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The School of Graduate Studies and Research
Advocate for the Continued Improvement of Graduate Education
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Graduate Programs

The overall goal of graduate education at Norfolk State University is to provide advanced, discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and perspectives which prepare graduates to assume leadership roles and contribute to a profession, discipline or field.

School of Education

Denise Littleton, Ed.D., Dean

Master of Arts in Special Education Adapted Curriculum K-12

Angela McIntosh, Ph.D.
asmcintosh@nsu.edu
(757) 823-8705

Students seeking credentials to teach individuals in the adapted curriculum program may earn a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education Adapted Curriculum K-12. Admission requirements consistent with those of the Graduate Council of Norfolk State University and the admissions committee of the Department. Methods courses require 20-hour observation-participation field experiences. Students must have passing scores on PRAXIS I (or equivalent) before taking more than nine credit hours. Students must pass the VRA and VCLA to be approved for student teaching. Applicants may be admitted for enrollment in the fall, spring, and summer terms.

Master of Arts in Special Education General Curriculum K-12

Angela McIntosh, Ph.D.
asmcintosh@nsu.edu
(757) 823-8705

Students seeking credentials to teach individuals in the special education general curriculum (mild disabilities) program may earn a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education General Curriculum K-12. Admission requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate Council of Norfolk State University and the admissions committee of the Department. Methods courses require 20-hour observation-participation field experiences. Students must have passing scores on PRAXIS I (or equivalent) before taking more than nine credit hours. Students must pass the VRA/RVE and VCLA to be approved for student teaching. Applicants may be admitted for enrollment in the fall, spring, and summer terms.

Master of Arts in Special Education General Curriculum (Non-teaching)

Angela McIntosh, Ph.D.
asmcintosh@nsu.edu
(757) 823-8705

Students from any discipline who wish to increase their competence in serving persons in special education programs may earn a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education. Admission requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate Council of Norfolk State University and the admissions committee of the Department. Applicants may be admitted for enrollment in the fall, spring, and summer terms.

Master of Arts in Special Education Rehabilitation Counseling

Angela McIntosh, Ph.D.
asmcintosh@nsu.edu
(757) 823-8705

Students may earn a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education which documents preparedness to work as a rehabilitation counselor. Admission requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate Council of Norfolk State University and the admissions committee of the Department. Applicants may be admitted for enrollment in the fall, spring, and summer terms.

Master of Arts in Teaching

Secondary Education
Norma W. Brumage, Ed.D.
nwbrumage@nsu.edu
(757) 823-2325

A passing score on the PRAXIS 1 Examination is required. Applicants must have an advisor in the academic department of their intended major and complete the Certificate of Preliminary Endorsement Form enclosed in this application.

Master of Arts in Urban Education

Norma W. Brumage, Ed.D.
nwbrumage@nsu.edu
(757) 823-2325

The following four sequences are offered in the Master of Arts in Urban Education degree program.

Community Counseling (Offered at Norfolk Naval Base)
This is an accelerated sequence designed for students interested in community counseling and family service agencies. Teacher certification is not required, applicable or available. Refer to the Graduate School for application deadlines for fall, spring and summer admissions.

School Counseling PreK-12
This sequence is designed for applicants wishing to become school counselors (not agency-based counselors) in Pre-Kindergarten through grade twelve. Applicants may be admitted for enrollment in the fall and spring terms.

Administration and Supervision PreK-12
The Administration and Supervision PreK-12 sequence is geared toward teachers wishing to become an administrator in PreK-12 settings. Teachers must have at least three years of full-time teaching and a full not provisional teaching license. Applicants must provide a copy of their Teacher’s License when applying as well as three performance evaluations. Forms are available through the Graduate School or the Department of Secondary Education and School Leadership. Applicants may be admitted for enrollment in the fall and spring terms.

Subject Area Concentration
This program is designed for teachers pursuing their master’s degree as well as interested in re-certification in their content area. Applicants must submit a copy of their teaching license as well as complete the Certificate of Preliminary Endorsement Form enclosed in this application.

Online Degrees in Education

Master of Arts in Pre-Elementary Education

Thomas R. Kianga, Ed.D.
krthomas@nsu.edu
(757) 823-9583

The Graduate Program for the Master of Arts in Pre-Elementary Education was authorized in 1979. The Pre-Elementary Program was designed primarily for teachers with certification in Pre-Kindergarten through Fourth Grade. It is an interdisciplinary program, which focuses on Assessment and Intervention for High Risk Children and Family Involvement in Programs for Young Children. Methods courses require 20-hour observation-participation field experiences. Applicants may be admitted for enrollment in the fall, spring, and summer terms.

Master of Arts in Pre-Elementary Education with Licensure in Special Education Early-Childhood Birth-Age 5

Thomas R. Kianga, Ed.D.
krthomas@nsu.edu
(757) 823-9583

The Graduate Program for the Master of Arts in Pre-Elementary Education with licensure in Special Education Early Childhood (birth-age 5) was authorized in 2002. This program was designed primarily for teachers with certification in Special Education K-12 or Pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade seeking additional licensure in Special Education Early Childhood. It is an interdisciplinary program which focuses on assessment and intervention for high risk children and family involvement in programs for young children with disabilities. Methods courses require 20-hour observation-participation field experiences. Applicants may be admitted for enrollment in the fall, spring, and summer terms.

Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education PreK-6

Thomas R. Kianga, Ed.D.
krthomas@nsu.edu
(757) 823-9583

The Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education PreK-6 program is available to persons who have a baccalaureate degree in the arts and sciences (or equivalent) and who wish to receive a teaching license in Elementary Education. Methods courses require 20-hour observation-participation field experiences. Students are allowed to enroll in 9 hours before submitting passing scores on PRAXIS I or equivalent. Students must pass the PRAXIS II, VRA, and VCLA to be approved for student teaching. Applicants may be admitted for enrollment in the fall, spring, and summer terms.

College of Liberal Arts

Belinda C. Anderson, Dean

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

David Spinner, Ph.D.
dlspinner@nsu.edu
(757) 823-8436

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) Program addresses the diverse needs of professionals who provide leadership in the criminal justice system. Two areas of concentration permit students to develop specialized skills and expertise: Criminal Justice Management and Planning and Juvenile Justice. The program requires a total of 36 credit hours. The core of six courses (18 credit hours) establishes the foundation for the concentrations. The specialized concentrations consist of three required courses (9 credit hours) and three electives (9 credit hours). Students may select the thesis or comprehensive examination to complete degree requirements. The GRE is not required. This is a flexible and individualized program of study. Classes are held at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center. Applicants are accepted for fall and spring admission.

Master of Arts in Visual Studies*

Solomon Isekeije, MFA
srisekeije@nsu.edu
(757) 823-8844

The Master of Arts degree in Visual Studies is offered jointly by Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University. This is a 33 credit hour program. The time limit for completing the degree is four calendar six (4) years. Norfolk State University is the institution of record to which all requests and materials should be sent. Applicants must complete the Portfolio Review Application included in this packet. Applicants are accepted for fall admission only.

Master of Arts in Visual Studies*

Solomon Isekeije, MFA
srisekeije@nsu.edu
(757) 823-8844

The Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Studies is offered jointly by Norfolk State University and Old Dominion University. This is a 60 credit hour program. Applicants must complete the Portfolio Review Application included in this packet. Norfolk State University is the institution of record to which all requests and materials should be sent. Applicants are accepted for fall admission only.

Master of Arts in Media and Communications

William B. Hart, Ph.D.
wbhart@nsu.edu
(757) 823-2261

The program leading to the Master of Arts in Media and Communications offers three (3) sequences: interpersonal communication, mass communications and journalism. The interpersonal communication sequence has two tracks: speech communication and composition and language studies. The mass communications sequence has two tracks: media management and media production. The journalism sequence has two tracks: news editorial management and public relations.

Master of Music in Music

Sam Dorsey, Ph.D.
sbdorsey@nsu.edu
(757) 823-8359

The Master of Music degree program offers sequences in music education, performance, and theory-composition, each of which requires a minimum of 30 credit hours and certain terminal options. Instrumental auditions, placement exams in theory and music history required. Applicants may be admitted for enrollment in the fall, spring, and summer terms.

Master of Arts in Urban Affairs

David Spinner, Ph.D.
dlspinner@nsu.edu
(757) 823-8436

Master of Arts degree program in Urban Affairs is a multidisciplinary program, utilizing the resources of the Social Science disciplines. Applicants may be admitted for enrollment in the fall and spring terms.

Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology

Desideria S. Hacker, Ph.D.
dshacker@nsu.edu
(757) 823-8436

The Doctor of Philosophy program awards a Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology. It is jointly sponsored by Norfolk State University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Old Dominion University. It is administered through The Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology (VCPCP). Applications to the VCPCP may be obtained from the program website or by calling (757) 451-7733.

College of Science, Engineering and Technology

Larry Mattix, Ph.D., Acting Dean

Master of Science in Computer Science

Thorna Humphries, Ph.D.
thumphries@nsu.edu
(757) 823-8313

The Master of Science degree in Computer Science requires 30 graduate credit hours of course work and a thesis (6 credits), or 33 graduate credit hours of course work and a project (3 credits). The program offers four choices of study: general study in computer science, emphasis in information assurance, emphasis in computational science and engineering, and emphasis in communication networks.

Master of Science in Computer Science

Thorna Humphries, Ph.D.
thumphries@nsu.edu
(757) 823-8313

The Master of Science degree in Computer Science requires 30 graduate credit hours of course work and a thesis (6 credits), or 33 graduate credit hours of course work and a project (3 credits). The program offers four choices of study: general study in computer science, emphasis in information assurance, emphasis in computational science and engineering, and emphasis in communication networks.

The Master of Science in Electronics Engineering

Rasha Morsi, Ph.D.
rmorsi@nsu.edu
(757) 823-8313

The Master of Science degree program in Electronics Engineering equips students with analytical skills, research experiences, and specialized training in the discipline. The program offers the following areas of specialization: computer engineering, microelectronics, communications, and optoelectronics. Students in the Master of Science degree program in Electronics Engineering may choose to complete the master’s degree program with or without the thesis option. If a student chooses to complete the M.S. degree without a thesis, 30 semester hours of course work must be completed.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Materials Science and Engineering

Carl Bonner, Ph.D.
cebonner@nsu.edu
(757) 823-2097

The Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is an interdisciplinary program housed in the Department of Physics. Persons holding baccalaureate or Master of Science degrees in chemistry, physics, materials science, electrical, chemical, or optical engineering or related disciplines are eligible for admission.

Master of Science in Materials Science

Carl Bonner, Ph.D.
cebonner@nsu.edu
(757) 823-2097

Students in the Master of Science degree program in Materials Science may choose to complete the master’s degree program with or without the thesis option. If a student chooses to complete the M.S. degree without a thesis, 30 semester hours of course work must be completed. Applicants must submit a resume in addition to the requirements outlined in the application form. Applicants are accepted for fall and spring admission.

School of Social Work

Rowena G. Wilson, D.S.W., Dean

Master of Social Work

Martha B. Sawyer, D.S.W.
mbsawyer@nsu.edu
(757) 823-8464

Full Time and Extended Time Students are admitted in the fall semester only. Application Deadline for fall semester admissions is March 01. Only social work advanced standing students are admitted in the spring semester. October 15 is the application deadline for spring semester admissions. To meet accreditation guidelines, the School of Social Work requires that supplemental application materials be completed to be considered for the MSW Program.

Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Social Work

Viola Vaughn-Eden, Ph.D.
vvaughan-eden@nsu.edu
(757) 823-8773

The Ph.D. Program prepares students for leadership roles in social work and in the field of family-centered social work practice. Special emphasis is placed on knowledge building for social work practice and service delivery on behalf of diverse, especially African American, families. The program seeks students who are committed to a focus on the family as the unit of attention in research and theory development. The program is unique in its focus on family-centered social work with African American families. It also has integrative seminars designed to help students to connect theory and research, and to develop dissertation ideas and proposals.

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