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Common elements that define a Professional Masters Degrees

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									                                   PROFESSIONAL MASTER’S
                                       DEGREE PROGRAMS
                                               INITIATIVE




TABLE OF CONTENTS
I.     Introduction
II.    Definition
III.   Possible Benefits
IV.    Opportunities for Development
V.     Examples of Existing Programs
VI.    Startup Checklist
VII.   New Program Checklist
 UCI GRADUATE DIVISION            Professional Master’s Degree Programs Initiative



I.   INTRODUCTION
     The UC Irvine Graduate Division has developed the following materials to assist
     the campus in creating professional master’s degree programs. Such programs
     generate much-needed revenue that can be used to support the programs
     themselves, as well as other initiatives, including doctoral education. They
     promote an educated workforce in an increasingly competitive environment.
     Additionally, a focused initiative to identify existing and new fields that lend
     themselves toward professional master’s programs may greatly enhance the
     campus’ visibility and stature.

     Programs may be developed for full-time and part-time students who are
     working professionals. They may include, for example, weekend residential
     courses, a combination of residential and online courses, and/or regular day-time
     courses. Currently, most professional master’s programs developed by other
     institutions are professional science master’s degree programs (PSMs); all have
     strong internship components with excellent potential employment opportunities
     for their graduates.
UCI GRADUATE DIVISION             Professional Master’s Degree Programs Initiative



II.A. COMMON ELEMENTS THAT DEFINE PROFESSIONAL
      MASTER’S DEGREES

       Same/similar core as disciplinary (academic) M.S. or M.A.
       Interdisciplinary work in related disciplines
       Professional component (business, public policy, etc.)
       Skills development (writing, communication, ethics)
       Project/team experience and/or BGN (business, government, nonprofit)
        internship
       Advisory board from employment/other sectors (role: active involvement in
        curriculum, teaching, advising, internship, placement/evaluation)
       Tracking of graduates


II.B. PROFESSIONAL VS. SELF-SUPPORTING DEGREES
    Both professional and self-supporting degrees allow for fees outside of the
    normal registration and education fees:

       Professional fees are set by the Office of the President and are in addition to
        the regular registration and education fees that all graduate students
        pay. Students in professional programs are counted as part of our budgeted
        enrollment figures. The professional fee portion may be used in support of the
        academic program — fellowships, extra salary compensation, hiring lecturers,
        etc. Students in professional fee programs are eligible to use all campus
        facilities.

       Self-supporting program fees are recommended by the school with agreement
        from the various offices involved, and taking into account all the
        constituencies involved (e.g., Graduate Division, Registrar, International
        Center, etc.). The program fee must be approved by the Office of the
        President. Students in self-supporting programs are not counted as part of
        the budgeted enrollment for the campus, which means that those students do
        not have access to many of the campus’ facilities, are not eligible for GSHIP,
        nor are they eligible for fellowship support.




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III.   POSSIBLE BENEFITS OF PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS
       For Schools
        Professional fees provide an income source, allowing programs to become
         largely self-supporting.
        Professional fees can be used to support:
             - other academic programs
             - extra salary for faculty
             - faculty research and research programs
             - doctoral students
             - administrative functions
             - other needs of the school/program


       For Students
        Professional master’s degrees provide an alternative to doctoral education for
         those preparing for BGN (business, government, nonprofit) careers.
        From professional degree programs, students gain:
             - Research/interdisciplinary experience greater than B.S./B.A.
             - Experiential Component (team project typical for new employees)
             - Active involvement of employment sector (internships and
                apprenticeships can help with job placement)
             - A program that is more accessible to working students
             - Connections for future employment opportunities
        According to a recent report released by the National Research Council,
         median salaries of master’s degree recipients tend to exceed those of Ph.D.
         recipients in the first one to five years after the degree is conferred.
        Professional degree programs support students through paid internships and
         by creating the opportunity for additional TA positions (Ph.D. support).


       For UCI and the Community
        Professional degree programs are built around the need for workers within a
         specific industry in close proximity to the campus. As internships and
         apprenticeships are a major component of these programs, a symbiotic
         relationship is created where the university trains professionals for an
         industry, while that same industry shares in the training — and benefits from
         internships.
        In the long run, this relationship results in creating and maintaining
         opportunities for employment within California.




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IV.   OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROFESSIONAL
      MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMS
        Biological Sciences                ICS
            Biotechnology with                   Computer Sciences
             Stem Cell Emphasis                    - games and decision
                                                      making
        Education                                  - virtual reality
           Credential                             - information management
           MAT                                   Statistics
           Education Technology
           EdD                            Physical Sciences
                                              Chemistry
        Engineering                           Physics
           Advanced Power and                Mathematics
             Energy
           Engineering Management         Social Sciences
                                              International Studies
        Health Sciences and the
        School of Medicine                 Interdisciplinary
           Genetic Counseling                 MPP
           Audiology                          DASA
           Physical Therapy                   Transportation Sciences
           Epidemiology                       Networked Systems
           Environmental Toxicology
           BATS

        Humanities
           Summer Master’s in English
           Film Studies
           Journalism




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V.   EXAMPLES OF OTHER INSTITUTIONS WITH PROFESSIONAL
     SCIENCE MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAMS:

       Michigan State University
        Biomedical Laboratory Operations
        Computational Chemistry
        Food Safety and Toxicology
        Industrial Mathematics

       Oregon State University
        Applied Biotechnology
        Applied Systematics in Botany
        Environmental Sciences
        Applied Physics

       Penn State University
        Applied Statistics
        Biotechnology
        Forensic Science
        Integrative Pharmacology

       Stanford University
        Biomedical Informatics

       University of Texas at San Antonio
        Applied Industrial Mathematics

       University of Utah
        Science and Technology




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VI.   PROFESSIONAL MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM STARTUP
      CHECKLIST

      Pre-Planning

        Inform the Graduate Dean of plans to establish a professional master’s
         program. The Graduate Division will advise on how create a proposal that will
         garner speedy review and approval.
        Learn about jobs and labor markets for graduates, including salaries.
        Determine an identifiable niche that will generate interest from faculty and
        students with strong support from business, government and/or nonprofit
        sectors.
        Form advisory board of industry and other likely employers.
        Meet employer needs for relevant technical and professional skills.
        Define scholarly rationale for the proposed degree program and its content.
        The focus area could be interdisciplinary or nontraditional, where there is
        existing faculty expertise and interest. The degree is named for the focus area,
        not for the discipline(s).
        Assure faculty enthusiasm for the new degree, including commitment by
        regular department faculty to provide the bulk of instruction.
        Win high-level institutional commitment to professional master’s level
        education, including central coordination of all professional master’s
        programs at level of dean or above.
        Prepare business plan projecting both expenses and revenues, and show how
        and when each degree program can become self-sustaining based on tuition
        revenues, corporate support and university support. Contact the Principal
        Finance Analyst in the Budget Office (Karen Mizumoto,
        karen.mizumoto@uci.edu) for details on how to determine professional fees.




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    Curriculum Development

       Design a curriculum that can be evaluated by those in the field.
       Develop intense identity-building experience, including a team project for
       entering students.
       Encourage business/industry internships or equivalent.
       Design exposure to cutting-edge research issues and equipment, for example,
       by lab rotations.
       Conduct seminar/colloquia jointly for all professional master’s students.
       Teach writing/communication/negotiation/consensus-building and other
       workplace assets.
       Include a number of existing courses that may be adopted or adapted for the
       program.
       Require final project, often team experience, in which meeting a schedule
       really matters.
       Degree could be completed in approximately two years.
       Apply to the Council of Graduate Schools for recognition as a professional
       master’s program.


    Program Management

       Appoint personnel or hire staff coordinator to serve as a liaison to business
       and industry, and to handle publicity, recruitment, student services and
       placement.
       Win rapid approval of new degree programs by state regents and other
       gatekeepers.
       Create management teams dedicated to recruitment of students and
       placement of graduates.
       Set up systems to keep track of graduates and network them.
       Keep contact with other professional master’s programs around the country.
       Set up systems for assessment and quality control.


    Program Proposal Writing

       Visit the following link for the UC Academic Senate’s CCGA program proposal
       template:
       http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/senate/committees/ccga/ccgahandbo
       ok_current.pdf#page=16


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VII. NEW GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAM CHECKLIST AND FLOW
     CHART
    Pre-Review Process Checklist

       Inform the Graduate Dean of plans to establish a professional master’s
       program by contacting Frances Leslie at fmleslie@uci.edu and Director of
       Graduate Academic Planning Rachel Kaufman at rachel.kaufman@rgs.uci.edu.
       In order to streamline the proposal review process, it is strongly
       recommended that the Graduate Dean be involved in early stages
       of the discussion. Inclusion of the Graduate Division will ensure that all
       elements of a successful proposal are in place prior to Grad Council review.
       While the review process, from beginning to end, can take up to 2 years,
       assistance from the Graduate Division could potentially lower the review time
       to 1 year.
       Inform the Principal Finance Analyst in the Budget Office (Karen Mizumoto,
       karen.mizumoto@uci.edu) of plans to create a professional degree in order to
       determine professional fees.

       Inform UCI Extension if the program proposal includes plans to incorporate
       online courses.




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       UCI Academic Senate Approval Process for Graduate Programs

                            Faculty Develops
                                Proposal
                               (Five-Year
                              Perspective)



         Executive Vice
          Chancellor &
           Provost for      Dean of School
        enrollment and
       resource analysis



                            Faculty Vote on
                               Proposal




                                Graduate
                                 Council                 Senate Chair
                               (Approval)                Transmits for
                                                            Review



                                                          Council on
                                                         Planning and
                                                            Budget
                                                           (Review)
                                                                                 Cabinet
                                                                               Endorsement


                                                          Council on
                                                       Educational Policy
                                                       (Optional Review)       If new degree
                                                                              designation or if
                                                                              Cabinet deems
                                                                               controversial,
                                                                             send to Divisional
                                                                             Senate Assembly
                                                                                for Approval



                                                                              Executive Vice
                                                                            Chancellor & Provost
                                                                                Notifies OP




                                                                                Systemwide
                                                                             Review & Approval




Source: Academic Senate 08.10.09



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