Degrees & Majors at NSU Broken Arrow

Undergraduate Majors

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The Accounting Program at Northeastern State University is designed to prepare the accounting major for a career in the accounting profession, either public, private, or governmental. In addition, the accounting curriculum is designed to develop the accounting student’s ability to work effectively, to become mentally disciplined, to communicate orally and in writing, to be aware of professional responsibilities, to develop an appreciation of the accountant’s high standard of integrity, and objectivity in reporting. The Accounting Program is structured to provide the non-accounting major with basic accounting knowledge for use in a chosen major field and personal life.

The Business Administration major provides a diversified background in the various disciplines necessary for success in the field of business. Regardless of the future occupation of the student, a background in the basic business areas is an essential ingredient of effective business decision-making. The Business Administration major allows a student to tailor his or her degree to individual career objectives with more flexibility than other majors.

With guidance from an academic advisor, students choosing the Business Administration major complete the major requirements by selecting courses from the functional business areas which best meet their academic and career objectives.

Being an environmental, health and safety professional involves protecting America’s workforce, the public and the environment from injury, illness and damage. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates approximately 20 percent growth in job opportunities in this field over the next 10 years.

The Finance major is divided into two areas of emphasis: the Financial Management Emphasis and the Financial Planning Emphasis. The Financial Management Emphasis prepares students to perform effectively in a variety of financial management activities. Graduates can pursue careers in small business, corporate financial management, banking, insurance, investment management, real estate, and mortgage companies. Course work involves the study of financial instruments, financial practices, the structure and functions of financial institutions, the legal and economic context within which financial operations are conducted, investment analysis, portfolio management, business forecasting, and economic analysis.

The Financial Planning Emphasis prepares students for careers as financial advisors. Financial planning is one of the fastest growing segments of the financial serviced industry. Career opportunities are found in financial planning firms of various sizes, law firms, brokerage firms, insurance companies, and accounting firms. Financial Planners are also hired by corporations to organize and maintain employee benefit plans and by bank trust departments. Course work centers around wealth creation and retention. Areas of study include investments, risk management, estate planning, taxation, and analysis of retirement-based programs.

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. owns the marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM, and CFP(with flame logo)®, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. Northeastern State University does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM, and CFP(with flame logo)® certification marks. CFP Certification is granted only by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. to those persons who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as the Northeastern State University Financial Planning Area of Emphasis (a CFP Board-Registered Program), have met its ethics, experience, and examination requirements.

Northeastern State University offers a Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree for adult students (over 21 years of age) who have already completed at least 50 hours of college credit with a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average. There are 38 areas of specialization available. One of the 18-hour core areas can be tailored to the individual needs of the student with approval of the program coordinator. For more information regarding the Bachelor of General Studies program, please call 918-444-5000.

Computerized information systems are common in every area of modern business. The demand for IS professionals who can design and maintain computerized information systems will continue to grow as we move into the 21st century. People majoring in IS become proficient in aspects of information system management common to all organizations, including: operating systems; local and global telecommunications; 5th generation programming; systems analysis; systems design; database and enterprise resource management; and e-business solutions.

The following policies of the College of Business and Technology apply to the Information Systems major: Entrance Requirements, Minimum Grade Requirements, Experiential Credit Limitation, Transfer Credit Limitation, English Proficiency, Upper Division Credit, Liberal Arts and Sciences and Residency.

The International Business major has been developed for students who are actively seeking to focus their education on the global dimensions of business. The International Business major has the objective of providing students with a solid basic business education and knowledge of the international dimensions of business. In addition to IBUS courses, students also choose an area of specialization to obtain depth in a field of business (e.g., marketing, finance, management, etc.) that will complement the international training and assist them in obtaining a first job.

Marketing is the performance of business activities which direct the flow of goods and services from producer to consumer or user in order to satisfy customers and accomplish the company’s objectives. With a capacity to produce an abundance of goods and services, businesses in the United States have been compelled to study the market in order to be properly able to respond to its demands. Marketing is a relatively new discipline having been developed in the twentieth century with most of its impetus since 1930. The study of marketing incorporates the use of most business subjects (accounting, management, law, etc.) and the behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology.)

The Northeastern State University Social Work Program offers and upper-division professional social work curriculum built upon a liberal arts foundations which leads to a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (C.S.W.E.). Its primary mission is to provide academic preparation and contribute to the professional and intellectual growth and development of individuals who desire to enter generalist social work practice in a wide range of social agencies and allied settings with diverse client systems for various sizes and types. Students who graduate from our B.S.W. program are eligible for an Oklahoma state license to practice generalist social work.

Undergraduate Minors

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Graduate Majors

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The Mission of the NSU College of Business and Technology Master of Accounting and Financial Analysis (MAFA) program is to help satisfy educational and professional development needs of accounting and finance students, the business community, and other employers within the University’s service area. In fulfilling this mission, the MAFA faculty is committed to excellence in instruction, scholarly activities, educational outreach, and service. Within the College of Business and Technology, the MAFA faculty and facilities provide an educational environment where students can expand or modify their knowledge, values, attitudes, philosophies, skills, and ethics that will guide them throughout their lives.

The Master of Arts in American Studies is an interdisciplinary program which seeks to promote a fuller understanding of American culture through the study of American literature, ethnic heritage, and institutions—political, social, religious, and economic. The program strives to develop a greater understanding of American society, past and present, and to nurture analytical aptitudes essential to further intellectual growth. Using an interdisciplinary approach, American Studies draws on a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, including anthropology, art, criminal justice, English, geography, history, humanities, political science, sociology, and communication.

Northeastern State University offers a comprehensive program of study leading to the Masters of Business Administration. The program is designed for students who wish to prepare themselves for decision making positions in business and industry.   The program is designed to facilitate the full-time working student, offering only evening and weekend classes.

The purpose of the MBA Program is to graduate professionals who:

  1. Use an analytical and systems approach in problem solving and decision making;
  2. Communicate effectively;
  3. Have current, relevant knowledge in functional areas of business;
  4. Understand the economic, social, political, legal, and technological environment of business in a global context;
  5. Are prepared to be dynamic leaders and effective team members;
  6. Are professional in their attitude and approach to a career; and
  7. Appreciate the civic, social, and ethical responsibilities of business organizations and of business professionals.

The mission of this program is to prepare persons for careers in counseling by providing opportunities for specialization in the therapy and treatment aspects of counseling leading to Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensure.

The Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice is a 36-hour program designed to provide the student with a foundation in five specific areas:

  1. Criminal Justice Systems;
  2. Crime Theory;
  3. Criminal Justice Administration;
  4. Legal Aspects; and
  5. Research Methods.

Additional elective courses offer the student an opportunity to acquire some background in forensics and investigative techniques. The student who successfully completes this program should be adequately prepared to assume administrative, managerial, training, or research responsibilities in the applied criminal justice arena, or to pursue doctoral level education in Criminal Justice or a related discipline.

This program is offered primarily through evening classes at the NSU campus in Broken Arrow.

This program is designed to develop highly competent teachers and others who are dedicated to providing educational leadership in the field of early childhood. Effective instruction, curriculum development and assessment within an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Early Childhood, Reading and Special Education are emphasized. Courses are established to encourage candidates to use current theory and research to make decisions about effective practice.

The Master of Arts in English Program is designed to provide a quality graduate degree program that prepares the student for entry to the professional world or further graduate study at a comprehensive university. The M.A. in English program provides a generalist graduate degree that emphasizes the study of rhetoric, theory and practice in composition, research, critical skills and the literature of diverse cultures and historical periods, produces educated graduates with strong liberal arts experiences who can become valuable citizens in their communities; and serves as a resource center for the study of composition and diverse literatures in eastern Oklahoma.

This degree program will provide options to effectively develop

  1. college student personnel services professionals and
  2. higher education administrators.

Student knowledge and skills will be enhanced through appropriate coursework and theory to practice experiences within the university/college setting.

The program in teaching is designed to provide a degree option for eligible students with interest in graduate studies in the science of teaching and in developing master teacher skills.

NOTE: This degree is not structured for the purpose of insuring the completion of requirements for provisional or standard teaching certification in any area.

The Master of Science in Library Media and Information Technology prepares candidates to be library media specialists who can be described as those who “lead their profession in making information literacy (which encompasses reading, information handling and technology knowledge) attainable for all members of the learning community.” They know a wide range of source material and how to access it; they develop interdisciplinary collections to meet the demographic and cultural needs of the learning community; they partner with teachers to create exciting learning experiences in an information-rich environment. They understand the curriculum of the school thoroughly and serve as leaders in implementing quality teaching and learning.

The Master of Science in Library Media and Information Technology prepares candidates to be effective school library media specialists in the areas of learning and teaching, information access, and program administration. They are prepared to be school library media specialists who will provide leadership in the total education program, participate as active partners in the teaching/learning process, connect learners with ideas and information, and prepare students for life-long learning. They know how to instill a love of reading and can develop opportunities for their students to be effective managers of information.

The PMBA program is a 30 semester hour program which is designed for the full-time working professional. The program is a highly structured lockstep program utilizing cohort student groups. The program imposes a heavy workload that requires a high degree of discipline and commitment on the part of the student. By combining the use of case studies and interactive computing with research projects and lectures, the PMBA program culminates in an integrative project with their respective work environments.

The purpose of the Master of Education in Reading program is to facilitate classroom teachers’ in-depth understanding of the reading process and their knowledge of how children learn to read and write. The major emphasis is on effective instruction, curriculum development and assessment within an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Teaching, Early Childhood, and Special Education. The program is also designed to meet all of the International Reading Association’s (IRA) competencies for classroom teachers, reading teachers, reading consultants, and reading supervisors. Both the IRA competencies and the Oklahoma State Objectives for Reading Specialists are embedded within the coursework of this program. Students may elect to take the state certification test in reading upon completion of their master’s degree.

The School Administration program is designed to prepare persons for positions in educational administration. Persons admitted to this program will have the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to administer elementary or secondary schools and other units of school administration such as departments of personnel, curriculum development, secondary education, elementary education, and federal programs.

The purpose of the program is to facilitate the continuing professional development of practicing K-12 science teachers. It is not for the purpose of the initial preparation of teachers. The program consists of four parts: Professional Education Core (15 hours), Science Content Core (9 hours), Guided Electives (9 hours), and a Capstone Experience (2 hours). In order to meet the diverse professional development needs of practicing K-12 science teachers, the program is flexible. More specifically it meets the needs of teachers who hold bachelor degrees in Secondary Science Education, the sciences, Mathematics, Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Special Education, and teachers who have alternative certification. Therefore, the program relies on strong academic advising that takes into account the current knowledge and skills of program applicants when developing individual degree plans. The Master of Education in Science Education program is administered through the College of Sciences and Health Professions.

Graduate Certifications

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For admission, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  1. Qualified for a standard Oklahoma teacher’s license/certificate.
  2. Reading courses to include methods of instruction and materials in reading.
  3. Methods of teaching elementary language arts or literature for children and/or adolescents.
  4. Hold master’s degree granted by an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association.

The applicant shall:

  1. Complete 20 semester hours designed for this certificate.
  2. Pass the state teacher certification examination for reading specialist.

Recommended steps for completing certification

  1. Evidence of Master’s degree: (Transcript from issuing educational institution)
  2. Evidence of relevant work experience: (Company letter or job description, if applicable)
  3. Evidence of passing certification tests: (Official Certification Test Results)

Certification program must be completed within a timeframe of 3 years. Failure to complete the program within the three-year timeframe forfeits student’s right for renewal of alternative administrative certificate.

For admission, the applicant shall have a master’s degree from an accredited college or university.

The Applicant shall:

  1. Complete and maintain a 3.0 average.
  2. Pass the state certification test for school library media specialist.
  3. A valid teaching certificate or passing of the Oklahoma General Education Test and the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Examination.