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UHD Graduate Academic Programs - College of Humanities and Social Sciences

DoVeanna S. Fulton, PhD, Dean
David B. Ryden,, PhD, Associate Dean
S1015, 713-221-2767


Crystal Guillory, , MA, Interim Assistant Dean
S1086, 713-221-5316

 

UH-Downtown’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers the Master of Science in Professional Writing and Technical Communication and the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management.t also offers graduate courses in sup­port of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree offered by the Department of Urban Education.

 

Department of English

Sandra L. Dahlberg, PhD, Chair
S1045, 713-221-8013

 

Faculty

Professors:

Birchak, Dahlberg, Dressman, Harned, Jarrett, Jennings, Thomas

Associate Professors:

Chiaviello, Creighton, Cunningham, Davidson, Farris, Fortunato,  Gilbert, Jackson, Kintzele, Moosally, Pavletich, Robertson, Roundtree, Schmertz, Sullivan, Waters

Assistant Professors:

Choudhuri,  Duncan, Ellwanger, Hill, Hudson, Jager, Kimberly, Matveeva, Moshiri, Murray, Sample, Scharold

Emeriti:

Ahern, Bartholomew, Levy

 


Master of Science

Major in Professional Writing and Technical Communication


Aimee Roundtree, PhD, Coordinator
S1049, 713-222-5315
S1045, 713-221-8013

 

The Master of Science in Professional Writing and Technical Communication, an outgrowth of our well-established undergrad­uate program in Professional Writing, will provide graduates with writing, design, and management skills based on rhetorical prin­ciples. Students will gain publication and production skills, study project management and the ethical and global implications of professional communication, participate in research, conduct audience analyses and usability tests, and create web sites and on-line help.

 

This program is valuable for a range of candidates:


•   Professional writers seeking promotion to managerial posi­tions or interested in teaching technical writing in high schools or community colleges
•   Science and technology, public relations, or corporate training professionals with the goal of expanding employment options
•   Undergraduates interested in an applied master’s level degree, either to increase their employability or to pursue a doctoral degree in technical communication

Program Objectives
Students graduating with an MS in Professional Writing and Technical Communication will demonstrate professional-level skills or knowledge in the following areas:


  • Document production and project management: writing, editing, and delivering docu­ments in the various print and electronic genres of professional communication.

 

  • Rhetorical analysis: identifying, assessing, and articulating the theoretical principles that underlie rhetorical choices in profession­al writing. Students will demonstrate these skills in the analysis, design, and production of professional communication documents.

 

  • Ethical and global awareness: analyzing the ethical and global implications of professional communication.

 

  • Research methodologies: conducting research in technical and professional communication, including audience analysis and usability testing.


Admission
Admission is competitive and selective. Applicants must demonstrate that they possess the abilities, interests, and quali­ties necessary to successfully complete the program and the potential to contribute to the fields of professional writing or technical communication.

Applicants seeking admission will provide the following applica­tion materials for review by the Graduate Curriculum Committee:


•   Official transcript showing a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university
•   Official transcripts showing GPA from all colleges or universi­ties previously attended. (As admission to the degree program is competitive, candidates with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher will be preferred.)
•   Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
•   Personal application statement and resume
•   Academic or professional writing sample (1-3 documents totaling 2500 words or more)
•   Three letters of recommendation and recommendation forms from individuals acquainted with the applicant’s work and academic
potential
•   Test of English as a Foreign Language scores if graduate of a university in which English is not the native language (mini­mum score of 550 with section scores of 50 or higher)

The Graduate Curriculum Committee will not review a candidate’s application until the file contains all of the items listed above.


Admission Process
The Graduate Curriculum Committee will evaluate applications using a matrix based on GPA, GRE score, relevant course work or experience, recommendations, and other written materials in the applicant’s file. The Graduate Curriculum Committee will use the results of this evaluation to determine if an applicant is admitted. The Graduate Coordinator will notify students, in writ­ing, of the committee’s decision.

 

Degree Requirements
The Master of Science in Professional Writing and Technical Communication requires a minimum of thirty-six semester hours that include a choice of thesis or capstone project. All students must complete successfully a graduation portfolio.

 

12 hours

Required Core Courses

18 hours

Elective Courses

  6 hours

Thesis or Capstone Project

36 hours

Required



Thesis or Capstone Project Options

Students will choose either the Thesis or Capstone Project option.

Thesis option: Candidates opting for the thesis must complete 3 hours of thesis, 3 hours of directed research practicum, and oral defenses of the thesis.

Capstone Project option: Candidates opting for the capstone project must complete 3 hours of capstone project, either 3 hours of directed research practicum or an internship, and oral defenses of the capstone project.


Minimum Grade Point Average
Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Grades of C or lower do not count toward graduation, and two course grades of C or lower are cause for dismissal from the program.

 

Transfer
Students may transfer no more than six semester hours of grad­uate work and must have the approval of the Graduate Coordinator to do so; transferred coursework must be at B level or above.

 

Curriculum

Required Core Courses (12 hours)
ENG 5304 Proseminar in Professional & Technical Communication
ENG 5317 Rhetorical Theory & Criticism
ENG 5330 Visual Design Theory
ENG 5340 Project Management


Thesis or Capstone Project Options (6 hours)
Thesis: ENG 6390 Directed Research
ENG 6391 Thesis

Capstone: ENG 6390 Directed Research or 6380 Internship
ENG 6392 Capstone Project

Elective Courses (18 hours)
ENG 6303 Public Relations and Media Management
ENG 6310 Intercultural and World Communication
ENG 6312 Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Communication
ENG 6318 Stylistics & Editing
ENG 6322 Instructional Design
ENG 6323 Communications and Technology
ENG 6324 Writing in the Professions
ENG 6328 Hypermedia Theory & Design
ENG 6330 Usability Research
ENG 6360 Special Topics in Technical and Professional Communication
The following graduate and undergraduate courses may be accepted as electives towards the degree, at the discretion of the Graduate Coordinator:
ENG 6301 Composition Pedagogy
ENG 6319 Language Development and Variation: Implications for Educators
CJ 6320 Research Design and Methods
CJ 6321 Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice
MATH 5309 Business Statistics
ENG 4322 Editing, Rewriting, and Copyreading
ENG 3325 Medical Writing
A maximum of six (6) undergraduate hours may be accepted as degree electives, at the discretion of the Graduate Coordinator.

 

 

Department of Social Sciences

 

Jeffrey Jackson, PhD, Interim Chair
N1009, 713-221-8014

 

Faculty

 

Professors:

Christian, Fairbanks, McCaffrey, Getz, Thaker-Kumar

Associate Professors:

Allen, Alvarez, Anderson, Bachman, Branham, Caro, Case, Chadha, Li, Gillette, Henney, Jackson, Kaftan, Linantud, Mobasher, Pavelich, Preuss, Ryden, Santos, Stewart, Westfall, Williams

Assistant Professors:

Babb, Crone, DeFreitas, Eliassen, Elkholy, Hackett, Johnson, Kane, Portillo, Raymundo, Rubinson

 

Visiting Assistant
Professors:

 

Colón

Lecturers:

Hovsepian, Lopez

Emeriti:

Wright

 

Master of Arts

Major in Non-Profit Management

 

David Branham, PhD, Coordinator
N1066, 713-221-8208

The Master of Arts in Non-Profit Management is a highly multidisciplinary program, designed to prepare recent college graduates as well as mid- and senior-level administrators for the management and leadership of nonprofit organizations of all types. The program will focus on strategic planning, development of entrepreneurial skills, program management, fundraising, revenue generation and grant writing, human resources, technology, social media and marketing, legal issues, program evaluation and assessment, teambuilding and partnerships, budgeting, board development, leadership, and ethics. The program will employ two key pedagogical elements. First, the MA in Nonprofit Management will be highly experiential. Every course will offer students the opportunity to learn through experience and practice. The second key pedagogical element will be a strong focus on team building. This program was designed by the leadership of the city’s most prominent nonprofit organizations and by faculty from multiple departments:  Social Sciences; English; Arts and Humanities; Management, Marketing and Business Administration; and Finance, Accounting and Computer Information Systems.

 

Program Objectives

  • Be able to plan for short term goals, long term goals and unforeseen events.
    • Graduates will be able to design and critique strategic plans.
    • Graduates will be able to generate objectives and measures of success from established goals.
    • Graduates will be able to monitor and evaluate achievement of goals.
    • Graduates will be able to make decisions through the use of analytic tools.
    • Graduates will explore the results when people, strategic plan and assumptions interact.
  • Be able to demonstrate entrepreneurial orientation
    • Graduates will show evidence of innovativeness.
    • Graduates will examine risk-taking values.
    • Graduates will be able integrate new markets into non-profit organizations.
  • Be able to implement programs.
    • Graduates will be able to assess stakeholder needs.
    •  Graduates will be able to prepare and assess budgets.
    • Graduates will be able to prepare and maintain program records.
    • Graduates will be able to write grant proposals.
    • Graduates will be able to organize fundraising campaigns.
  • Be able to communicate with the broader community.
    • Graduates will be able to write news stories.
    • Graduates will apply social media to non-profit organizations.
    • Graduates will be able to brand and market the organization.
    • Graduates will be able to connect the organization with other organizations.
    • Graduates will be able to negotiate agreements.
    • Graduates will be able to determine the legal dimensions of internal and external communication.
  • Be able to manage personnel.
    • Graduates will examine the history and current status of the US nonprofit and global civil society sector.
    • Graduates will define and describe the US and global economy by three sectors of business, government and nonprofit.
    • Graduates will be able to describe the basic regulatory and legal environment by which nonprofits operate.
    • Graduates will be able to apply project management skills.
    • Graduates will demonstrate team work and inter-team collaboration.
    • Graduates will be able to help an organization reach its goals.
    • Graduates will maximize the development of non-profit organizations.
    • Graduates will be able to reconcile the goals of the staff member with those of the organization.
    • Graduates will be able to ascertain the role of ethics and social responsibility in the management of nonprofit organizations.
    • Graduates will be able to describe and discuss social enterprise and its relations to nonprofit and civil society sectors.
    • Graduates will develop conflict resolution skills.
  • Be able to lead and contribute to board committee meetings.
    • Graduates will demonstrate an ability to prepare exhibits, presentations and written proposals.
    • Graduates will determine the value of “follow-up” to insure implementation.
    • Graduates will determine the appropriate type of interaction between staff and board members.

     

Admission
Admission to the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management program is based on the applicant's experience and interest in the nonprofit sector, academic ability, and the personal qualities necessary to successfully complete the program. Further consideration is given to the applicant’s ability to positively contribute to the nonprofit sector upon completion of the program.

 

Applicants to the program must meet the following minimal criteria:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate study.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language minimum score of 550 with section scores of 50 or higher if graduate of a university in which English is not the native language.

 

Applicants must complete and submit and following documentation to the Office of Admissions prior to the admissions deadline for the semester they desire admission:  UHD Office of Admissions – Graduate Admissions, One Main Street, Suite 325, Houston, TX  77002. 

  • Application for admission to the Master of Arts in Nonprofit  Management., found online at http://www.uhd.edu/admissions/forms.html
  • Personal resume
  • Personal statement:  In 1000 words or less, describe your experiences with the nonprofit world and how those experiences have prepared you to work in the nonprofit world.  The personal statement is a very important introduction to the Graduate Admissions Committee.  The central purpose of the statement is to give you an opportunity to demonstrate why you are a good candidate for admission to the program.
  • Certified transcripts from all educational institutions you have attended, regardless of the number of hours completed or attempted or the length of time since the course work was taken.
  • TOEFL results as outlined above, submitted by the admissions deadline.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores, unless you have five or more years of experience in the nonprofit section.
  • Three letters of recommendation:  The letters of recommendation must be from those individuals who have had personal and professional contact with you.  Further, the writers should have had some authority over you either currently or in the past.  Examples of these types of individuals would be college professors, supervisors, or community leaders.  In their letters, the writers should address the following:  how the writer is associated with you and the length of time of that association,  their opinion regarding your potential for academic success including skills you possess that they feel demonstrate this potential, and how your completion of a master’s degree would benefit both you and the nonprofit sector.

 

Applicants meeting all the above criteria and having submitted all the above documentation will be invited to an interview with the members of the Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management Advisory Committee.

 

Conditional Admission
Students admitted conditionally will be advised as to the specific limitations of this status and the conditions necessary to remove the conditional admission classification.

 

Degree Requirements
The Master of Art in Nonprofit Management requires a minimum of 36 semester hours.  All students complete 15 hours of core classes and 15 hours of electives.  In addition, all students will complete a 6-hour internship which will include a capstone project.

 

Minimum Grade Point Average
Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Grades of C or lower do not count toward graduation, and two course grades of C or lower are cause for dismissal from the program.

 

Transfer
Students may transfer no more than six semester hours of graduate work and must have the approval of the Graduate Coordinator to do so; transferred coursework must be at B level or above. 

 

Curriculum

Required Core Courses (15 hours)
BUS 6311    Strategic Planning in Nonprofit Sector
BUS 6312     Management of Nonprofit Organization
POLS 6310  Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations
POLS 6311  Program Assessment and Evaluation
POLS 6312  Resourcing the Nonprofit Organization

Prescribed Elective Courses (15 hours)
BUS 6313    Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
BUS 6332    Budgeting and Accounting for Nonprofit Management
ENG 6303   Public Relations and Media
ENG 6312   Ethical and Legal Dimensions of Communication
ENG 6325   Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations
POLS 6313  Governance, the Volunteer Board and Organizational Behavior

Internship
POLS 6680  Internship

 

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