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College of Liberal Arts

College of Liberal Arts Graduate Programs

Dr. Wanda Brockington, Acting Dean 
(757) 823-8118

The College of Liberal Arts is comprised of a broad range of academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences with undergraduate and graduate degrees housed in seven departments. The mission of the college is to provide a transformative education that enables students to maximize their potential to become creative, independent thinkers and lifelong learners who adapt and contribute ethically to evolving national and international societies.

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Robert Perkins, Ph.D.
(757) 823-8436

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) Program addresses the diverse needs of professionals who provide leadership in the criminal justice system. Two areas of concentration permit students to develop specialized skills and expertise: Criminal Justice Management and Planning and Juvenile Justice. The program requires a total of 36 credit hours. The core of six courses (18 credit hours) establishes the foundation for the concentrations. The specialized concentrations consist of three required courses (9 credit hours) and three electives (9 credit hours). Students may select the thesis or comprehensive examination to complete degree requirements. The GRE is not required. This is a flexible and individualized program of study. Applicants are accepted for fall and spring admission.

Master of Science in CyberPsychology (Online)

Scott Debb, Ed.D.
Program Coordinator

The M.S. CyberPsychology degree is offered as an accelerated fully online program that can be completed in as few as 14 months. Utilizing synchronous and asynchronous instruction, this degree prepares students to be social science researchers whose emphasis is in cyberpsychology. This applied discipline examines the influence that current and emerging (digital) technologies have on human behavior—essentially, exploring what it means to be human in the 21st century and beyond. This program builds on a wide range of psychological theory which is combined with critical examination of emerging trends across all domains of human behavior. Students are equipped with essential research skills sought after across a wide range of employment settings and doctoral training programs.

Master of Fine Arts

Solomon Isekeije, MFA
Program Coordinator
(757) 823-8844

The Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies provides highly motivated and mature students with an intensive, multifaceted, educational experience in the visual arts.  The M.F.A. is a professional terminal degree in studio art, usually completed in two and a half years.  It is not a media specific studio program. This structure allows students the flexibility to explore and develop new working methods without the constraints of a media driven major. Applicants must submit a Portfolio. Applicants are accepted for fall admission only.

Master of Arts in Media and Communications

Cathy Jackson, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
(757) 823-2442

The program leading to the Master of Arts in Media and Communications offers three (3) sequences: interpersonal communication, mass communications and journalism. The interpersonal communication sequence has two tracks: speech communication and composition and language studies. The mass communications sequence has two tracks: media management and media production. The journalism sequence has two tracks: news editorial management and public relations.

Master of Music in Music

Matthew Russell, D.M.A.
Co-Program Coordinator
(757) 823-9199

Anne Neikirk, D.M.A.
Co-Program Coordinator
(757) 823-9112

The Master of Music degree program offers sequences in music education, performance, and theory-composition, each of which requires a minimum of 30 credit hours and certain terminal options. Instrumental auditions, placement exams in theory and music history required. Applicants may be admitted for enrollment in the fall, spring, and summer terms.

Master of Arts in Urban Affairs

Robert K. Perkins, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
(757) 823-8436

Master of Arts degree program in Urban Affairs is a multidisciplinary program, utilizing the resources of the Social Science disciplines. Applicants may be admitted for enrollment in the fall and spring terms.

PhD in Clinical Psychology (Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology)

Andrew Franklin, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Clinical Training
(757) 823-2893

Norfolk State is part of the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology program which awards a Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology. It is jointly sponsored by Norfolk State University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Old Dominion University. Applications to the VCPCP may be obtained from the program website or by calling (757) 451-7733.

The Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC  20002; (202) 336-5979/Fax (202) 336-5978; Email:

In compliance with federal disclosure regulations, The Virginia Consortium provides all prospective students with information about the degree to which the Program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the U.S. (states, territories, and the District of Columbia) at the bottom of the program website.