Graduate Programs

Master's of Criminal Justice

The Master of Science program in Criminal Justice offers a ‘generalist’ degree focused on a variety of areas within the field of Criminal Justice. It is a mature program that has already made efforts to adapt to anticipated changing demands. The breadth of the curriculum and faculty training is evident in the variety of courses taught by instructors with training in criminal justice, criminology, sociology, psychology, political science, public administration, social work, and law. Faculty members teaching in criminal justice have both academic training as well as practical experience in the criminal justice system. This training enhances the depth of knowledge that is shared with students. In addition, all faculty members that teach in the graduate program have earned doctorates in their respective disciplines.

For more information visit the Division of Criminal Justice.

Master's of Science in Kinesiology

The Master of Science degree in Kinesiology is designed to increase the students' breadth and depth of knowledge relative to the discipline of Kinesiology; provide the opportunity for students to engage in scholarly activity that includes creative and analytical thinking, interpreting, evaluating and reporting published research, designing and conducting research; and to provide a focus of study that will enhance career commitment and allow for experiences that will lead to continued self development and growth.

For more information visit the Department of Kinesiology & Health Sciences

Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing is traditionally designed to prepare registered nurses with baccalaureate degrees for advanced practice roles as nursing educators, administrators, family and community, and adult clinical roles, and credentialed school nurses. The curriculum emphasizes the systematic study of professional nursing practice and preparation for a leadership role. The program includes both classroom and field experiences in advanced clinical and role concepts and functional role preparations. The program is designed for nurses currently employed in hospitals, long-term care facilities, health agencies and educational institutions who require graduate preparation to qualify for present positions or desire advancement to positions of greater responsibility and complexity. Scheduling of program offerings will provide maximum flexibility and the opportunity for self-directed study.

For more information visit the School of Nursing.

Doctorate in Physical Therapy

The primary mission of the California State University, Sacramento Doctor of Physical Therapy program is to graduate knowledgeable, effective, adaptable, and reflective physical therapist generalist practitioners and health care leaders.  Graduates demonstrate ethical, responsible, professional behavior, are sensitive to cultural and psychosocial differences, use evidence derived from the scientific and professional literature to inform independent judgments to meet patient needs and to advance the profession.  They utilize critical and integrative thinking and problem-solving, practice lifelong learning, and provide services that contribute to the optimal health and function of community residents.

For more information visit the Office of Graduate Studies.

Master's Degree Program in RPTA

Our graduate program at Sacramento State is now a regional collaboration with two other California State University graduate programs in recreation, parks, and tourism; San Francisco State University (RPT) and Chico State University (RECR).  The core classes in this program are taught using a hybrid of synchronous online and in-person class sessions.  For a full-time student, the in-person sessions include an extended weekend (three-day) at the beginning of the semester and one day at then end of the semester.  For all other synchronous online sessions, you will just need a computer with a high-speed internet connection, video camera, microphone, and speakers.  Unlike some other programs, the online sessions are synchronous so that students and faculty can interact in real time.

For more information visit the Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration.

Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work program is a 60-unit program that prepares students for advanced, autonomous social work practice. The curriculum is composed of two semesters of professional foundation and two semesters of a concentration curriculum. In the foundation part of the program, all students take a core of courses designed to provide them with the knowledge and skills expected of all professional social workers. The advanced curriculum prepares for multi-level practice with vulnerable life conditions. It consists of required advanced courses in social work practice and policy, and advanced electives. Through the use of elective units (9), there are opportunities for more specialized focus regarding practice with specific populations (e.g., the aged) or with particular conditions (e.g., substance abuse or developmental disabilities). Specific electives will be subject to the availability of faculty resources, determination of needs of the professional practice community, and student interest.

For more information visit the Division of Social Work.

Master of Communication Sciences and Disorders

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Sacramento State offers an impressive level of expertise to the Sacramento community and surrounding areas. The clinic, housed within the department, provides assessment and treatment services for a wide variety of children and adults with communication disorders.

For more information visit the Communication Sciences and Disorders.