MSAS Option Areas



The 12 credit hour Applied Communication Option provides advanced study in the analysis and practice of effective professional communication. The courses in this option reflect the critical communication challenges facing organization leaders today: understanding and managing diversity in the workplace; leading teams and small groups; negotiating and mediating conflict; using media technologies to communicate with diverse audiences; and developing oral and written communication skills for a variety of organizational roles. Research shows that managers spend as much as 80% of their work day communicating with others and that communication abilities are positively related to managers' job performance and upward mobility. Anyone responsible for supervising or coordinating the work of others can benefit from the Applied Communication Option. Individuals with advanced training in communication find employment in a wide variety of professional fields, including management, training and development, public relations, public information/community relations, human resources management, communication management and nonprofit administration. A background in communication (e.g., speech communication, media, journalism, business communication) is ideal but not essential. Students with backgrounds in the social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology) humanities (English, languages, arts) or business will find that courses in the Applied Communication Option complement their earlier academic training and professional experiences.

CHOOSE FOUR COURSES FROM THE FOLLOWING LIST (*In most cases, six credits at the 700-level will be needed to meet the degree requirement of 17)

  • COM 611 Conflict and Communication (3 cr)
  • COM 617 Communication and Diversity in the Workplace (3 cr)
  • COM 619 Communication and Ethics (3cr)
  • COM 713 Media Resources for Organizations (3 cr)
  • COM 732 Theories and Concepts of Small Group Communication (3 cr)




Along with the core courses in the MSAS, the Criminal Justice Option is designed to prepare students for leadership and administrative roles in criminal justice agencies. The 12 credit hour Criminal Justice Option should be relevant for students seeking advanced positions in law enforcement, institutional and community-based corrections, and juvenile justice agencies.  The Criminal Justice Option stresses the utility of the scholarly study of crime and criminal justice for administration. Through meshing necessary management skills with an appreciation for empirical research, the MSAS with a Criminal Justice Option seeks to inform and prepare tomorrow's leaders in the criminal justice system.


  • CRM 701 Criminal Justice Policy (3 cr)
  • CRM 740 Foundations of Homeland Security (3 cr)
  • CRM 750 Law Enforcement and Community (3 cr)
  • CRM 770 Correctional Theory and Practice (3 cr)




The Environmental Management Option is designed to meet the needs of established professionals who have some responsibility for managing environmental issues, broadly defined. The option assumes that the student has an appropriate academic background in the natural and applied sciences to qualify for graduate level work. Environmental protection, conservation, and resource planning issues are addressed in this 12 credit hour option.  Please NOTE: This option is NOT available via the internet. 


  • ECO 640 Economics of the Environment (3 cr)
  • GRY 731 Environmental Assessment (3 cr)


  • BIO 632 Principles of Fisheries Management (3 cr)
  • BIO 662 Limnology (4 cr)
  • BIO 689 Game Management (3 cr)
  • BIO 726 Advanced Limnology Methods (2 cr)
  • CHM 760 Chemistry of Environmental Systems (3 cr)
  • GRY 748 Physiography and Resource Conservation (3 cr)
  • PLN 671 Land Use Planning (3 cr)
  • PLN 674 Open Space and Recreation Planning (3 cr)
  • PLN 670 Planning Law (3 cr)




Sports Management is a 15 credit hour option, which includes a 6 credit hour field experience course. The Sports Management Option is designed to provide for preparation for management positions in professional, collegiate, and international sports, as well as, campus and community wellness/sports programs.

  • KIN 733 Current Problems in Sports Administration (3 cr)
  • KIN 739 Principles of Sports Management (3 cr)
  • KIN 780 Legal Aspects in Sports, Physical Ed., Recreation, and Wellness Programs (3 cr)
  • KIN 798 Field Experience in Sports Management (6 cr)




The Administrative Studies program is designed to meet your particular educational needs. Don't see an option that meets your needs? Propose your own!  The Individualized option gives you the opportunity to work closely with your academic advisor to develop a 12 credit  hour option tailored to your specific situation and career path. Students have completed the Administrative Studies degree with individualized options in Health Care Administration, Entertainment Management, Theater Management, Public Relations and others.




Homeland Security and Defense curriculum is structured around key policy and organizational problems involving homeland security. Each course prepares students to master core issues, principles, and problem-solving approaches that can be applied to specific challenges confronting their jurisdictions or sponsoring or sponsoring organizations.


  • CRM 740 The Foundations of Homeland Defense and Security (3 cr)
  • CRM 745 Topics in Homeland Defense and Security (3 cr)
  • PLS 717 Multidisciplinary Approaches to Homeland Security (3 cr)
  • PLS 719 Strategic Planning and Organizational Imperatives in Homeland Security (3 cr)




Producing and screenwriting is a 12 credit-hour option designed to teach students about the screenwriting craft. This involves developing each student's potential in finding their unique style; exposing students to the concept of "workshopping pages" by giving and receiving critical input on style, writing technique and structure; and providing insight into today's film and television market. Projects may include completing polished drafts on the following: multiple treatments/outlines, a short or full-length screenplay, and one to two dramatic teleplays.


  • MED 669 Script Rewriting and Marketing (3 cr)
  • MED 762 TV/Film Producing and Marketing (3 cr)
  • MED 663 Writing Adaptations for Television and Film (3 cr) OR MED 664 Genre Writing for Television and Film (3 cr)
  • MED 667 Screenwriting OR MED 668 Writing the One-Hour Drama Teleplay (3 cr)