Master / Doctoral Programs
Agronomy - M.S.
Agronomy is the application of plant and soil science to crop production and includes the study of plant genetics, breeding, biotechnology, molecular biology, physiology, biochemistry, weed control, and crop management.
Applied Science, M.A.S.
A practitioner degree that addresses the advanced educational needs of working life science professionals. Because there are no prescribed areas of study within the Master of Applied Science, you are able to individualize your particular curriculum program to best meet your own career objectives. A unique aspect of this program is the degree project, which replaces the traditional master's thesis and is specifically intended to be of immediate value in your workplace or for career advancement.
Business Administration: Business Analytics, Supply Chain Management, International Business, Finance or Marketing, M.B.A.
Our online delivery along with modular scheduling allows you the opportunity to participate in an internationally recognized masters of business program without putting your career on hold.
Business Analytics, M.B.A. Specialization or Certificate
The online program prepares business leaders to solve specific business problems by analyzing big data. The curriculum includes four online courses. Course offerings are ideal for business professionals who want to be able to make better business decisions based on understanding the data available to them.
Community College Leadership, Certificate
The program is designed to develop professional leadership capabilities to meet the needs of potential and current community college leaders, focusing on the instructional mission of community colleges. If you currently are, or aspire to be, in an instructional leadership appointment or a senior administrative position in a community college, this program will benefit you in both your personal and professional advancement. This certificate may also be completed within the curriculum of an Ed.D. degree.
Community Development, M.A.S.
Community developers work toward positive social, economic, cultural and environmental change by engaging citizens in the decision making process. The program explores a wide range of community development perspectives and equips you with the tools and educational experiences to contribute to positive changes in communities and regions.
Curriculum Supervisor, Administrative Endorsement
This program is designed for individuals who want to advance their careers in building-level and district-level positions in curriculum supervision and administration. Completion of coursework in educational administration and curriculum & instruction leads to an administrative endorsement in curriculum supervision. This program is directed at individuals who have a teaching certificate, two years of teaching experience, and have already earned a master’s degree.
Deaf Education, M.A., M.Ed., Endorsement
This program prepares educators for elementary, middle and high school students who are deaf or hard of hearing. For educators interested in working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers, courses can be combined with the department’s Early Childhood Special Education program, which is also available online. This program prepares both entry level educators at a graduate level and provides advanced study for experienced personnel in teaching deaf or hard of hearing students.
This program is tailored for credentialed, practicing dietetics professionals who seek to enhance their knowledge in a specific area of dietetics practice or retool for new career opportunities in dietetics practice. You'll develop an appreciation for research, stimulate independent thought, and receive up-to-date knowledge in foods, nutrition, and food service business management.
Early Childhood Special Education, M.A., M.Ed., Certificate, Endorsement
This program prepares early childhood special educators to work with infants, toddlers and preschool children with a range of delays/disabilities and their families.
Educational Administration & Supervision, 6-year Certificate, Superintendent Endorsement
This program is designed for individuals seeking an administrative endorsement as a P-12 superintendent. Courses integrate the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards to enable you to develop the principles, processes, and practical skills necessary for effective district-level leadership. The 6-year certificate is a blended program. Most of the coursework is online, however you are required to attend on-campus seminars during the first and second summer terms of enrollment. This endorsement may also be completed within the curriculum of an Ed.D. degree.
Educational Leadership & Higher Education, Ed.D.
This Ed.D. program focuses on issues of practice facing P-20 educational leaders, higher education, or those working in education related positions in other organizations. This program is not designed for students seeking a P-12 administrative endorsement.
Educational Leadership & Higher Education, Ph.D.
This Ph.D. program is designed to prepare individuals for scholarly positions as faculty in education leadership and higher education or for positions that require knowledge of educational leadership or higher education and extensive research preparation. It is a blended program that requires a minimum of 6 credit hours in an on-campus environment.
Elementary (P-8) or Secondary (7-12) Principal, Principal Endorsement
Coursework of between 21 and 36 hours integrates the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards to enable students to develop the principles, processes, and practical skills necessary for effective building-level administration and leadership. This program is designed for individuals who have a teaching certificate, two years of teaching experience, and have already completed a master’s degree.
Engineering Management, M.E.M
This 30 credit hour master's degree program combines advanced engineering and business management. Designed for individuals who have at least 1 degree in engineering, or significant engineering practice and a degree in a related field.
The program provides a general background in entomology by emphasizing course work in a variety of areas, including forensic entomology, medical entomology, natural history, insects in education, insect pest management, insect ecology, insect toxicology, insect physiology and biochemistry, urban pest management, biological control, and plant resistance.
Family & Community Services, M.S.
This program focuses on the development and implementation of public, private, and voluntary support services for individuals, families, and localities. This 36 credit hour online degree program prepares you to function in a variety of occupations promoting family life and family/community development.
Family & Consumer Sciences Education, M.S.
Designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences or a related area, and are seeking initial teacher certification or licensure in family and consumer sciences education. The 38-41 credit hour program provides the pedagogy requirements for a teaching certificate in Nebraska and most states.
Family Financial Planning, M.S. or Certificate
Enhance your personal financial knowledge, complete a master's degree or a certificate program and develop competencies that can lead to the Certified Financial Planner designation by the CFP International Board of Standards.
Financial & Housing Counseling, Certificate
This program enhances an already existing Master's degree in family financial planning by specifically addressing the needs of the Military Advancement Academic Program (MAAP), a program of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Alliance (GP-IDEA) that focuses on career needs of military personnel and spouses.
Floriculture & Nursery Production Management, Certificate
This program offers a selection of courses that focus on floral and nursery crop production including business management. Core courses lend a solid science background in order for you to gain a greater understanding of how ornamental and floral plants grow. This basic knowledge is interwoven with practical, cultural and production methods.
Food Safety & Defense, Certificate
This certificate addresses the advanced educational requirements of individuals currently working in the production, manufacturing, and quality monitoring of food products. It's intended for individuals directly involved in agriculture and food production who serve the needs of industries and agencies protecting our food supply.
Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, Specialization in World Language Teaching: GOLDEN
The program supports your growth as a professional educator by encouraging you to build on your classroom experience and further develop your German proficiency and deepen your understanding of German culture, language and literature.
Gerontology, Concentration in Interior Design, Certificate
This combination of gerontology and interior design provides a specialized area of focus that complements a broader graduate degree or offers a mid-career professional a more focused understanding of the relationship between the design of an environment and its aging occupants.
Grasslands Management, Certificate
Grasslands (including rangelands, pasturelands, and haylands) are the principal land resource type in the Great Plains, composing more than 50% of the land surface area. They represent a fundamental resource of the region that determines the environmental and economic future of the Great Plains states.
Higher Education Administration, M.A.
This master’s degree program is for individuals interested in laying a foundation for administrative positions in higher education. It is a generalist program offering opportunities in leadership development in relevant areas related to higher education. You'll be required to complete 27 semester hours of required courses and select 9 credit hours of elective courses in consultation with your advisor.
Human & Family Services Administration, M.S.
Designed to provide you with the comprehensive understanding and broad-based skills necessary for the development, administration and management of human service organizations. The online Human and Family Services Administration program combines expertise in family studies with the business skills required for administrative positions.
Insect Biology for Educators, Certificate
95% of all the animal species on earth are insects. This program is designed to provide continuing education for teachers and other educators in the biological sciences to integrate the study of insects into the classroom to enhance science education.
Interior Design, M.S.
This program is designed for students interested in approaching the design of the built environment as user-centered providing a basis for informed design decisions. Satisfaction of the user’s physical, psycho social, and spiritual needs and the protection of their health, safety and well-being is of prime importance.
International Family Studies, M.S.
The program is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills for strengthening families through research, service and policy intervention. The program focuses on professional roles related to international family services with perspectives on families and communities and the ability to act effectively and ethically in decision-making and problem-solving.
Journalism & Mass Communications, M.A.
The interdisciplinary program curriculum combines up-to-date knowledge with practical application and individualized experience. Personalize a program to meet your individual interests and needs.
Mathematics for Teachers, M.A.T.
The program’s core mathematics courses focus on concepts underlying high school algebra, pre-calculus (functions) and geometry, which are in alignment with three of the main concept categories in the Common Core State Standards. The M.A.T. program also includes an option for a focus on middle level mathematics.
In the ever-changing, global atmosphere of retailing, the ability to merchandise the product to the consumer is a strategic advantage. Merchandising is the theoretical background needed to deliver the right product or service to the consumer in the right place, in the right quantities, at the right time and the right price.
Special Education, M.A., M.Ed., Endorsement
Prepares teachers to work with students who have emotional/behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, or mild-moderate mental handicaps. The program can lead to a teaching endorsement and/or master's degree in special education.
Mixed Methods Research, Certificate
The pressure to conduct research by federal, state and accreditation agencies is becoming more and more prevalent in a variety of settings including academia and health care. Research is increasingly reliant on mixed methods techniques.
Ornamentals, Landscape & Turf, Certificate
This certificate offers you a selection of courses that focus on the turf and landscape aspects of horticulture. Core courses lend a solid science background in order for you to gain a greater understanding of how to manage turf and ornamental areas.
P-12 Education Administration, M.Ed., Principal Endorsement
This completely online program is designed for individuals seeking endorsement as an elementary (P-8) or secondary (7-12) principal. Courses integrate the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards to enable you to develop the principles, processes, and practical skills necessary for effective building-level administration and leadership.
P-12 Education Administration, Ed.D., Superintendent Endorsement
This program is designed for individuals seeking endorsement as a P-12 superintendent. Courses integrate the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards to enable students to develop the principles, processes, and practical skills necessary for effective district-level leadership. This program is a blended program, you'll be required to attend a mandatory dissertation orientation during the first fall semester of enrollment and on-campus seminars during the first and second summer terms of enrollment.
Science For Educators, M.A.S.
The program is designed for science educators to improve science content knowledge, demonstrate pedagogy that drives learning experiences, and create applicable, standards-based curriculum.
Space, Cyber and Telecommunications Law, LL.M.
The only program of its kind in the United States. Our program is a 6 semester, part-time online option for industry professionals. The LL.M. program is open to individuals with J.D. degrees from ABA-accredited law schools or with degrees in law from foreign universities.
Supervisor of Special Education, Administrative Endorsement
This endorsement is ideal if you are interested in advancing your career into leadership and administration of building-level and district-level special education programs. The program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in special education, a teaching certificate in special education, and who have already earned a master’s degree. The additional coursework for this administrative endorsement focuses on both educational administration and special education.
Supply Chain Management, M.B.A. Specialization or Certificate
This online program is designed to empower professionals to address the needs of the ever-evolving global marketplace by sharpening analytic skills while learning to leverage relevant technology to make supply chains faster and more efficient.
Textile History & Quilt Studies, M.A. or Certificate
Offered through a combination of distance technology and on-campus instruction this program allows you to concentrate your coursework in textile history with a quilt studies emphasis.
Visual Impairment (P-12), M.A., M.Ed., Endorsement
The visual impairment program will prepare you with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively address the unique educational needs of students with visual impairment or blindness.
Youth Development, M.S. or Certificate
The master’s degree or graduate certificate in Youth Development uses a strengths-based curriculum that supports youth to make them socially, emotionally and cognitively competent adults.
Special Education: Sensory Disabilities Graduate Certificate
The certificate will provide additional education for professionals interested in students with sensory disabilities. Through focused coursework about unique programs and services, collaboration with families, and specialized instructional methods, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to effectively work with and support students who have unique sensory learning needs. This program is offered online during the academic year.
Special Education: Behavior Specialist, Graduate Certificate
Surveys of school personnel consistently indicate behavior management is the area with which they want more experience and training. Further, increasing numbers of students today are presenting more severe challenging behaviors and mental health problems (e.g., depression, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder) than in previous decades. The Behavior Specialist graduate certificate option provides focused, advanced coursework and training for personnel in the fields of special education, school counseling, psychology, social work, and school administration to address behavioral challenges many students present in schools. Recipients of the proposed certificate will be able to proactively and positively intervene at a high level with students who present challenging behaviors.