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Master's Degrees

Master of Science in Criminology

The Master of Science program in Criminology offered in downtown Fresno provides students with both theoretical and practical knowledge about our criminal justice system and its management. It prepares professionals for senior positions in government agencies.

The program is open to government employees, including military personnel, their spouses, and those government employees recently laid off from work because of budget cuts. The M.S. in Criminology degree can lead to promotion within a government agency and enhances an employee’s qualifications for senior level positions within criminal justice agencies.

Program content enhances critical thinking skills and guides students in the application of theoretical concepts. In addition to the criminology core courses, remaining courses are in areas related to criminal justice and criminal justice management, such as courses on Homeland Security, the Intelligence Function, Management Information Systems, and Criminal Justice Project Management.

Students progress together through the 30-unit program as a cohort over a 23-month period. Classes meet face-to-face on Friday evenings and all day on Saturdays, with some instruction online. 

Eligible students must: 

  • hold a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology or a related area from an accredited university/college 
  • have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in last sixty units of undergraduate study

Applicants must apply to the university online at www.csumentor.edu. They must also apply to the Criminology Department and submit the following: 

  • three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores (900 or greater combined verbal/quantitative score desirable)
  • personal essay about purpose of graduate study
  • copy of two undergraduate transcripts 

Starting Fall 2013, the fee is $325 per unit.

Note: the Criminology Department application and recommendation forms can be found at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/socialsciences/criminology/degrees-programs/masters.html
To inquire about the Master of Science in Criminology, contact: 
Dr. Harald Otto Schweizer
Science II, Area C - Room 159
2576 E. San Ramon, M/S ST104
Fresno, CA 93740-8029
haralds@csufresno.edu • 559.278.8880

Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)

Executives may earn an MBA from a program accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) in 17 months, while expanding their professional network and acquiring valuable skills to advance their careers.

The EMBA is the same degree as the Craig School of Business traditional MBA program, requiring 36 units. Executive MBA students enjoy flexibility and personal attention, and are taught by top professors from the Craig School who focus on real world applications. Through team-based learning, students develop a close network with their colleagues, and learn to analyze complex problems as well as deal with strategic issues. The program accommodates the busy executive using a cohort system and a preset course schedule with most classes meeting on Saturdays. This Executive MBA program provides a broad business curriculum that prepares the graduate for the competitive global community, including a culminating experience in a foreign country.

Among a small cohort of established colleagues, candidates learn advanced practices in management, marketing, finance, human resources and entrepreneurship. The fast-paced atmosphere provides curriculum immediately applicable in everyday business situations. By working together closely throughout the intensive program, students often forge relationships that can pay dividends well into the future.

This degree program is designed for those with a minimum of ten years of work experience and at least three years in a managerial or professional position.

Candidates are required to attend two and one-half weeks of intensive classes (Wednesday to Friday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon) at the start of the program in order to acquire the foundation materials for the degree.

One of the many highlights of this EMBA will be a 10-day international trip (included in the tuition fee) to complement the international business course in the program.

Since the EMBA is designed to suit candidates with a minimum of ten years of work experience with at least three years in a managerial or professional capacity, the GMAT (graduate entrance exam to business schools) requirement will be waived for executive applicants. A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required to be admitted, but participants must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to graduate.

For details, please contact:

Professor Tom Burns, Manager 
Graduate Programs
Craig School of Business
California State University, Fresno
tombu@csufresno.edu • 559. 278.2107
http://www.fresnostate.edu/craig/grad-business/emba/

Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program provides educational opportunities for individuals to develop analytical and critical thinking skills; to appreciate and engage in ethical decision making; and to enhance the ability to communicate effectively. Specifically, the MPA program offers coursework in quantitative analysis, public institutions, organizational theory, public budgeting and human resource management, public policy, ethics, and public and nonprofit management. This coursework is supplemented by special issue and topic courses in the areas of public and nonprofit management, as well as public policy.

The MPA program at Fresno State has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). In addition, the faculty of this program combines both academic training and practical experience in the courses they teach. This is invaluable in a public administration degree.

Students are working professionals in local (e.g., city, county, and school districts) and state government, as well as nonprofit organizations. These individuals are seeking to develop management competencies in the areas of public and nonprofit management. The types of careers that students can expect to enter after completion of this degree would be those in management or administrative positions, as well as policy or program analysis. Working professionals completing the program have experienced promotions from lower- to middle-level management and from middle-level to the higher-levels of management in their home organizations.

MPA students progress toward their degree as a cohort, with recent instruction sites in Fresno or Visalia. Courses in the MPA off-campus program are delivered face-to-face and are held on alternating weekends (e.g., Friday evenings and Saturday mornings and afternoons). The MPA program requires 36 semester units and takes a little less than two and one-half years to complete.

Individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree at an accredited university or college are eligible to apply for admission to the MPA program. Program requirements include the following: (1) applicants must have a grade point average of at least 2.75 over the course of their undergraduate careers; (2) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of at least 475 in the Quantitative section and 475 in the Verbal section of the General Test; (3) submission of one letter of recommendation; and (4) professional experience in the field of public administration, nonprofit management, or other related fields.

The fee is $425 per unit for the current Fresno cohort, for a total of $15,300 for the complete program. The cost of books and materials is not included. Students are eligible to apply for financial aid. 

Students must apply to the university online at www.csumentor.edu and must also apply to the MPA program. 

To inquire about the program, contact the MPA program coordinator: 
Dr. Kurt Cline
California State University, Fresno, 
Department of Political Science 
kcline@csufresno.edu • 559.278.2865
www.fresnostate.edu/socialsciences/polysci/degrees/ma-pubadmin.html

Master of Arts in Reading – Online

The Master of Arts in Reading - Online degree program is offered through the Kremen School of Education and Human Development.

Enrollment is open for fall, spring and summer. For more information and application please visit: http://mastersinreading.com or contact:

Imelda Basurto
Faculty
Department of Literacy and Early Education
Kremen School of Education and Human Development
California State University, Fresno
ibasurto@csufresno.edu • 559.278.0250