Graduate & Professional Studies Courses

Fall I Courses

Fall I will run from August 29 – October 21

Business Courses

AC551 – Accounting for Management Decisions

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: M. Santos

This course analyzes the use of accounting as a managerial tool. Topics include budgeting, systems building and evaluation, inventory valuation, fixed asset valuation, and analysis and interpretation of financial reports from internal and external sources.

MK551 – Marketing Management

Format: Online, Asynchronous, Optional Online Lectures: Mondays: 8/29, 9/12, 9/26/, and 10/17

Instructor: D. Cragen

This course analyzes marketing functions, institutions, and policies dealing with consumer and industrial products and services in both profit and non-profit organizations. Strategic marketing plans are formulated by students through the use of case analysis. Decision-making, dealing with product/service development, pricing strategies, distribution methods, and promotional activities are stressed.

Criminology Courses

CR500 – Criminological Theory

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: A. Wilcox

This course examines the philosophical underpinnings of criminology and the various theories that exist in the field of criminology. Additionally, we will examine the major methods of measuring crime. The course will allow the student to think critically and independently about theories behind criminology as well as their contextual understanding and applicable issues relating to crime and victimization. This will include but is not limited to: Classical School; Positive School; Chicago School; Differential Association; Anomie; Subculture Theories; Labeling; Conflict Theory; Social Control; Social Learning; Rational Theories; Strain Theories; and Feminist Theory.

MS530 – Applied Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: L. Ochs

This course provides a brief review of elementary statistics and introduces students to more advanced analyses appropriate for data-driven decision making in the social sciences. Analyses include independent and repeated measures one-way ANOVAs, completely between, completely within, and mixed 2-way and n-way ANOVAs, and multiple regression. The selection of appropriate analytical procedures and the interpretation of analytical output are emphasized.

Cybersecurity Courses

CY621 – Cybersecurity Risk Analysis and Decision Making

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: F. Appunn

Cybersecurity, information assurance, and computer security deal with virtual and remote risks that continue to evolve rapidly. Losses frequently remain undetected for a year, even in sophisticated environments across most industry sectors. An incident can sweep through an organization gaining access to thousands of assets within minutes. Technologists, managers, and leaders need to make use of leading techniques, to deploy defenses and respond to incidents quickly, and prepare for new adversaries on a continual basis. They need to convince their Board to provide appropriate resources to manage risk within a general enterprise risk strategy.

CY644 – Cyber Engineering

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: J. Grady


Provides an understanding of the technology used to deliver safer hardware, software, and external links. Technologies includes IoT, cloud computing, asset control, authentication, access controls, models, controls and countermeasures, assessment of vulnerabilities in the light of threats and their mitigation, cryptography. The diverse areas lead to solution designs, practical execution of security assessments, and comprehensive solution testing strategies.

Education Courses

ED551 – Seminar in American Schools

Format: Online, Synchronous, Thursday 6-9:30 pm

Instructor: T. Martin

This class will provide a broad background for thinking about issues of education in historical and philosophical context. As the introductory course in the Thomas College Master of Education Program, it will help prepare students for subsequent courses in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment of learning. Students will have the opportunity to begin to identify questions about teaching and learning that will help focus their research throughout the remainder of the program.

ED553 – Educational Assessment

Format: Online, Synchronous, Tuesday, 6-9:30 pm

Instructor: G. LaBreck


This course introduces the concepts, principles, and practices related to designing and administering effective assessments in education. Teacher-designed assessments and standardized achievement tests are examined.

Fall II Courses

Fall II will run from October 24 – December 16

Business Courses

EC551 – Economic Systems

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: D. Leland

This course presents a survey of relevant current economic trends in the rapidly changing modern world. The subject matter is divided into three broad areas including macroeconomic issues, microeconomic issues, and analysis of emerging global systems. The method of analysis combines the use of economic history, theory, and development with a critical analysis of current economic issues and events. The objective is to learn to assess the impact of regional, national, and global economic trends on business and society.

MG544 – Project Management

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: TBD

This course builds on introductory project management skills to form a solid grounding in the nine project management knowledge areas and five process groups as detailed by the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Topics include the following: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, closing, integration management, scope management, time management, cost management, quality management, human resource management, communication management, risk management, and procurement management. Cost, scope, quality, and procurement receive special emphasis in this course. Students will align topics to attain project objectives within resource constraints. The course is relevant to any project management field

MG554 – Human Resource Management

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: R. Wheaton


This course involves a comprehensive analysis of behavioral theory and practical, analytical techniques for dealing with day-to-day problems in work situations. The specific objective is to develop the action-taking ability and the administrative capacity and know-how to handle the human problems of organizations within an appropriate policy framework.

MG615 – Ethical Leadership

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: J. Pare

This course addresses advanced issues in ethical leadership to provide the student with tools to recognize and address social and ethical issues as they arise in the corporate setting. Emphasis is placed on corporate social responsibility and global business citizenship as well as ethical decision making with institutional stakeholders.

MG695 – Strategic Planning

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: D. Cragen

Complex business situations are analyzed in this course, with particular attention given to the development and analysis of strategic business plans. MBA core courses must be complete, and this must be one of the last three classes completed

Criminology Courses

CR520 – Juvenile Delinquency & Youth Crime

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: L. Ochs


This course provides a comprehensive overview of relevant 21st century challenges faced by the juvenile justice system and the philosophical shift toward restorative justice. Trends will be identified and contemporary issues such as detention, waivers, mental health and substance abuse, risk assessment, family-based treatment, gangs, childhood abuse, gender and racial disparities, and institutional influences will be analyzed.

MG562 – Introduction to Public Administration

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: J. Pare


This course explains the political, legal, and social settings which shapes public administration. Also, examine is public administration accountability and responsiveness to elected executives, legislatures, the judiciary, the media, interest groups, and the public.

Cybersecurity Courses

CY531 – Foundations of Homeland Security

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: M. Marsolais


Homeland Security is a national and international service and protection initiative that experienced significant growth following the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Additionally, Homeland Security refers to the vast network of federal, state, local, and private agencies that organized and integrated after the attacks to respond to future threats to the country, its people, its infrastructure, and way of life. This course provides a student with a comprehensive examination of Homeland Security from its mission and organizational perspectives.

CY611 – Cyber Investigations

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: C. Marcello

Provides a foundation in digital forensics and investigations in general. The course includes forensics acquisition methods for computers (physical as well as virtual), mobile devices to include cell phones, network intrusions, and cloud storage. It will include forensic analysis and validation, examine e-mail, social media investigations.

Education Courses

ED552 – Diverse Learners, Families, and Communities

Format: Online, Synchronous, 6-9:30 p.m.

Instructor: T. Martin


This course examines the educators’ roles in addressing the many needs of diverse learners and families. Various diverse populations are identified and explored. Focus areas include implications for school transformation programs, individual academic and social interventions, referrals to community agencies, and examining diverse populations and how poverty may impact them. Upon completion of this course, a student will have knowledge about the different kinds of stresses children and families are under which impact school performance. Practical, hands-on experiences combined with pedagogical research will allow teachers to reflect on how to best meet the needs of our most vulnerable learners. Our work together will help us to be reflective practitioners who synthesize and analyze research.

ED554 – Leadership and Development in Curriculum and Instruction

Format: Online, Asynchronous

Instructor: M. Allen

This course examines past, current, and possible future teaching strategies and curriculum approaches to ensure instruction meets appropriate trends for content and learning goals while simultaneously systematically addressing students’ diverse needs, abilities, and experiences. Situated as a survey course that bridges curricular theory to instructional practice, learners will experience a deep dialogue rather than conclusive answers, as is the nature of shifting trends and teaching expectations.