Petrocelli Introduces New Master’s in Higher Ed Services
By Kenna Caprio
A new master’s degree focusing on higher education services and administration will be offered starting this summer at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies developed the Master of Arts in Student Services Administration as a degree option for those working in higher education and for those who plan to be. Until now, the only educational leadership program available at FDU focused on grades K-12.
The 36-credit, non-thesis program consists of 18 credits of required core courses, which include a 3-credit course in college student personnel internship, and 18 credits of electives.
“There’s flexibility of in-person, online and ITV-Interactive Television classes for individuals who have employment and family commitments,” says Petrocelli Dean Kenneth Vehrkens. “The ITV locations include the Metropolitan Campus and at the College at Florham as well as select locations throughout the state. One example involves Gloucester Community College where FDU has a partnership to deliver graduate degrees.” ITV-Interactive Television is similar to video conferencing.
Students can specialize in one of four areas including: Admission and Financial Aid Administration, Institutional Risks Administration, On-Campus Student Administration, and Intercollegiate Sports Administration. For now, the program will roll out the On-Campus Student Administration track and then in September 2012 the other tracks will start to launch.
Other benefits that broaden the program’s appeal include: no GMATS or GRE testing required, a nonstandard rate of tuition — at 45% of the on-campus rate — and elective classes available at the FDU Wroxton and Vancouver campuses. Students can complete the program in two years or less.