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Botany Program

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN BOTANY

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates will have the knowledge necessary to succeed in their field; they will be excellent plant biologist, excellent evolutionary biologist, and excellent phylogeneticists
  2. Graduates will have excellent research skills (filed, laboratory, plant growth facilities, library)
  3. Graduates will be able to design and deliver excellent presentations about research suited for a variety of audiences
  4. Graduates will have experience in seeking external funds for their research from a diversity of resources; they will be skilled in locating sources of funding
  5. Graduates will be able to write scientific papers about research
  6. Graduates will be able to review research in their area, including the presentations, manuscripts and proposals to fellow scientist
  7. Graduates will be able to teach effectively

Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences

MASTER OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Comprehend and apply critical theory and empirical research in concentration area
  2. Facility with statistical and methodological techniques commonly used in one’s concentration area
  3. Development of professional writing and oral presentation skills
  4. Ability to understand and apply multiple perspectives in the field of program evaluation

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HUMAN RESOURCES DESIGN

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Ability to understand and apply the principles of Human Resources (HR) Strategy
  2. Ability to understand and apply strategic solutions to a variety of complex business issues
  3. Development of effective communication and oral presentation skills

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN PSYCHOLOGY

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Ability to comprehend and apply critical theory and empirical research in concentration area
  2. Facility with statistical and methodological techniques commonly used in one’s concentration area
  3. Ability and success contributing to the original source material in one’s concentration area
  4. Development of professional writing and oral presentation skills

Division of Politics & Economics

MASTER OF ARTS AND DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN POLITICS AND POLICY

Student Learning Outcomes for all concentrations:

  1. A solid understanding of the academic foundations of the field.
  2. Requisite skills necessary to understand and do quality research within the field.
  3. Skills to work in academic or professional settings.

Discipline Specific Knowledge:

  1. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the main sub-fields of study within field.
  • *Each concentration has specific elements in addition to those shown above.

MASTER OF ARTS AND DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN ECONOMICS

Student Learning Outcomes for all concentrations:

  1. A solid understanding of the academic foundations of the field.
  2. Requisite skills necessary to understand and do quality research within the field.
  3. Skills to work in academic or professional settings.

Discipline Specific Knowledge:

  1. Demonstrate a solid understanding of the main sub-fields of study within field.
  • *Each concentration has specific elements in addition to those shown above.

School of Community and Global Health

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN HEALTH PROMOTION SCIENCES

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of research methodology appropriate for the conduct of etiological research and to evaluate health promotion interventions
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of current theories in health promotion sciences and the use of theory in the design and execution of etiological and intervention research
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of and select appropriate statistical methods necessary to conduct statistical analyses for research in the health promotion sciences
  4. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge from their core concentration and will demonstrate application of this knowledge in the conduct of research in the health promotion sciences

MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Assess the health status of populations and their related determinants of health and illness
  2. Develop a plan to implement policy and programs
  3. Communicate in writing and orally, in person, and through electronic means with linguistic and cultural proficiency
  4. Consider the role of culture, social and behavioral factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability and delivery of public health services
  5. Describe the role of governmental and non-governmental organizations in the delivery of community health services
  6. Apply the basic public health sciences to public health policies and programs
  7. Conduct a comprehensive review of scientific evidence related to public health issue, concern or intervention
  8. Interpret the organizational structures, functions, and authorities of local, state, and federal public health agencies for public health program management
  9. Prepare proposals for funding from external sources
  10. Incorporate ethical standards of practice as the basis of all interaction with organizations, communities and individuals

Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates will be able to evaluate data and demonstrate good business decisions based on combined understanding of available resources, potential risk and reward, and ethical and moral considerations
  2. Graduates will be able to collaborate with and manage team interactions to create and present project results
  3. Graduates will be able to develop, and make decisions in regard to, appropriate business strategies based on the unique needs, values, culture, and position of a company
  4. Graduates will be able to identify personal strengths, values and challenges and develop methods and techniques by which to effectively manage professional behavior and relationships
  5. Graduates will be able to identify, research, develop and implement a plan to address specific issues that impact an organization

EXECUTIVE MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates will be able to evaluate data and demonstrate good business decisions based on combined understanding of available resources, potential risk and reward, and ethical and moral considerations
  2. Graduates will be able to collaborate with and manage team interactions to create and present project results
  3. Graduates will be able to develop, and make decisions in regard to, appropriate business strategies based on the unique needs, values, culture, and position of a company.
  4. Graduates will be able to identify personal strengths, values and challenges and develop methods and techniques by which to effectively manage professional behavior and relationships
  5. Graduates will be able to identify, research, develop and implement a plan to address specific issues that impact an organization

MASTER OF ARTS IN MANAGEMENT (MAM)

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates will be able to evaluate data and demonstrate good business decisions based on combined understanding of available resources, potential risk and reward, and ethical and moral considerations.
  2. Graduates will be able to collaborate with and manage team interactions to create and present project results.
  3. Graduates will be able to develop, and make decisions in regard to, appropriate business strategies based on unique needs, values, culture, and position of a company.
  4. Graduates will be able to identify personal strengths, values and challenges and develop methods and techniques by which to effectively manage professional behavior and relationships.
  5. Graduates will be able to identify, research, develop and implement a plan to address specific issues that impact an organization.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ADVANCED MANAGEMENT (MSAM)

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates will be able to evaluate data and demonstrate good business decisions based on combined understanding of available resources, potential risk and reward, and ethical and moral considerations.
  2. Graduates will be able to collaborate with and manage team interactions to create and present project results.
  3. Graduates will be able to develop, and make decisions in regard to, appropriate business strategies based on unique needs, values, culture, and position of a company.
  4. Graduates will be able to identify personal strengths, values and challenges and develop methods and techniques by which to effectively manage professional behavior and relationships.
  5. Graduates will be able to identify, research, develop and implement a plan to address specific issues that impact an organization.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN FINANCIAL ENGINEERING

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates will be able to use fundamental financial engineering mathematical concepts and methods to evaluate the value of financial securities using alternative theories and applications of risk and return, and employ technology to effectively analyze business issues in quantitative terms.
  2. Graduates will be able to use a broad range of modeling methodologies, and underlying statistical techniques, commonly used in the analysis and modeling of complex systems to solve financial engineering problems.
  3. Graduates will be able to identify and analyze financial engineering problems and opportunities and apply appropriate methods to develop and evaluate alternative solutions.
  4. Graduates are able to assess the business impact and risks of financial engineering solutions.
  5. Graduates will be able to communicate effectively and professionally both in writing and by means of presentations using appropriate technical language.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN MANAGEMENT

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates will be able to review research in their field.
  2. Graduates will be able to conduct research that contributes to their field.
  3. Graduates will be able to make presentations about their research.
  4. Graduates will be able to write articles about their research.
  5. Graduates will be able to teach in their field.

School of Educational Studies

MASTER OF ARTS IN EDUCATION

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates demonstrate core knowledge of educational and community organizations
  2. Graduates apply principles of diversity, social change, and immigration in their educational environment.
  3.  Graduates demonstrate knowledge of research and assessment methods
  4. Graduates are able to think analytically and creatively
  5. Graduates demonstrate good writing, communication, and presentation skills

MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHER EDUCATION

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. General Education candidates will be able to meet the thirteen California Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs) as demonstrated through their clinical teaching requirements and passing scores of 3 or 4 on the California Teaching Performance Assessments (TPAs), Tasks 1-4. Our Education Specialist candidates will be able to meet the California Professional Standards for Education Specialists as demonstrated through their clinical teaching requirements.
  2. All candidates will be able to apply research-based strategies to create and support a classroom focused on high academic expectations for all students as demonstrated via formal observations and evaluation of their clinical practice and lesson planning.
  3. All candidates will be able to analyze student achievement individually and collectively in order to scrutinize their performance as a teacher and guide their own professional growth as demonstrated through their clinical practice and a required “Action Plan for Professional Growth” assignment.
  4. Candidates will be able to write a graduate-level, practitioner-based research paper (e.g., the Ethnographic Narrative Project) that integrates their teaching experiences and knowledge of their students, families, communities, and school cultures with scholarly research to guide their growth and reflection as a teacher.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN EDUCATION

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates have expertise in both theories and research in education
  2. Graduates demonstrate a thorough knowledge of diversity in education
  3. Graduates comprehend and can conduct policy studies
  4. Graduates conduct original research in education
  5. Graduates conduct assessment studies
  6. Graduates teach and make presentations about their research
  7. Graduates write articles about and publish their research

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN EDUCATION, OFFERED JOINTLY WITH SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates have expertise in both theories and research in education
  2. Graduates demonstrate a thorough knowledge of diversity in education
  3. Graduates understand and can conduct policy studies
  4. Graduates engage in systemic organizational change that improves performance and quality of life for all
  5. Graduates apply theory and research-based knowledge to transform communities
  6. Graduates use effective educational practices, including tools available through technology, to transform organizations
  7. Graduates conduct original research in education
  8. Graduates conduct assessment studies
  9. Graduates teach and make presentations about their research
  10. Graduates write articles about and publish their research

School of Arts and Humanities

MASTER OF ARTS AND DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN CULTURAL STUDIES

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will develop skills in research, writing, and analysis, as well as disciplinary knowledge required for professional jobs in the academy or in other fields

MASTER OF ARTS IN ENGLISH

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates will demonstrate a satisfactory mastery of content
  2. Graduates will demonstrate competency in close reading, literary interpretation, and writing
  3. Graduates will demonstrate adequate reading knowledge of one foreign language and/or skills in digital humanities
  4. Graduates will be able to discuss a clear plan for post-MA future and is capable of planning its implementations

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN ENGLISH

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Successful mastery of the content of three fields of specialization, as attested to by demonstrable competency in both teaching and research/writing
  2. Transdisciplinary fluency
  3. Fluency in foreign languages and other research tools as deemed appropriate to each student’s dissertation specialization
  4. The completion of a doctoral thesis and its successful defense to a committee of at least three faculty with expertise in the field(s) it covers

MASTER OF ARTS AND DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN HISTORY

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will develop skills in scholarship, writing, and oral delivery

MASTER OF ARTS IN ARCHIVAL STUDIES

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will develop skills in archives, organizing archival material, reading and deciphering old and illegible writing

MASTER OF ARTS IN ARTS MANAGEMENT

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understanding of current arts and cultural theory and policy
  2. Knowledge of the dynamics and logistics of institutional development related to how art gets presented and produced
  3. Leadership in complex organizational environments, including the dynamics of working with boards, organizational structure and staffing, and working with artists and other constituencies
  4. Basic business skills in nonprofit accounting, financial management, organizational theory and practice
  5. Knowledge of marketing and resource development strategies for the arts
  6. Knowledge of strategic analysis and planning
  7. Application of research methodologies to the field, including the ability to conceptualize, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate data

MASTER OF ARTS IN APPLIED WOMEN’S STUDIES

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will develop skills in scholarship, writing, and oral delivery

MASTER OF FINE ARTS

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students must demonstrate an understanding of all relevant precedents, art historical and contemporary, and be able to state how their work distinguishes itself by staking out an original position
  2. Ability to envision and execute a full-scale solo art exhibit- to conceive, construct, fabricate, install, light, and publicize an exhibition, managing all the contingencies that go along with it
  3. Ability to comment on their work in the exhibition, including discoveries, observations, and clues to the viewers, as well as rearticulating, in synopsis form, the propositions their art makes
  4. Demonstrate an ability to present and discuss their ideas and positions verbally, and in person

MASTER OF ARTS IN MUSIC, DOCTOR OF CHURCH MUSIC, DOCTOR OF MUSICAL ARTS, AND DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN MUSICOLOGY

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Reading knowledge of one or two languages, with special regard to writings on musical subjects
  2. Competency in subject areas covered, oral expression skills, writing skills, and knowledge and facility in the field, appropriate to the degree sought by the student
  3. Ability to compose and perform musical work

MASTER OF ARTS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. To provide students with a broad knowledge of Islam, its scripture and tradition, its legal theory, philosophy, theology, mysticism, gender relations, and history (classical, medieval, and modern), in the comparative context with other religions (Christianity and Judaism),
  2. To prepare students for doctoral studies in Islam and other related areas, and
  3. To enable students to articulate their knowledge of Islam in effective oral and written communication

MASTER OF ARTS IN WOMEN’S STUDIES, RELIGION

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. To introduce students to global feminist scholarship in the field of religion
  2. To prepare them for doctoral studies in Women’s Studies in Religion and other related areas
  3. To enable students to articulate their knowledge of the field in effective oral and written communication

MASTER OF ARTS IN RELIGION, GENERAL

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. To provide students with a broad and general knowledge of religion in three areas in which the School of Religion offers the Ph.D.
  2. To prepare them for specialized doctoral study of religion
  3. Enable them to articulate that knowledge in effective oral and written communication

MASTER OF ARTS IN RELIGION AND AMERICAN POLITICS, INTERFIELD PROGRAM WITH SPE

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. A solid understanding of the academic foundations of two fields, North American religions and American politics, and their historical interactions
  2. The requisite skills necessary for doing research
  3. Skills to work in academic or professional settings

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN RELIGION

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. To acquire an expert knowledge appropriate to the doctoral level of the phenomenon of religion in some of its diverse aspects as determined by one’s area of specialization, such as different traditions (Judaism, Islam, Christianity, etc.), different approaches (sociological, historical, philosophical, theological, etc.), and different contexts (globalization, comparative, African, etc.);
  2. To contribute new knowledge by means of significant and original research on some aspects of religion;
  3. To effectively communicate the results of one’s research both orally and in writing

Center for Information Systems and Technology

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN HEALTH INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates are prepared to be able to lead HIM projects
  2. Graduates have core HIM knowledge, as informed by organizations, such as AHIMA
  3. Graduates can integrate HIM & health-care foundations
  4. Graduates have perspective on health care and real world
  5. Graduates have communication, interpersonal, and team skills
  6. Graduates are able to think analytically and creatively

MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates are prepared to be able to lead system development (or similar) projects
  2. Graduates have core IS knowledge, as informed by the MSIS 2006 model curriculum
  3. Graduates can integrate IS & business foundations
  4. Graduates have perspective on business and practice
  5. Graduates have communication, interpersonal, and team skills
  6. Graduates are able to think analytically and creatively

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates have expertise in an IST topic area
  2. Graduates can teach in their area
  3. Graduates can review research in their area
  4. Graduates can conduct research that contributes to their area
  5. Graduates can make presentations about their research
  6. Graduates can write articles about their research

Institute of Mathematical Sciences

MASTER OF ARTS AND MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MATHEMATICS

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students should be able to formulate and execute effective problem-solving strategies (for graduate-level mathematics problems)
  2. Students should be able to effectively articulate concepts from graduate level mathematics to an audience of colleagues and students of mathematics
  3. Students should be competent doing advanced numerical calculations and modeling using high level computing language
  4. Students should be able to apply knowledge of advanced mathematics in practical and real problem solving situations

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN MATHEMATICS

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students should be able to formulate and execute effective problem-solving strategies (for graduate-level mathematics problems)
  2. Students should be able to effectively articulate concepts from graduate level mathematics to an audience of colleagues and students of mathematics
  3. Students should be competent doing advanced numerical calculations and modeling using high level computing language
  4. Students should be able to formulate and conduct original research in graduate level mathematics
  5. Students should be able to apply knowledge of advanced mathematics in practical and real problem solving situations