Graduate Programs

Holistic Health Program

Master of Science in Holistic Health

M.S. Entry Requirements

As a prerequisite for acceptance to the Master’s program in Holistic Health, students should have completed the equivalent of a recognized baccalaureate degree in a related field of study and have several years of meaningful professional experience. Preferred applicants will hold a qualification, certification or registration in holistic health or allied profession.

Well-qualified applicants may be accepted to the Master’s program lacking elements of preparation. Under these conditions, you must add the missing competencies to your program.

M.S. Degree Requirements

Students in the Master of Science in Holistic Health will complete a minimum of 90 credit units above the baccalaureate level, including a thesis. The coursework requirements include the core courses, research preparation, the thesis project, and additional electives, as needed, to satisfy the minimum credit requirements. The primary mentor assigned to oversee the student’s program defines the requirements and research preparation coursework.

Master’s students complete a comprehensive examination after the academic coursework; they prepare a formal thesis proposal, complete the thesis project, and prepare the manuscript for faculty review. Master’s students also complete an oral review of the thesis after the physical manuscript review:

Research Preparation

Master’s students must pursue studies providing advanced research knowledge necessary for success in their final projects (thesis or major project instead of thesis). At least 4 credit units of research preparation coursework are required and this might focus on quantitative and qualitative methods or participatory action research techniques, especially subject selection, research design, and statistical analysis, as appropriate to each student’s proposed project. Through this requirement, students learn to effectively define applied problems or theoretical issues and articulate the rationale for the study. They should learn to present an effective scholarly review of the academic literature and implement quantitative, qualitative or participatory action methods for evaluating academic issues.

Comprehensive Examination

Once the student has completed the coursework elements of the degree, they schedule the Comprehensive Examination. The primary mentor and a faculty member representing the minor field of study conduct the examination’s written and oral components. The written portion is an open book style with selected essay questions requiring creative responses that reach for the higher levels of cognition. Your answers are expected to draw from both your program’s primary and secondary competencies with proper referencing of the scholarly literature. The oral component of the examination is normally completed by telephone conference and is intended to allow a detailed investigation of your written responses.

Holistic Health Master’s Thesis

Holistic Health Master’s Electives

Master’s students are expected to complete a thesis and research project under the direction of the primary mentor and follow the guidelines provided by the University. See Holistic Health Master’s Thesis for details.