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Section 10
Degrees, Programs, and Concentrations

By Degree and Level | By Program | Accelerated Graduate Degree Programs | Dual Degree Programs

New graduate degrees, programs and concentrations are continually under development and may now be approved and available. Check the website for recently approved programs and for information on which programs are currently accepting applications and which are currently closed for admission. For the most current list of authorized degrees, programs and concentrations, Accelerated Degree Programs, and Dual Degree Programs, go to As of the date of this publication, the University is authorized to offer 50 different degrees with graduate programs (majors) offered as follows:

Programs Concentratrations
116 Masters Programs (including MPAS) 212 Master's Concentrations
2 Education Specialist Programs 15 Specialist concentrations
47 Doctoral Programs (including Ph.D., D.B.A, Ed.D., Au.D., DNP, DrPH) 103 Doctoral Concentrations
3 Professional Doctoral Programs (including M.D., D.P.T., PharmD.)

How to understand Degrees, versus Programs, versus Concentrations.

The University offers a number of degrees (e.g. M.A., M.S.E.S., Ph.D., etc.) under which various programs (a.k.a. majors) are offered - for example Accounting. Concentrations are formalized areas of study available within the program - for example Tax/Audit. Definitions are noted on the following page.

Some programs are offered as the area of study presented. Other programs are offered through a variety of concentrations within the program. The Degree is awarded in the Program, e.g. M.S. in Nursing. For example

Adult Education (Curriculum and Instruction)M.Ed.Education

Translates to: "M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Adult Education"

= the name of the degree – "Master of Education"
Curriculum and Instruction
= the name of the program of study the degree is awarded in
Adult Education
= the name of the concentration within the program

See definition of Concentration below.

To learn more about the program or concentration, refer to the corresponding college section of the catalog. Depending on the College, the information may be listed under the concentration name (as is the case for the College of Education) or the program name (as is the case for the College of Arts and Sciences.).Note: Programs may also offer plans, tracks, or areas of study which are informal groupings within a program or concentration.

Questions about degrees and concentrations may be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies.


A degree program is defined as an organized curriculum leading to a college degree in an area of study recognized as an academic discipline by the higher education community, as demonstrated by assignment of a Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code by the National Center for Educational Statistics, or as demonstrated by similar programs existing at other colleges and universities, and having designated faculty and instructional resources. Each degree program will be assigned a CIP code and included in the State University System Academic Degree Program Inventory.

Example: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Graduate Program (Major) (ref: BOG Regulation 6C-8.011)
An organized curriculum offered as a major area of study that is part of an existing or proposed degree program and does not constitute sufficient distinct coursework, faculty, and instructional resources to be considered a separate degree program. A Program Major must be reasonably associated with the degree program under which it is offered and share common core or prerequisite courses with other majors within the same degree program. A Program Major will not be assigned a CIP Code, will not be included in the State University System Academic Degree Program Inventory, and will not be recognized as a standalone degree program at the University. The number of credit hours for a Program Major will be established by the University for each degree level.

Example: Curriculum and Instruction

Concentration (approved by Graduate Council 3/15/10)
A Concentration is a coordinated set of courses in conjunction with examinations, thesis and/or dissertation, sub-curriculum that is applicable to one or more existing graduate programs. The total number of credit hours must not equal or exceed the number of credit hours established for the Degree Program(s). Concentrations must be approved by the Department (or equivalent), College, and Graduate Council. Concentrations are listed on a student's transcript, but not on the diploma. Also reference BOG Regulation 6C-8.011.  Editor's note - the concentration is now also noted on the Diploma

Example: Adult Education

Full Example:
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Curriculum and Instruction (program)
with a Concentration in Adult Education

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