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Graduate Studies at Salisbury University

Graduate Degree Programs

Applied Biology (M.S.)

The MS degree in Applied Biology addresses the growing need for a technologically trained workforce with special skills in laboratory, biotechnology and environmental science. The curriculum emphasizes skills development in a research setting and relates practical experiences to a strong background in theory. An optional thesis and an accelerated “4+1” MS option for advanced undergraduates are included for those students who plan to continue their post-graduate studies.

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Applied Health Physiology (M.S.)

The Master of Science in applied health physiology is a professional degree program designed to prepare leaders in the fields of health care/wellness or fitness. The program offers three possible areas of focus: cardiovascular/ pulmonary rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, and fitness/wellness. The program provides academic preparation for students seeking certification by the American College of Sports Medicine as exercise specialists or by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as certified strength and conditioning specialists (CSCS).

The academic coursework prepares students for careers in health care settings such as hospitals, youth and geriatric centers, state and local health departments, corporate wellness programs, personal trainers, and strength and conditioning coaches for sports teams. The academic and clinical faculty members provide multiple opportunities for hands-on experience in addition to traditional classroom interactions.

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Business Administration (M.B.A.)

The Perdue School is preparing tomorrow’s leaders today. Not just an ordinary M.B.A. program, the Perdue School M.B.A. transforms its graduates into outstanding individuals prepared to lead and manage a wide array of organizations ranging from the for profit and nonprofit sectors to healthcare and government industries. Suitable for all undergraduate majors, the program can be completed in as little as one calendar year for full-time students and two calendar years for part-time students (after completion of undergraduate prerequisite foundation courses.) Schedules accommodate the working professional with evening classes Monday-Thursday.

Courses immerse students in "live" case studies, hands-on consulting projects and participation in simulations while evaluating their own leadership potential. The M.B.A. features highly integrated core courses anchored in business knowledge fundamentals but from a holistic perspective. Students are exposed to international issues and an overseas study opportunity provides a close-up view of international business operations. An outstanding value for the price, graduates report increased earnings and greater promotion and job responsibilities as a result of the Perdue M.B.A. The Perdue M.B.A. is accredited by AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and is the largest and only accredited center for business education and development in the Eastern Shore region of the Delmarva Peninsula.

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Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution (M.A.)

The Master of Arts in conflict analysis and dispute resolution is a new program that addresses the growing need for highly skilled conflict resolution practitioners to work within judicial, governmental, social service and private sector systems. This is a quickly growing field, with governments and corporations increasingly using mediation and other conflict resolution processes in their day-to-day operations. Students with any undergraduate major can pursue the degree.

Courses for this program are taught in a cohort, over two years and are offered primarily in the evenings. The program is closely integrated with the Center for Conflict Resolution, which functions as a ‘teaching hospital,’ offering extensive opportunities for students to get involved in both research and practice. The academic and clinical faculty work closely with students, ensuring that each student gains valuable hands on experience in the field, specifically tailored to their individual career goals.

The curriculum mixes strong practice skills with theory knowledge, providing a well-rounded education that allows students to apply theory in the real world. The curriculum also includes a strong emphasis on research skills for those students planning to continue their post-graduate study. and

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Education (Ed.D.)

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Contemporary Curriculum Theory and Instruction: Literacy Program provides the next generation of scholarly practitioners with the skills needed to develop innovations, inspire change, and assess the impact of these programs in educational contexts. The program is designed for educators at all levels who envision themselves as transformational leaders and strive to collaboratively design and implement solutions to problems of literacy practice in schools.

The Ed.D. Program at Salisbury University is influenced by the Carnegie Project for the Education Doctorate (CPED). This inter-institutional collaboration promotes programs of the highest quality that offer advanced preparation in the field of education. Salisbury University’s Ed.D. curriculum is organized around CPED’s core components of signature pedagogy, inquiry as practice, and laboratories of practice along with literacy specialization courses.

Candidates complete an approved program of study, including 60 semester hours of graduate coursework in signature pedagogy, inquiry as practice, labs of practice, and literacy specialization courses. The program culminates with a dissertation that reflects a candidate’s deep knowledge of the field and is shared with both the academic and education communities. Full-time students will follow a cohort model and complete the program in four years.

Part-time programs of study also are available; students can expect to complete the part-time program in five years. Faculty advisement is provided throughout the program. The Ed.D. is an advanced degree, and candidates must hold a master’s degree in education or a closely related field.

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Education (M.Ed.)

Programs leading to the M.Ed. require 33 credit hours of course work and emphasize field-based experience, with online courses offered in the evening and during the summer. Faculty with solid expertise in their content areas are available for ongoing advising in a supportive environment, committed to meeting student needs. The Education Specialties Department has strong relationships with public schools in Maryland and surrounding states, and there is opportunity for international study. These cost-effective programs meet Maryland certification requirements and are NCATE accredited. Alumni include state Teacher of the Year recipients. Using a “Learn Where You Work” grant, teachers who teach in one of Maryland’s Eastern Shore counties but live in a bordering state pay in-state tuition.

Three programs and one track lead to the M.Ed.: Curriculum and Instruction, Reading Specialist and Educational Leadership. The Curriculum and Instruction Program is designed for practicing or certified teachers seeking advanced preparation in their professions. Each graduate student selects coursework based on the student’s own professional goals, creating a personalized program focus. Core classes include study in technology, learning, diversity and educational research. The Reading Specialist and Educational Leadership programs are designed for practicing or certified teachers who desire additional certification in these specializations. Reading specialists are instructional leaders and advocates for literacy in the schools. This program is Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) approved, and teachers who complete the program and meet the MSDE teaching requirement are eligible for the MSDE Reading Specialist Certificate. The Educational Leadership Program is designed to prepare educational leaders and school administrators. This program is also MSDE approved and leads to an Administrator I Certificate.

The Post Secondary Education Track is designed for persons preparing to work in higher education, often in student services, residence life, admissions, coaching or related fields. Specialty courses include college student development, higher education law and internships in post-secondary education settings.

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English (M.A.)

The English Department offers a M.A. in English in three concentrations: literature (thesis and non-thesis); composition, language and rhetoric; and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages/TESOL (additional coursework is required and available for those seeking Maryland Certification in TESOL).

Applicants for the literature or composition options should have a B.A. in English or 30 English credit hours. For the TESOL option, other undergraduate backgrounds are considered. The program is 33 hours consisting of classes typically offered in the late afternoon or evening and can be completed in two years.

Teaching assistantships are available each year on a competitive basis. Teaching assistantships include a stipend and tuition waiver.

The M.A. in English program serves:

  • Area teachers seeking to enhance their skills and expertise;
  • Students who wish to teach at community colleges or small colleges where a Ph.D. is not required, and;
  • Students who wish to continue their studies in a Ph. D. program.


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Geographic Information Systems Management (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems Management Program at Salisbury University is unique among all such programs. It provides a practical, hands-on educational experience that prepares students for a career in the administration of GIS, particularly in a public context. The program is a direct response to the increasing value in using GIS technology to allocate scarce resources in support of informed public policy decisions. The degree is designed to enhance the GIS proficiency of professionals working in government, business and non-profit organizations. With such proficiency these professionals are well equipped to integrate and apply this new technology in their respective fields.

With 80 percent of the coursework offered online, the program designed to meet the needs of working professionals who did not acquire a GIS background as part of their primary training while they continue to hold their position in their chosen field.

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History (M.A.)

The History Department’s M.A. program equips students with the critical thinking and research skills necessary for undertaking serious reflection on the human condition, thereby preparing them to succeed in challenging academic and professional environments. Small classes offer individualized attention and faculty support. Seminar courses in the evenings provide teachers and other nontraditional students with an excellent opportunity for continuing education and career development.

The M.A. program in history enjoys a diversity of faculty expertise, which enables it to offer areas of concentration in U.S., European and world history, and it is especially strong in the study of the Delmarva region, drawing upon the rich resources of the Lower Shore community and Salisbury University’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture. With its emphasis on research, reading and writing, the M.A. program in history not only activates in its students the intellectual dispositions crucial for professional advancement, but it also promises to foster in them a lifelong love of learning and appreciation for global diversity.

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Mathematics Education (M.S.M.E.)

The Master of Science in Mathematics Education (M.S.M.E.) is designed to improve mathematics instruction in middle and high schools. The target audience includes state-certified teachers and students working toward certification in another program approved by the Maryland or Delaware State Department of Education. The M.S.M.E. offers a track designed for middle school mathematics teachers and another track designed for high school mathematics teachers. Both tracks immerse teachers in the mathematical concepts and strategies necessary to help their students acquire a sound understanding of mathematics. The elective course work in the M.S.M.E. program allows teachers to focus on mathematical content in a teaching context. Most of the courses designed for this program are based on hands on explorations and transition from concrete to abstract mathematics through active learning. Classes in this 33-credit program meet in the late afternoon, evening and in the summer to meet the scheduling needs of teachers throughout the year.

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Nursing (M.S.)

In an effort to meet the exceptional demands on health care practitioners, Salisbury University’s Department of Nursing provides a rigorous, science-based preparation for advanced nursing practice. Students who have an undergraduate nursing degree and who are licensed as a registered nurse can earn the M.S. in nursing as a clinical nurse educator or a health care leader from a program that fosters excellence.

Taught by distinguished fulltime faculty who practice what they teach, classes are conveniently scheduled in the evening and offer close faculty-student working relationships. Faculty advisors assist each student to design a personalized progression plan and to identify and encourage learning experiences that are responsive to student interests and learning goals.

Full-time students can earn their degree in approximately two years; part-time study can be completed in as little as three years. Graduates of the  Clinical Nurse Educator  and Health Care Leader programs are in demand and valued for their expertise and contributions. The graduate program in the Department of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and is proud to have educated many of the nursing leaders of the mid- Atlantic region and to continue professional relationships with many SU graduates.

Nursing (D.N.P.)

Program Web site Salisbury University’s Department of Nursing is currently offering the
Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice degree to the first cohort of students, helping to address the growing need for doctorally prepared advanced-practice nurses.  The nursing faculty are currently transitioning to a Post-BS-DNP program in the fall of 2014.  D.N.P. graduates will have the skills needed to manage complex health care needs in a cost-effective and collaborative manner. The curriculum emphasizes the use of evidence-based practice and technology to guide administrative and clinical decisions, as well as policy development. D.N.P. graduates practice at the highest level, whether working with individuals, groups or organizations, and serve as leaders in health care in the state and region.

The Post-Baccalaureate DNP is designed for full-time students, with courses spread over 4 years, and approximately 10 credits taken each Fall and Spring semester. A course elective is also planned for the curriculum, with students encouraged to take an interdisciplinary course of their interest to enrich and /or develop their plans for their DNP Projects.

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Social Work (M.S.W.)

Salisbury University offers one the most affordable Master of Social Work programs in Maryland. For those who wish to work in a variety of settings, including social service agencies, schools, hospitals, correctional facilities, community mental health centers and more, the M.S.W. accepts students with a wide range of undergraduate backgrounds. In Maryland, social workers are one of only three mental health professions that are licensed for practice. Full-time, advanced-standing students (who have an undergraduate degree in social work) may complete the M.S.W. in as little as two semesters. Flexible scheduling accommodates working adults and graduate students can take as few as two courses per semester. A strong network of field placement professionals ensures that each student’s unique goals are met. In addition to taking classes on the SU campus, students may enroll in M.S.W. offerings at Cecil Community College in Elkton, the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center at Chesapeake College and the University System of Maryland in Hagerstown.

The M.S.W. Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

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Teaching (M.A.T.)

The Master of Arts in Teaching is a collaborative program with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore designed for those seeking secondary certification and who have an earned baccalaureate degree in and appropriate content coursework for certification in agriculture, art, biology, business education, chemistry, earth science, history, mathematics, music, physics, family consumer science, social studies, English, French, Spanish or technology education. This rigorous, 16-month accelerated program is accredited by NCATE and meets MSDE licensure requirements. Small class size and strong connections the Department of Education Specialties has with public school systems offer students a cost effective program with an emphasis on field-based experiences. Courses are scheduled in either late afternoon or early evening and are taught by faculty with strong subject area expertise. Students benefit from ongoing advising in an environment of supportive and accessible faculty. M.A.T. alumni include state Teacher of the Year recipients.


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