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Newly Approved Degree Programs

State System universities continue to develop new and innovative undergraduate and graduate programs to meet the interests of students as well as the changing needs of the workforce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Undergraduate Programs

Kutztown – Art History - BA

The Bachelor of Arts in art history degree will include coursework in art history for students seeking additional graduate-level study in art history or related areas; career opportunities in the arts, museums, and cultural venues; or a path toward a graduate degree in a disparate field, such as law or business. It will prepare individuals for a variety of high-level careers with art galleries, centers and museums. The arts are a Program of Distinction at KU. The art history minor, started in spring 2013, is the university’s sixth-largest minor. (Fall 2016)

Millersville – Automation and Intelligent Robotics Engineering Technology - BS

The Bachelor of Science in automation and intelligent robotics engineering technology degree will prepare individuals to work with multiple types of technology to design and implement projects that have advanced programming needs. Possible career fields include software engineering, research and development, computer and systems engineering and robotics programming. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of power, electronic systems and formal programming techniques common in industry. There is a high demand for robotics engineers in the state and region, according to the state Department of Labor & Industry. As an example, Foxconn Technology Group, a global electronics manufacturer that makes Apple Inc.'s iPhone, is planning to invest $40 million in Pennsylvania, including $30 million for a site in Dauphin County. The new high-technology manufacturing facility would create 500 jobs over the next two years, many in the fields of robotics and advanced manufacturing. (Spring 2016)

Edinboro – Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy

Will prepare students for a career in a field that utilizes therapeutic musical activities as a form of physical and mental healthcare. Music therapists address emotional, cognitive, social and physical needs of their clients. The new degree will complement the university’s programs in art therapy, speech pathology, counseling, social work and nursing. Graduates will be able to work in a variety of locations, including hospitals, medical schools, clinics, senior citizen centers and residential settings.

Shippensburg – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Entrepreneurship

Designed to prepare students with the skills, experience and knowledge necessary to develop and succeed at their own businesses. “The goal is to help today’s students become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs by combining a small, supportive incubator environment and linking that to a high-quality liberal arts education.” The new program was designed to meet the accreditation standards of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

 Graduate Programs

Clarion – Accounting - MS

The Master of Science in accounting degree, which will be offered online, will prepare individuals for careers in public accounting or auditing. As the accounting field has become more specialized, the M.S. in accounting has become the preferred degree for those who desire careers in public accounting, according to the 2015 report from the American Institute of Certified Public Accounting. These programs now enroll 88 percent of all master’s level students desiring careers in public accounting. The program will be housed within the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International accredited College of Business Administration and Information Science. (available beginning in Spring 2016)

West Chester – Community Nutrition - MS

The Master of Science in community nutrition degree program, which will be offered fully online, is the result of the reorganization of an existing program and was designed to better meet the demands of the nutrition profession, undergraduate student demand, market need and changes in health care. This change will allow the Nutrition Department to transition from providing a nutrition concentration within the Health Department’s MPH degree to a M.S. in community nutrition degree completely developed and managed within the Nutrition Department. The M.S. in community nutrition is expected to be a more desirable option for nutrition professionals than the current arrangement and will continue to attract recent WCU graduates, resulting in an even larger number of students pursuing graduate level nutrition education than currently exists in the nutrition concentration. (Spring 2016)

Millersville – Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice in nursing practice degree is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses with the higher-level training and skills needed in today’s dynamic health care environment. The program will focus on practice-oriented, evidence-based research analysis and application within the health care community. Unique to this particular program is the regional focus, such as the importance of understanding and addressing the regional health issues among the Amish and Plain communities. (Summer 2016)

Slippery Rock – Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Will provide a terminal degree for career teaching positions in English as a second, foreign or additional language. Employment opportunities for graduates will include teaching in a university-level intensive English program, teaching abroad in an English as a foreign language context, or teaching at a community college or urban literacy program in the United States or other English-speaking countries such as Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Beyond the traditional pathway of the profession, consultant or salaried coaching positions within multi-national companies also serve as potential career tracks.

Slippery Rock – Master of Music Therapy

Will provide students with the skills to address client needs through a comprehensive synthesis of theories, research, treatment knowledge, musicianship, clinical skills and personal awareness. It will complement other related university programs focused on health and wellness, such as physical therapy, counseling, adapted physical activity, physician’s assistant and nursing. Students, who will be able to enroll full-time or part-time, will take a set of core requirements and will have opportunities to take further electives in music therapy or to take electives in counseling, special education or gerontology, depending on their preferred area of specialty. 

Lock Haven, Slippery Rock and West Chester – Master of Science - Athletic Training

The three new Master of Science in athletic training degree programs at Lock Haven, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania all were developed in response to a decision by the Strategic Alliance of the Board of Certification, the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the NATA Research and Education Foundation’s to change the first professional degree in the field from a bachelor’s degree to a master’s degree. 

Each of the universities currently offers a Bachelor of Science in athletic training degree program. The new master’s programs will replace those undergraduate programs.