Graduate Programs in
the College of Arts and Sciences
The Winthrop University College of Arts and Sciences offers
outstanding opportunities for graduate study in both academic and professional
fields. Our nationally recognized
programs provide close faculty support for advanced, intensive training to
society’s present and future leaders. Please see below for general information about
and links to these excellent programs.
The Master of Science in Biology Program
The Master of
Science in Biology at Winthrop University offers students broad training in
Biology. Students may concentrate in areas ranging from conservation biology
and behavioral ecology to biomedical research in cancer, molecular biology, and
bioinformatics. Students work closely with graduate faculty advisors who hold
Ph.D.s in their areas of specialization and are active researchers. Graduate
courses are small (12 students or fewer) allowing for maximum interactions
between students and their professors. Our graduate faculty members enjoy
teaching and mentoring graduate students and many have won awards for their
teaching and scholarship.
Whether you are a new graduate continuing your education in a
specialized field of study or seasoned professional wishing to capitalize on
your years of service in the field, Winthrop University provides an outstanding
opportunity for graduate studies with both thesis and non-thesis options.
Coursework for either option can be completed within two years.
The Master of Arts in English Program
The Master of Arts in English offers students
the opportunity to pursue the study of literature, either without a thesis or
with a thesis in literature, rhetoric and composition, or creative composition.
Students may choose courses in literature, theory, creative writing,
composition and rhetoric, and linguistics; collateral courses are also
available in supporting areas. Graduate
study in the Department of English presents an opportunity for you to work with
a dedicated and gifted faculty in small classes and to receive a noteworthy
level of personal attention to help meet your goals, whether they are for
further study, teaching in post-secondary or secondary institutions, or
non-academic endeavors. It's not unusual
for our graduate students to present papers at regional and national scholarly
meetings, even international ones, or to submit manuscripts and creative work
for publication. Close faculty-student
mentoring relationships and small class sizes allow our graduate students to
develop their critical, creative, and professional skills to an extent many
larger programs cannot match. Admissions are on a rolling basis, and both full-
and part-time students are welcome.
The Master of Arts in History Program
The Master of Arts in History degree is
frequently chosen by students who wish to pursue careers in such fields as
teaching, law, library and archival work, and journalism, as well as in areas
less directly related to the study of history, including fields in business and
industry. The Master of Arts degree in
History with thesis requires the completion of at least 30 hours of approved
graduate-level courses including a thesis.
The Master of Arts degree in History without thesis requires the
completion of at least 36 hours of approved graduate-level courses. The history faculty at Winthrop University
comprises scholarly, talented, energetic, and friendly individuals who are
devoted to promoting the study of history and student learning.
The Master of Science in Human
The Master of Science in Human
Nutrition focuses on advanced study of the interrelationships among
nutrients, the food environment, and human health. Students earning the MSHN
develop depth and breadth of knowledge about human nutrition research and gain
experience evaluating and applying the scientific literature of human
nutrition. The Department of Human
Nutrition is dedicated to providing quality educational experiences for
students and preparing them to think critically; the programs prepare graduates
with the knowledge and skills necessary to become leaders in the field of
nutrition. The Master of
Science in Human Nutrition degree program can be completed with or without
a thesis, and with or without a dietetic internship.
The Dietetic Internship
Certificate in Dietetics offers a competitive dietetic internship
accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and
Dietetics (ACEND) for men and women desiring a professional career in the
rapidly growing field of nutrition and dietetics. The Winthrop University dietetic internship
provides a 1200-hour supervised program with an emphasis in nutrition therapy,
for both inpatient and outpatient care. Interns in the Winthrop dietetic
internship complete rotations during the fall and spring semesters in the
Carolinas over a 36 week timeframe.
Interns work with outstanding practitioners with diverse academic and
professional backgrounds, many of whom have active leadership role in the
region. This internship is ideal for
individuals who can work independently and are self-directed learners.
The Master of Liberal Arts Degree Program
The Master of Liberal Arts degree is based on the philosophy that fundamental human questions cannot be
addressed adequately from any one disciplinary vantage point, and that
interdisciplinary study can yield discoveries, insights, and personal growth in
greater measure than can be obtained otherwise. The program provides
the student with a unique opportunity to pursue a customized interdisciplinary
graduate degree program, one that reaches across the boundaries of academic
disciplines, while building broad analytical and problem solving skills.
This program is designed for early- and mid-career students who seek to build
both their knowledge base and communication skills as well as mature learners
who seek intellectual stimulation beyond traditional graduate programs.
Three core courses, focusing on empirical, rational, and intuitive ways of
knowing, combine to create a methodological framework. A distinctive
option within this program is its concentration in Political and Civic
The Master of Science in School Psychology and Specialist in School
Psychology Degree Programs
The combined Master of Science in School
Psychology and Specialist
in School Psychology program is designed to prepare practitioners to
provide a full range of school psychological services including consultation,
behavioral intervention, psychoeducational assessment, research, program
planning/evaluation and counseling.
Students are prepared to work with diverse clients from infancy to young
adulthood, including those with low-incidence disabilities, and with families,
teachers and others in the schools and community. Opportunities for working under close
supervision in rural, suburban and urban settings are afforded students in the
program. Although some graduates
subsequently pursue doctoral studies, the primary purpose of the program is the
preparation of well-rounded professionals for work in public schools and
related settings. Upon successful
completion of the Master’s program, students are admitted to the Specialist
program. The combined program is
approved by the National Association of School Psychologists.
The Master of Social Work Degree Program
of Social Work program offers a concentration in empowerment practice across
systems (individuals and families, small groups, and communities and
organizations). Empowerment practice
utilizes advanced critical thinking skills to assess the influence of multiple
and interlocking personal, structural, and societal systems of power on
vulnerable and oppressed populations. Graduates
are prepared to use empowerment-based theories and methods for assessment,
intervention, and evaluation with individuals, families, groups, and
communities. Empowerment practice
affirms the strengths and capabilities of people, values human diversity, and
promotes social justice. The Department of Social Work offers four options for
pursuing a Master of Social Work Degree: Full Time, Weekend (Part-Time),
Advanced Standing, and Weekend Advanced Standing (Part-Time).
For more information about graduate programs at
Winthrop University, please also view the Winthrop University Graduate School.