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Critical & Creative Thinking, MA (Health and the Environment)

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 Health and Environment concentration students learn to analyze the diversity of interactions between humans and the natural world across cultures. 

Explore the ecological, social, physical, mental and spiritual consequences of humans’ encounters with the natural world. The application of theories of environmental justice and health justice in real and/or realistic scenarios will be emphasized.

This concentration will help you to combine analytical tools of the humanities and the sciences to understand the deep and multifaceted relationships between health and the environment as well as to examine and develop practical ways of responding strategically to the consequences of such relationships.

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 an accredited institution.

  2. 3.00 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

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

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
Spring Semester
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 8306International Development & Sustainability3

Course Number: CACT 8306

This course introduces students to different concepts of international development through the lens of sustainability. The course explores a broad range of activities related to international development, including international aid, trade, philanthropy, interventions in conflict, peacebuilding, public health, human rights, social justice, and the environment.

CACT 8310Ecological Writing & Analysis3

Course Number: CACT 8310

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop expertise in a wide range of foundational works and key techniques of ecological writing and theory in English. By engaging mindfully with these works and techniques, students will develop advanced skills in ecologically oriented critical analysis and creative thinking. This course supports the Writing and Critical Reflection and the Health and the Environment concentrations in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking.

CACT 8316Our Energy Future: Society, the Environment and Sustainability3

Course Number: CACT 8316

This course emphasizes a critical analysis of our energy options and their environmental, economic and ethical connections. The course includes the underlying chemistry necessary to accurately assess energy positions described in the mainstream media and ultimately to make informed, creative energy choices. This course supports the Health and the Environment concentration in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking.

CACT 8326Ecological Sustainability & Human Health3

Course Number: CACT 8326

The course will explore and develop the complex context of the systemic links among ecosystems and human health (and more broadly human well-being) using case studies including climate change, water quality, infectious diseases and agricultural production. Students will develop skills in critical thinking and applied research by studying biological connections between humans and ecosystems and how social, economic and cultural processes and practices mediate these connections. This course supports the Health and the Environment concentration in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $336.00
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $378.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1008.00
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $1134.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $566.00
  • Fees: $42.25
  • Total: $608.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1698.00
  • Fees: $126.75
  • Total: $1824.75

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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.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    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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