This school offers the following Master’s degree programs:

Master of Arts (MA)

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with a Master’s Degree in the School of Arts, Education and Humanities, a student must earn 48 credits according to the following program structure:


Core Courses                           = 4 Courses             = 16 Credits

Concentration Courses             = 4 Courses             = 16 Credits

Research Course                      = 1 Course               = 4 Credits

Internship (Practicum)               = 1 Course              = 4 Credits

Thesis                                        = 2 Course              = 8 Credits

Total                                         = 12 Courses           = 48 Credits



  • All students from other universities, irrespective of their program of choice, will have to do SGS 500 – Seminar on Graduate Studies as prerequisite course.
  • All students from other programs have to take prerequisite courses that introduce students into the new program of choice. These courses are given to students upon registration into the program.


SGS 500- Seminar on Graduate Studies

Students coming from other universities will need to take a pre-requisite course SGS 500: Seminar on Graduate Studies. This course covers areas that graduates of SMU are already familiar with. These include an understanding of the American liberal arts and sciences tradition as well as the following courses:

  1. Ethics & Christian Studies,
  2. US Government, Politics, & Global Issues,
  3. Logic, Proofs, & Critical Thinking


Concerning Logic, Proof and Critical thinking, the course is to introduce students to some of the necessary features of sound reasoning through a study of both its formal and informal features. Hence, the course has a strong normative component. Thus, in addition to thinking of logic as the study of entailment, one could think of it as the study of the difference between good and poor reasoning, particularly as these are exemplified in arguments. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, the nature of arguments, deduction and induction, syllogistic logic, propositional logic, quantified predicate logic, fallacious reasoning, and scientific reasoning. It will also cover aesthetic component of logic, the role of logic in critical thinking. Critical thinking like good writing skills is necessary not only to a well-rounded education, but also to getting along well in one’s private and professional life.


Ethics and education Offers an interdisciplinary ethics and education course intended for students interested in considering how educators’ ethical dispositions, decisions, and behaviors affect and reflect a society’s values and ideals.. The course first tackles ethics itself—ethics of duty, idealism, utilitarianism, virtue, relativism, pragmatism, pluralism, critical ethics, ethics of care, and ethics of professionalism. The second is these ethical paradigms’ import for education, including issues relating to equality, diversity, cultural recognition, competition, dishonesty, privacy, discrimination, reward, and punishment. Third, the course considers particular theories of moral development and their relationship to moral education. It emphasizes the particular types of ethical issues presented in urban education contexts


Lastly, Democracy in the U.S. is evaluated through analyses of the major institutions, processes and policies of the national government. Power, inequality, political culture, social movements, the Constitution, elections, the role of the media, and the parts played by the President, the bureaucracy, the Congress and the courts are all considered.


Research Course

The following course is done by all Masters Students in this School.


RES 520: Research Methods & Statistical Analysis

This course presents the research methods commonly used by social scientists. The course will prepare the student to understand material and issues associated with but not limited to the logic of the scientific method, research design, and statistical analysis of data. Students will be afforded the opportunity to conduct research in the course on topics within their field of study. The course is intended to provide a foundation from which the student may use the knowledge and practices gained in this course throughout the rest of their graduate program. The APA formatting will be covered extensively in the course.


  • Master of Arts (MA) in Communication
  • Master of Divinity (MDiv)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Communication
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Theology




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