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At The College of Arts and Sciences, we welcome the most ambitious and brightest students from around the world to learn (and to possibly, teach) in our college! Thank you for your inquiries about our graduate schools. The graduate programs of NMSU’s Arts and Sciences College are made up of many students continuing their education beyond the baccalaureate level. We offer a wide variety of programs for students pursuing masters and doctorate degrees in their fields of study. The accomplishments of our college and university have been nationally and internationally recognized through a variety of different sources: the National Science Foundation, Forbes Magazine, the Carnegie Foundation, and the U.S. News and World Report. Becoming a graduate student here in the Arts and Sciences College at NMSU means being part of a legacy that dedicates itself to academic excellence, community enrichment, and personal empowerment!

Academic Programs and Departments

NMSU offers an abundance of different graduate programs to choose from! An overview degree programs, contact information, application deadlines and requirements can be found by visiting the programs’ websites. The College of Arts and Sciences currently offers the following programs in different departments.

Fine Arts

     

Graduate Degrees Offered: Art History, Fine Arts (Emphasis on Studio Art), Dual Degree Master of Public Administration/Master of Arts in Public History

Graduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Public Administration/Master of Arts in Public History

Department Website: Art Department .

Graduate Degrees Offered: Master of Music (Conducting, Music Education, Performance)

Graduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Music (Conducting)-Master of Music, Music (Music Education)-Master of Music, Music (Performance)-Master of Music

Department Website: Music Department.

Humanities

   

Graduate Degrees Offered: Master of Arts (Emphasis Creative Writing, English Studies for Teachers, Literature, Rhetoric and Professional Communication, Technical and Professional Communication), Master of Fine Arts (Creative Writing)

Graduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: English-Master of Arts Emphasis:Creative Writing, English-Master of Arts Emphasis:English Studies for Teachers, English-Master of Arts Emphasis:Literature, English-Master of Arts Emphasis:Rhetoric and Professional Communication, English-Master of Arts Emphasis:Technical and Professional Communication), English-Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing

Department Website: English Department.

Graduate Degrees Offered: Master of Arts

Graduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: History-Master of Arts, History(Public History)-Master of Arts

Department Website: History Department.

Sciences

     

Graduate Degrees Offered: Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

Graduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Astronomy-Master of Science, Astronomy-Doctor of Philosophy

Department Website: Astronomy Department.

Graduate Degrees Offered: Master of Science (Emphasis: Behavioral, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology/Cell & Organismal Biology/Microbiology), Master of Science Biotechnology, Doctor of Philosophy (Emphasis: Behavioral, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology/Cell & Organismal Biology/ Microbiology)

Graduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Biology-Master of Science (Emphasis: Behavioral, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology/Cell & Organismal Biology/Microbiology), Biology-Master of Science Biotechnology, Biology-Doctor of Philosophy (Emphasis: Behavioral, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology/Cell & Organismal Biology/Microbiology)

Department Website: Biology Department.

Graduate Degrees Offered: Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

Graduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Chemistry-Master of Science, Chemistry-Doctor of Philosophy

Department Website: Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.

Graduate Degrees Offered: Masters of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

Graduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Computer Science-Masters of Science, Computer Science-Doctor of Philosophy

Department Website: Computer Science Department.

Graduate Degrees Offered: Master of Science

Graduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Geology-Master of Science

Department Website: Geological Sciences Department.

Graduate Degrees Offered: Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

Graduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Mathematics-Master of Science, Mathematics-Doctor of Philosophy

Department Website: Mathematical Sciences Department.

Graduate Degrees Offered: Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

Graduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Physics-Master of Science, Physics-Master of Science Space Physics, Physics-Doctor of Philosophy

Department Website: Physics Department.

Social Sciences

     

Graduate Degrees Offered: Master of Arts

Graduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Anthropology-Master of Arts.

Department Website: Anthropology Department.

Graduate Degrees Offered: Master of Arts

Graduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Communication Studies-Master of Arts, Communication Studies-Master of Arts Leadership Communication

Department Website: Communication Studies Department.

Graduate Degrees Offered: Master of Criminal Justice

Graduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Master of Criminal Justice.

Department Website: Criminal Justice Department.

Graduate Degrees Offered: Master of Applied Geography, Doctor of Philosophy

Graduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Geography-Master of Applied Geography, Geography-Doctor of Philosophy Geography

Department Website: Geography Department.

Graduate Degrees Offered: Master of Arts, Master of Public Administration, Dual Degrees

Graduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Government-Master of Arts, Government-Master of Public Administration, Dual Degree Master of Public Administration/Master of Arts in Public History, Dual Degree Master of Public Administration/Master of Criminal Justice

Department Website: Government Department.

Graduate Degrees Offered: Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy

Graduate Program Catalog Guide Entry: Experimental Psychology-Master of Arts, Experimental Psychology-Doctor of Philosophy

Department Website: Psychology Department.

Funding Graduate School

New Mexico State University and the College of Arts and Sciences offers a wide assortment of different programs to help you with your educational expenses as a graduate student. Graduate assistantships, fellowships, grants, and federal loans are all options that students may benefit from while working towards their graduate degrees.

Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships (GA) are positions that universities offer to graduate students that not only pays them stipends to fund their educational expenses, but they also give graduate students practical “on the job” experience working in their fields of study. Graduate assistantships may involve graduate students assisting professors with their stratagems of classroom pedagogy, graduate students may teach the classes themselves, or graduate students may assist a department with academic research to broaden their fields of study. At NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences, we offer an extensive choice of assistantships to help fund your higher post-graduate education.

Entering/New Students

  • Diversity Graduate Assistantships
  • McNair Graduate Assistantships

Current Students

  • Outstanding Graduate Assistantship Award
  • Preparing Future Faculty Graduate Assistantship Award

Visit NMSU’s Graduate Student’s pages (new student funding and current student funding) for more information in regards to the specifics of each assistantship offered here at NMSU.

Fellowships

Fellowships are similar to scholarships. However, scholarships pay off school tuition whereas fellowships not only pay for tuition through stipends, but they also contain a living allowance for graduate students. If fellowships suit your interest, NMSU and the College of Arts and Sciences does offer such awards to best suit your funding needs.

Entering/New Students

  • Graduate Assistant Tuition Fellowships

Current Students

  • The Mike Watts Outstanding Leadership Graduate Fellowship
  • Merit Based Enhancement Fellowship

Visit NMSU’s Graduate Student’s pages (new student funding and current student funding) for more information in regards to the specifics of each fellowship offered here at NMSU.

Federal Financial Aid

NMSU’s Office of Financial Aid provides undergraduate and graduate students resources they need to fund their education. General information about a student’s options in seeking federal aid through federal loans, grants, and work study programs are given by this office. For more information about receiving federal aide, please visit the Office of Financial Aide’s Website .

NMHED Graduate Scholarship Programs

The New Mexico Department of Higher Education (NMHED) has a program that awards graduate students with assistantships and fellowships. Such programs pays annual stipends of $7,200. This program is designed for students that face ethnic, racial, and gender under-representation within their post graduate schools. NMHED awards are usually given to first year graduate students that have been officially enrolled in their department’s graduate programs.

For more information in regards to the NMHED graduate student scholarships, visit their official site .

TEACH Grant

The TEACH Grant is a federal grant that not only assists students with paying for their education, but it also allows students to give back to communities in need. In order to receive the TEACH Grant, students must complete an obligatory requirement to teach in areas that have been economically deprived after graduation. The TEACH Grant is awarded to graduate and undergraduate students with an award amount of $2,000 per semester and/or $4,000 annually.

For more information in regards to the TEACH Grant, visit their official site provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

Western Regional Graduate Program

The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) allows master’s, graduate certificate, and Ph.D. students who are residents of the WICHE member states to enroll in some 450 high-quality programs at 61 participating institutions outside of their home state and pay resident tuition.

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) for WICHE state members:

  • Biology (MS, PhD)
  • Bioinformatics (MS) Contact the Graduate School
  • MA Communication Studies – Communication Studies
  • Masters of Criminal Justice
  • Cultural Resources Management (GRAD CERT) – Anthropology
  • Master in Financial Mathematics – Mathematical Sciences
  • Master of Applied Geography (MAG) – Geography
  • Master of Public Administration (MPA) – Government
  • Psychology (MA, PhD) – Psychology
  • Sociology (MA) – Sociology
  • Public History MA History – – History
  • Space Physics MA and PhD – Physics
  • MA Spanish (online) – Languages and Linguistics
  • PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication – English

For more information regarding the WGRP, please visit their official site .

ASNMSU Travel Grant

If you are a graduate student that needs assistance in paying for expenses that involves travelling for authorized academic and professional purposes, the Travel Grant may help alleviate some (but not all) of the costs related to travel. The Travel Grant pays up to $500 for graduate students to attend conferences, meetings, workshops, external collaborations, and shipping costs for transport of originally created pieces to exhibitions.

For more information in regards to the Travel Grant, visit this website .

Establishing New Mexico Residency

Making “The Land of Enchantment” your state of legal residence can greatly reduce your tuition costs at the College of Arts and Science! However, there are certain criterion that you may fall under that may qualify you for in-state residency even if you are new to our state. Visit NMSU’s Registrar site for more information on applying for in-state residency or seeing if you fall under the qualifications of applying or qualifying for in-state residency.

International Graduate Students

In the Arts and Sciences College, we celebrate diversity! There are many students hailing from international countries that come to study at NMSU in order to learn, grow, and thrive. The impact that students from abroad have on our graduate schools here at ASNMSU is very influential and inspiring, and you becoming a student in our graduate schools means that you would contribute to such positive impacts.

For more information in applying and registering yourself as an international student here at the College of Arts and Science, visit our Office of International Student and Scholar Affairs website .