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New master's programs begin in education and accounting

The M.U.M. Review    Translate This Article
9 November 2005

Based on the success of the Computer Professionals Program, which currently has 325 students enrolled on campus and via distance education, two new professionals programs have launched this fall—an M.B.A. with emphasis in management accounting and an M.A. in education.

Eighteen international students arrived last month for the accounting program, including 11 from Ethiopia. And seven students are enrolled in two new programs in the M.A. in education.

'We are pleased,' said international admissions officer Marilyn Sutherland. 'We're hoping for the numbers to grow with each new enrollment.'

Students in the accounting program are admitted twice a year. Ms. Sutherland said that it's a challenge for international students to get visas for new programs, and that now that the various embassies are more familiar with these two new programs, it is likely that the rate of visa approvals will rise. Both programs had dozens of highly qualified applicants whose visas were denied.

As with the Computer Professionals Program, the students will spend 6 to 10 months on campus and then will be placed in paid internships around the country. They will finish their degrees via distance education over a period of up to two years. Money earned in their internship positions supports them while repaying student loans.

Students accepted into the Accounting Professionals Program have had at least two years of experience in accounting. They spend six months on campus and then complete their degree while working full-time in accounting positions with U.S. companies. In addition to general M.B.A. skills, the program prepares students to take the exam for Certified Management Accounting (C.M.A.), an internationally recognized credential.

The unique angle of the program is its emphasis on management accounting instead of financial accounting. It is especially appropriate for people who want to know about corporate planning, internal controls, and decision-making. Ideally, students will graduate with an M.B.A., a C.M.A., and two years' experience in American business operations.

The Teachers Advantage Program offers math and science educators from abroad the opportunity to earn a master's degree in education and gain teaching experience in the U.S.

The program offers two options: those with two or more years of experience teaching math or science spend six months on campus studying American education and the methods of teaching science and math in the U.S., then are placed in teaching positions; and those with a science or math degree but no professional teaching experience spend over 10 months on campus, including student teaching, and then are placed.

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