Change or Refine Career Focus with Graduate Professional Programs

From geographic information science to strategic communications

The University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts and other programs that fit a liberal arts approach and application are ideal for fine-tuning or re-setting a career. Highlights include:

College of Liberal Arts

Master of Geographic Information Science - Geographic information science is a rapidly expanding professional field, with increasing numbers of employers searching for skilled graduates with master's degree-level credentials. MGIS graduates enjoy a growing range of career options, as organizations recruit them for careers in urban planning, environmental protection, meteorology, consumer marketing, academia, public health, community development, and so much more.
Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology - The master’s in speech-language pathology is designed to prepare students for careers in clinical service delivery in speech-language pathology. Most graduates of the master's program hold clinical positions in schools, hospitals, community clinics, private practices, and other facilities around the country where they evaluate and treat individuals with communication disorders. 

Master of Arts in Strategic Communications - Designed exclusively for working professionals in advertising, public relations, or corporate or nonprofit communications, the Professional MA in Strategic Communication focuses on the study of communications strategy, planning, and evaluation, as well as persuasion and advertising theory.

Master of Fine Arts - CLA offers MFA programs in creative writing (English), art (Art), and design and technology (Theatre Arts & Dance).

Master of Music - Our competitive program trains musicians to develop a rich background of theoretical, analytical, and practice-based skills on the way to a wide variety of academic and professional careers in music. The School of Music offers the MM degree with emphases in conducting, collaborative piano & coaching, music education, and performance.

Writing Studies Professional Degrees - With fully-online courses designed for individuals who wish to move into technical communication as a career and for working technical communicators who want to advance their careers. Students graduate prepared for work and leadership roles in such settings as the medical device industry, banking, higher education, online learning, and software development. 

And Others

Master of Heritage Studies & Public History - Students in the program contribute to the project of democratizing heritage by collaborating with communities to bring multiple perspectives of the past into conversation. An interdisciplinary program, HSPH blends elements of archival research, archaeology, material culture studies, architecture, preservation, and digital humanities.

Master of Human Resources & Industrial Relations - In the Carlson School of Management, the program provides a thorough understanding of the core functions, contemporary practices, and underlying theories of human resources and industrial relations.

Master of Human Rights - The Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs program (also supported by CLA) is designed to prepare students to engage in global human rights challenges through research, policy analysis, and advocacy. This interdisciplinary degree program provides a solid grounding in diverse substantive and methodological approaches to the study and practice of human rights. 

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