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New England College    
 
    
 
  Aug 24, 2017
 
2016-2017 Graduate and Professional Studies Programs

Graduate and Professional Studies Programs


Accounting


New England College’s Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) is a 40-credit-hour program designed to help student’s expand their breadth and depth of knowledge in taxation, financial reporting, cost accounting, auditing, legal concerns, mergers, and acquisitions. Students will be prepared for careers in auditing and risk management, corporate accounting, management consulting, banking and financial services, governmental and nonprofit organizations, and taxation practices.

Based on the functional, personal and broad business competencies identified by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the MSA program satisfies the 150-hour requirement for the CPA examination in most states. It also helps you prepare for other professional certification programs such as Certified Management Accountant (CMA), or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

The MSA degree is also offered with a concentration in Forensic Accounting which is designed for those students interested in fraud prevention or criminal investigation. This concentration helps prepare you for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation. 

Faculty in the MSA degree come from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds, and pedagogical emphasis is placed on practical application of knowledge and developing strong professor to student rapport.

Who Should Enroll in the MSA Program?

This degree path is ideal for students wishing to sit for the CPA or enter careers in auditing and risk management, corporate accounting, management consulting, or banking, governmental, and not-for-profit accounting.  NEC Master’s of Science in Accounting is designed to accommodate busy working professionals seeking a “student-centered” touch to complement their education. 

Program Sequence

  • 7 Entry points per year
  • 100% online or on campus (for general MSA degree only - no concentrations offered on-campus)

Career and Professional Development Opportunities

New England College’s Master’s of Science in Accounting degree provides professionals an opportunity to advance in their careers, whether they have prior professional accounting experience or not.  For those who have an undergraduate degree in accounting, NEC’s MS in Accounting will satisfy the requirements to sit for the CPA exam in most states.

Through three concentrations (Forensic Accounting, Banking, and Finance) Students can develop essential skill sets in taxation, financial reporting, cost accounting, auditing, legal concerns, mergers and acquisitions, non-profit management, and banking and financial services.

Learning Outcomes

(adapted from AICPA core competencies):

  • Decision Modeling: consider issues, identify alternatives, choose and implement solutions;
  • Risk Analysis: identify and manage audit risk and understand how business risk affects business strategy;
  • Measurement: use traditional and non-traditional (e.g. quantitative and qualitative) measures that are relevant and reliable;
  • Reporting: communicate clearly and objectively the work done and the resulting findings in accordance with professional standards;
  • Research: access relevant guidance/information, understand it, and apply it;
  • Strategic Thinking: link data, knowledge, and insight together to provide information for decision making;
  • Legal: describe and apply the legal, regulatory, and ethical requirements of the profession.

Note: Students may choose any of the courses listed below, for an MSA with no Concentration (where students define the path that best suits their needs), or they choose a specific Concentration from the list described below.

 

Programs

Major

Courses

Accounting

Business Administration


New England College’s Master of Business Administration program provides working professionals and recent graduates with the proven leadership skills needed for today’s rapidly changing global environment. This 40‐credit MBA can be completed in two years, part‐time. The course delivery and structure are specifically designed for working professionals to make the most efficient use of time and to optimize the learning experience.

Our MBA carries forward NEC’s legacy of creating well-rounded management professionals. With an emphasis on practical knowledge and skills, students will learn from faculty experts who are active business leaders. Our student-focused curriculum positions graduates to achieve positive career outcomes with a background in strategic thought and analysis, analytical decision-making, leadership theory and practice, and organizational dynamics in management. Students can choose a concentration in a specific field, or can select elective courses from a wide range of options.

The degree is designed to further students’ knowledge of key leadership elements including problem solving, effective communication, motivation of employees, and negotiation. Through the MBA program, students further their career by developing advanced strategic leadership techniques, leadership tools and skills, and a deep understanding of organizational dynamics in management.

Learning Outcomes

MBA Program Outcomes:

  • Effectively demonstrate the ability to communicate through verbal, well‐written professional documentation and reports, and other forms of communication to express ideas clearly, logically and persuasively.
  • Apply management skills and concepts to identify, analyze, and creatively solve complex organizational problems through financial, economic, and organizational constraints.           
  • Demonstrate proficiency in thinking and planning strategically within an organization and all associated stakeholders.           
  • Identify legal and ethical challenges faced by organizations, and develop the ability to confront and address the issues effectively, ethically, and in a socially responsible manner to successfully manage human and material resources.  
  • Understand and apply a broad range of interpersonal skills to effectively lead relationships to individuals, society, and other organizations within team and group projects to optimize performance.
  • Comprehend the challenges and opportunities of working effectively with other people in a diverse environment, while displaying an understanding of the culturally and ethnically diverse nature of this changing workforce. 
  • Apply necessary leadership skills required for managing change, organizational design and performance, through delegating, empowering and creating an environment that supports life-long learning. 

Programs

Major

Courses

Business Administration

Please note: specific courses offered in any academic year are subject to changes depending on enrollment and academic needs.

 

Digital Social Media

Finance

Engineering Project Management

New England College’s Master of Science in Engineering Project Management program provides engineering professionals with the proven leadership and technical skills needed for today’s rapidly changing global environment.  The curriculum is designed so that engineers can leverage the technical skills learned in school and on the job with a program designed to turn out leaders who can manage project based upon their understanding of organizational dynamics, the process of managing people, strategic management, and financial and accounting skills.

Because of the program’s focus, this 40-credit Masters can be completed in a year for those taking it full time.  The course delivery and structure are specifically designed for working professionals to make the most efficient use of time and to optimize the learning experience.

Program Objectives:

This program is designed for the engineering student or practicing engineer to successfully transition into the management of engineering projects and the management of organizations. Our goal is to provide the knowledge and skills to become a successful manager who is at ease dealing with complex technical information and organizational issues. NEC’s Program will enable students to:

  • Effectively communicate to a variety of stakeholders though a various forms of communications ranging from professional presentations to team meetings, from letters to complex documents.
  • Apply management skills and concepts to identify, analyze, and creatively solve project-based and organizational problems.
  • Apply leadership skills to lead interdisciplinary teams in a variety of situations,
  • Utilize a broad “toolkit” of technical, statistical, financial, risk-assessment, legal, organization, and ethical tools to solve management problems.
  • Be able to use financial and accounting information in the support of tactical and strategic decisions.
  • Understand the managerial skills needed to manage complex projects to successful conclusions.

 

Programs

Major

Courses

Engineering Project Management

Management


New England College’s Master of Science in Management offers academics and working professionals the skills required to effectively manage human capital within a variety of organizations.   Our student-centered approach fosters a collaborative and supportive learning environment that will further students’ theoretical and practical knowledge in managing an organizations most valuable asset: people.   Students will develop strong foundations in communication, strategic thinking, and organizational leadership, skills that can help further a career or launch a career in a new direction. 

This 36-credit MSM can be completed in two years, part-time.  The course delivery and structure are specifically designed for flexibility, allowing students the most efficient use of time and the ability to optimize the learning experience.   Students pursuing their MSM will take 16 core credits coupled with 20 credits of concentration classes.  Students have the option to select from a diverse range of defined concentrations, including Healthcare Administration, Non-Profit Leadership, Real Estate Management, and Sustainability (for a full listing of courses please see below).  In addition, students can opt to custom build a course of study and select 20 credits from across the concentration offerings.

Who Should Enroll in the MSM Program?

  • Current managers with any level of experience
  • Individuals wishing to move into a management role  
  • Anyone seeking tactical management and organizational skills
  • Anyone looking to add theoretical and leadership components to their current skill set
  • Working professionals who wish to blend management principles with concentration-specific topics

Program Sequence

•Seven entry points per year   

•100% online

Career and Professional Development Opportunities

The Master of Science in Management degree provides professionals an opportunity to increase their potential for advancement to management and supervisory positions among other leadership roles within an organization. The link between theory and practical experience obtained from an MSM degree is very attractive to potential employers. In general, earning an MSM can help increase earning potential. It can also be helpful to entrepreneurs who wish to manage a business.  Job titles can include management opportunities in many sectors: Human Resources, Administrative Services, Advertising, Public Relations, General Operations, Organizational Development, Security, Health Care, Public Administration, Real Estate Management, Sustainability, Sales Management, Training and Development, etc.

For those who wish to take on supervisory roles, or who already serve in these roles and want to progress to leadership positions, the MSM degree can provide helpful skills such as how to predict and manage organizational conflicts, continuously improve a team’s effectiveness, and how to lead ethical decision-making processes.

According to CareerBliss, a master’s degree pays off for those who are aiming for the job title of general manager. General managers with only a four-year degree earn, on average, $79,818.09. Those with a master’s do 17.92 percent better, earning $97,246.27.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students should be able to:

  •  Carry out applied research in management and business fields, based on theoretical and methodological soundness
  • Apply tools and techniques in budgeting, accounting and finance, and enhance decision-making abilities with an understanding of financial implications of business and managerial decisions
  • Manage organizational conflicts to achieve productive resolution
  • Continuously improve a team’s effectiveness
  • Lead ethical decision-making processes
  • Apply knowledge, skills, and tools to specialized fields chosen by the students who choose concentrations

Programs

Major

Courses

Environmental Studies and Sustainability

Management

Sport and Recreation Management

Computer Information Systems

Program Overview:

The Master of Science in Computer Information Systems is designed for students seeking to combine the development of technical competence in information systems with gaining knowledge and furthering skills in managerial and organizational areas. Graduates of this program will be able to work in a variety of fields to maximize state of the art information system tools and techniques to promote organizational success.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete New England College’s Master of Science in Computer Information Systems will be able to:

  • Apply communication, teamwork, and leadership skills to translate technical information that will help align computer information systems and tools with organizational goals.

  • Analyze technical aspects of IT projects and apply project management strategies to meet business needs and organizational goals.

  • Apply IT methods and tools to the development of applications and administration of computing systems, as well as to the adoption of new technologies in the organization.

  • Identify information tools and technologies that have strategic value for the organization, and manage the implementation of those technologies.

Curriculum:

Core Courses (5 classes, 20 credits)

MG 5120 Organizational Leadership and Change

CT 5610 Database Design

CT 5750 Web Applications and Web Design Development  

CT 6111 Computer Security

CT 6670 Network Communications
 

Optional Courses (Pick four from list, 16 credits)

CT 5230 Cloud Computing Concepts

CT 5510 Java - Introduction to Object Oriented Programming

CT 6050 Mobile Web Development

MG 6110 Project Management

CT 6270 Mobile App Development

CT 6560 Web Programming with PHP/MySQL

CT 6610 Business Intelligence  

CT 6740 Java - Advanced Topics

CT 6890 Quality Assurance and Testing

CT 7320 Data Mining for the Intelligent Business

CT 7610 Database Management  

Dual Degree Option:

Degree candidates in the MS in Computer Information Systems may apply 12 credits from this degree toward a second degree in the MBA program with a CIS concentration, thereby reducing coursework towards the MBA by three courses. Students must be accepted in both programs, but application materials will be forwarded from the first program to the second and thus the student does not need to resubmit them. Interested students should contact the MS-CIS Program Director or the Associate Dean of the Management Division.

 

Internship Track and Curricular Practical Training (CPT/Internships):

The Internship Track allows for the student to overlay the academic and theoretical study of Computer Information Systems with practical experience in the field. Students have the means to apply academic concepts to solve real world business problems.  The Internship is designed for students to better understand the work expectations and individual organizational culture. Students who take this Track will have greater insight into a wide variety of operational issues that influence IT managers.  Students and their Internship organization must be approved by the MS-CIS Program Director prior to the start of the internship, and take an Internship course or courses.  Internship courses have variable credit and are CT 5905 through CT5908. Internship credits are earned in addition to the 36 credits required for the MS-CIS Program.

 

Students with F-1 visa status who wish to take part in the Internship Track should work closely with their International Student Advisors regarding the use of Curricular Practical Training (CPT).  CPT authorization can only be issued after an internship agreement is completed, and this authorization is an important step to be sure that all off-campus employment is authorized and well-documented.  Please contact your International Student Advisor with any questions. 

Programs

Major

Courses

Computer Information Systems

Clinical Mental Health Counseling


The 60‐credit MS degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a licensure‐tract degree and must comply with the curriculum requirements mandated by the State of New Hampshire. Completion of the degree requires nearly two years of continuous study and the completion of a 700 hour internship. Minimally, 300 of those 700 hours must be direct, clinical client activity. There will be a faculty assessment, with final approval from the Program Director, within the first year of the program regarding student readiness for placement in clinical internship. Students must be in good academic standing to begin internship. The degree qualifies an NEC graduate to apply for candidacy as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) or an equivalent mental health provider in most other states. Students from neighboring states are responsible for supplementing or adapting the curriculum to meet the requirements in those states where they intend to practice. Students are required to become a member of the American Mental Health Counselor Association, or the NH branch, within the first term. Students will also be required to purchase student liability insurance prior to beginning internship placement. Students will be required to successfully complete a capstone project, as a component of the research Methods course, to demonstrate attainment of competency in core professional skills. Courses are intended to be sequential, and students need permission from the Program Director to alter their course of completion, and design an approved educational plan. The Clinical Mental Health Couseling program reflects the 2016 CACREP standards, as a CACREP curriculum - equivalent degree, containing inclusion of foundations, contextual dimensions & practice.

Learning Outcomes for Clinical Mental Health Counseling

As a result of participating in this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate an ability to be self‐reflective and engaging in personal awareness and growth regarding their intra‐ and interpersonal processes;
  • Understand and incorporate an identity as a professional counselor;
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop helping relationships with diverse populations and demonstrate sensitivity and competency in skills in cultural diversity;
  • Understand and demonstrate developmentally appropriate individual counseling, group counseling, and systemic interventions;
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand concepts and skills relating to career interventions;
  • Evidence skills in effective written and oral communication and clinical documentation, including those most utilized in the mental health counseling field;
  • Demonstrate technological competence to meet the needs of course work and employment in the field of counseling;
  • Understand and apply ethical reasoning and decision making to dilemmas faced by professional counselors, and demonstrate understanding of common legal issues within the field;
  • Show leadership and advocacy skills in supporting both individual and systemic change;
  • Understand and demonstrate appropriate assessment techniques, considering presenting problem, developmental, cognitive and cultural perspectives;
  • Identify contemporary issues in the human services field and their impact on clients, consumers, organizations, and human service providers;
  • Research and evaluate the effectiveness of counseling and systemic interventions and service programs;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research methods for clinicians including completing an active research project as a capstone;
  • Demonstrate acquired fund of knowledge and clinical skills through a successful internship placement of at a minimum of 700 hours, with at least 300 of those hours requiring direct, clinical client activity.

Although the 36‐credit M.S. in Human Services is not designed to meet licensure requirements for counseling professions, graduates of this program are prepared for leadership positions in social services, education, behavioral health management, program is designed for learners within the counseling, psychology, or related human services fields who wish to pursue careers in private or public human services or counseling settings. Core courses provide knowledge in the discipline, while electives provide an examination of contemporary issues that allow the student to focus on human services populations and/or areas of interest in supportive counseling and leadership/management. Students will be required to successfully complete a capstone project, to demonstrate attainment of competency of core professional skills, as a requirement of graduation.

For more information:

graduateadmission@nec.edu or 603.428.2252
Course sequence, dates & location are subject to change.

Learning Outcomes for MS in Human Services

As a result of participating in this program, students will:

  • Understand core concepts of human development, Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology, and emotional and behavioral functioning;
  • Identify contemporary issues in the human services field and their impact on clients, consumers, organizations, and human service providers;
  • Attain the necessary skills to communicate in an effective and professional manner;
  • Understand historical and contemporary ethical concepts and theories within the field of human services;
  • Understand and explore the influence of personal history and values on the role as a human service provider;
  • Demonstrate problem‐solving, critical and analytic skills utilized within human services and apply organizational and leadership skills through the completion and presentation of a final project.

Programs

Major

Courses

Psychology

Health Informatics

New England College’s Master of Science in Health Informatics is a 36-credit program, based on the knowledge domains and standards established by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).  This program prepares students with technical knowledge and organizational management skills to improve access to health data, with special emphasis on electronic health records, and thus contribute to the enhancement of delivery of healthcare across the world.

Programs

Major

Courses

Healthcare Administration

Health Information Management

All undergraduate courses are 4 credits unless otherwise noted.

Education

The Master of Education program is designed to develop teacher leadership in such ways that will further learning, increase student success, and continuously improve schools. In keeping with the adopted NH State Standards for Professional Development, the Master of Education program at New England College is a rigorous, data‐driven, site‐based, classroom‐imbedded program, tightly linked to improvement in student achievement.

The program will be offered to teachers who have already achieved certification and individuals seeking additional certification. Classes will be on‐line, held in area schools or in the College’s Center for Educational Innovation, or be a combination of on‐line and face‐to‐face meetings. Students will also meet asynchronously with faculty through Blackboard or another course management system, and will maintain a professional portfolio utilizing the eFolio system. A range of electives will be offered during the year and in summer institutes. Graduate students and NEC faculty will work as a learning community to address real‐world issues of teachers and schools. The culminating activity for the program will be an Action Research Project with results shared at a public presentation. For those seeking principal or superintendent licensure the action research project must focus on a school or district-wide initiative. For those not seeking principal or superintendent licensure the action research project can focus on a classroom challenge/issue.

A variety of areas of concentration are offered in this program: Literacy and Language Arts /Special Education /Curriculum and Instruction /School Leadership/School climate /Principal /Superintendent . Teachers may also design an individualized major with the approval of the Associate Dean of Education.

The New England College Master of Education with Principal Certification  and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) programs provide a specialized degree or certificate for career professionals who want to advance and engage in more senior leadership activities and responsibilities in K‐12 education. Those seeking principal licensure must have completed at least 5 years’ experience as an educator; and possess one of the following:

  1. Completed a master’s program in educational leadership or a related area approved by the state board of education and been recommended for this certification by the designated official of the preparing collegiate department of education; or
  2. Completed a master’s program in education, and demonstrated:
  1. The competencies, skills, and knowledge as listed in Ed 506.04; or
  2. Experience in comparable educational leadership positions in education or other professions as specified in Ed 505.03.

Those seeking superintendent licensure must have the following entry level requirements to be certified as superintendent:

  1. Have completed at least 3 years of experience as an education administrator in a k‐12 setting;
  2. Have completed a state board of education approved educational administration collegiate program at the post‐master’s certificate of advanced graduate study (CAGS), educational specialist, or doctoral level; and
  3. Have acquired the competencies, skills, and knowledge itemized in ED 506.01.

Students seeking New Hampshire principal or superintendent licensure can acquire the required academic credentials through this program. Upon completion of the core courses in the K‐12 leadership concentration, a student may elect to pursue the Principal M.Ed . strand if he or she does not have a master’s degree in education or the Principal CAGS strand for those who hold such a degree. Those seeking superintendent licensure should elect the CAGS program.

In addition to the objectives of the Education Program the Graduate Education Program aspires to the INTASC standards for teachers and to the state and ISLLC standards for principals, superintendents and other education leaders.

Programs

Major

Certificate

Courses

Education

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Higher Education Administration


The Master of Science Higher Education Administration program at New England College is an innovative 40‐credit program that combines on campus and experiential instruction designed for students working or seeking to work in higher education. Coursework provides a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice of higher education administration and covers functional areas and issues critical to effective management in college and university settings including advising and helping skills, multicultural competence, legal issues, organizational and administration, personal and organizational leadership, and research and assessment. Case studies, applied research, field experience, and a capstone project enable students to apply learning immediately to higher education practice and professional development.

The coursework provides a strong foundation in the theory and practice of higher education administration. Students are introduced to a broad range of administrative leadership at 2‐and 4‐year colleges and universities. Graduates pursue careers in academic advising, admissions and enrollment management, fundraising, career placement, financial aid, student affairs, and related fields.

The master’s program in higher education administration at New England College is unique. In this accelerated program comprised of 7‐week terms, students can finish their degree in 10 months if they choose to attend full‐time taking two courses per term. Students can also choose one course at a time if they would like to attend part‐time. One course per term is offered on the Henniker campus and while the second course each term is delivered online allowing learner‐centered flexibility for a busy lifestyle. While the courses are fast‐paced, knowledge and skill development isn’t compromised. The expert faculty are committed to student learning.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MS in Higher Education Administration program will demonstrate:

  • Identify and articulate implications of contemporary issues for higher education administration;
  • Apply administrative, leadership, and management practices to the variety of organizational structures found in diverse institutions of higher education;
  • Employ a broad range of higher education resources and scholarship in program planning, implementation, and assessment;
  • Connect theory to practice, applying course learning to professional work experiences;
  • Make data‐informed decisions and recommendations related to professional practice;
  • Develop and hone effective personal and organizational leadership skills;
  • Effectively advise and help students individual and in group settings;
  • Develop skills and knowledge required to work with diverse individuals and organizations and foster inclusive communities;
  • Demonstrate effective and inclusive written and oral communication skills, and;
  • Think critically to identify, strategize, and solve issues within higher education.

Programs

Major

Courses

Higher Education Administration

All undergraduate courses are 4 credits unless otherwise noted.

Doctorate of Education


The Doctorate of Education program prepares educators to take leadership roles in improving educational systems and advancing student learning and success. The low residency, three‐year, cohort‐based structure of the program is ideal for working professionals, and the focus on applied research allows participants to have an immediate impact on the quality of education in their work environments. The K‐12 Leadership and Higher Education Administration concentrations allow participants to develop expertise in specific settings and issues. The program will also engage students, faculty, and other members of the education community in integrated inquiry into issues that span our educational systems. This unique combination of deep understanding, expanded vision, and diverse professional networks positions participants for innovative, entrepreneurial leadership in a complex and changing world.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Articulate a personal philosophy of professional practice and a vision for educational organizations which is responsive to societal challenges of complexity, diversity, and social justice
  • Identify and address critical and contemporary issues in educational policy and practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge of administrative, leadership, and management practices and structures found in diverse institutions of education
  • Assess teaching and learning and create strategies to improve professional practice and student learning
  • Use data to inform evidence‐based decision‐making regarding educational issues, enhance professional practice, and promote organizational change and reform
  • Demonstrate skills to work effectively with others, be advocates for members of the learning community, and lead organizational change and reform
  • Demonstrate information and research literacy incorporating of a broad range of education resources and scholarship
  • Design and conduct independent and collaborative research
  • Demonstrate effective and inclusive written and oral communication skills

Students will meet during two weekends in each seven‐week course, at the end of the first and sixth weeks of each course. Each summer the cohort will meet in August to engage in course work, dissertation development, and comprehensive project development. Participants will display proficiency in meeting the program outcomes through the development of a capstone project, the development of a dissertation proposal, and the completion of the dissertation.

Programs

Major

Public Policy (MAPP)


The NEC Master of Arts in Public Policy program prepares students for opportunities in both the public and private sector for positions in and out of government, public policy and advocacy groups or in any industry that an in‐depth knowledge of the policy process is desired. Graduates of the MAPP program are also well prepared for doctoral work. The program concentrates on the intersection between abstract policy and real world politics. Students will gain an understanding of the intellectual foundations for key public policy discussions and how the outcomes affect and change the political process. Students will gain analytical and advocacy skills and will be prepared for advancement in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Our graduates are prepared for the role of scholar practitioner.

The public policy program integrates the student’s professional experience, small group dialogue, and on‐your‐own‐time online learning that provides participants with an experiential foundation for growth in their particular field. The NEC Master of Arts in Public Policy is a 36‐credit hour program that can be completed on a part‐time basis in two years.

Lecturers are comprised of visiting scholars, political professionals, and recognized faculty that foster a learning environment that combines real world experience and academic excellence.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Public Policy program will have:

  • A clear understanding of the origins of American political institutions and thought;
  • A strong foundation in ethics and leadership;
  • An applied understanding of the key governmental institutions that formulate and implement public policy in our society, including Congress, the Judiciary, the Presidency, and state and local governments; the role America plays on the world stage, and how our public policy decisions and actions have an impact around the globe;
  • An in‐depth grasp of the political process in America, including the mechanics of campaigns, elections, campaign finance, and the media. In addition, they will be introduced to the political and policy implications of persistent questions of class, poverty, and race in America, and the impact these have on the pursuit of the “American Dream”;
  • An ability to effectively analyze public policy issues, including basic economic analysis, as well as the ability to present arguments persuasively and logically, and to write and speak clearly, correctly, and convincingly; and,
  • Each of our graduates will have a renewed desire to play a constructive role in their community, at whatever level, in promoting and expanding the common good.

Programs

Major

Courses

Public Policy

Creative Writing


The New England College Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is more than a graduate degree program: it is transformative education for writers. The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program offers a rigorous graduate education in Creative Writing that is based on progressive pedagogy, individualized study, and academic/artistic mentorship. The program’s academic model is studio/research, integrating substantial work in the academic study and creative production of literary art. The Program’s academic format combines brief residential learning experiences on the New England College campus with individualized, home-based mentorship study. The Program’s educational model provides our students with an ideal structure for their academic coursework and individual development as writers-featuring an immersive, community-based educational experience in the residential setting, as well as independent home-based study that is supported by one-on-one faculty mentorship in a natural format for the writing life. The MFA Creative Writing Program’s progressive pedagogy and comprehensive curriculum guide students’ individual development in the study, process, practice, and profession of Creative Writing. Program graduates are well-prepared for the writing life and the pursuit of their individual goals and professional aspirations.

The Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program offers four primary areas of concentration for single-focus course of study: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Interdisciplinary Literary Arts. The MFA also offers a dual-genre option for students who wish to study two individual genres and a dual-focus option that combines study in the student’s primary genre with a specialized course of study in Social Practice.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program will:

  1. Understand the history, theories, and movements that have shaped and continue to influence the writing, reading, and critical reception of literary works.
  2. Be able to locate their own writing in historical, theoretical, and cultural contexts.
  3. Be able to engage in rigorous critical discourse on their own writing and the work of others.
  4. Demonstrate a keen awareness of the writer’s craft and effective use of craft in their own writing.
  5. Effectively employ skills and methods of revision in their writing process.
  6. Apply what they have learned and practiced to the production of a substantial body of high‐quality literary work.
  7. Demonstrate the skills, knowledge, and discipline necessary for successful post-graduate professional life in Creative Writing.
  8. Actively and ethically engage in their academic, literary, geographic, and cultural communities.
  9. Meaningfully contribute to literary/artistic culture and the advancement of the literary arts.

Degree and Thesis Requirements

The Master of Fine Arts is a terminal degree in the field of Creative Writing, and it requires at least two years (four semesters/five campus residencies) of intensive full-time study and the completion of at least 64 credits for a single-focus degree or two and a half years (five semesters/six campus residencies) of intensive full time study and the completion of at least 80 credits for a dual-focus degree.

Single-focus Course of Study (64 credit degree)

Creative Writing Workshop (8 credits) Creative Writing Seminar (8 credits) Mentorship Study: Creative Writing (16 credits) Creative and Critical Process (6 credits)

Craft, Theory, and Practice I and II (4 credits) Form and Theory I-V (10 credits)

Thesis I-IV (8 credits)

Advanced Theory and Practice I and II (2 credits ) Professional Practice (2 credits)

Submission of Creative Thesis (a full-length manuscript or equivalent)

Final Residency: Lecture, Public Reading, Thesis Defense

Dual-genre Course of Study (80 credit degree)

Creative Writing Workshop (10 credits total) Creative Writing Seminar (10 credits total)

Mentorship Study: Creative Writing (24 credits, with coursework completed in both primary and secondary genres)

Creative and Critical Process (8 credits)

Craft, Theory, and Practice I and II (6 credits) Form and Theory I-V (10 credits)

Thesis I-IV (8 credits)

Advanced Theory and Practice (2 credits ) Professional Practice (2 credits)

Submission of Creative Thesis*

Final Residency: Lecture, Public Reading, Thesis Defense

*Note: Dual-genre degree candidates must successfully complete thesis projects in both areas of study. This will include a full-length manuscript (or equivalent) in the primary genre, and a substantive project in the secondary area of concentration (e.g., a student whose primary concentration is Fiction and secondary concentration is Poetry might submit a full length fiction manuscript and a poetry chapbook).

Dual-focus Course of Study: Creative Writing/Social Practice (80 credits)

Creative Writing Workshops (10 credits total)

Creative Writing Seminars (10 credits total)

Mentorship Study: Creative Writing (16 credits completed in primary genre) Mentorship Study: Social Practice (8 credits/1 semester)

Creative and Critical Process (8 credits)

Craft, Theory, and Practice I and II (6 credits) Form and Theory I-V (10 credits)

Thesis I-IV (8 credits)

Advanced Theory and Practice (2 credits ) Professional Practice (2 credits)

Submission of Creative Thesis*

Final Residency: Lecture, Public Reading, Thesis Defense

* Note: Dual-focus degree candidates must successfully complete thesis projects in both areas of study. This will include full-length manuscript in the student’s primary writing genre, and a completed substantive project in Social practice (e.g., a student whose primary concentration is Poetry would complete a full length poetry manuscript for fulfillment of the primary genre requirement and for the Social Practice thesis requirement, might complete a community-based literary arts practicum or submit a project that uses writing to effect social change).

 

 

 

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English

Professional Writing


The New England College Master of Arts (MA) in Professional Writing is an accelerated 12‐month online program for aspiring writers and editors. This 36‐credit program provides students with individualized instruction that enhances writing and publication skills, enables students to develop a comprehensive professional portfolio of work, and prepares students to write in both new and traditional media. Program course‐work integrates theoretical, practical and creative foundations with professional practice skill development. Each course asks students to apply their knowledge and writing skills to cutting‐edge communication challenges. Students also gain an understanding of the various jobs in the field.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Professional Writing program will be able to:

  • Assess the theoretical principles that underlie rhetorical choices and decisions made in professional writing;
  • Develop and expand writing skills that are demanded in a variety of professional settings;
  • Build an awareness of audience, markets, and current standards of publishing professionalism;
  • Develop practical strategies for purposeful, effective communications that fit specific circumstances and client needs;
  • Write for publication and distribution in real professional contexts;
  • Work within a community of professional writers in an online format;
  • Produce a capstone project that develops a grasp of research methodology and critical thinking skills essential to the field.

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Professional Writing

American Studies

American Studies is the systematic study of the American experience as revealed in its history, politics, literature, social sciences, philosophy, religions, and visual and performing arts. American Studies at New England College offers our students the opportunity for an interdisciplinary examination of American life and culture. The program features an introductory course that provides a general introduction to the theory, methods and content in the field of American Studies while focusing on a specific topic. The bulk of the program consists of interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary seminars which allow each student to focus their interest in a particular area or pursue a more generalized view of the American experience. Within broadly defined thematic areas, each seminar employs the methodologies of many traditional disciplines to reveal the essential past and present of all things “American.” The American studies program emphasizes close personal faculty attention to each student’s program of study. Early in the program, each student will identify a faculty mentor who will help guide them in the capstone process. The final step in the journey will be the capstone course itself, the culmination of the student’s journey through America in space and time.

 

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Master of Arts in American Studies will

  • develop and enhance their grasp of research methods and professional academic writing skills;
  • acquire an awareness of the theories current in American Studies as a field of inquiry;
  • participate in the discourse of scholars in the field;
  • understand the application of the various disciplines to the study of the American experience;
  • gain competence and confidence in the practical applications of American Studies knowledge and skills in the professional sphere.

The Program

To earn the M.A. degree in American Studies, students must complete 36 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0. 

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American Studies

International Relations

Program Overview

The field of International Relations continues to develop rapidly in response to dramatic global changes. The 36-credit NEC MA in International Relations prepares graduates to evaluate and analyze relevant global issues and area studies expertise. Graduates grounded in the facts of the past, skilled in the debates of the present, and able to anticipate patterns of future development, will be crucial in shaping responses to global change. The Master of Arts in International Relations at NEC is a practical program, preparing students to face the challenges of an evolving international political landscape. Coursework covers central issues such as globalization, international security, terrorism, international political economy and American Foreign Policy. Graduates emerge with expertise in a range of contemporary issues.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Arts in International Relations will be able to:

  • Develop a working knowledge of several subfields of the discipline, such as International Relations Theory, Comparative Politics, Area Studies, and International Security;
  • Carry out research in the broad field of international relations and related sub-topics;
  • Analyze international events and issues and propose options to resolve conflicts and policy matters in the international arena;
  • Apply and critique theories and models of international relations to the practice of international affairs;
  • Demonstrate effective written, oral, and online communication skills;
  • Understand, analyze and propose resolutions to ethical issues in international relations;
  • Become effective practitioners in the field of international relations.
  • Write and present significant works of research and policy documents, as reflected in the preparation of a thesis or capstone at the end of the program.

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