Critical & Creative Thinking, MA (Ethics & Values)

Master of Arts Degree in Critical and Creative Thinking with a Concentration in Ethics and Values

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 30
    Credits
  • $375.00
    In-State
  • $617.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

In the Critical & Creative Thinking, MA (MA CCT) with a concentration in Ethics & Values program, students discover the manner in which our ethics and values impinge on the rest of our lives.

Students will apply a wide variety of theories and methodologies from philosophy, religious studies and political science in the exploration of the human condition.

Through coursework, students will: 

  • Gain a deeper theoretical understanding of the multifaceted relationships between ethics and values
  • Analyze the cross-cultural significance of human values, ethical practices and social movements in the geopolitics of globalization and sustainability
  • Explore the relationship between ethics and other facets of human experience such as culture, politics, religion and economics
  • Investigate the nature of conflict and different strategies or conflict resolution and gain a fuller toolbox of ways to respond to the tensions that often erupt from the collision of different ethics and values

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

  • Introduction to Critical & Creative Thinking
  • 12 credit hours chosen from a primary concentration
  • An additional 12 credit hours chosen through an array of electives from outside the primary concentration or from a secondary MA CCT concentration
  • A graduate project

More about the graduate project:

The graduate project for the MA CCT 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.

More about the Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking (MA CCT):

The Master of Arts in Critical & Creative Thinking (MA CCT) embodies the College of Arts & Sciences' ongoing commitment to personal enrichment as well as to the practical application of analytical skills and knowledge in a diverse array of both for-profit and nonprofit professional environments. This interdisciplinary degree provides a unique opportunity to pursue both breadth and depth within the rich and diverse landscape of the liberal arts and sciences. Students pursuing this degree will enhance their career potential by developing advanced skills and abilities necessary for critical thinking, creativity and leadership.

The online Master of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking offers six concentrations including: 

  • Cultural & Global Analysis
  • Ethics & Values
  • Health & the Environment
  • International Migration, Development & Citizenship
  • Organizational Science & Leadership
  • Writing & Critical Reflection

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

    Bachelor's degree from accredited institution.

  2. 3 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

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

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 and a Graduate Project (3 credit hours).

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CACT 8650Writing Across Differences: Rhetorical Theory for Persuasion in Public Advocacy3
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.
CACT 8090Graduate Project3
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
This course introduces students to the history of political theory, from its origins in ancient Greece to its manifestations in contemporary thought.
CACT 8215Values and Virtues3
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
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 8206Comparative Religious Ethics3
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 8000Introduction to Critical & Creative Thinking3
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.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$375.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$427.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1125.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1281.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$617.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$669.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1851.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$2007.75
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 optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 15
  • Spring SemesterNov 01
  • Summer SessionsMar 01