The Applied Physics concentration is excellent preparation for those planning to continue their education through the Ph.D., either in physics or an engineering field, or for a career as an instructor in a two-year college. Students electing the thesis option will be well qualified for employment in industry or in a research laboratory. The Applied Optics concentration is designed for students intending to pursue a career in optics fields such as optoelectronics, optical communications, optical metrology, etc. This concentration would also be excellent preparation for those planning to continue their education through the Ph.D. in optics.
UNC Charlotte offers a sequence of graduate counseling courses with an emphasis in play therapy. The goal of the program is to prepare students to work with children who are 10 years and younger in a developmentally appropriate way in both school counseling and community settings. The program is available for students who have completed a master’s degree in counseling, social work or psychology and want additional training in play therapy. In addition, students currently enrolled in the master’s or doctoral program in the School of Social Work or in non-UNCC counseling programs may take the coursework required for the graduate certificate. The graduate certificate in Play Therapy will meet the post-master’s educational requirements, as specified by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) for the Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credential.
The Master of Arts in Psychology: Industrial/Organizational is a nationally recognized master’s degree program in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology. It provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the world of work from both an employee and organizational point of view. The program and its curriculum are built on five key foundational elements: Leadership, Organizational Change and Development, Talent, Culture/Climate, and Analytics.
The Master of Public Administration provides education and training for the public and nonprofit sectors, conduct scholarly and applied research to advance the field of public administration, and serve the community. MPA students have the option to concentrate their studies in several specialized areas: Non-Profit Management, Urban Management & Policy, Arts Administration, Emergency Management, and Public Finance.
As part of the Master of Public Administration program, the graduate certificate in Public Finance provides education and
training for the public and nonprofit sectors, conduct scholarly and applied research to advance the field of public administration, and serve the community. Specilized training can be obtained in this certificate without having to pursue the MPA master’s degree.
The Master of Science in Public Health prepares graduate students to apply core principles of public health education within a variety of community settings and to advance the public health profession. The program values professional and academic integrity and ethics, collegiality, engagement with the community, and responsiveness and innovation in its pursuit of attaining the highest possible standards of health and well-being. Students develop specialized skills to assess health behavior and to design, deliver, and evaluate health promotion, risk prevention, and risk reduction services.
The graduate certificate in Public Health Core Concepts contributes to the preparation of community and public health practitioners entering the field from related disciplines and serves as a stepping-stone to further graduate training in public health. The certificate also is available to students who wish to complement an existing degree in a health profession such as nursing or social work.
The focus of the PhD in Public Health Sciences is to train researchers and professionals with skills essential to address contemporary public health problems at the individual, community and population levels. Drawing on the social-ecological framework, public health is an interdisciplinary field encompassing public health practice in the community; scientific research utilizing theoretical perspectives from disciplines such as anthropology, economics, geography, gerontology, medicine, nursing, psychology, and sociology. The PhD in Public Health Sciences is in the Behavioral Sciences Concentration, with a focus on health behavior, health promotion, community health and engagement, and strong research methodology.
The Ph.D. in Public Policy is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the study of policy development, implementation, and evaluation. It stresses the development of skills, tools, and specialties, as well as a theoretical understanding of them, that contribute to our understanding of the structure of institutional systems and sub-systems and of how policy should be shaped within political environments.