Master Programs in C&I

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  • Applying for the MA Program in Education (C&I)

    • Apply to the NMSU Graduate School
    • After creating your account you will want to select “Education” to indicate to the Graduate School that you are applying for the “MA in Education” or the “MAT in Education” which are both part of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
    • Include a letter of interest, within the online application, describing your willingness to participate in the MA program. In your letter: 1.) provide the reason you are pursuing a Master’s Degree; 2.) explain your area of interest; and 3.) inform the department of Curriculum & Instruction of your teaching experience and/or teaching goals.
    • For best consideration to the MA in Education it is requested that you submit your application before Nov. 15th for Spring admission and March 15th for Summer and Fall admission. Applications submitted after these dates will be accepted and reviewed, however guaranteeing admission from the Graduate School and securing financial aid may be limited.
    • For the C&I MA Program, you do NOT need to: take the GRE; nor provide 3 letters of recommendation.
    • The MA in Education (C&I) in the Program Area of Early Childhood Education (ECED) is entirely on-line and requires an additional application step. For more information, contact the C&I department.

    Once You Are Accepted

    • Meet with your Advisor (as noted in your C&I letter of acceptance) and complete your Preliminary Program Plan
    • Read the MA Handbook and NMSU Graduate Catalog (you are obliged to know and follow all the rules that apply to you)
    • Follow the MA Program Checklist from the C&I MA Handbook
    • Get to know our faculty
    • After your first 12 hours of classes, fill-out the “Program of Study” form with the assistance of your Advisor


  • The MA Comprehensive Exam or Thesis

    • To Register for the master’s exam: 
      • REGISTRATION for the Summer 2018 exam will take place beginning May 1, 2018 and will close on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 5 pm.
      • Access and follow the MA EXAM Checklist– complete the required forms and deliver to the C&I office in OH Rm 122 by the registration deadline. Late and Early registrations will NOT be accepted.  If you are outside of the Las Cruces area and need to send the documents electronically, please submit the complete packet (all documents from checklist), within the registration dates, currandinstr@nmsu.edu
      • Take the MA Exit Survey
      • Complete an NMSU Star Degree Audit
      • Complete the Registration Form and submit it with your other MA exam documents. (Click and download the MA exam registration)
      • Distance Ed students follow guideline for obtaining a proctor. (Summer 2018 Proctors)
    • When the Exam is offered (Face to Face):
      • Fall: The 2nd Friday of October in Fall (October 12, 2017; 8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
      • Spring: The 2nd Friday of March in Spring (March 08, 2019; 8:30 am – 12:30 pm)
      • Summer: The last Friday of June (June 29, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
    • When the Exam is offered (Distance Ed):
      • Fall: Pick one of the two (October 10, 2018 or October 11, 2018)
      • Spring: Pick one of the two (March 7, 2019 or March 8, 2019)
      • Summer: Pick one of the two (June 27, 2018 or June 28, 2018)
    • Master’s Exam Details for Preparation:

    RECORDING OF SPRING 2018 MA EXAM Preparation Session

     Other MA Exam information

    • It is recommended that you take the MA Exam your last semester of classes; you can take it after this, but you will be charged a fee by Graduate Student Services

  • The MA Thesis

    • If you are interested in conducting an MA Thesis instead of taking the MA Comprehensive Exam, read the applicable sections of the NMSU Graduate Catalog, meet with your Adviser and meet with the Associate Department Head for Graduate Programs for more information
    • An MA Thesis is similar to a Doctoral Dissertation (you conduct, analyze and write-up a research study), but is it slightly smaller in scale
    • It will take more than one semester to complete
    • It is great preparation if you intend to earn a doctorate in the future.

  • Programs & Alternative Licensure

    • For complete details about all of our MA in Education (C&I) Program and Program Areas, please see the MA Handbook
    • If you are seeking information on the alternative licensure process and want to set up an appointment please contact:
      • Dr. Cecilia Hernandez (575.646.1256 cecimh@nmsu.edu O’Donnell Hall Rm 101E)

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