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UHD Graduate Academic Programs - College of Public Service

Beth Pelz, PhD, Dean

Myrna Cohen.  EdD,  Associate Dean
C400E, 713-221-8194

 

The College of Public Service offers the Master of Security Management for Executives, the Master of Arts in Teaching, and the Master of Science in Criminal Justice.

 

Master of Security Management
for Executives

Contact: Dr. Michael Dressman
Phone: 713-221-8099

 


Faculty

Business:

Omprakash Gupta, Hank Roubicek, Michael Dressman, Sarah Walker, Marina Sebastijanovic,  

Adjunct

Alex de Alverez
Vice President
Security
Apache

Kevin Swailes
Global Security Director
Intellectual Property CoE | Energy HQ
General Electric Company

Ted Swailes, President
Swailes & Company, Inc.

 

The Master of Security Management for Executives (MSME) is an innovative program developed in collaboration with leaders in security management. The goal of the program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the continuously changing security environment. The MSME is for individuals who have a vision of their future in the security industry and are able to demonstrate professional competency and commitment to their organizations and the community.

 

Delivery of the Master of Security Management for Executives is a two-year program offered on alternative Saturdays to allow the security professional to obtain the degree without interfering with their professional responsibilities. MSME instructors include current security industry leaders in addition to faculty from both the College of Public Service and the College of Business. The supervisory or managerial experience admissions requirement ensures students that they will be participating in class discussions and projects with other students who understand the leadership environment. A major element of the program design is peer interaction and exchange of ideas.

 

Admission Requirements
Admission is competitive and selective, and is designed to iden­tify applicants who have the ability, interest, and qualities neces­sary to complete the program, with the potential to contribute to the field of security management.

 

Mandatory Admission Requirements
To be eligible for admission, an applicant will be required to present the following:
•   Baccalaureate degree conferred by a regionally-accredited institution
•   Official transcripts, submitted to the Office of Admissions, of all academic work previously undertaken
•   Three letters of recommendation from individuals acquainted with your academic work and academic potential.
•   A letter describing why the applicant desires this particular degree.
•   For graduates of universities where English is not the native language: minimum TOEFL scores of 550 with section scores of 50 or higher
•   Three years of paid work experience with supervisory or managerial responsibilities

 

Preferences:

•   Undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or higher, on a 4-point scale for the final 60 semester hours of study • *Evidence of scores in the higher percentiles on any of the acceptable standardized tests
•   Applicant’s letter should demonstrate strong writing skills, expressed desire to work in the security field at the management level and/or assist in developing security policy within a govern­mental environment, commitment to completing the degree, and strong rationale for wanting this specific degree
•   Letters of recommendation should come from persons sufficiently acquaint­ed with the student to be able to comment on the potential to successfully complete a graduate program and should provide evi­dence of applicant’s excellent critical thought, motivation, study and writ­ing skills, and strong overall faculty recommendation

 

Admissions Process

  • Students must complete an application by going to the following website (http://www.uhd.edu/admissions/application.htm). The department uses the Texas Common Application. It is to be completed and submitted online. At this point the Graduate Admissions Office starts a file for the students.
  • In addition to the application, the student must request that official academic transcripts and graduate test scores be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. The Graduate Admissions Office handles all graduate admissions with exception of International Students. International students must submit official TOEFL scores and must also have a certified English translation of all transcripts that are not in English. The student must also initiate requests for recommendations and instructs his/her references to forward those letters to the Graduate Admissions Office. The student writes his/her personal statement and submits that document to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  • Once all necessary documents are in the Graduate Admissions Office, they are scanned and placed in a file by admissions staff that may be accessed by authorized personnel such as Chairs, Assistant Chairs, Coordinators, College Advisors, etc. Once the application materials are scanned, the Coordinator and College Advisors are notified that the file is complete. Authorized personnel may access the file using a database called Fortis. College Advisors print the application and develop a checklist that includes the student’s name, ID number, test scores, GPA’s by institution attended, cumulative GPA, and GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. This information is then placed in a file and delivered to the Graduate Coordinator.
  • The Graduate Coordinator disseminates the files to graduate faculty for consideration. The faculty assess the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses, develops recommendations for stem classes or other conditions for admissions, and makes a recommendation (accept, deny or conditionally accept) to the Interview Committee.
  • The Interview Committee will interview the applicant to determine if the applicant has the experience and the interest and potential to complete the MSM program. It will then make an admissions recommendation (accept, deny or conditionally accept).
  • The Graduate Coordinator will then complete a Decision Review Sheet and write a letter to the student stating whether or not they have been accepted. The letter gives the student instructions on taking stem courses, attending an orientation for new students, or contacting the coordinator concerning the next step.
  • A copy of the letter and decision review sheet is also submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. They also notify the student about the status of their admission. If accepted, the Graduate Admissions Office instructs the student on how to register for classes, apply for financial aid, and the development of a student e-mail account.

 

Degree Requirements

The Master of Security Management for Executives degree requires satisfactory completion of 36 credit hours offered by the College of Public Service and the College of Business. The required courses are:

 

SM 6360 Security Management for Executives
SM 6362 Risk Assessment and Abatement
SM 6364 Legal Environment of the Security Executive
SM 6365 Computer Forensics
SM 6367 Global Perspectives of Security Management
MGT 6302 Human Resources Management for Security Executives
MGT 6332 Managerial Decision Making for Security Executives
MGT 6301 Leadership, Motivation and Communication for Security Executives
SM 6670 Current Issues for Security Executives
SM 6680 Capstone Project

 

The Capstone Project gives students the opportunity to bring together all the theories, skill and knowledge obtained in the degree program and integrate them into a learning experience that is consistent with the experiences of the security executive.
Graduation is dependent upon successful completion of all course work with a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.0 and successful defense of the Capstone Project.

 


Department of Criminal Justice

Barbara Belbot, JD,, PhD, Chair
C340, 713-221-8943

 

Faculty

Professors:

McShane, Belbot

Associate Professors:

Ahmad, ,Kellar, Pelz, Snell, Wang

Assistant Professors:

Blackburn, Cavanaugh, Chiotti, Emeka, Fowler, Gehring, Harris, Johnson, Karson.

Lecturers:

Hill

 

Master of Science

Major in Criminal Justice

Shannon Fowler, PhD, Assistant Chair , Coordinator
C340, 713-221-8943

 

The degree is designed to prepare graduate students to provide leadership, critical thinking, and knowledge in the areas of crim­inological theory, program evaluation, and criminal justice administration. The curriculum provides for the development of skills in criminal justice planning, implementation, and evalua­tion in order to ensure that the management and administration of the criminal justice system is effective, efficient, and respon­sive to the needs of the community. The degree is particularly beneficial for students already working in a criminal justice occupation and who wish to:


•   increase their professional knowledge and skills or obtain employment in a criminal justice agency
•   teach at the community college level, and
•   pursue a doctoral degree.

 

Admission Requirements
Admission is competitive and selective and is designed to iden­tify applicants who have the ability, interest, and qualities neces­sary to successfully complete the program and the potential to contribute to the field of criminal justice. To be eligible for admission, an applicant will be required to present the following:

 

Mandatory Admission Requirements


•   Baccalaureate degree conferred by a regionally-accredited institution;
•   Official transcripts, submitted to the Office of Admissions, of all academic work previously undertaken; Transcripts must contain documentation of the completion of (with a B or better) the following three upper division undergraduate courses: Criminology/Criminological Theory, Criminal Justice Statistics, and Criminal Justice Research Methods. If an applicant does not have these required prerequisites, they will be required to complete them in stem work prior to admission into the graduate program.
•   Three letters of recommendation from individuals acquainted with applicant’s academic work and academic potential;
•   A letter describing why the applicant desires this particular degree, and
•   For graduates of universities where English is not the native language: minimum TOEFL scores of 550 with section scores of 50 or higher.

 

Preferences:

 

  • *Major or minor in criminal justice or a related field from accredited university. Otherwise, additional preparatory course work will be needed.
  • *Undergraduate GPA of 3.0, or higher, on a 4-point scale for the final 60 semester hours of study.
  • *Letter should demonstrate strong writing skills, a commitment to completing the degree, and a strong rationale for wanting this specific degree.
  • *Letters of recommendation from faculty sufficiently acquaint­ed with the student to be able to comment on his/her potential to successfully complete a graduate program and that provide evi­dence of excellent critical thought, motivation, study and writ­ing skills, and a strong overall faculty recommendation.
  • Completion of a previous master’s degree in any field, from an accredited institution.
  • Authoring of publication(s) - technical, professional or academic. Research experience.
  • Grant-writing experience.

*Primary attention is paid to these preferences.

 

Any student accepted into the MS program may be required to take remedial course work in Criminal Justice. Applicants who have earned a graduate degree in a field other than criminal justice at an accredited institution, and who meet all other admission requirements, are not required to submit GRE, GMAT, or MAT scores. However, they are required to sub­mit all graduate transcripts.

 

Degree Requirements
The degree requires a minimum of 36 semester hours for either thesis or non-thesis options. Thirty of these hours must be taken at UH-Downtown. Both thesis and non-thesis options require completion of the following core for a total of 18 hours:
CJ 6310 Issues in Criminal Justice
CJ 6320 Research Design and Methods
CJ 6321 Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice
CJ 6330 Advanced Criminology
CJ 6340 Administration in Criminal Justice
CJ 6350 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

A minimum GPA of 3.0 for all course work is required. 

 

Thesis Option
In addition to the core, thesis option candidates are required to complete 12 hours of electives, 3 hours of Thesis I, and continu­ous enrollment in Thesis II until completion of the thesis.

 

Non-Thesis Option
In addition to the core, non-thesis option candidates are required to complete 15 hours of electives and the following course (3 hours):
CJ 6301 Criminal Justice Project
Non-thesis option candidates will be required to address a criminal justice agency problem or criminal justice system issue and prepare a written document on their topic. MSCJ students may receive only one “In Progress” grade. Students must complete the project in the subsequent term.

 

MSCJ Online
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Online is designed to prepare students to become future leaders in the criminal justice system. It integrates the theoretical and practical aspects of crime control as they relate to the adult and juvenile justice systems. The MSCJ Degree prepares students for careers in policing, courts, corrections, and a variety of other agencies related to the field. For students already working in the criminal justice field, the degree is designed to lead to career advancement. MSCJ Online courses are offered in five eight-week blocks per year. Admission and degree requirements are the same as those listed above with the exception that all online students must complete 15 hours of electives and CJ 6301 Criminal Justice Project. Thesis is not an option for online students. MSCJ applicants must indicate whether they intend to complete the program through traditional face-to-face courses or fully online.

 

Transfer of Graduate Credits
A maximum of six units of equivalent graduate course work may be transferred from other accredited universities. A mini­mum grade of B is required in any such courses. Transfer credit is granted by petition to, and approval by, the Graduate Committee. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the petition and justify the acceptance of the courses. The Graduate Committee will determine whether the courses are equivalent. Please keep in mind that transfer credit is by permission only and is not a right of the student.

 

Department of Urban Education

Viola Garcia, Ed.D., Chair
C440, 713-221-2759

 

Professors:

Chen, Connell ,Nath, Thielemann-Downs

Associate Professors:

Bhattacharjee, Cohen, Jenkins, Johnson, Mahoney, Mullinnix, Pedrana, Van Horn, Beebe

Assistant Professors:

Burnett, Dalton, Hardin, Herrera, Hewitt, Kelly, Mitchell, Sack, Wade, White, Witschonke

Instructors:

Bundoc, Hill, Paige, Wingfield

 

Master of Arts in Teaching
Kathryn L. Jenkins, Director of Graduate Programs
C440, 713-221-2738

 

The Masters of Arts in Teaching, Curriculum and Instruction with area of expertise, Online and the Master of Arts in Teaching with Certification (EC-6 Generalist, 4-8 Generalist and Secondary Education), Online are designed to support existing teachers in advancing their expertise and to prepare future educators to teach in urban class­rooms, respectively. The emphasis on urban teaching makes this graduate degree unique. To meet the special needs of all children in urban class­rooms, students completing the MAT degree will demonstrate competency in the following areas of knowledge:

 

  • Characteristics and needs of learners in multicultural settings
  • Effective teaching practices that enhance student achievement for all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or language spoken
  • Factors related to the development of effective teaching envi­ronments in urban classrooms
  • Classroom-based research methodology to support best instructional practices
  • Enriched understanding of academic content areas of lan­guage arts, social studies, mathematics, the natural sciences, English as a second language and educational technology.

 

Admission Requirements
Admission to either MAT program is a competitive process and seeks to iden­tify applicants who have the qualities neces­sary to complete the program with success and the potential to impact the field of education.

 

Mandatory Admission Requirements:

Complete a graduate application for admission from the Office of Admissions online at: www.uhd.edu/admissions/graduate.html                         
Be sure to indicate MAT and specify your area of expertise or certification seeking

Provide official transcripts that reflect at least the last sixty semester hours of course work and evidence of a baccalaureate degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution.  If you attended a college or university outside the U.S., your transcripts must be evaluated by a service recognized by UHD.  Refer to the UHD website for a list of suggested credential evaluation services.  www.uhd.edu/admissions/naces.html

Submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, which include quantitative, verbal and analytical writing.  Candidates who have a GPA of 3.56 or higher for the last 60 hours of coursework are exempt from the GRE, but should ensure calculation is correct with a professional source.

Write a personal statement of no more than 500 words that describes your educational and professional backgrounds and how they will contribute to your success in the MAT program.

Include three MAT Recommendation forms from professionals acquainted with your academic and professional potential, such as a school principal, department coordinator or university professor.

Submit a copy of your teaching contract or evidence of certification to verify you are either a practicing teacher or are degreed and certified to teach.
Completed applications are due through the Apply Texas website.  Only full applications will be considered for each admission cycle if 100% completed by the due dates below.  If an applicant wishes to be considered for the following admissions cycle as a result of not having a complete file by the required review date, they must notify UHD graduate admissions of this in writing.
APPLICATION DUE DATES are July 15th for a fall semester start and November 15th for a spring semester start.  Any questions regarding the admissions process should be directed to UHD graduate admissions.

 

Admissions Process

(At this point the Graduate Admissions Office starts a file for each the student.)

  • In addition to the information required in the application, the student must also request that official academic transcripts and all needed graduate test scores be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. The Graduate Admissions Office handles all graduate admissions, except International Students. (International students must submit official TOEFL scores and must also have a certified English translation of all transcripts that are not in English.) Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores which include quantitative, verbal and analytical writing should be sent to the UHD graduate admissions office (students with a GPA of 3.56 or higher for their last 60 hours or cumulatively, are exempt from the GRE, but must provide an official calculation). The applying student must also request three professional recommendations be completed and instruct the three references to forward those forms to the Graduate Admissions Office. Additionally, the applying student must write a personal statement of not more than 500 words that describes their backgrounds and goals and submit that document to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  • Once all of the above required documents are in the Graduate Admissions Office, the Director of Graduate Programs for the MAT and College Graduate Advisors are notified that the file is complete and access can be gained for review.
  • The Graduate Director and the faculty serving on the graduate committee assess the candidate, based on the admission criteria, and make a recommendation (accept or deny).
  • The Graduate Director will write a letter to the student stating whether or not they have been accepted. The letter gives the student instructions on registering for courses, attending an orientation for new students if applicable, or contacting the graduate advisor concerning the next step.
  • A copy of the letter and decision review sheet is also submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. They also notify the student about the status of their admission. If accepted, the Graduate Admissions Office instructs the student on how to register for classes, apply for financial aid, and the development of a student e-mail account.

 

Degree Requirements
The MAT degree program requires completion of a minimum of 36 semester credit hours. For degree completion, at least 30 hours must be completed at UH-Downtown with a grade point average of 3.0. In addition, students must successfully complete a directed studies project (MAT 6390) with approval of the director of graduate programs and under the supervision of their appointed faculty advisor.

Students seeking the MAT degree should select one of the fol­lowing options:

 

  • For Certified Teachers only: Masters of Arts in Teaching, Curriculum and Instruction with area of expertise, Online (36 graduate hours)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching with Certification (EC-6 Generalist, 4-8 Generalist and Secondary Education), Online (36 graduate hours)

 

Students seeking certification in conjunction with the MAT will be recommended for certification based upon: (1) satisfactory completion of coursework, (2) per­formance in the classroom, (3) the passing of required state certification tests for the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES), and (4) recommendation of the Director of Graduate Studies.

 

MAT, C&I, Online, Courses Required:  24 Hours
MAT 6310 Reading in A Multicultural Classroom
MAT 6311 Advanced Study of Developmental Psychology and Diversity
MAT 6318 Technology Application for Curriculum Development & Instruction
MAT 6380 Practicum for Urban Teachers
MAT 6315 Introduction of Educational Research
MAT 6316 Advanced Methods for the Culturally Diverse Classroom
MAT 6317 Classroom-Based Research, *prereq 6315
MAT 6390 Directed Study in Urban Education *prereqs 6316, 6317 & 6318

 

Areas of Expertise Strands: Students select one area of expertise, 12 Hours
Advanced Technology, EC-12
MAT 6324 Innovative Teaching Applications Using Technology
MAT 6325 Advanced Multimedia for Teachers
MAT 6326 Electronic Publishing for Teachers

 

Advanced ESL, TESOL-Standards Based, EC-12
ESL 5333 ESL Instruction/Assessment and the Acquisition of Language Concepts
ESL 5334 Foundations of ESL Education, Cultural Awareness, and Family/Community Involvement
MAT 6319 Teaching the Language Minority Child

 

Advanced Early Childhood, EC-6
(Proposed to Curriculum Committee Courses)
Trends & Issues in EC Research & Practice
Observation, Assessment & Analysis
Play Based Curriculum:  Inquiry & Instructional Strategies
Using Best Practices to Support Intentional Teaching of Young Learners

 

MAT with Certification, Online, Courses Required 27 Hours
MAT 6310 Reading in A Multicultural Classroom
MAT 6311 Advanced Study of Developmental Psychology and Diversity
MAT 6318 Technology Application for Curriculum Development & Instruction
MAT 6316 Advanced Methods for the Culturally Diverse Classroom
MAT 6315 Introduction of Educational Research
MAT 6317 Classroom-Based Research, *prereq 6315
MAT 6390 Directed Study in Urban Education *prereqs 6316, 6317 & 6318
6 hours of Student Teaching Traditional Track

 

Transfer of Graduate Credits
No more than six hours of equivalent graduate course work may be transferred from other accredited universities. A mini­mum grade of B is required in any completed courses that students wish to transfer. Petition for transfer credit is required to be submitted for review by the graduate student and approval comes from the Graduate Director and the Graduate Committee’s review of the course’s equivalency. Transfer credit is by permission only and is not a right of the student.

 

Minimum Academic Requirements
Successful completion of each course is required to remain in either program of the MAT. Students earning a D or F or three C’s will be removed from the program once grades are officially posted for each semester.

 

Graduation
Graduation is dependent on successful completion of all course work with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, successful completion of the Capstone Project (MAT 6390) and an approved graduation application completed the semester prior to anticipated graduation.

 

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