Philosophy The graduate programs of Brenau are constructed to provide educational experiences that are suited for the unique abilities and interests of each student. Important factors in designing such a program include the previous educational experiences of the student at the baccalaureate level, licensure requirements (for example: teaching, counseling, etc.) and the ultimate career goal of the student.
Degrees Conferred Brenau offers degrees with numerous majors at the graduate level. The degrees are: Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Education (M.Ed.), Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), Master of Science (M.S.), Educational Specialist (Ed.S.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.), Doctor of Occupational Therapy (O.T.D.), and Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.).
For a comprehensive list of graduate program offered at Brenau, please click the majors/programs link (to the right) on the catalog dashboard. The majors are grouped in degree level (highest level on top) and in alphabetical order by major.
The College of Business permits a double major within its M.B.A. programs. Students receive one degree/diploma and must complete both major concentrations before the degree can be awarded.
Organization and Structure Off-campus locations have site directors who are residents of the area and who report to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Off-campus academic programs are coordinated by specific subject-area coordinators who are members of the Brenau faculty assigned to each location. On-campus academic programs are coordinated by the department chair and dean. Current sites include The Historic Gainesville Campus, North Atlanta (Norcross) and South Atlanta (Fairburn).
Graduate Council The graduate council shall be composed of graduate coordinators from all graduate programs, one dean (rotated among schools that have graduate programs), one department chair (rotated among departments that have graduate programs) and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. In addition, the registrar and a representative from graduate admissions will service as ex-officio members. In departments that have multiple graduate coordinators, the chair will designate which graduate coordinator from the department will serve as a member of the graduate council.
Every two years, the graduate council will elect a new chair. In order to be elected chair, the faculty member must have been on the committee for at least one year. Once elected, the chair of graduate council will serve a two-year term. Neither the deans, the registrar, nor the admissions representative may serve as chair.
Graduate Faculty Faculty teaching in graduate programs must possess appropriate educational credentials and experience, uphold the standards of the graduate program, reflect a commitment to quality and the responsibilities of graduate instruction, comply with the graduate policies and procedures, and demonstrate excellent teaching or research abilities.
Residency Requirement Brenau has the expectation that its graduate students will successfully complete the prescribed coursework in their program of study at the Gainesville campus or approved Brenau off-campus instructional site.
Preparatory and Prerequisite Courses Graduate students will be required to prepare for graduate-level work by taking such preparatory courses as may be assigned by the school. In no case shall graduate preparatory courses be counted or intended as part of a graduate program; however, they will be included in determining satisfactory academic progress for graduate programs. In addition, where individual course prerequisites are identified, they will be strictly enforced.
Sequence of Events Leading to a Master’s Degree
Following is the general sequence of events leading to a master’s degree at Brenau.
- The student must complete the process of admission to the graduate program.
- The assignment of an academic advisor will be made at the time of application.
- The student will select and undertake a course of study with the advice and consent of the academic advisor.
- A formal program of study must be approved by the department chair and must have received approval prior to a student’s admission to candidacy for a master’s degree. The program of study shall be composed of those courses leading to the desired mastery of the subject of the degree. No changes in the program of the study are permitted without the prior approval of the student’s academic advisor and department chair.
- The student should make application for graduation at the appropriate time. Deadlines and applications are available on the Registrar’s Office website. Only regularly admitted graduate students may apply. The graduation fee is published in this catalog and will be billed to the student’s account. All fees must be paid before a student can receive a degree-posted transcript, a diploma, or have the degree verified to a third party.
- In the case of the M.Ed. programs, a comprehensive exam which the student must register for must be completed satisfactorily. A Graduate Examination Committee is appointed; a date will be set for the examination; and the date will be communicated in writing by the department chair. The examination will be conducted as provided in the chapter on the M.Ed. program in this Catalog. The comprehensive examination shall cover any aspect of the material to which the student has been exposed during the program of graduate study.
Responsibility for Provision of Services Brenau assumes no responsibility or liability for any loss suffered by students for failing to complete their programs or for failure to provide educational or related services arising out of or due to causes beyond the reasonable control of the institution. In spite of that fact, Brenau will make every effort to provide such services and to implement the educational program as set forth herein; however, in no case shall any liability be attached to the institution for its failure to satisfy the individual perceptions of graduate students.
Research Papers Requirements for all research and written papers are specified by each department. Unless specifically instructed to the contrary, graduate students shall follow the standards set forth in the A.P.A. Publication Manual.