Graduate Programs at PVAMU

Prairie View A&M University offers 35 master’s and doctoral programs with various concentrations and certifications.

MS Human Sciences

The Master of Science in Human Sciences is predicated on the needs of its target clientele to provide knowledge in an area that has a high impact on the overall well-being of couples, families and the community especially the underserved population that includes single parent families, underscored by a low rate of marriages and high rates of divorce. At the graduate level, the program provides a strong understanding of counseling principles and strategies to prepare students seeking licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist or a professional counselor in the state of Texas. Through practical instruction students also gain experience recognizing mental and emotional disorders and resolving marriage and family conflict related to divorce, child rearing and family structure.

For more information, please contact Dr. Selena Tate at (936) 261-2517 or sdtate@pvamu.edu.

MS Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at Prairie View A&M University offers a research-based M.S. degree program, which requires a minimum of 24 credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours of research work.

For more information, please contact Dr. Remi Oki at (936) 261-3106 or aroki@pvamu.edu.

MA Sociology

The Sociology program provides students with a rich learning experience that facilitates the acquisition of specific skills, knowledge, and attitudes that prepare them for public and private service occupations or prepare them for continuing advanced degrees in Sociology or related fields. The program will promote academic scholarship and a commitment to applying innovative solutions to promote development of communities that serve diverse populations.

For more information, please contact Dr. Farrah Cambrice at (936) 261-3210 or fgcambrice@pvamu.edu.

Master of Business Administration

The MBA degree is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in profit or not-for-profit enterprises. The program integrates various business disciplines to provide the high-quality educational experience needed to assume a leadership role as a manager or entrepreneur.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting requirements set forth by Graduate Studies, MBA applicants must submit an essay regarding their desire to pursue a business degree and submit a curriculum vitae or resume. A student whose GPA does not meet the required GPA for regular admission may be considered for conditional admission with submission of GRE or GMAT scores and a departmental interview. Scores must not be older than five years old.

For more information, please contact Mr. Gabriel Crosby at (936) 261-9217 or gacrosby@pvamu.edu.

MS Accounting

The Master of Science in Accounting program is designed to provide advanced training in accounting to prepare aspiring accounting professionals for careers in public, private and governmental accounting. This program assists graduates in meeting the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy prerequisites for the Uniform CPA Examination.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting requirements set forth by Graduate Studies, MSA applicants must submit an essay regarding their desire to pursue a business degree and submit a curriculum vitae or resume. A student whose GPA does not meet the required GPA for regular admission may be considered for conditional admission with submission of GRE or GMAT scores and a departmental interview. Scores must not be older than five years old.

For more information, please contact Mr. Gabriel Crosby at (936) 261-9217 or gacrosby@pvamu.edu.

Executive MBA

The Executive MBA (EMBA) Program is designed for experienced professionals and managers who must master key business principles to either grow their business, or move up in a company. Faculty and corporate mentors provide useful tools and a framework for crafting sound business strategies and understanding vital business tools and philosophies.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting requirements set forth by Graduate Studies, EMBA applicants must submit evidence of a minimum of three years of professional management experience (e.g. as a project manager, director, or district manager), a curriculum vitae or resume, a two-page, double-spaced personal statement summarizing how an EMBA will advance your career goals and personal objectives, and a departmental interview.

For more information, please contact Dr. Gin Chong at (936) 261-3622 or hgchong@pvamu.edu.

MSEd Curriculum and Instruction, MEd Curriculum and Instruction, MSEd Special Education, MEd Special Education, MSEd Curriculum and Instruction-Reading Education and MEd Curriculum and Instruction-Reading Education

The graduate programs in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction are designed to develop those advanced competencies in leadership and instruction that will enable individuals to demonstrate analytical processes in the teaching/learning environment and procedures of educational research and its application. The programs offer the Master of Science in Education and the Master of Education in the areas above. The MS programs in the department require a thesis.

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael McFrazier at (936) 261-2107 or mlmcfrazier@pvamu.edu.

MS Physical Education and MEd Physical Education

The programs in the Department of Health and Kinesiology are designed to meet the professional needs and interests of students who wish to pursue a Master of Science or a Master of Education, with a major in Physical Education. The program is primarily for teachers, coaches, and school administrators. The curriculum prepares students for advanced teaching and/or administrative endeavors at the elementary or secondary levels. The MS program requires a thesis.

For more information, please contact Dr. Angela Branch-Vital at (936) 261-1421 or albranch-vital@pvamu.edu.

MSEd Health and MEd Health

The programs in the Department of Health and Kinesiology are designed to meet the professional needs and interests of students who wish to pursue a Master of Science or a Master of Education, with a major in Health or Physical Education. The graduate programs are designed for those students with special interests in the areas of Health and Physical Education. The Master’s degree in Health is primarily for those students who are interested in school health education or working in various health care settings such as hospitals, public and private health and education agencies, or health promotion programs. An internship is required.

For more information, please contact Dr. Angela Branch-Vital at (936) 261-1421 or albranch-vital@pvamu.edu.

MA Counseling

The purpose of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling (EDLC) is to provide quality instruction, research, service, and outreach programs that foster knowledge, appreciation and experience in order to prepare graduates to meet the challenges of their educational goals. Through a comprehensive program of graduate courses and practical experiences, students will be prepared as facilitators and professional decision-makers who can assist all learners in meeting expected learner outcomes.

For more information, please contact Dr. Carl Gardiner via email at clgardiner@pvamu.edu.

MSEd Educational Administration and MEd Educational Administration

The purpose of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling (EDLC) is to provide quality instruction, research, service, and outreach programs that foster knowledge, appreciation and experience in order to prepare graduates to meet the challenges of their educational goals. Through a comprehensive program of graduate courses and practical experiences, students will be prepared as facilitators and professional decision-makers who can assist all learners in meeting expected learner outcomes. The MS program in the department requires a thesis.

For more information, please contact Dr. Michael McFrazier at (936) 261-2107 or mlmcfrazier@pvamu.edu.

PhD Educational Leadership

The purpose of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling (EDLC) is to provide quality instruction, research, service, and outreach programs that foster knowledge, appreciation and experience in order to prepare graduates to meet the challenges of their educational goals. Through a comprehensive program of graduate courses and practical experiences, students will be prepared as facilitators and professional decision-makers who can assist all learners in meeting expected learner outcomes.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting requirements set forth by Graduate Studies, Ph.D. applicants must submit an original 1000 word essay, a departmental application, and an individual interview. A minimum GPA of 2.75 in undergraduate coursework and a minimum of 3.20 on all completed graduate coursework is required. Applicants must submit GRE scores. Scores may not be older than five years. The competitive deadline for the program is March 1 of each year.

For more information, please contact Dr. Douglas Hermond at (936) 261-3648 or dshermond@pvamu.edu.

Certifications

The College of Education offers several certifications. Please visit the college website for more information.

MS Computer Science

The master’s degree program prepares graduate students for positions in industry and research. The objectives of the program are to address the critical shortage of professionals in Computer Science and Information Technology in Texas and the nation; to provide an avenue for computer professionals in industry to upgrade their professional skills; and to prepare graduates to pursue the terminal degree in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting requirements set forth by Graduate Studies, Engineering applicants must have previous educational background in the intended area of study. Students without a bachelor’s degree in Engineering or its equivalent may be required to take leveling courses upon review of undergraduate coursework.

For more information, please contact Dr. Lin Li at (936) 261-9882 or lilin@pvamu.edu.

MS Computer Information System

The mission of the master’s program consists of three interrelated components: (1) providing the highest quality instruction to the students, (2) conducting leading-edge research in computer science and engineering, and (3) providing leadership and service to our professional communities.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting requirements set forth by Graduate Studies, Engineering applicants must have previous educational background in the intended area of study. Students without a bachelor’s degree in Engineering or its equivalent may be required to take leveling courses upon review of undergraduate coursework.

For more information, please contact Dr. Lin Li at (936) 261-9882 or lilin@pvamu.edu.

MS Engineering

The Master of Science Degree in Engineering is a general engineering program with four areas of concentration: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Students’ research experiences have real-world applications, such as the many funded projects focused on threats to homeland security.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting requirements set forth by Graduate Studies, Engineering applicants must have previous educational background in the intended area of study. Students without a bachelor’s degree in Engineering or its equivalent may be required to take leveling courses upon review of undergraduate coursework.

For more information, please contact: Department of Chemical Engineering – Irvin Osborne-Lee at (936) 261-9400 or oslee@pvamu.edu, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering – Emmanuel U. Nzewi at (936) 261-1658 or eunzewi@pvamu.edu, Department of Mechanical Engineering – Jianren Zhou at (936) 261-9965 or jizhou@pvamu.edu.

MS Electrical Engineering

The primary objectives of the Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering include producing graduate students with advanced training in specific areas; producing a significant number of graduates with experience in research and who are prepared to pursue doctoral degrees; and producing post-graduates who have the technical, cognitive and interpersonal skills that will allow them to secure employment within the State of Texas and the Nation in areas of private industry, governmental research laboratories and design facilities.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting requirements set forth by Graduate Studies, Engineering applicants must have previous educational background in the intended area of study. Students without a bachelor’s degree in Engineering or its equivalent may be required to take leveling courses upon review of undergraduate coursework.

For more information, please contact Dr. Richard Wilkins at (936) 261-9791 or rtwilkins@pvamu.edu.

PhD Electrical Engineering

Doctoral students in the Ph.D. program conduct cutting edge research with faculty in one of four areas: computer engineering, telecommunications and signal processing, power systems, and microelectronics. Students will develop independent research skills and begin to develop individual reputations as research scientists.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting requirements set forth by Graduate Studies, Engineering applicants must have Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Mathematics or the Physical Sciences from a regionally accredited institute institution, as well as a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering or related discipline from a regionally accredited institution. A 2.75 undergraduate GPA and 3.00 GPA on all graduate coursework is required. Ph.D. applicants must submit an essay describing research goals and/or professional accomplishments.

For more information, please contact Dr. Richard Wilkins at (936) 261-9791 or rtwilkins@pvamu.edu.

MS Juvenile Justice

The online Master of Science degree in Juvenile Justice is designed to prepare graduates to actively participate in the development of knowledge in juvenile justice and develop their skills as practitioners in the system. The program is based on a multidisciplinary study of all facets of the juvenile justice system. The disciplines of sociology, criminology, psychology, economics, administration, methodology, and statistics are built into the program. Our faculty has experience and expertise encompassing the broad spectrum of the juvenile justice system.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting requirements set forth by Graduate Studies, applicants must submit a departmental application and 1000 word essay.

For more information, please contact Dr. Myrna Cintron at (936) 261-5226 or mycintron@pvamu.edu.

PhD Juvenile Justice

The goal of the Ph.D. program is to provide doctoral training in juvenile justice research. General objectives include the development of new knowledge, juvenile delinquency prevention, improvement in the juvenile justice system, and dissemination of knowledge gained. The specific intent of the program is to produce scholars with three characteristics: First, graduates will have superior empirical skills. Second, they will be specialists in the subject matter of the juvenile justice discipline. Third, they will be generalists in the subject matter of criminal justice. The program produces scholars to teach in criminal justice and criminology departments in colleges and universities and researchers to work in federal, state, and large local agencies.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting requirements set forth by Graduate Studies, applicants to the Ph.D. program must have a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.00 undergraduate GPA and 3.50 GPA on all graduate coursework. Applicants must submit official GRE scores, a departmental application, a 1000 word essay, a copy of the master’s thesis or other lengthy report or paper, and an individual interview. GRE scores must not be older than five years old. Applicants whose GPA is above 3.0 may request the GRE to be waived.

For more information, please contact Dr. Myrna Cintron at (936) 261-5226 or mycintron@pvamu.edu.

MS Juvenile Forensic Psychology *

The primary objectives of the Master of Science degree in Juvenile Forensic Psychology include: Enhance students’ knowledge of how psychology interacts with the law and the legal system; Increase students’ knowledge of theoretical explanations of juvenile delinquency, juvenile crime, and juvenile aggression; Enhance students’ knowledge of the psychological dynamics of family violence such as child abuse, spouse abuse, incest, and other forms of inter-familial violence; Provide students with knowledge and skills pertaining to the assessment, classification, and treatment of juvenile offenders.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting requirements set forth by Graduate Studies, applicants must submit a departmental application and 1000 word essay.

For more information, please contact Dr. Logan Yelderman at (936) 261-5214 or layelderman@pvamu.edu.

* The Department of Psychology is currently not accepting students into the Juvenile Forensic Psychology program. If you are interested in this program, please email cojjp@pvamu.edu.

PhD in Clinical Adolescent Psychology

The objectives of the doctoral program are to educate students about: (1) issues that presently define the knowledge base in clinical psychology; (2) clinical skills needed to become ethical and competent practitioners; and (3) processes of learning and problem-solving that will be needed regardless of their professional career path. Additionally, depending on their particular career trajectories, students may take elective coursework or practica to augment their clinical and/or research skills.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting requirements set forth by Graduate Studies, applicants to the Ph.D. program must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with at least 24 semester hours of psychology coursework in all of these domains: abnormal; developmental; experimental or research methods; learning or cognition; personality; psychophysiology; statistics; and social psychology with a 3.00 undergraduate GPA. Applicants must submit official GRE scores, a departmental application, a 1000 word essay, and an individual interview. GRE scores must not be older than five years old. The competitive application deadline to apply for the program deadline is February 1.

For more information, please contact Dr. Camille Gibson at cbgibson@pvamu.edu.

MSN Family Nurse Practitioner

The Family Nurse Practitioner degree prepares advanced-practice nurses to provide primary health care to clients, families and communities. Students take core and advanced courses covering theoretical foundations for nursing practice, health systems and models, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, nursing research and advanced health assessment. Nurse practitioner specialty courses emphasize the care of women and children, adult, and geriatric patients and their families. This course of study prepares nurses to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Family Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting requirements set forth by Graduate Studies, applicants must have a BSN degree from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program and a 3.00 undergraduate GPA for regular status. Students must possess or application be in process for a license as a RN in Texas and have been employed as a nurse for at least one year. One of the three required letters of recommendation must be from a former nursing faculty. The following are also required of all applicants: all Nursing health requirements met, successful criminal background check, drug screening, and a departmental interview.

For more information, please contact Dr. Gloria Rose at (713) 797-7042 or gmrose@pvamu.edu.

MSN Nurse Administration

The Nurse Administration degree prepares nurses to serve in a variety of leadership and managerial roles within the health care delivery system. Business courses provide the student the opportunity to learn business skills that further enhance their administrative backgrounds, where health informatics courses provide a background in the area of informatics. The course of study prepares nurses to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Certification Examination in Nursing Administration, Advanced.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting requirements set forth by Graduate Studies, applicants must have a BSN degree from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program and a 3.00 undergraduate GPA for regular status. Students must possess or application be in process for a license as a RN in Texas and have been employed as a nurse for at least one year. One of the three required letters of recommendation must be from a former nursing faculty. The following are also required of all applicants: all Nursing health requirements met, successful criminal background check, drug screening, and a departmental interview.

MSN Nurse Education

The Nurse Education degree prepares nurses to teach in a variety of settings including the teaching of patients and their families, nursing students, nursing staff and health consumers. Through a five course sequence, students gain necessary teaching knowledge and skills to prepare them to become nurse educators, a complex role that requires both pedagogical and clinical competency. This course of study prepares nurses to take the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Education Examination.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting requirements set forth by Graduate Studies, applicants must have a BSN degree from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program and a 3.00 undergraduate GPA for regular status. Students must possess or application be in process for a license as a RN in Texas and have been employed as a nurse for at least one year. One of the three required letters of recommendation must be from a former nursing faculty. The following are also required of all applicants: all Nursing health requirements met, successful criminal background check, drug screening, and a departmental interview.

For more information, please contact Dr. Gloria Rose at (713) 797-7042 or gmrose@pvamu.edu.

DNP Nursing Practice

The graduates from the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program will be prepared for leadership in direct patient care and system-based care roles. The post master’s entrance for the program will build on the professional nurse’s depth and scope of knowledge and information management to become adept in the application of evidence-based science to practice. DNP graduates will be experts in directing care for quality improvement and the management of information and organizations of individuals and populations. The acquisition of advanced knowledge and clinical judgment will afford society a fully educated nurse leader who champions care and accountability in delivering care for population outcomes. Overall, the program will position the graduate in exhibiting transformational leadership to effect and generate health policy development, evidence-base practice careers, and evaluation in collaboration with inter-professional teams and partnerships.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting requirements set forth by Graduate Studies, applicants must have a BSN degree and an earned master’s degree from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) with a 3.00 undergraduate GPA and a 3.30 GPA on all graduate coursework for regular status. Students must possess or application be in process for a license as a RN in Texas and have been employed as a nurse for at least one year. One of the three required letters of recommendation must be from a former nursing faculty. The following are also required of all applicants: all Nursing health requirements met, successful criminal background check, drug screening, and a departmental interview.

For more information, please contact Dr. Chloe Gaines at (713) 797-7067 or cggaines@pvamu.edu.

MARCH Architecture

The Master of Architecture (professional program) prepares students for roles in the profession of architecture by building on the content of the pre-professional degree through intensive and focused advanced studies in the field of architecture practice and design. The School of Architecture is dedicated to preparing students to play a leadership role in rebuilding America’s cities and improving the quality of the built environment. By offering a diverse curriculum led by an accomplished faculty in a computer and studio intensive environment, the School of Architecture will educate significant practitioners and leaders in architecture, planning and construction.

For more information, please contact Ms. Kimberly Rose at (936) 261-9830 or kprose@pvamu.edu.

MS Community Development

The Master of Community Development program is designed to meet the needs of individuals with diverse academic backgrounds who care about the problems and potential of socially, physically and economically distressed communities. Students will also be involved with the design and development of new and growing communities with the anticipation of avoiding future problems being faced by communities today. The degree consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours, of which 18 are required courses and 18 elective courses. The curriculum is designed to broaden the knowledge base, promote research, service learning and decision making along with developing interactive and collaborative skills applicable to teamwork, management, leadership and entrepreneurship.

For more information, please contact Ms. Kimberly Rose at (936) 261-9830 or kprose@pvamu.edu.

Certifications

The School of Architecture offers several certifications. Please visit the college website for more information.