IU East to offer two new master’s degree programs

The Master of Science in Management and the Master of Science in Nursing degrees will soon be offered at the IU East campus in Richmond. Having received final official approval from the North Central Association’s Higher Learning Commission, IU East’s regional accreditor, these programs will attract students who wish to advance their education to the next step beyond the bachelor’s degree. These programs will bring to four the number of master’s programs offered by IU East, joining the Master of Science in Education and the Master of Social Work degrees.

While comprehensive bachelor’s degree education remains IU East’s top priority, its mission also includes selected master’s degree programs that meet the needs of its service region. The Master of Science in Management program and the Master of Science in Nursing program will start in the spring of 2012. Recruiting for both programs will begin immediately. Both of these programs represent a real need in eastern Indiana and western Ohio, the designated service region for IU East.

“We hope to add further master’s degrees in the near future, possibly a Master of Arts in English and a Master of Science in Science and Mathematics, to meet needs for teachers who can offer dual credit courses in the high schools and part-time faculty at both IU East and Ivy Tech, as well as other colleges and universities in the region,” says Larry Richards, executive vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at IU East. He adds, “IU East has been growing at unprecedented rates as it tries to meet all the region’s needs. I genuinely think that IU East is making an impact on the economy and quality of life of its region, and that that impact will become even more apparent as the national economy turns around.”

IU East continues to be the leader in providing high-quality bachelor’s and selected graduate programs in eastern Indiana and western Ohio, and is doing so through a variety of delivery modes to accommodate as many special circumstances that its students face as possible. The addition of master’s degrees is one way that it is trying to meet special student and employer needs.

The graduate programs were previously approved by the Indiana University Board of Trustees and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

For more information about the Master of Science in Management, contact the School of Business and Economics at (765) 973-8343 or go online to iue.edu/business.

For more information about the Master of Science in Nursing, contact the IU East School of Nursing at (765) 973-8213 or go online to iue.edu/nursing.