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Critical & Creative Thinking, MA (Writing & Critical Reflection)

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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Get the same diploma as on campus students

In the Writing and Critical Reflection concentration, students gain the theoretical and practical knowledge  needed to write effectively for professional success, social action and advocacy and personal fulfillment. 

Acknowledging the wide variety of activities and products we refer to as "writing" and considering the ever-changing means to create and deliver that writing, you will learn to identify and understand the complex interactions between layers of purpose and audience in every writing situation. 

Students will encounter opportunities for critical reflection that will enhance your effective rhetorical and technical decision-making in the writing process.

Through researching, studying and producing writing in a variety of genres and contexts, you will also achieve a deeper theoretical understanding of both the influence that natural, digital, social and cultural environments have on your writing and the significant potential of your writing to impact these environments.

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.

Maggie Christensen, PhD
Lecturer & Writing Program Administrator

Maggie Christensen's research interests include rhetoric and composition, multi-modal composition/digital writing and composition pedagogy. She co-edited' From the Heartland: Critical Reading and Writing at UNO' and is the author of 'Evocative Objects: Re-imagining the Possibilities of Multi-modal Composition', among other selected publications.

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
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 8310Ecological Writing and 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 8310Professional & Technical Writing3

Course Number: CACT 8310

This course will introduce students to the theory, research, and practices of professional and technical writing. Through readings, discussions, and assignments, students will gain an understanding of the types and circumstances of communication challenges encountered in the workplace. The course will also consider the roles of persuasion and ethics in written communication.

CACT 8630Digital Rhetoric3

Course Number: CACT 8630

This course provides students with the opportunity to develop expertise in the theory and practice of digital rhetoric by considering technology’s deep impact on how we define and engage in writing. Students examine contemporary writing practices as part of a rich rhetorical tradition while they design and create effective multimodal compositions and analyze foundational works in digital rhetoric. This course supports the Writing and Critical Reflection concentration in the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking.

CACT 8640Creative Nonfiction in Digital Environments3

Course Number: CACT 8640

Students in this course will study creative nonfiction in digital environments, analyze rhetorical situations created in digital environments, and create individual creative nonfiction blogs—which might include, in addition to other modalities, sounds, animations, and hypertext. The course will also focus on the study and analysis of craft-elements of creative nonfiction: narrative persona, tone, rhythm and style, scenic construction, among others. Students taking this course will learn to read with interpretative and analytical proficiency a broad range of creative nonfiction in digital environments.

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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    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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