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Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS)

See information regarding this degree in the College of Liberal Arts section under Liberal Arts Interdisciplinary Studies.

Master of Arts in Latin American and Border Studies

See information regarding this degree in the College of Liberal Arts section under Liberal Arts Interdisciplinary Studies.

Master of Arts in Leadership Studies

Institute for Policy and Economic Development
414 Kelly Hall
(915) 747-7974

DIRECTOR: Dennis Soden
COORDINATOR: Debra Little, J. Scott McDonald
GRADUATE FACULTY: McDonald, Posthuma, Soden, Weaver, Witherspoon
CONTRIBUTING FACULTY: Bretting, Cuadrado, Dalton, Erbert, Pena
ADJUNCT FACULTY: Conary, Little, McElroy, Olmedo

The Master in Leadership Studies (MLS) is a program preparing its graduates for positions of responsibility in education, military, private industry, government and the not-for-profit sectors dedicated to the improvement of both the substance and processes of leadership in a variety of roles. The Master in Leadership Studies degree provides professional education for students interested in leadership careers. The interdisciplinary program is designed to stress the knowledge, skills, values, and behaviors essential to the successful organizational leader. Some flexibility in curriculum is permitted to meet the diverse educational needs of students at different points of time in their careers and in need of specialization in light of their career goals. The curriculum components are designed to produce professionals capable of intelligent and creative analysis, communication, and action in leadership functions.

 

Requirements for Admission

1. Submission of transcripts according to the requirements of the Graduate School.

2. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

3. Demonstration of academic achievement and potential as indicated by the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and upper level undergraduate and graduate coursework.

4. A one- to two-page statement of purpose that addresses educational and career goals and reasons for pursuing a MLS degree.

5. Three letters of recommendation from instructors, job supervisors or others in a position to evaluate your ability to succeed in a MLS program.

6. For international students, a score of 600 on the TOEFL and an in-person or telephone interview.

 

Requirements for the MLS Degree

Completion of at least 33 semester hours of course work consisting of the following:

1. At least 24 hours of courses in the theoretical, methodological, and technical aspects of Leadership studies.

MLS       5300      Essentials of Leadership

MLS       5310      Assessing and Evaluating Leadership: Leadership Colloquium

MLS       5320      Leadership Principles and Practice: A Management Perspective

MLS       5330      Leadership Principles and Practice, Leading Change: A Communication Perspective

PAD      5350      Organizational Theory & Behavior

PAD      5300      Research Methods

PAD      5351      Applied Statistics for Public Administrators

MLS       5350      MLS Leadership Studio – Capstone

2. Completion of an additional 9 hours of approved courses in an area of concentration developed by the student. Areas of concentration may be chosen from any area of the curriculum, to include, but not limited to, Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Public Administration, Economic Development, Communication, Health Administration, Border and International Administration, Not-for-Profit Administration, and Urban and Regional Planning. No more than 3 hours of electives can be at the undergraduate level in courses approved for graduate-level credit.

3. The final program requirement is completion of the capstone course, MLS 5350 Leadership Studio - Capstone (3 semester hours).

 

Master of Arts in Leadership Studies Concentrations

 

Examples of possible concentration areas consisting of three courses (9 credit hours) are:

 

A.  Public Administration

Students selecting the Public Administration concentration must elect three of the following courses:

PAD       5310      Public Policy Process and Institutions

PAD       5311      Economic Analysis for Public Administrators

PAD       5352      Public Budgeting and Financial Management

PAD       5353      Human Resources Management

PAD       5364      Public Participation and Democratic Process

PAD       5365      Policy Analysis and Decision Making

 

B.  Economic Development

The Economic Development concentration consists of two required courses and one elective. Students selecting this concentration must also have completed all of the prerequisite coursework in micro/macro-economics and undergraduate statistics.

PAD       5368      Regional Economic Development: Research Methods (Required)

PAD       5369      Economic Impact Models (Required)

ECON    3334      Regional Economics

ECON    3335      Urban Economics

REST     3300      Real Estate Principles

PAD       5360      Urban Administration

 

C.  Communication

Students selecting the Communication concentration must elect three of the following courses:

COMM   5337      Seminar in Organizational Communication (Any topic)

COMM   5337      Seminar in Organizational Communication (May be repeated for credit when topic varies)

COMM   5335      Seminar in Intercultural/International Communication

COMM   5332      Seminar in Contemporary Rhetoric or

COMM   5362      Organizational Communication

 

D.  Health Administration

Students selecting the Health Administration concentration must:

Take at least one course from the following context courses:

SOCI/

ANTH     4346      Health and Illness in Cross-Cultural Perspective

SOCI      5340      Seminar in Demography

SOCI      5341      Special Graduate Topics: Medical Sociology

SOCI      5362      Seminar in Health Services Delivery

 

Take at least one course from these planning and administration courses:

HSCI      5356      Planning and Administering Health Promotion Programs

HSCI      5359      Grant Writing in Health Professions

PSCI      5340      Management and Health Systems in Physical Therapy

NURS    5335      Management Roles and Operations

NURS    5337      Health Care Financial management

NURS    5338      Health Law, Policy and Ethics

NURS    5365      Managing Health Care Outcomes

 

Take at least one course from the following list, but not any course counted in other categories.

SOCI/

ANTH     4346      Health and Illness in Cross-Cultural Perspective

SOCI      5340      Seminar in Demography

SOCI      5341      Special Graduate Topics

SOCI      5362      Seminar in Health Services Delivery

HSCI      5356      Planning and Administering Health Promotion Programs

HSCI      5359      Grant Writing in Health Professions

PT          5340      Management and Health Systems in Physical Therapy

NURS    5335      Management Roles and Operations

NURS    5337      Health Care Financial Management

NURS    5338      Health Law, Policy and Ethics

NURS    5365      Managing Health Care Outcomes

 

E.  Border and International Administration

The Border and International Administration concentration consists of two required courses and one elective. The two required courses are:

PAD       5355      Comparative Public Administration

POLS    5344      Seminar in Border Theory

 

The one elective may be selected from the following course options:

ECON    5368      Border Economics

LABS     5301      Issues in Border Studies

POLS    5331      Seminar in International Organizations and Law

POLS    5336      Seminar in Southwestern Border Politics

POLS    5338      Seminar in International Political Economy

SOCI      5355      U.S.-Mexico Borderlands in Change

SOCI      5341      Special Topics Criminal Justice on the U.S.-Mexico Border

 

Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies

The certificate in Leadership Studies is an interdisciplinary non-degree program that builds upon leadership courses and research in order to provide relevant practice for contemporary work environments. The program of study for the certificate in Leadership Studies has a research/practice format. All students take core leadership courses covering the topics of contemporary leadership theories/concepts, principles, and practices. Ethics is prominent in this core, not only as an individual topic or as a stand-alone topic, but also woven throughout the course of study, reflecting its pervasiveness in the demands and needs of today’s societies and organizations.

The certificate program is designed for those employed in leadership positions and students interested in career development utilizing core knowledge related to leadership skills, theory, management, communication, and organizational theory. Government employees and professionals in the military, private, non-profits, and public organizations, especially for those in community and economic development agencies will find value in this program.

For the certificate, five courses (15 semester hours) are required of all students. Each non-degree seeking student will undertake a capstone course that will involve demonstrating leadership competency in a professional format.

 

Certificate Admission Requirements

The certificate program is designed for students holding an undergraduate degree. Prospective students must apply through the Graduate School and provide transcripts according to the requirements of the Graduate School. Students may be classified as non-degree seeking students or have the certificate program incorporated into departmental degree requirements after meeting all program requirements for admission. Admission into the program will be based on the applicant’s undergraduate record and statement of interest. Students who enroll in the certificate program and decide at a later date to pursue a graduate degree may apply to the appropriate graduate program and request that the units be incorporated in the degree program at admission.

 

Curriculum (15 Semester Hours)

MLS       5300      Essentials of Leadership

MLS       5320      Leadership Principles and Practices: A Management Perspective

MLS       5320      Leadership Principles and Practices, Leading Change: A Communication Perspective

PAD       5350      Organizational Theory & Behavior

MLS       5350      Leadership Studio – Capstone

 

Leadership Studies (MLS)

 

5300   Essentials of Leadership (3-0)

A review of fundamental principles and concept of leadership with analysis of classic literature and applications to current issues. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5310   Assessing and Evaluating Leadership: Leadership Colloquium (3-0)

This course is a pro-seminar which involves attendance at lectures, seminars, and interaction with community leaders and a professional evaluation. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5320   Leadership Principles and Practice: A Management Perspective (3-0)

Review of best practices and applications of management within and outside of organizational institutions. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5330   Leadership Principles and Practice, Leading Change: A Communication Perspective (3-0)

Identification and evaluation of best practices in leadership communication during processes of organizational change. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5350   MLS Leadership Studio – Capstone (3-0)

Requires students to integrate and apply core knowledge and research skills to the analysis of a major leadership problem. This course is taken in the student’s final semester in the program. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

Public Administration (PAD)

 

5300   Research Methods (3-0)

Introduction to methods used in public management research. Five components of research design and evaluation are covered: 1) framing leadership questions and/or problems; 2) developing testable questions; 3) situating questions with regard to past research (literature reviews); 4) empirical testing and evaluation methods; 5) presenting findings. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5350   Organizational Theory & Behavior (3-0)

Introduction to the major theories in organizational theory and administrative behavior and their uses in diagnosing organizational problems. Addresses key organizational functions and emphasis on organization-environment relationships. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5351   Applied Statistics for Public Administrators (3-0)

Course covers the quantitative methods used by public managers in policy analysis and evaluation, preparing students to be intelligent users of research and evaluation studies. Students design, conduct, and report on a research question of their choosing. Prerequisites: PAD 5300 with a grade of “B” or better and department approval.

Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration: Two Degree Option (MBA/MPA)

See information regarding this two degree option under the College of Business Administration and in the Interdisciplinary Programs section under the Public Administration Program.

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA)

See information regarding this degree in the College of Liberal Arts section under Liberal Arts Interdisciplinary Studies.

Master of Information Technology (MIT)

234 Computer Science Building
(915) 747-5480 (ph)
(915) 747-5030 (fax)
http://www.mit.utep.edu

PROGRAM DIRECTORS: David Novick
CS GRADUATE FACULTY: Cheon, da Silva, Freudenthal, Fuentes, Gates, Krenovich, Longpré, Modave, Novick, Sassenfeld, Teller, Ward
IDS GRADUATE FACULTY: Bagchi, Gemoets, Hall, Joseph, Kirs, Mahmood, Udo

The Information and Decision Sciences and Computer Science departments administer the Master of Information Technology degree program. This program is designed to train graduates from any academic discipline in the application of information technology. The program provides application-level, technical knowledge in computer fundamentals and in the areas of database, data communications, networks, and the management of information technology. Upon completion of this professional degree, graduates will be able to apply information technology tools and skills in their work environments. Training in the areas of information technology impact assessment and innovation will enable graduates of this program to utilize and manage information technology with the objective of increasing organizational productivity and competitive advantage.

 

Requirements for Admission

Applicants must have earned a Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited university. Applications will be evaluated based upon achievement and potential as demonstrated by students’ upper-level undergraduate GPA and Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score. Students whose college education was in a language other than English need a written TOEFL score of at least 600. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate knowledge of the interaction between data structures and algorithms. This can be demonstrated by completion of a course such as CIS 3355-Business Data Structure or CS 2302-Data Structures, or by other means determined by the program committee.

 

Requirements for the Degree

 

Thesis Program - 24    semester hours of course work plus

6    semester hours of thesis (MIT 5398 and MIT 5399)

30   total semester hours minimum

 

Project Program - 24   semester hours of course work plus

6    semester hours of project work (MIT 5398 and MIT 5399 plus satisfactory performance in a comprehensive final examination

30   total semester hours minimum

 

Coursework Option

30   semester hours of course work plus satisfactory performance in a comprehensive final examination

30   total semester hours minimum

 

All students must successfully complete the five following courses:

MIT         5310      Fundamentals of Computers

MIT         5312      Systems Analysis and Design

MIT         5314      Database Applications

MIT         5316      Web-based Computing

MIT         5318      Evaluation of the Impact of Information Technology

 

Select three courses from the following menu:

MIT         5322      Hardware Software Computing Environments

MIT         5324      Object-Oriented Analysis and Design

MIT         5328      Applied Multiprocessing Computing

MIT         5330      Computer Networks and Data Communications

MIT         5332      Data System Administration

MIT         5334      Management of Information Technology

MIT         5390      Special Topics in Information Technology

 

Select one from the following:

COMM 5362, ENGL 5311, ENGL 5314, or ENGL 5315

 

Coursework Option

Students who choose to complete the coursework option may take any two UTEP graduate courses related to the application of technology to that academic discipline (approval of the graduate advisor is required). Students may also use non-required MIT courses to fulfill their coursework requirement. Students who elect this option are required to complete the comprehensive final exam.

 

Master of Information Technology (MIT)

 

5310      Fundamentals of Computers (3-0)

A review of fundamental programming concepts proceeding to topics in algorithm development, data structures, and intelligent combinations of data structures and algorithms for production-quality software development. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5312      Systems Analysis and Design (3-0)

This course presents an overview of the systems development life cycle. It focuses on tools and techniques that the programmer or analyst can use to document information systems. Tools for describing data flow, data structure, process flow, file design, input and output design, and program specifications are applied to documenting systems. The course surveys other important skills for the systems analyst such as fact finding, communications, project management, and cost-benefit analysis. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5314      Database Applications (3-0)

A programmer-level class in developing database application software, focusing on schema, query, and host language interfaces, culminating in 4GL software development. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5316      Web-based Computing (3-0)

A user-level data communications class for developing multimedia web-based systems in modern development environments. Topics include applied telecommunications and computer networks. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5318      Evaluation of the Impact of Info Technology (3-0)

A study of the impact of information technology on industrial management, productivity, personnel, privacy, competitive advantage, innovation, organizational design, organizational intelligence, individual learning, and communication. This course will include a term project where each student will study the impact of information technology on an industry (e.g., health care, manufacturing, banking) depending on her/his background/interest and prepare a term paper. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5322      Hardware Software Computing Environments (3-0)

A programmer-level course in the basic functions of an OS including memory, CPU device, and file management; concurrency issues; command and window-based interfaces; and distributed operating systems. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5324   Object-Oriented Analysis and Design (3-0)

Object-oriented techniques as they apply to software engineering and software architecture design and implementation. Instruction focuses on a formal specification and design language. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5328      Applied Multiprocessing Computing (3-0)

This course will provide students with a general understanding of parallel and distributed computer systems and the ability to design and implement programs for such systems. The course focuses on the motivation for the use of parallel and distributed systems, the high-level architecture of these systems, key parallel and distributed programming concepts, and the implementation of these concepts in a distributed programming language. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5330   Computer Networks and Data Communication (3-0)

This course will provide students with a general introduction to data communications theory and technology. Covered topics include: networking media and hardware, multiplexing, switching, network topologies, internetworking, address resolution, protocol layering, routing methods, and network security. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5332   Data System Administration (3-0)

This course will provide students with a general understanding of fundamental system administration tasks such as systems planning, maintenance, data recovery strategies, user group design and administrator tools. Includes a study of policy and procedure development and system documentation.

Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5334   Management of Information Technology (3-0)

This course entails the management of the development, planning, and utilization of information systems within organizations. Among the topics discussed are the approval and decision process for the development of systems, information technology (IT) strategic planning, and IT outsourcing, IT project management, evaluation of strategic investments in IT. The course utilizes case studies and the student is expected to do a project utilizing the professional literature. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5390   Special Topics in Information Technology (3-0)

Advanced topics of contemporary interest in Information Technology. May be repeated once if topic is varied. Prerequisite: Department approval.

 

5398   Thesis/Project (3-0)

Students will apply knowledge developed in the MIT program courses to a project relevant to their areas of interest/expertise.

 

5399   Thesis/Project (3-0)

Students will apply knowledge developed in the MIT program courses to a project relevant to their areas of interest/expertise. Prerequisite: Department approval.