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Central Penn College gets OK to offer first graduate degree

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Central Penn College has received the necessary approvals to offer its first graduate-level program, a master's degree in organizational leadership.

The Summerdale-based college received approval from the U.S. and state departments of education, as well as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, according to a news release.

The program is designed for students to take 11-week courses part time through a combination of on-site and online classes. The courses are designed to teach students to be “ethical leaders of change, further developing foundations in communication, research and management,” the release states.

Students can choose one of two concentrations: organizational development or information systems management.

“This is a defining moment in Central Penn College’s long-standing history,” interim President Melissa Vayda said in the release. “Ethics and leadership are already common themes in Central Penn’s career-focused and professional undergraduate degree offerings. An advanced degree in organizational leadership is a natural next step for the college, and an increasingly necessary degree for those seeking advancement in their chosen field.”

Central Penn currently offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and has more than 1,200 students. It operates off-site bachelor’s degree completion centers in Lancaster and the Lehigh Valley.

“As a career-focused college, we were intent on offering a very specific type of graduate degree — one that is grounded in applied, practical learning,” says Vayda. “The Master of Professional Studies not only focuses on theoretical and research coursework, but also employs a collaborative, real-world approach to learning.”

For more information about the program, including the required coursework, click here.


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