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Masters Programs

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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Science in Educational Technology (MSET)
Master of Science of Nursing (MSN)
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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is an innovative approach to graduate education whose purpose is as old as the idea of the university itself. As Socrates suggested over two thousand years ago, we need more than specialized learning or mastery of a particular skill to function well in our world. In 1953, the first Graduate Liberal Studies program was established at Wesleyan University, followed soon after by others at Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Harvard and dozens of other universities. The concept caught on rapidly, and there are now almost 200 such programs throughout the country. Unlike traditional masters' programs, which focus on developing skill in one specific discipline, Graduate Liberal Studies emphasizes the interrelated nature of knowledge and brings the expertise of different disciplines to bear on the issues it examines.

The Ramapo Program
This program uses the interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives that Ramapo first developed in its undergraduate programs to explore issues that shaped and continue to influence the modern world. Ramapo's program is unique in focusing upon the contact between western and non-western peoples in the past and the present. It explores how society at different times has been viewed by groups who are outside the mainstream, and investigates the perceptions of peoples from different cultures. Students study these issues in four core courses, followed by four electives which build upon themes introduced in the core, culminating in one of three seminar options.

The breadth and nature of the program have particular relevance to mature students who want to be able to make better sense of the times in which they live and who function in increasingly multicultural settings. Teachers will find it valuable, as will others whose work places them in contact with co-workers or clients from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

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Master of Business Administration (MBA)

The M.B.A. program at Ramapo is designed to develop within the student an analytical approach to business problems that is ethically and socially aware and fits the student’s particular needs, talents, and values. It readies students for a new business environment that demands technically proficient people with a broad appreciation of society, world cultures, and diverse peoples. Graduates of this degree program will be prepared to take leadership roles in a wide variety of business, government, and nonprofit organizations.

Students may specialize in accounting, management, marketing, finance or information systems. Students entering this program will have completed foundation course work in management, marketing, corporate finance, statistics, economics, information systems, business law and accounting. Those missing all of these business background courses must either complete the core requirements by taking Business Core I and Business Core II as needed or equivalent undergraduate or graduate course work. Those missing some of these background courses will take the individual courses as needed. The accounting concentration requires the additional prerequisite courses of Intermediate Accounting I and II. The Information Systems concentration has additional prerequisites of a high-level programming language course, a database management systems course, and a networks and distributed processing course or requires the permission of the Information Systems convening group.

All courses except Business Core I and II will be offered in the evening.

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Master of Science in Educational Technology (MSET)

The Ramapo College Program in Educational Technology can dramatically transform the roles of the teacher and student by bringing the world into the classroom. Advances in technology can accommodate diverse learning styles and performance levels, liberate teachers and students from the "one size fits all" model of education, enable students from dissimilar backgrounds to experience a common sense of accomplishment, provide bridges from school to career, and foster lifelong learning.

A universal priority is the need to upgrade the teacher work force to enable all students to succeed in science, mathematics and technology. The Master of Science in Educational Technology - Science Track will reinforce, expand, and extend the College's tradition of involvement with the professional growth of teachers.

From its earliest years Ramapo College has earned widespread recognition for its initiatives in effecting change through staff development programs geared to elementary and secondary educators throughout the surrounding region. In addition to in-service institutes and workshops tailored to areas of defined need by school districts, the College has conducted multi-year programs centered on curricular reforms in mathematics and science which have earned acclaim.

Since 1994, the College has been the recipient of competitive grant funding exceeding $2.6 million dollars from the National Science Foundation and New Jersey State Department of Education for teacher enhancement projects in science and technology.

Escalating calls for graduate programs directed at the needs and concerns of the professional education community have spurred the College to design focused graduate studies grounded in the College conceptualization of its leadership mission in the improvement of pre-college education.

The program is aimed at certified teachers who possess a career goal of attaining higher levels of professional competence.

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Master of Science of Nursing (MSN)

Ramapo College of New Jersey and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey jointly offer courses leading to a Master of Science in Nursing with a nursing education track. The 35-credit degree focuses on the preparation of nurses to work as nursing faculty in higher education or as nurse educators in health agencies.
In addition, a post-master’s certificate program is offered, designed for those nurses holding a master’s degree in nursing who are interested in pursuing nursing education.

Criteria for admission to the degree program include graduation from an approved nursing degree program or completion of the UMDNJ-SN Transition Program for applicants with non-nursing baccalaureate degrees, an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for all nursing courses and full-time experience as a practicing registered professional nurse.

The deadline for January admission is October 15; April 15 is the deadline for September admission.

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