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Graduate Pre-Master’s Program (PMP): Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

A wide range of ongoing research and project opportunities exist within the various degree programs, and interdisciplinary study is emphasized. Graduates of these programs are heavily recruited both regionally and nationally by industry and governmental agencies.

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Location

Duration

Two semesters

Semester start dates

Fall: September 2017

Spring: January 2018

Programs

Community psychology aims to go beyond the individual, focusing instead on the community, environment, and larger influencing factors that affect people's daily lives (culture, politics, economics, healthcare, etc.). The field of community psychology is devoted to advancing theory, research, and collaborative social action (at neighborhood, organizational, state, national, and international levels) to promote positive well-being, increase empowerment, advance social justice, encourage understanding of each other and of issues that society faces, and to prevent the development of problems. Community psychology links direct action and service with research and evaluation, partnering with community members to promote change, recognizing both the expertise they have about their own situation, and the need for community member involvement and participation to implement culturally and situationally appropriate and sustainable progress.

The Criminal Justice program provides students with an educational experience designed to meet the diverse needs of graduates across a wide range of career venues, from positions in higher education, to research in private sector firms, to research, policy-making, and administrative positions in the public sector. It is anticipated that the master's program will serve four types of students:
- Those seeking a terminal master's degree as a prerequisite for entry into the criminal justice field.
- Those currently in service in the criminal justice system who seek to broaden their skills and obtain job-related knowledge and expertise.
- Those currently in the criminal justice system seeking to specialize and/or work in some other area of the system.
- Those currently in the system or pre-service who wish to obtain the training and expertise necessary to meet the growing need for teaching criminal justice at the community college level. In addition, the program will meet the needs of students preparing for doctoral work in criminal justice or related fields.

Our goal at Peace and Conflict Studies is to prepare students with the intellectual foundation and practical skills to be successful in a career. Through this inter-disciplinary program at UMass Lowell, students explore the causes of violence, methods to resolve violence, and practices to build peace. We combine theoretical and experiential education to prepare students for success in their careers. The Master of Arts is 30 credits. Students take an introductory course on conflict transformation, research methods, and the integrative seminar. Master's students select one of three professional options: Conflict Resolution, Organizational Leadership, or Policy Analysis. They choose electives within the option of their choice. To complete the MA, students can do either a project, practicum (internship) or thesis.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are behavioral-neurological disorders, typically diagnosed before the age of three, that profoundly affect the young child's ability to communicate, develop language, form social relationships, and respond appropriately to environmental stimuli. Repetitive, stereotypical, and sometimes even self-injurious behaviors are a common part of the clinical picture. Recent estimates of prevalence report rates in the U.S. as high as 1 in every 88 children. There is a critical workforce shortage of professionals capable of meeting the challenges of those afflicted with this disorder. The core of the program consists of:
- advanced study of the autism spectrum disorders within the context of a fuller understanding of developmental disabilities and psychopathology;
- an in-depth understanding of how autism spectrum disorders represent major challenges for families and communities, and what is required to practice as an ethical professional;
- graduate-level training in research methodology, reflecting what has come to be known as the 'scientist-practitioner' model within Psychology and the growing emphasis on evidence-based practice; and
- intensive coverage, through course work and field experience, of behavioral methods of intervention based on applied behavior analysis (ABA).
Graduates of this master's program will be able to work with schools and other agencies to design and implement effective interventions for children on the ASD spectrum and to supervise other direct service providers. They will also be able to conduct research that could lead to new and effective interventions.

*This program is only offered during Fall and Spring intake

Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences sample course list :-

PMP academic requirements:

Undergraduate degree, 2.7+ GPA

Additional requirements:

MA in Community Social Psychology*

PMP language requirements:

IELTS 5.5 (no band lower than 5.0) / TOEFL iBT 70

ESL:

Academic English program available for students not meeting PMP language requirements

The following is a sample course listing, which may vary by degree program and student academic background. It is not intended for current student advising purposes.

PMP program components*
Semester 1 Credits

Navigating the Graduate Pathway

3

Academic Communications for Graduate Students

3

Graduate course in relevant department

3 (UML)

Graduate course in relevant department

3 (UML)

GRE Support Tutorial

Non-credit

Total credits

12

Semester 2 Credits

Advanced Communication for Graduate Students

3

Introduction to Graduate Research

3

Graduate course in relevant department

3 (UML)

Graduate course in relevant department

3 (UML)

GRE Support Tutorial

Non-credit

Total credits

12

Total PMP credits

24

Program information

Credit hours:

  • 12 credits transfer to MA degree
  • 18 credits remaining to complete degree

Progression requirements:

  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA; minimum B grade in all courses
  • GRE scores:
    • Psychology: Verbal 145+, Quantitative 140+
    • Criminal Justice and Criminology, Peace and Conflict Studies: GRE not required.
  • Successful completion of all conditions listed on University conditional acceptance letter
UMass Lowell Francis College of Engineering degree programs
  • MA, Community Social Psychology
  • MS, Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • MS, Peace and Conflict Studies