sonoma state masters programs
Master of Social Work
The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is an advanced study that focuses on preparing graduates for administrative and leadership roles in social work. The MSW is a research-based degree that may take two to three years to complete, depending on whether it’s a full-time or part-time program. The MSW differs from a Bachelor of Social Work in that this master’s degree requires completion of a capstone project and thesis. Students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in social work can apply directly to the graduate program at Sonoma State University.
Those who are admitted are required to have access to reliable transportation and have the ability to travel during their time at SSU. In addition, candidates must provide documentation of current TB clearance, CPR certification and proof of professional liability insurance by August 1st each year. Applicants should contact the School of Social Work for details about meeting these requirements prior to starting the program.
Once accepted into the MSW program, students receive a thorough foundation in core competencies such as human behavior theories, social policies, independent practice skills and group facilitation practices. MSW students are also able to choose from several areas of concentration, including gerontology, mental health or children & family services. Many graduates go on to pursue careers as behavioral health specialists, clinical case managers or community service directors for local agencies or nonprofits serving low-income families. According to SalaryGenius.com data collected between January 2010 and July 2012 by Payscale Inc., entry-level salaries for those with an MSW range from $41,000 per year up through $63,000 annually with an average salary of $44,000 per year depending upon location and size of agency served after graduation.
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
A Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is an investment in your future as an author. In the program you will develop your writing, study literature and literary theory, and have the opportunity to teach a creative writing workshop or compose a thesis. The degree will provide you with unparalleled knowledge of the publishing industry and increase your chances of being published with one of the respected presses housed at Sonoma State University.
The MFA curriculum combines workshops in fiction and poetry with classes in creative nonfiction, literature, theory and criticism, form workshops in mixed genre composition and composition pedagogy, as well as internships. You will also learn how to work effectively with editors who are experts at producing books for publication by respected presses.
The Graduate Studies Office at Sonoma State University provides information about graduate programs for prospective students who want to pursue a master’s degree at SSU.
Master of Arts in Educational Leadership
You will gain skills that will enhance your career by developing communication and teamwork skills, learning how to apply knowledge to solve complex issues and improve student learning, and building a professional network with the potential for leadership in education.
Master of Business Administration
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Master of Science in Computer Science
The Master of Science in Computer Science is for students who have a bachelor’s degree in computer science. This program is designed to prepare students for careers in the field of computer science. The program requires 30 units and is administered by the School of Science and Technology, which is not accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET, Inc., www.abet.org/.
Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology
The Master of Arts in Speech Language Pathology is a high-quality program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to become eligible for American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certification as well as the Clinical Fellowship year. This intensive cohort model program can be completed in two calendar years, provided you are enrolled full time during the summer terms. The program is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Classes are held on Wednesday afternoons, all day Thursday, and Friday mornings.
there are many options for masters programs at SSU
There are many paths you can take to earn your Masters degree at Sonoma State University. We offer a wide variety of programs, so it’s likely that there’s one that fits your needs and preferred learning style. If you want to pursue a degree in the sciences or humanities, our programs are flexible enough to accommodate working professionals. Plus, with short and intensive courses, you can complete your degree within two years.