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School Name

University of the Southwest

City

Hobbs

State

New Mexico

General Information

Year Founded:

1962

Accreditation:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

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Majors/Programs

MBA – Accounting

The MBA in accounting is a 36 credit hour program delivered entirely online. The program is designed for individuals seeking their CPA certification and a career in accountancy. Students can complete the program in as little as 14 months and quickly gain a professional edge by working with instructors who are industry leaders in accounting. The program includes a strategic overview of accounting concepts, methodologies, and techniques aimed at providing students a competitive advantage in a dynamic career field.

MBA – Finance

The MBA in finance is a 36 credit hour program delivered entirely online. The program is designed for individuals seeking their CFP certification, securities license, and/or a career in the financial services sector. Students can complete the program in as little as 14 months and quickly gain a professional edge by working with instructors who are industry leaders in financial planning, consulting, and investment analysis. The program includes the practical application of financial concepts, methodologies, and techniques aimed at providing students a competitive advantage in a dynamic career field.

MBA – Law Enforcement & Corrections

The Law Enforcement & Corrections MBA is a 36 credit hour program that students can complete in as little as 12 months. The program is designed to help law enforcement and correctional officers budget finances, manage officers, and become strong, well-rounded leaders. Students can earn their degree from anywhere. Classes are 100% online, which provides great flexibility. A business degree is not required to be accepted into our program, and professional and military training could equal credits. An MBA with a specialization in Law Enforcement and Corrections will give graduates the edge they need in order to serve a higher purpose.

MBA – Marketing

The MBA in marketing is a 36 credit hour program delivered entirely online. The program is designed for students pursuing an exciting career in marketing, sales, advertising, or promotion. Students can complete the program in as little as 14 months and quickly gain a professional edge by working with instructors who are industry leaders in the field. The program includes the design and application of marketing tools, campaigns, and promotional techniques aimed at providing students a competitive advantage in a truly engaging career.

MBA – Strategic Management

The MBA in strategic management is a 36 credit hour program delivered entirely online. The program is designed for entrepreneurs and executives charged with developing strategic plans within their organization. Students can complete the program in as little as 14 months and quickly gain a professional edge by working with instructors who are industry experts at the design, development, and implementation of strategic initiatives. The program focuses on the tools, models, and techniques used to create competitive strategies with the goal of providing students expertise their career field.

MBA - Self-Designed

The self-designed MBA is a 36 credit hour program delivered entirely online. The program is designed to provide students with a customized, versatile specialization that is directly relevant to their existing or intended career path. Students can complete the program in as little as 14 months and have significant control over their area of specialization by tailoring their course preferences to suit their own needs. Students can choose up to twelve credit hours (4 classes) from the emphasis area course list to create a specialization that meets their career objectives.

MBA - Research Track

The Research Track MBA is designed for students with a strong desire to participate in academic research and scholarly writing/publication.  As a 36 credit hour (minimum) program delivered entirely online, students engage in a well-rounded, multidisciplinary curriculum which addresses all of the primary content areas.  Prior to completion of the program, students will work closely with a core team of subject matter experts to develop a research-based thesis. This committee will guide the student through the design, data collection, and analysis phases of the thesis project, providing a solid foundation for future study.  Many Research Track MBA students choose to continue their academic career in a PhD/Doctoral program.

Mental Health Counseling

This program prepares candidates to become counselors as defined by the American Counseling Association (ACA) 1997 definition of professional counseling as, "...the application of mental health, psychological or human development principles, through cognitive, affective, behavioral or systemic interventions, strategies that address wellness, personal growth, or career development, as well as pathology." Intern and Practicum students can work in a variety of mental health settings.

School Counseling

University of the Southwest’s Master of Science in Education, School Counseling is a 42-credit, fully online degree program designed to prepare you for licensure as a school counselor in primary, elementary, middle, and high school settings.

With coursework in counseling theories and techniques; counseling ethics; career development; and group, family and child/adolescent counseling, you will develop the knowledge and skillset to interact with students from varying backgrounds and serve as an advocate for their academic, career and personal success. You will learn how to:

  • focus on the relations and interactions between students and their school environment with the expressed purpose of reducing the effect of environmental and institutional barriers that impede student academic success;
  • assist students with evaluating and considering future educational and career paths; and
  • provide an atmosphere where all students can learn.

Practicums and an internship are required and can be completed in a variety of settings.

The Master of Science in Education

School Counseling is accredited by the New Mexico Public Education Department and prepares students for licensure as a school counselor in state of New Mexico.

Out-of-State-Residents: Please contact your state’s department of education to determine if University of the Southwest’s program meets your state’s licensing and certification regulations.

Licensure Program

University of the Southwest also offers a post-master’s licensure program for individuals who already have a master's degree but wish to become a licensed school counselor in New Mexico.

Curriculum and Instruction

Curriculum and Instruction is a degree plan which helps educators learn how to develop strategies for learning. University of the Southwest's Curriculum and Instruction program will guide educators as they learn to integrate teaching strategies with technology. Students may also specialize in bilingual education or teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Curriculum and Instruction – Bilingual

If you can speak Spanish at an 8th-grade level of proficiency or have completed at least 12-credit-hours of Spanish, you can apply for admission to the Curriculum & Instruction: Bilingual Degree program. Proficiency in speaking and writing in Spanish is essential for those who wish to complete this degree, since many of the courses for this degree are facilitated and completed using the Spanish language.

If you have these skills and want to work with students from diverse backgrounds, but with Spanish-speaking learners in particular, then this degree is tailor-made for you.

Curriculum and Instruction - TESOL

If you are not bilingual but aspire to work with and to teach English to speakers of other languages, you will want to earn this degree in Curriculum & Instruction: TESOL. You will acquire an in-depth knowledge of TESOL best practices, current research, program and curriculum development techniques, relevant legislation, and other appropriate content. With the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act and the growth of diverse populations of students in the U.S. who speak a language other than English, teachers who have a degree in TESOL are in demand. Why not begin work on your TESOL degree today?

Early Childhood Education

If you love young children, then you'll want to earn your Master's in Early Childhood Education. This degree can also be completed concurrently with a licensure plan that leads to a teaching license in Early Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 3. The professional educator who earns this degree will demonstrate knowledge and competency in the following areas: child growth, development, and learning; health, safety, and nutrition; family and community collaboration; curriculum development and implementation; methods and materials; assessment of children and evaluation of programs; professionalism; and appropriate developmental practices. The coursework is online, but your practicums can be completed in your own community. In the near future, you can be a highly sought after professional who works with young children, so why not begin your degree today?

Educational Administration

University of the Southwest's Educational Administration Program presents a dynamic combination of theory and practice which prepares the student for public school administration or instructional leadership at the teaching level.

The primary emphasis of the program includes:

  • Educational Leadership and Supervision
  • Theories of Curriculum Development
  • Policies and Public Relations
  • Education Law
  • Educational Finance and Facilities
  • School Administration
  • Theories of Administration
  • Applied Educational Leadership
  • Internship in Educational Administration

Special Education

If your passion is working with students who have special needs and you want to learn advanced interventions and techniques that can make a difference in their level of academic achievement, completing your Master's Degree in Special Education is the degree for you. By acquiring an in-depth knowledge of the characteristics, needs, and research-based intervention strategies for learners with special needs, you will be able to enhance your performance and skill as you deal with the diverse students you encounter in a general education or special education classroom. With the mandates of No Child Left Behind, educators who want to help all students learn and to try to leave no child behind can benefit by earning a graduate degree in Special Education. Passion plus professional expertise can equal success and satisfaction for children and educators alike!

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