Graduate School of Liberal Arts, Creative Technologies & Science

Offers Master of Arts and Master of Science Degree Programs in the following disciplines:

 1) MS Behavioral Science

Master of Science in Behavioral Science: The goal of the Master of Science program is to develop the knowledge base and professional competencies of individuals interested in a profession in the behavioral science. The program objectives are - to foster the ability to synthesize and critically analyze information, to promote research skills in the behavioral sciences, to promote basic knowledge of theories, methods and findings in the behavioral sciences, and to promote competence in the application of basic knowledge within the field of the behavioral sciences. Areas covered include - Principles of Biostatistics, Principles of Epidemiology, Behavioral Science and Public Health, Introduction to General Linear Modeling, Health Promotion Program Evaluation, Research Methods in Behavioral Science, Applying Theory in Research and Practice, Ethical Issues in Public Health, Health Care Organization or Public Health Admin Methods, Applied Data Management, Survival Data Analysis, Categorical Data Analysis, Multilevel and Longitudinal Data Analysis, Network Analysis, Control of Infectious and Biological Hazards, Human Health Risk Analysis, Environmental-Occupational Epidemiology, Exposure Assessment Methodologies, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Applied Epidemiology, Genetic Epidemiology, Social Epidemiology, Geographic Information Systems, Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Applied Regression Models, Qualitative Research, Sample Survey Research Methods, Application of Measurement Theories, Nonparametric/Categorical Data Analysis, Analysis of Variance and Experimental Design, Multivariate Statistical Analysis and Structural Equation Modeling. Assessments: The thesis for this program should be between 50,000 - 60,000 words and should cover all standard advanced behavioral science related subjects apart from those highlighted above.

2) MA Mass Communication

Master of Arts in Mass Communication: This program offers the opportunity to study the media at graduate level, examining a range of key issues without having to concentrate on one specialist area. As the various elements of the mass media converge, it is increasingly appropriate to develop a broader understanding of how different aspects of the media interconnect. The program also offers opportunities for self-directed independent study which can be either a piece of production work or a theoretical thesis and further allows you to tailor the program to your own interests. A wide range of potential employment opportunities in the media field exist for those who have developed their knowledge and understanding at graduate level, including media research, journalism, arts administration, advertising and public relations. Areas covered include - Production Research, Media Theory, US and European Cinema 1945-85, Post-Colonial and 'Third' Cinema, Film Analysis, Interface Design for the Web, Publishing and Technology, Critical Issues in Media, Media and Cyberculture, Documentary Practice, Representation and Reality, Radio Documentary, What is Cinema?, World Cinema and Global Media Since 1985 and Multimedia- The Industry and Applications. Assessments: The thesis for this program should be between 50,000 - 60,000 words and should cover all standard advanced mass communication related subjects apart from those highlighted above.

3) MA Mass Communication and Internet Technologies

Master of Arts in Mass Communication and Internet Technologies: This program investigates the major developments and current debates in new media technology, such as the internet, e-commerce, mobile computing and combines this with practical computing and programming skills. This occurs in both theoretical and practical components of the program and uses an extensive and diverse range of literature and program materials which draw on a wide range of intellectual traditions. The Master of Arts offers the opportunity to pursue a specialist subject demonstrating your skills, ideas and learning in an extended piece of written or practical work - for example, web-based work, interface design, mobile computing, or a digital art installation. The career paths open to successful students include - Multimedia designers, or programmers, Project manager in new media, Reseacher in new media, Mobile computing design (WAP, Palm Technology). Areas covered include - Multimedia over the Web, Interface Design, Research Methodologies, Interactive Narratives, WAP, E-Commerce and In-Depth Practical Project. Assessments: The thesis for this program should be between 50,000 - 60,000 words and should cover all standard advanced mass communication and internet technologies related subjects apart from those highlighted above.

4) MA Education

Master of Arts in Education: This program is intended to develop individual staff and the school/educational institutions of which they are part. The program leads to teaching and training in further, adult and higher education, business and statutory services (in combination with original qualifications). Teachers often undertake the Master program for professional progression purposes when considering management or Headship positions. Assessments: The thesis for this program should be between 50,000 - 60,000 words and should cover all standard advanced education related subjects apart from those highlighted above.

5) MS Computer Science

Master of Science in Computer Science: This program will introduce you to develop the internet computing skills necessary for you to be immediately effective in industry and commerce. The program has been designed to equip you with the highly focused skills required for the modern internet engineer or programmer. You will study the latest technologies and applications commonly in use, such as database connectivity, to manage and access data remotely, networking and communication protocols and internet programming, to give you the expertise to write your own applications. The program is intended for graduate from computing disciplines who wish to update or focus their computing skills and competencies for effective work within the internet industry. Those taking the program go on to become internet engineers or programmers in the majority of today's internet enterprises and will be well placed for career development in most companies. Areas covered include - Online Database Application, Internet Programming, Intelligent Agents, Multimedia Applications, Networking Technologies, Distributed and Parallel Computing, Web Server Programming and Internet Usability. Assessments: The thesis for this program should be between 50,000 - 60,000 words and should cover all standard advanced computer science related subjects apart from those highlighted above.

6) MS Computer and Internet Applications

Master of Science in Computer and Internet Applications: There has been massive growth in demand for computer programmers over recent years. While the economic climate has undergone change, with some smaller companies suffering as the "dotcom" bubble burst, there has remained a need for programmers with the ability to display and manipulate information over the Internet. Not only does this program seek to provide you with specialist Internet knowledge and programming skills, but is also aims to address those key areas in which there is a widely acknowledged skills gap in what businesses are seeking and are afforded to students on an undergraduate program. This award is intended for individuals who require not simply a broad overview of computer and Internet applications but significant technical knowledge in the area. Specifically, individuals requiring proficiency in e-commerce, computing and Internet security, databases, networking and Internet development and media design, will from the target group. Areas covered include - E-Commerce Technology, Computer and Internet Security, Online Databases, Internet Programming, Intelligent Agents, Internet Media Design, Internet Development, Network Systems, Web Server Programming and Internet Usability. Assessments: The thesis for this program should be between 50,000 - 60,000 words and should cover all standard advanced computer and internet applications related subjects apart from those highlighted above.

7) MS Information Technology

Master of Science in Information Technology: If you've got a degree and want to undertake further study this program may be for you. It will give you an opportunity to add advanced IT and professional skills to your portfolio. The main theme of this program is the design of IT applications. The program is designed for graduates in any discipline, who wish to further their professional development by gaining skills and experience in both theoretical and practical areas of information technology. Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to integrate the knowledge gained in your original subject with IT. Assessments: The thesis for this program should be between 50,000 - 60,000 words and should cover all standard advanced information technology related subjects apart from those highlighted above.

8) MS Applied Computing and Information Technology

Master of Science in Applied Computing and Information Technology: This program provides a solid grounding in applied computing with a strong focus on practical work. It is intended for individuals who want to develop fundamental expertise in applied computing and information systems technologies and specific discipline areas - such as data modeling and management, applied programming, emerging technologies, project management, professional practice and research methodology including issues related to ethics, legal and professional application in computing and information systems development, e-systems, computer security, internet media design and internet development. Areas covered include - Applied E-systems, Secure Data Communications, Professional Project Management, Emerging Technologies, Applied Programming, Internet Media Design, Internet Development and Data Modeling and Management. Assessments: The thesis for this program should be between 50,000 - 60,000 words and should cover all standard advanced applied computing and information technology related subjects apart from those highlighted above.

9) MS Computer Animation

Master of Science in Computer Animation: This Master of Science is a multidisciplinary and innovative program drawing on Creative Arts and Technologies, Media Arts, Computing, Fine Art and Design. It is an integrated program drawing on dynamically-related disciplines in a new professional approach. There is an emphasis on current developments, including a strong practical element, which are requirements for future employment. The underlying elements of computer technology and programming form a basis for creative development in computer animation in a range of media. Offers a wide career scope in the IT and Media industries e.g., film, games production and advertising. Areas covered include - Computer Graphics, Animation, Representation and Studio Practice. Assessments: The thesis for this program should be between 50,000 - 60,000 words and should cover all standard advanced computer animation related subjects apart from those highlighted above.

10) MS Computer Games Technology

Master of Science in Computer Games Technology: The video games marketplace continues to grow and develop, becoming a core technology of the fast-developing home electronic entertainment media. Computer games are produced in a studio environment, over years of development time, consuming several millions of dollars and this in a team or teams of programmers, artists, musicians, designers, producers and others. During the program students will study aspects of game design technologies, design a full game and, in a team, produce a working prototype game level as a portfolio piece for a future employer. This is designed for graduates who have sound experience in computer programming and a solid grounding in mathematics. Assessments: The thesis for this program should be between 50,000 - 60,000 words and should cover all standard advanced computer games technology related subjects apart from those highlighted above.

11) MS Computer Networking

Master of Science in Computer Networking: The purpose of the Master of Science award in Computer Networking is to prepare you and equip you with an in-depth understanding, advanced technical and academic skills and knowledge for the application of computer networking technologies in the real world, professional employment in the strategic and continually expanding areas of computer science and networking technologies. This award is intended for people who require not simply an expertise in the area of computer science and Internet applications but significant technical knowledge in the area of networking. The award is much more focused and produces students with a greater depth of knowledge in the area of computer networking. Specifically, this program will be suitable if you are looking to develop proficiency in Network Systems, Grid Services and Distributed Networking, Secure Data Communications, Emerging Technologies, Wireless Network Systems, Distributed Parallel Computing, Professional Project Management, Networking Administration and Management. Areas covered include - Emerging Technologies, Secure Data Communications, Networking Administration and Management, Wireless Networking, Grid Services/Distributed Networking, Distributed Parallel Computing, Professional Project Management and Network Systems. Assessments: The thesis for this program should be between 50,000 - 60,000 words and should cover all standard advanced computer networking related subjects apart from those highlighted above.

12) MS Mobile Computing

Master of Science in Mobile Computer: This program most suitable for students with prior academic achievement or formal background in the discipline of computing or information systems. That is to say, to take advantage of the award students need to have a substantial knowledge of a computing related discipline. The program designed for individuals who require not simply a broad overview of mobile computing by significant technical knowledge and proficiency in the particular area of study. You will develop skills, not only in the areas mentioned above, but also in communication, problem solving all of which are invaluable to employers. Areas covered include - Secure Data Communication, Mobile Applications, Wireless Networking, Professional Project Management, Multimedia Applications, Networking Administration and Management, Distributed Parallel Computing and Cryptography. Assessments: The thesis for this program should be between 50,000 - 60,000 words and should cover all standard advanced mobile computer related subjects apart from those highlighted above.

13) MS Information Management and Security

Master of Science in Information Management and Security: This program is most suitable for students with no formal background in the area of computing or information systems, but with some prior academic achievement in the area of computing or information systems. That is to say, to take advantage of the award students need to have a substantial knowledge of a non-computing related discipline so they can apply computing and information technologies to the field in which their prior learning lies. The program is designed for individuals who require not simply a broad overview of information management and security but significant technical knowledge and proficiency in the particular area of study. Areas covered include - Secure Data Communications, Data Modeling and Management, Cryptography, Professional Project Management, Networking Administration and Management, Information Security Management, Grid Services and Distributed Networking and Emerging Technologies. Assessments: The thesis for this program should be between 50,000 - 60,000 words and should cover all standard advanced information management and security related subjects apart from those highlighted above.

14) MS Computer Security and Forensics

Master of Science in Computer Security and Forensics: This program is most suitable for students with prior academic achievement or formal background in the discipline of computing or information systems. That is to say, to take advantage of the award students need to have a substantial knowledge of a computing related discipline. The program is designed for individuals who require not simply a broad overview of computer security but significant technical knowledge and proficiency in the particular area of study. Your skills will include high practical skills that are much sought after in the business world and will allow you to become specialist consultant, practitioner and/or manager in the area of computer forensics investigation and computer based systems secure management. Areas covered include - Secure Data Communications, Forensics Data Analysis, Emerging Technologies, Professional Project Management, Systems Architecture, Networking Administration and Management, Law of Evidence and Cryptography. Assessments: The thesis for this program should be between 50,000 - 60,000 words and should cover all standard advanced computer security and forensics related subjects apart from those highlighted above.

15) MS Ethical Hacking & Countermeasures

Master of Science in Ethical Hacking & Countermeasures: Consider the damage that a hacker can do if they broke into the network of a large organization. Funds could be siphoned off, trade secrets could be stolen, intellectual property could be stolen, in fact the organization could be ruined. How do these hackers break in? How easy is it to get into your servers? Can your network traffic be captured and read? This program will teach you the skills of a hacker in order that you can protect your servers, networks and PCs. The aim of this program is to provide a student with sufficient knowledge of how computer attacks are delivered so they can defend against them. In the same way as the police or security guards protect property by knowing the tricks of the burglar, you will learn the tricks of the hacker in order to protect an organization's vital IT infrastructure. Students will join the program with some technical knowledge of computing and will learn details of computer networking, network security and penetration testing, encryption, forensic computing all set in an ethical and legal environment. Areas covered include - Computer Networking, Ethical Computer Hacking, Professional Development, Network Management, Penetration Testing and Forensic Computing. Assessments: The thesis for this program should be between 50,000 - 60,000 words and should cover all standard advanced ethical hacking & countermeasures related subjects apart from those highlighted above.