development in Physical Education

Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations
Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) 
   Educational Administration
   Educational Psychology
   Foundations of Education
   School Business Management
Educational Specialist (Ed.S.)
   Educational Administration
Doctor of Education (Ed.D) 
   Educational Administration
   Educational Psychology

Department of Special and Early Education
Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) 
   Early Childhood Education 
   Special Education
      with specialization in
      Advanced Special Education Practices
      Blind Rehabilitation
      Early Childhood Special Education
      Learning Behavior Specialist I
      Orientation and Mobility
      Visual Impairments


College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

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Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.)
   with specialization in
   Engineering Education

Department of Electrical Engineering
Master of Science (M.S.)

Department of Industrial Engineering
Master of Science (M.S.)

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science (M.S.)

Department of Technology
Master of Science (M.S.)
   Industrial Management

College of Health and Human Sciences

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders 
Master of Arts
   Communicative Disorders
       with specialization in
       Audiology
       Rehabilitation Counseling
       Speech-Language Pathology
Master of Physical Therapy (M.P.T.)
Doctor of Audiology (Aud.)
Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Master of Science (M.S.)
   Applied Human Development and Family Sciences
      with or without specialization in
      Marriage and Family Therapy
      Leadership in Aging Studies

School of Health Studies
Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
   with specialization in
   Health Education, 6-12 and Middle School
Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
   with or without specialization in
   Health Promotion
   Health Services Management
Master of Science (M.S.)
   Nutrition and Dietetics
Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.)
   with specialization in
   Health Education, 6-12 and Middle School

Department of Military Science

School of Nursing
Master of Science (M.S.)
   Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.)
 

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Department of Anthropology
Master of Arts (M.A.)

Department of Biological Sciences
Master of Science (M.S.)
   with or without specialization in
   Bioinformatics 
   Biology Teaching
   Human Anatomical Sciences
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Master of Science (M.S.)
   Chemistry
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
   Chemistry
   with or without specialization in nanoscience

Department of Communication
Master of Arts (M.A.)
   Communication Studies

Department of Computer Science
Master of Science (M.S.)

Department of Economics
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department of English
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Master of Arts (M.A.)
   Foreign Languages
      with specialization in
      French
      Spanish

Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences
Master of Science (M.S.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences
Master of Science (M.S.)
   Geology
Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.)
    with specialization in
    Geoscience Education
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
   Geology

Department of History
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department of Mathematical Sciences
Master of Science (M.S.)
   Applied Probability and Statistics
   Mathematics
      with specialization in
      Applied Mathematics
      Computational Mathematics
      Mathematics Education
      Pure Mathematics 
Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.)
      with specialization in
      Middle School Mathematics Education
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department of Philosophy
Master of Arts (M.A.)

Department of Physics
Master of Science (M.S.)
   with specialization in
   Applied Physics
   Basic Physics
   Physics Teaching
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
    with or without specialization in nanoscience

Department of Political Science

Master of Arts (M.A.)
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)
   with specialization in 
   Fiscal Administration 
   Local Government Management
   Nonprofit Management 
   Public Management and Leadership 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department of Psychology
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department of Sociology
Master of Arts (M.A.)
   with or without specialization in
   Criminology

College of Visual and Performing Arts

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School of Art
Master of Arts (M.A.)
   with specialization in
   Art History
   Studio Art
Master of Science (M.S.)
   with specialization in
   Art Education
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 
   Art Education

School of Music
Master of Music (M.M.) 
Performer’s Certificate

School of Theatre and Dance
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
   Theatre Arts
      with specialization in
      Acting
      Design and Technology
      Directing

Concentrations

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A concentration is a course of study, typically interdisciplinary, linked to the pursuit of a specific graduate degree. Completion of the requirements for a concentration will result in an appropriate notation on the student’s academic record.

The concentrations offered by the university are listed below.

Biochemistry
Biophysics
Historical Administration
Latin American Studies
Southeast Asian Studies

Certificates of Graduate Study

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A certificate of graduate study is a course of study, not linked to the pursuit of a degree, consisting of a coherent set of courses, fewer than for a major, addressing a specific theme. Completion of the requirements for a certificate of graduate study will result in an appropriate notation on the student’s academic record.

The certificates of graduate study offered by the university are listed below.

Adapted Physical Education
Adult Education
Advanced Qualitative Methodology in Education
Advanced Quantitative Methodology in Education
Advanced Teaching Practices
Applied Mechanics
Applied Statistics
Art History
Assistive Technology Specialist
Assistive Technology Specialist for People with Visual Impairments
Behavior Analyst
Bioinformatics
Business Analytics Using SAP Software
CAD/CAM/CAE
Career Development
Children’s and Young Adult Literature/Media
College Teaching
Curricular and Pedagogical Practices in Social Justice Education
Digital Image Processing
Digital Signal Processing
Digital Systems 
Director of Special Education
Distance Education
Eating Disorders and Obesity
Education in English Language Arts
Elementary Mathematics Teaching
Entrepreneurship
Environmental Education
Environmental Health and Safety
Facilities Management
Family and Child Development
Family Nurse Practitioner
Finance
Financial Engineering
Foreign Language Instructional Technology
Foundation of Accountancy
Foundations of Education and Policy Studies
Geographic Information Analysis
German Language, Literature, and Culture
Gerontology
Health Education
Healthcare Policy and Management
Higher Education
Homeland Security
Industrial Control 
Industrial Project Management
Industrial Workplace Design Systems
Innovative Teaching with Common Core Standards in Elementary Education
Integrated Manufacturing Systems
Integrated Systems Engineering
Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy
International Business
Law and Women’s and Gender Studies
Leadership in Aging Services
Lean Six Sigma
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
Logistics
Management Information Systems 
Managerial Leadership
Medical Family Therapy and Counseling
Middle School Literacy
Mobile Programming
Museum Studies
Nursing Education
Outdoor Education
Postsecondary Developmental Literacy and Language Instruction
Problem-Based Learning in Educational Psychology
Public Health
Public Management
Quality Control of Manufacturing Processes
Response to Intervention
Semiconductor Devices
Semiconductor Fabrication
Simulation, Modeling and Data Analysis
Southeast Asian Studies
Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture
Sport and Exercise Pscyhology
Sport Management
Strategic Marketing
Systems Management
Teaching English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education
Technical Logistics
Technical Writing
Thermal, Fluid, and Energy Systems
Traffic Safety Education
Trauma-Informed Counseling
Vibration, Robotics, and Control Systems
VLSI Design
Women’s and Gender Studies
Workplace Learning and Performance

Student-at-Large Classification

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The student-at-large classification is available for those who wish to take graduate courses without pursuing a degree. A student-at- large must hold a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or the equivalent from a recognized foreign institution and must apply for and be granted permission to register as a student-at-large through the Graduate School. Students-at-large are not admitted to the Graduate School or to any graduate degree program, but they are under the administrative jurisdiction of the Graduate School. Many of the same regulations, including those regarding academic standing, apply to both graduate students and students-at-large, as described in the Graduate Catalog. Some departments and programs limit the amount of graduate credit earned as a student-at- large that may be applied toward meeting the requirements of a graduate degree, if the student-at-large is later admitted to such a degree program. Students should consult the Graduate Catalog for specific information about particular programs.

Postgraduate students are those who hold baccalaureate degrees from accredited institutions and wish to take additional undergraduate courses or to earn a second baccalaureate degree. Postgraduates are classified as seniors and may take 100- through 400-level courses for undergraduate credit only; a postgraduate may not take courses for graduate credit. An individual who wishes to take 500-,  600-, or 700-level graduate courses should apply to the Graduate School for admission as a graduate student or permission to register as a student-at-large. For further information, see “Postgraduate Students.”

Early Admission of NIU Undergraduates to the Graduate School

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Early admission to the Graduate School is available to seniors in their final term of enrollment at NIU who wish to take courses for graduate credit. Students who apply for and receive early admission may take approved graduate-level courses.

Application for early admission is made through the Graduate School. A student applying for early admission must have applied to graduate from the baccalaureate program at the end of the term for which early admission is sought; the Graduate School’s application deadlines are waived for such a student. No student may enroll more than one term under early-admission status.

 

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