Mid-America Christian University offers fast track to master’s degrees
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Responding to the increased number of employment opportunities requiring a master’s degree, Mid-America Christian University (MACU) in Oklahoma City now offers a program which allows students to begin work on a master’s degree while completing their bachelor’s degree.
MACU College of Adult and Graduate Studies Dean Dr. J Hall explained, “Our new FastTrack program is a 4+1 opportunity that creates a path through which students can complete both an undergraduate and master's degree in 5 years.”
Hall said undergraduate students may take up to four graduate courses which can then be applied toward their master's degree. With these courses, the student would then be a year – or less – from completion of a master's degree.
The program allows undergraduate students in any discipline to pursue a Master of Business Administration or Master of Arts in Leadership. Undergraduate students in teacher education may also use the program to pursue a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.
“We recognize that a graduate degree is becoming the entry-level expectation for many types of employment,” Hall said. “We created this program to help students get this degree quickly, increasing their opportunity and viability in the workforce. Additionally, providing this accelerated path to a graduate degree saves students time and money.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an increasing number of Americans are pursuing master’s degrees and an increasing number of employers are looking for candidates with advanced degrees. The Bureau reported 13.1 percent of adults over age 25 have an advanced degree, compared with 8.6 percent in 2000.
Hall said he thinks the FastTrack program could be particularly beneficial to students who plan to be teachers. “Having a master’s in education opens a lot of doors,” Hall said. “And, it means a pay increase right out of the gate for a new teacher.”
As an example, in the Oklahoma City school district, the annual salary for a regular first-year teacher with a master’s degree is $1,290 more than for one with a bachelor’s degree. Those numbers vary by district.
The new FastTrack program also allows for students to complete their graduate degrees at a reduced cost as students take graduate courses to meet undergraduate requirements.
Available to both traditional and adult students, courses are offered 100 percent online for all programs or one night a week on-ground for the MBA and Master of Arts in Leadership programs.
MACU offers almost 90 program options to help students achieve their personal and professional goals, offered in traditional classroom settings or 100 percent online.
Enrollment is now open for the upcoming semester.
To learn more about degree programs offered at MACU, visit www.macu.edu or call 888-888-2341.
This article is sponsored by Mid-America Christian University.
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