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Career and Technical Studies

The Career and Technical Studies (CTST) program is an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to provide post baccalaureate preparation in two concentrations: Occupational Studies and Project Management. Curricula in CTST leads to the Master of Science with a concentration in Occupational Studies, Master of Science with a concentration in Project Management, the Graduate Certificate in Project Management, and the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Occupational Studies.

Occupational Studies Concentration

The program will meet the personal and continuing professional needs of community college teachers, cooperative extension agents, supervisors in education, business, and industry, and others associated with the career and technical studies enterprise. Students may specialize in agriculture subjects, business subjects, administrative systems management, industrial technology, family and consumer sciences, and general career and technical studies. The certificate of advanced graduate study is offered in general career and technical studies.

Project Management Concentration

The program leads to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Career and Technical Studies (CTST) with concentration in project management. The demand for professionals who can integrate and manage a company's project has created an emerging field in project management technology. The program is designed to provide the tools, techniques, and skills needed to effectively manage projects through appropriate learning activities and products. The curriculum covers the knowledge areas and industrial standards and integrates business and industry courses with the theory and practice of project management. This program will assist you to better manage your project(s) from planning and team-building through quality and cost management.

Master of Science 

The Master of Science degree in Project Management (Concentration) requires a minimum of 30 semester hours which will include a three-semester hour of Master's Thesis (CTST 539) dealing with issues in project management or a minimum of 33 semester hours for the Non-thesis option. The non-thesis option will include CTST 525: Contract and Procurement Management and CTST 570: Integrated Project Management (the CAPM Certification). Candidates may take either the GRE or the GMAT and obtain an acceptable score to qualify for candidacy.

Admission

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate Division of the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Outreach, a minimum of 21 semester hours of undergraduate preparation in an occupational program or related area is required. Undergraduate majors in the following areas will be considered: agriculture, industrial technology, industrial education, family and consumer sciences, business management, computer and information systems, administrative systems management, human ecology, sociology, health occupations, business education, and associated fields.

Continuation Requirements

Continuation requirements for a degree in Career and Technical Studies adhere to the general requirements for the Graduate Division of the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Outreach.

Concentrations and Specialty Tracks

Two concentrations are offered in the Career and Technical Studies program. Occupational Studies and Project Management.

Occupational Studies

Students who elect the Occupational Studies concentration may receive the master of science with a specialization in agriculture subjects, business subjects, administrative systems management, industrial technology, family and consumer sciences, and general career and technical studies. The certificate of advanced graduate study is offered in general career and technical studies.

Project Management

Students who elect the Project Management concentration may received the master of science degree with a concentration in project management, or the graduate certificate in project management (a non-degree program) which requires 18 semester hours of coursework.

Master of Science, Occupational Studies Concentration (Thesis Option)

Candidates for the Master of Science degree must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours, which include 24-27 semester hours of courses plus a thesis of three to six semester hours. The degree will not be granted without a thesis.

Master of Science, Occupational Studies Concentration (Non-Thesis Option)

Candidates for the non-thesis option must complete one of the following:

  1. Thirty semester hours of courses and an internship or practicum of three to six semester hours.
  2. Thirty semester hours of courses plus a project (action research or other applied techniques).
  3. Thirty-six semester hours of course work.

Master of Science, Project Management Concentration (Non-Thesis Option)

Candidates for this option must complete thirty-three semester hours of course work which includes three semester hours in CTST 570, Integrated Project Management or CTST 578, Master's Project in Project Management.

Master of Science, Project Management Concentration (Thesis Option)

Candidates for this option must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours which will include a 3-semester hour of thesis, dealing with issues in project management.

Exit Requirements

All requirements for the master's degree must be completed within six years from the date of initial registration in the graduate program, excluding periods of military service. Extensions of no more than two years may be granted following a successful appeal to the Committee on Policies and Petitions of the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Outreach. All students must satisfactorily complete a comprehensive examination (oral, written, or both) which will cover the field of the student's major and minor work as well as the specialized area of the thesis if the program includes one.

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