Master of Arts Degree in Biological & Life Sciences

Best 4 MAs in Biological & Life Sciences 2017

Biological & Life Sciences

Masters degrees are more versatile than doctoral qualifications and have a broad range of professional and academic applications. According to the U.S. Department of Education, three types of masters programs exist research, professional, and terminal. The most popular masters degree types are Master of Arts (M.A.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in a mixture of subject fields.

MA Degree in Biological & Life Sciences

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MA in Chemistry

Binghamton University
Campus Full time September 2017 USA Binghamton

Binghamton University's graduate program in chemistry offers the Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in chemistry for students who are innovative, competitive and highly motivated in the traditional areas of analytical... [+]

MA Programs in Biological & Life Sciences. MA in Chemistry Binghamton University's graduate program in chemistry offers the Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in chemistry for students who are innovative, competitive and highly motivated in the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, as well as other relevant interdisciplinary subjects. By the end of the first year, each student is paired with a faculty advisor based on research interests and availability. Our department advisors provide guidance for students throughout their academic career, from course selection to research development. Our students are regularly recognized for exceptional academic achievement and research efforts through various awards and scholarships. Other funding opportunities such as teaching assistantships, research assistantships and stipends are also available. Professional Development The department hosts weekly colloquia (during which prominent visiting scientists share their latest research) and periodic international symposia on special topics. Students also have access to excellent on-campus facilities to aid their research. The diverse range of courses offered allows students the freedom to pursue interdisciplinary tracks in biological chemistry, biochemistry and materials chemistry. Students may take advantage of various research centers hosted by Binghamton University, which include the Institute for Materials Research and the Center for Advanced Sensors and Environmental Systems. In a collaboration with the American Chemical Society and the Graduate Chemistry Club, the Chemistry Department also hosts career-development workshops to help students explore professional pathways and identify necessary skills needed for success in the STEM field after graduation. After You Graduate Program alumni work in a cross-section of research roles, on subjects as diverse as nanocrystal solar energy technology and radiochemistry of transuranium complexes. Graduates also enjoy a high placement rate in PhD programs. Master of Arts MA candidates must complete six graduate courses; a research thesis is not required. Requirements for Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) are determined by the Graduate School of Education; a minimum of 20 credits in graduate-level chemistry courses is required. Summary of Requirements Six graduate courses (24 credits), at least four of which are in chemistry, the balance to be related courses approved by the GPC. One semester of Chemistry 592 (Graduate Seminar). Two semesters of Chemistry 593 (Frontiers in Chemistry). Completion of an acceptable research project (at least four credits of Chem 597). Public presentation of a seminar on the subject of the research project. A total of at least 32 graduate credits obtained under the above requirements. Degree Requirements Courses At the start of the first semester, placement examinations are given in analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, or in the specialized areas of biochemistry, physics and solid state/materials sciences. The results are used to guide students' selection of courses. Graduate students are expected to take four to eight courses in the master's program, and six to eight courses in the doctoral program, two of which may be in geology, physics, mathematics, biology or the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. In addition to the regular graduate courses, special topics courses, offered each semester, cover a wide and varying range of subjects. In the graduate seminar program, students discuss the research of their or other's laboratories. Research Adviser Each student has to choose a research adviser by the end of the first year of study. The selection of an adviser is an important decision, since the adviser helps students with course selection and guides them in the development of a viable research program. The matching of students and research advisers is done with the guidance and approval of the graduate curriculum committee. Admissions Requirements To be eligible for graduate study, you must: Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following: You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University Have earned, at minimum, one of the following: A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail") A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail") In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements. To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website. Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended Personal statement of 2 to 3 pages describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to the graduate admissions committee Résumé or curriculum vitae Three letters of recommendation Official GRE scores For international applicants: To be competitive, a minimum combined (verbal + quantitative) GRE score of 310 is recommended. International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website. International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.) Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores) Chemistry minimum TOEFL score: 80 on the iBT (To be competitive, a score of 90 is recommended.) Chemistry minimum IELTS score: 6.5, with no band below 5.0 Chemistry minimum PTE Academic score: 53 (To be competitive, a score of 61 is recommended.) This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements. Deadlines Fall: February 1 Spring: Rolling [-]

MA in Food Studies

The American University of Rome
Campus Full time 15  September 2017 Italy Rome

The M.A. in Food Studies is an interdisciplinary program that aims to provide knowledge and skills on the current situation and developments surrounding sustainable food production and consumption, more generally on how we affect the Earth’s resources with our food choices. It will focus on the international dimensions but also on how the associated policy and regulatory frameworks are framed and implemented at regional, national and sub-national levels by the public and non-profit sectors as well as by the food industry. [+]

The M.A. in Food Studies is an interdisciplinary program that aims to provide knowledge and skills on the current situation and developments surrounding sustainable food production and consumption, more generally on how we affect the Earth’s resources with our food choices. It will focus on the international dimensions but also on how the associated policy and regulatory frameworks are framed and implemented at regional, national and sub-national levels by the public and non-profit sectors as well as by the food industry. The Program offers students the option to focus on a more professional-based path, according to their career aspirations, or a research-based path if they wish to pursue research at the Ph.D. level. It is a flexible program that allows students to acquire research methods and techniques and also to choose courses to enhance their business or multimedia communication skills. Students with entrepreneurial ambitions can follow a course of study whereby they will gain both conceptual grounding and hands-on skills in relation to the business of food, including accounting and finance, marketing, strategy and other functional business areas in both large and small corporate entities. Students may also choose multimedia communication and learn concepts and theories of visual communication related to food in an ever evolving digital environment, along with technical skills for a variety of multimedia products. Students will also have the opportunity to hone their writing skills in relation to food in its various professional forms, including technical writing for the scientific community, policy-makers and consumers. Potential career paths Students will be able to choose between two options for their career goals: a professional path leading to work in international, non-profit or private sector companies or to become entrepreneur in the food business or to work in communication and digital media related to food a research-based path, towards a Ph.D. or other research-oriented academic and professional work. Duration: 15 months Start date: Fall 2015 Credits: 36 Courses and thesis Core courses: 15 credits total Electives courses: 15 credits total Thesis: 6 credits total Prerequisite and Admission Requirements Bachelor’s degree in Humanities, Sciences or Social Sciences and excellent knowledge of English. Costs for U.S. citizens and permanent residents and Canadian citizens:17.550,00 US Dollar Costs for citizens and permanent residents of countries other than United States or Canada: 13.000 Euro The goal of the M.A. Program in Food Studies is to provide students with knowledge, critical thinking and transferable skills related to the global and local dimensions of sustainable food production and consumption, to the business of food and to communicating about food. It is a flexible Program whereby students will be able to focus their course of studies on topics of their interest in relation to pursuing research at the Ph.D. level or in more direct relation to their professional career goals and aspirations. The Program addresses: The worldwide societal concerns on the choices facing humankind in relation to feeding an increasing world population, the pressures exercised on natural resources, the risks of the loss in biodiversity, the spread of obesity, the persistence of undernutrition and the impact of climate change. The interdependence of nations and the ways in which governments, the business industry and civil society are dealing with these issues through policies, programs and regulatory frameworks. The business and communication models and practices towards sustainable food production and consumption. Learning Outcomes Upon completing the Program students will be able to: Demonstrate a high level of knowledge of the main factors impinging on sustainable food production and consumption at the global level and relate them to their own countries’ situation. Evaluate the nexus between food production-consumption and the environment. Analyze the main policies and regulatory frameworks related to food and their implementation at international and national level. Examine and compare the main tenets of food-induced rural development policies and programs, in both developed and developing countries, and with particular reference to Italy, within the European context. Depending on the selected path, students will acquire specific academic and transferable skills; at the end of the program they will be able to: Conduct research by framing a research question, identifying and applying the appropriate quantitative or qualitative methods. Write a research paper. Defend a thesis. Analyze and present complex statistical data in a clear and effective way. Appraise the macroeconomic environment and government policies impinging on public policies and on private business development. Perform financial analyses, budget and forecasting for business in the food sector. Appraise and apply elemental marketing strategies, market research and market assessment techniques. Work as a consultant, using management consultancy skills. Prepare for a career in the food-environment sectors. Communicate persuasively both orally and in writing, in different contexts and situations. Write professionally about food through narrative prose and/or technical writing for the scientific community, policy-makers and consumers. Conceive a media strategy and produce communication projects to be accessed and displayed over a wide variety of media platforms (print, web, video, social media). [-]

Master of Arts in Environment, Development, and Peace - Specialization in Sustainable Food Systems (SFS)

University for Peace
Campus Full time February 2017 Costa Rica Ciudad Colon

Courses in this specialization train students to evaluate both the social and natural scientific aspects of food systems. [+]

MA Programs in Biological & Life Sciences. The Department of Environment and Development focuses on efforts to reconcile poverty alleviation withenvironmental protection in a manner that contributes to peaceful conflict resolution. We emphasize sustained critical analysis in order to formulate solutions that do not just deal with surface issues but address the root causes of environmental problems and underdevelopment. Our approach is grounded in political ecology, an interdisciplinary perspective that highlights the importance of political economic structures and inequality in access to resources as key drivers in environmental conflict and global environmental change. Our teaching, based in principles of peace education, promotes student-centered learning and active participation through collaborative discussion. We take full advantage of our unique location in Costa Rica by including within all of our courses case studies and field visits to explore the many innovative sustainable development projects occurring throughout the country. Our students have gone on to successful careers with a wide variety of organizations, including UN agencies, government offices around the world, NGOs both local and international, and progressive private sector firms. Many have also continued in higher education, pursuing doctoral degrees in the social sciences. By joining the Department, you therefore become part of a growing global network of scholars and practitioners working towards sustainable development and environmental peacebuilding. Specialization in Sustainable Food Systems Our specialization in Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) emerges from the understanding that we must urgently change our relationship to food production and consumption in order to move towards greater sustainability. It emphasizes that food systems comprise many parts and operate in complex social and agro-ecological contexts. Courses in this specialization train students to evaluate both the social and natural scientific aspects of food systems. The specialization takes advantage of Costa Rica’s unique location by studying all facets of agriculture and food consumption, from plantation style production of export crops to local, organic and permaculture production systems. The UPEACE garden also serves as a fundamental part of the curriculum; it is integrated into existing courses, and serves as a space for informal learning throughout the school year. This specialization prepares students to work as professionals in emerging food systems-related jobs in civil society organizations, governmental institutions, and international organizations. Students in this specialization must take the following courses NRD-6026 Sustainable Agriculture (3 credits) DED-6015 Food Security (3 credits) DED-6016 Human Vulnerability and Climate Change Adaptation (3 Credits) MA Programme Admission The University for Peace (UPEACE) Master of Arts* programmes offer study in a variety of areas related to Peace, Environment, International Law, Gender, and Education. Both UPEACE students and faculty come from all around the world with diverse backgrounds and interests which significantly enhances the academic environment. A Master of Arts at the University for Peace consists of an intensive one year in Costa Rica consisting of academic courses and a final graduation project. The language of instruction at UPEACE is English and incoming students are required to hold a bachelor degree or equivalent. The minimum number of credits required for all UPEACE MA programmes is 40 to be completed within an 11-month period. Exceptions are made for programmes operating within the framework of partnership agreements. One UPEACE credit is equivalent to 15 hours of direct faculty instruction plus 30 hours of student work for a total of 45 hours of academic work. The UPEACE final graduation project holds a value of 8 credits, which is equivalent to 120 hours of tutoring by a faculty advisor and 240 hours of independent research, curriculum development, or internship work for a total of 360 hours. [-]

MA Equine Business Management

Hartpury College, University of West England
Campus Full time Part time August 2017 United Kingdom Gloucester + 1 more

Through a combination of core pure business modules developed by the well-respected Bristol Business School and equine business specific modules, these programmes [+]

MA/ PgCert/ PgDip Equine Business Management

Through a combination of core pure business modules developed by the well-respected Bristol Business School and equine business specific modules, these programmes have been designed to develop your understanding of the equine industry. The MA will also help you identify career opportunities available within the industry from a business management perspective.

Throughout the programme we discuss the role of equestrianism as a sport, analyse the structure of equine industries, both nationally and internationally, and debate topical issues relating to the strategic development of the equine industry.... [-]