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Graduate Degree Programs

Leadership. This is the cornerstone of a graduate degree from Thomas Edison State University.

Whether you are an RN going back for a master's degree in nursing, an executive who wants to gain management fundamentals or a law enforcement officer seeking graduate certification in homeland security, Thomas Edison State University enables you to choose your path to leadership. Our programs are high-quality, accredited and delivered online. And best of all, our state-of-the-art courses allow you to achieve your goals with the timing that's right for you.

Graduate Degree Programs Offered

The Master of Arts in Educational Leadership serves adults who wish to prepare for roles as school and district leaders. The program is offered completely online and aims to promote an understanding of educational leadership and administration through a process which is based upon the national ISLLC standards.

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The Master of Arts in Educational Technology and Online Learning prepares graduates to become leaders and practitioners in educational technology and to develop and administer online programs for all learners, from pre-school to higher education, including adult learners.

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The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree program is designed for working professionals interested in applying the rigorous study of the liberal arts to their chosen professions. Students may tailor their Master's program to profession or their interests by selecting an area of study focusing on Digital Humanities, Geropsychology, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Online Learning and Teaching or Professional Communications.

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The MBA program prepares students for leadership roles in a wide range of industries. Students may select from the following areas of study: Accounting, Data Analytics, Finance, Healthcare Management, Human Resource Management or Marketing.

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The Master of Public Service Leadership is designed to develop the next generation of leaders for nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community-based organizations and local, state and federal government.

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The Master of Science (MS) degree is an online program designed to meet the advanced, multi-disciplinary educational requirements of students interested in obtaining leadership positions in a variety of technical professions. The program focuses on developing the research analysis and critical evaluation skills necessary to support decision-making and problem-solving required to lead today's technical enterprises.

The core curriculum provides advanced learning in the modern tools of business management, leadership, applied science and technology. Students select from one of four areas of study: Clinical Trials Management, Information Systems, Nuclear Energy Technology Management and Technical Studies.

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The Master of Science in Healthcare Management (MSHCM) degree program is designed for individuals who wish to work or are currently working in responsible management positions in a wide variety of medical and healthcare institutions.

The 36-credit program presents a practitioner-focused curriculum that includes critical knowledge, competencies, and skills necessary to lead and work effectively in the core business sectors within the healthcare industry.

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The Master of Science in Homeland Security (MSHS) is a 36-credit program offered completely online that is designed for adults interested in leadership positions in the fields of homeland security and emergency preparedness. The curriculum focuses on domestic and global issues in security and developing competencies in theory, analysis, practice and policymaking. Graduates will be prepared to guide and supervise daily operations, strategic planning and decision-making and gain an in-depth understanding of the roles of technology, intelligence and law in establishing protection policies, procedures required to respond and mitigate threats and disasters.

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With the increasing demand for academic credentials in the human resources field, adult learners need high-quality, accessible degree options they can complete while they continue to work. This is why Thomas Edison State University offers the Master of Science in Human Resources Management, a degree for professionals in human resources. Drawing on extensive research about what makes effective human resources practitioners, we’ve identified the human resources competencies that will make a difference in your career.

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The Master of Science in Information Technology is an online graduate program that prepares students with the expertise and knowledge required for leadership roles in information technology (IT).

The program provides a solid foundation in IT and six areas of study that enable students to develop specialized, marketable skills in the area of IT that are most relevant to their careers and professional interests. Areas of study offered in the program include Cybersecurity - Critical Infrastructure; Data Management and Analytics; Health Information Technology; Information Assurance; Network Management; and Software Engineering.

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The Master of Science in Management (MSM) degree focuses on organizational leadership, and benefits management professionals by integrating management theory and practice to a wide range of organizations.

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The John S. Watson School of Public Service offers areas of study under the Master of Science in Management (MSM) focusing on issues of management and public service. Public service areas of study for the MSM include: Community and Economic Development, Environmental Policy and Environmental Justice, Homeland Security, Information and Technology for Public Service, Nonprofit Management, Public and Municipal Finance, Public Health, and Public Service Administration and Leadership.

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The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program is designed for experienced nurses with a BSN degree who are independent learners and who want the convenience and flexibility an online program can offer. The MSN degree requires a minimum of 36 credits consisting of different combinations of courses: core, direct care core, electives, specialty, and Practicum. Two years experience in nursing is recommended and a BSN degree from an accredited program is required.

Three areas of nursing specialty are offered: Nurse Educator, Nursing Informatics and Nursing Administration.

The Nurse Educator program prepares graduates for teaching roles in healthcare and academic settings. The Nursing Informatics program prepares graduates to function as a nursing informatics specialist. The Nursing Administration program prepares graduates for the role of nurse administrator in healthcare settings. A certificate in the selected area of specialty is awarded along with the MSN degree.

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The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an online doctoral degree program with a specialty area in Systems-Level Leadership. The program prepares students to lead healthcare organizations.

The 36-credit program focuses on the improvement of evidence-based outcomes using theoretical knowledge and systems-level initiatives to advance nurses to the highest level of nursing practice. The program prepares nurse leaders with competencies in advanced nursing practice, organizational leadership, economics and finance, healthcare policy and technology.

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*These programs require valid professional certifications and/or licenses.

Graduate Admission Deadlines

To start in the January term:
Apply by November 15

To start in the April term:
Apply by February 15

To start in the July term:
Apply by May 15

To start in the October term:
Apply by August 15

Graduate Admission Deadlines for the School of Business and Management

To start in the January term:
Apply by November 15

To start in the March term:
Apply by January 15

To start in the May term:
Apply by March 15

To start in the July term:
Apply by May 15

To start in the September term:
Apply by July 15

To start in the November term:
Apply by September 15

Upcoming Events

MAR 16

University Open House

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
MAR 28

Rider University Career Fair

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM