NEC Announces Five New Graduate Programs
Michele Perkins, President of New England College, announces five new masters degree programs to be offered by the New England College School of Graduate and Professional Studies. The programs, ranging from accounting, higher education administration, and sports and recreation management, to professional writing and international relations, represent several delivery models including online, low residency, and campus-based programs in Henniker, New Hampshire. The College will begin enrolling students immediately in all five of the new programs and classes will begin in the fall.
According to Perkins, the economic environment has not negatively impacted the College’s enrollment. “NEC’s graduate programs have experienced significant growth over the past few years, even during the current economic downturn,” said Perkins. “As a result of that steady growth and the College’s stable financial position, we have considerable flexibility when it comes to creating new programs,” she continued. “The new programs have been carefully developed to respond to the needs of the marketplace and the industries that are currently experiencing growth. These programs speak to the mission of New England College: to provide engaging and challenging educational experiences for our students that allow them to use their skills to create real change.”
The new graduate level programs are:
Master of Arts in Professional Writing – 36 credit program, online delivery
In today’s fast paced world, a startling array of messages is delivered from a variety of media sources every day. From the sticker on a piece of fruit to an enticing film review, the public is subjected to a host of communications, each demanding the reader’s attention. This program is designed to develop clear and succinct writing skills that will allow your message to stand out in any business setting.
Master of Arts in International Relations – 40 credit, campus-based program
A four-plus-one program combining political science at the undergraduate level and international relations at the graduate level. In an evolving political and global environment, students will address topics that include security, terrorism, economics, and American foreign policy. Graduates from this program will possess expertise in a wide range of contemporary issues affecting many countries. Students must have proficiency in a second language to complete the program.
Master of Science in Sports and Recreation Management: Coaching – 40 credit program, online with two one-week residencies
This master’s level program offers a concentration in coaching that provides a strong foundation in the management of sports and recreation. Students will acquire advanced skills and knowledge that prepare them for coaching positions in colleges and universities. The program maximizes on-the-job learning and online coursework and is designed to be completed in one year.
Master of Science in Higher Education Administration – 38 credit program, campus-based program
This one-year campus-based program is designed around a series of seven-week terms. The program includes residential life employment (limited availability), a combination of online and classroom learning, and an off-campus internship. Current topics in higher education will be covered, including legal issues, retention, student affairs, enrollment management, organizational leadership, ethics, and development.
Master of Science in Accounting – 40 credit program, online and on campus
This new four-plus-one program allows students to complete both their B.S. and M.S. in Accounting in five years of full-time study. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting related positions will grow nearly 18% in less than ten years. Employment opportunities will be most readily available to those with a master’s degree and some form of certification, the most prestigious being the Certified Public Accountant designation. This program will satisfy most state requirements to sit for the CPA examination.
For information on any of these new graduate programs or current program offerings, please contact Susan Gagnon at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the New England College website at: http://www.nec.edu.