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Critical & Creative Thinking, MA (Ethics & Values)

Master of Arts

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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In the Ethics and Values concentration, students discover the manner in which our ethics and values impinge on the rest of our lives.

Analyzing the cross-cultural significance of human values, ethical practices and social movements in the geo-politics of globalization and sustainability, you'll explore the relationship between ethics and other facets of human experience such as the cultural, political, religious and economic. You'll also investigate the nature of conflict and different strategies for conflict resolution.

The application of a wide variety of theories and methodologies from philosophy, religious studies and political science will be emphasized in this exploration of the human condition.

Students will gain a deeper theoretical understanding of the multifaceted relationships between ethics and values, as well as a fuller toolbox of ways to respond to the tensions that often erupt from the collision of different ethics and values - applicable to a wide array of professions.

Graduate Project
The graduate project for the MCCT degree is intended to represent the culmination of a student's work within the program. Students propose and produce an independent creative project under the guidance of a faculty adviser drawing on their experiences throughout the program of study. The project may take one of a variety of forms. Examples include (but are not limited to), a formal research paper, development of a mobile app, production of a film or development of a project or program to be implemented in the student's community or place of employment.

About the MCCT program
The online Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking is an interdisciplinary graduate degree consisting of 30 credit hours of study. Within the Critical and Creative Thinking master's program, students may choose from one of six concentrations that allows students to develop and apply a broad array of analytical and evidenced-based knowledge.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Bachelor's degree from accredited institution.

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. No GRE is required for this master's degree.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 15
Spring Semester
November 1
Summer Sessions
March 1

Students must complete 30 credit hours, including the following requirements:

  • Introduction to Critical and Creative Thinking (3 credit hours)
  • 12 credit hours chosen from a primary concentration
  • An additional 12 credit hours either chosen through an array of electives from outside the primary concentration or from a secondary concentration
  • A Graduate Project (3 credit hours)

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CACT 8000Introduction to Critical & Creative Thinking3

Course Number: CACT 8000

This course is the foundational introductory course for the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking program (MA CCT). It focuses on the development of students’ skills as critical thinkers and creative problem solvers as well as the cultivation of students’ capacity to recognize and leverage tools, resources, and ideas towards finding innovative solutions to everyday problems.

CACT 8090Graduate Project3

Course Number: CACT 8090

The Graduate Project is an applied student project under the direction of a faculty adviser. In the project, the student will apply interdisciplinary knowledge and skills gained within the program to address a problem or to expand knowledge within or across disciplines. The product or artifact produced by the student may take a variety of forms.

CACT 8200Seminar in Political Theory3

Course Number: CACT 8200

This course introduces students to the history of political theory, from its origins in ancient Greece to its manifestations in contemporary thought.

CACT 8206Comparative Religious Ethics3

Course Number: CACT 8206

An introduction to historical and contemporary approaches to comparative religious ethics, with special focus on specific case studies as encountered in societies and religious communities across the globe. In addition to reading authors from a variety of perspectives (Aristotelians, natural law theorists, philosophers of law, pragmatists, theologians, and historians of religion), students will be introduced to special topics in the field, e.g., religion and public life, religion and law, syncretism, the secular/non-secular divide, etc. This course supports the Ethics and Values concentration in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking.

CACT 8215Values and Virtues3

Course Number: CACT 8215

This course explores advanced topics in ethics with particular emphasis on value theory and virtue ethics. Topics to be considered include the meaning and status of value claims, sources of value, intrinsic goods, agent-relative goods, practical reason, moral development, happiness, moral ambiguity, moral luck, the identification of virtues, and relationships of care, trust, and responsibility. This course supports the Ethics and Values concentration in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking.

CACT 8226Violent Conflicts, Peacebuilding and the Ethics of Intervention3

Course Number: CACT 8226

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the nature of violent conflict, including terrorism, and a variety of the mechanisms for peacebuilding. The course will also explore human rights and the ethics of intervention. This course supports the Ethics and Values concentration in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking.

CACT 8650Writing Across Differences: Rhetorical Theory for Persuasion in Public Advocacy3

Course Number: CACT 8650

This course provides students a theoretical foundation for understanding how language is used in various types of discourses and texts as a means of convincing others of a given viewpoint or idea. Students will apply this theory to real-world writing scenarios in their scholarly areas of interest, to advocacy and social issues movements, or to address workplace needs and goals. This course supports the Writing and Critical Reflection concentration in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $346.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $398.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1038.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1194.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $583.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $635.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1749.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1905.75

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What's it like to take a program online?

  • Quality learning experience

    The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

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    Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

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