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Doctor of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accounting
Thomas Edison State University Foundation granted $175,000 to support the development of two new graduate degrees with the School of Business and Management: the Doctor of Business Administration and the Master of Science in Accounting.
The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) is the University?s second doctoral degree, and is a practice-oriented program applying theory to the business practice. The degree program focuses on acquiring, integrating and applying strategic management and discipline-specific theory to contemporary business issues. Structurally, the program employs an interdisciplinary, scholar/practitioner approach to building academic competencies and professional skills as they are applied to real world organizational challenges. The DBA will prepare the next generation of executives, educators and consultants for increasingly significant roles in global business enterprises and other complex organizations.
The Master of Science in Accounting is an innovative program designed for students planning to sit for the Certified Public Accountant exam. The MSA degree represents a unique, customizable and in turn superior professional preparation option for accounting students.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree
The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing received $205,000 from the Thomas Edison State University Foundation to develop the University's first doctoral Program.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an online post-master's doctorate with a specialty area in Sytems-Level Leadership that focuses on the improvement of evidence based outcomes using theoretical knowledge and systems-level initiatives to advance nurses to the highest level of nursing practice.
The 36-credit program is designed to prepare nurse leaders with competencies in advanced nursing practice, organizational leadership, economics and finance, healthcare policy and technology. The program can be completed in as little as 18 months and is entirely online.
Graduates of the University's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program will be able to transfer and apply 3 credits towards the DNP. The program is also ideal for graduates of other MSN programs who are interested in pursuing an online doctoral degree at the University.
The University launched an accelerated, online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in October 2012 with an inaugural cohort of 10 students. The career-focused program can be completed in 18 months and offers four areas of study, including Data Analytics, Finance, Healthcare Management and Marketing.
“We’ve created a program that enables our students to apply what they learn directly to their careers and professions,” said Dr. Michael Williams, acting dean of the School of Business and Technology. “Our program is designed exclusively for working adults and the applied approach distinguishes our MBA from others in the marketplace, which are mostly theory-based.”
In 2011, the Foundation provided $100,000 to fund development of the MBA. Courses in the 39-credit program are eight-weeks long and students can enroll at three times during the year. Currently, 8 students are enrolled in the MBA program and 91 candidates have applied to the program, including eight who are enrolled in undergraduate courses required to satisfy the program’s prerequisites in financial accounting, economics and statistics.
Additionally, the School of Business and Technology has developed and launched the MBA Preparatory Program, which is designed for candidates with a nonbusiness background. This noncredit, online program enables students to complete up to three accelerated noncredit courses in 12 weeks to satisfy the program’s prerequisites. The preparatory program was deployed in April and included 12 students in its first cohort.
Master’s Degree in Information Technology
The Thomas Edison State University Foundation has awarded a grant to the School of Applied Science and Technology to develop a new graduate program in Information Technology.
The $185,000 grant will fund the creation of an online Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree program, as well as a new area of study in information technology that will be offered under the Master of Science in Applied Science and Technology degree program. The program is being designed to prepare students to develop, implement, operate and manage information systems in a variety of organizations.
“The development of the MSIT is consistent with the University’s strategic plan and its call for developing new graduate programs that respond to the needs of the global marketplace,” said Brian Maloney, chair of the Foundation Board of Directors. “We are excited about this new program as the demand is growing for graduate programs designed to meet the needs of IT professionals.”
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the total number of master’s degrees in information technology conferred in the United States has grown by 162% from 2008 to 2012. While the number of degrees conferred has grown significantly, the number of institutions offering programs has not, which indicates an opportunity in the market.
“I am honored that the Foundation selected this project to be funded,” said Dr. John O. Aje, dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology. “Our graduates will gain a broad technical understanding of current and emerging technologies in the IT field, a high level knowledge of systems engineering concepts and a solid foundation in the technological basis of the Internet.”