SUNY Buffalo State provides the opportunity for international educators to earn a Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies degree that is affordable, accredited, multidisciplinary, offered in English, and specifically designed to meet their needs and situations. IGPE coursework and workshops intend to make positive contributions to teaching and learning processes, and in doing so, make the world a better place through education. The program is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and approved by the State University of New York system.
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1. Completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours, comprising at least 15 hours of 600- and 700-level courses, including the master’s project.
2. A maximum of 15 credit hours may be taken in a discipline that offers a master’s degree when the student does a master’s project (3 credits).
3. A maximum of 18 credit hours may be taken in a discipline that does not offer a master’s degree and for the EDU prefix.
4. A maximum of 15 credit hours may be taken at another accredited institution. This coursework must conform to the limitations stated in 2 and 3 (above) and must have the prior approval of the principal advisor.
5. Only grades of B or better will be accepted as transfer credit. An official transcript showing transfer credit must be submitted to the Graduate School.
6. Coursework (including transfer credit) must be completed within the six-year period immediately preceding the date of completion of the program.
7. A maximum of 6 credit hours of workshop (594) and/or conference (596) may be included in the program.
8. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
9. Master of Science candidates must complete a) a research methods course and b) a supervised project approved by the principal advisor. Individual principal advisors may impose further requirements on candidates based on practices and policies of their home department (second reader or oral defense, for example). These must be specified in writing at the outset of the degree program.
*The awarding of the Master of Science Degree does not provide Certification or Licensure. United States colleges/universities do not “grant” certification or licensure. Certification or Licensure is obtained through State Education Departments. Many of the courses offered through this program may be applicable towards certification. However, individual State Education Departments determine what course(s) could be applicable toward the certification requirements for that particular state.
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