Social Science

Graduate Programs

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Master of Arts in Communication

The fully online MA in Communication offers advanced study in the theory and practice of communication within a variety of applied contexts. The program is geared toward working professionals who are looking to develop their communication knowledge and skills to advance in their careers.

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Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

The online graduate program of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, which is part of the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, seeks to serve students who are interested in the criminal justice system, with a focus on those who seek careers in this area.

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Master of Arts in Journalism and Strategic Media

The University of Memphis Department of Journalism and Strategic Media offers a Master of Arts degree online and on campus. Students can chose one of four emphases - News and Storytelling, Integrated Strategic Media, Visual Media or Research.

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Master of Nonprofit Management

This 39 credit hour online graduate program program is geared towards students interested in nonprofit careers. The MNM will provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to lead and transform organizations and address complex social issues. Graduates of this University of Memphis graduate program will leave the program with the distinct set of skills needed for successful practice and leadership in the nonprofit sector.

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Master of Social Work Program Including Advanced Standing Track

The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program is a 60 credit hour University of Memphis graduate program. Advanced Standing Track is a 37 credit hour program that requires a Bachelor’s Degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited social work program. Applications are accepted in Fall and Spring for the 60 credit hour program and Summer for the Advanced Standing Track. Online students must have daytime availability to complete field placement.

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Doctor of Social Work

The Doctor of Social Work is a part-time University of Memphis graduate program for practicing social workers in leadership, management, research, and evaluation. Admission to the program requires the Master of Social Work degree and two years post-MSW practice experience. Synchronous class meetings are required.

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Graduate Certificate in Health Communication

As a sub-discipline of Communication Studies, Health Communication uses a multi-disciplinary approach to identify and understand barriers and challenges to effective communication in healthcare settings. Drawing on communication theory, practice and creativity, Health Communication researchers and practitioners develop and implement communication interventions with the overarching goal of enhancing the health and well-being of individuals, health systems, and populations.

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Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy

Embark on a transformative journey with our fully online Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy, tailored for current graduate students or post-graduates from programs in social work, counseling, psychology, school counseling, school psychology, or clinical mental health. Students aspiring to become a Registered Play Therapist should familiarize themselves with the Association for Play Therapy requirements for full information on credentialing. Join us in shaping the future of therapeutic practices through play.

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Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management

The Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration offers the Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management to mayors, managers, department heads, supervisors and other local government professionals.

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Graduate Certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership

Every employee and volunteer in a nonprofit organization plays a role in meeting the philanthropic goals and charitable purposes of the organization. The University of Memphis graduate Certificate in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership is designed to meet the needs of these employees and volunteers looking for advanced study in the theory and practice of nonprofit administration.

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Graduate Certificate in School Social Work

The Graduate Certificate in School Social Work Prepares Students for School Social Work Licensure. Students must be either concurrently enrolled from a Master of Social Work program or have completed a Master of Social Work degree.

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Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism

From starting a business to engaging audiences through social media, learn the media skills to succeed while surrounded by Memphis’ abundant entrepreneurship community.

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Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Storytelling

In this University of Memphis graduate program, update skills in multimedia with a focus on telling stories through various platforms including photography, audio, video and data visualization. 

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Graduate Certificate in Social Media Analysis and Strategy

Learn tools in audience analysis and segmentation, analytics and evaluation and community engagement to build and maintain a social media presence for brands and organizations through this University of Memphis graduate program. Earn certifications in various analytic software and programs. 

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Graduate Certificate in Substance Abuse

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Substance Abuse seeks to expand the number of behavioral health professionals ready to work in inter-professional and integrated health settings with populations impacted by substance use disorders (SUD) in the Memphis and greater Midsouth region.  

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