New E&H Program Leads to both BA, MA Degrees in Five Years

Posted on: Thursday, January 31st, 2013
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by Brent Treash

A new interdisciplinary program at Emory & Henry College allows students to earn both a bachelor’s degree in their chosen discipline and a master’s degree in organizational leadership in five years.

An informational session about the new degree plan will be held Feb. 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Board of Visitors Lounge of the E&H Van Dyke Center.

A typical bachelor’s degree requires four years of study, while a master of arts degree is at least two more years. Under this new program, students who normally must earn 32 credit hours toward a master of arts degree can apply nine of hours of that total toward both their undergraduate and graduate credit-hour requirements.
The graduate degree would be a master’s degree in community and organizational leadership (MCOL). The degree is aimed at helping students develop practical skills in leadership, grant writing, strategic planning, budgeting, human resources, and building successful organizations.

“This is a very valuable degree in a field that is growing,” said Shelly Koch, director of the E&H MCOL program. “Allowing current college students the opportunity to build on their chosen undergraduate majors by offering this graduate program gives them tremendous flexibility in the job market.”

Over the past three years, Emory & Henry has offered the degree as a two-year program to students who already have a bachelor’s degree, many of whom are working professionals looking for career enhancement.

For many students of the program, the degree has offered valuable credential for students interested in working in non-profit organizations, government agencies, community organizations and for-profit businesses. One of those students, Rakeem Rutherford, said the program offers graduates flexibility in choosing their careers. “The MCOL program has provided me with leadership skills to use in whatever career I choose,” he said.

To apply for the five-year program, students should have junior status at a college or university and have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA with a 3.0 GPA in their major. An application, transcripts and two letters of recommendation are required.