2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Graduate Education

Graduate Education

The goal of graduate education at Norfolk State University is to provide advanced, discipline-specific knowledge, skills, and perspectives which prepare graduates to assume leadership roles and contribute to a profession, discipline or field. Master's degree programs build upon the foundation of undergraduate education and provide advanced knowledge, specialized skills, methodologies, and opportunities for independent learning. Doctoral degree programs provide the highest level of preparation for leadership roles and careers in teaching, research, and professional practice. All programs require a minimum of 30 semester credit hours for degree completion.

The University offers several master’s degree programs. Each master’s degree program consists of a coherent program of study, which includes core and concentration coursework, electives, seminars, and other educational experiences, such as practicums, theses and creative scholarly projects.

The minimum requirements for the master’s degree include the successful completion of 30 semester credit hours of approved coursework and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. Degree programs may require a thesis option, or other culminating scholarly and creative projects. The requirements for each master’s program are included in the program description published in the Graduate Catalog.

The University offers three doctoral degree programs which require a minimum of 54 semester credit hours for degree completion. Doctoral programs include core and concentration coursework, comprehensive and/or qualifying examinations, advanced research coursework, and preparation and defense of a dissertation. The aim of doctoral education is to prepare leaders who are grounded in the knowledge, theories, and best practices of their disciplines and professions. Graduates are expected to demonstrate competence and expertise in their fields, a global perspective, and the ability to engage in both independent scholarship and interdisciplinary collaboration in knowledge development. The minimum requirements for the doctoral degree include successful completion of all program requirements and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 point scale. Specific requirements for doctorate degrees vary by discipline and are specified in each program description published in the Graduate Catalog.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

MA                    Criminal Justice

MA                    Media and Communications

MA                    Special Education

MA                    Urban Affairs

MA                    Urban Education

MAT                  Teaching

MFA                  Visual Studies

MHA                  Healthcare Administration

MHI                   Health Informatics

MMUS              Music

MS                    Computer Science

MS                    CyberPsychology

GRAD CERT    CyberPsychology

MS                    Cybersecurity

MS                    Electronics Engineering

MS                    Materials Science

MSW                 Social Work

PHD                  Clinical Psychology (w/ODU)

PHD                  Materials Science and Engineering

PHD                  Social Work