Thursday, July 10, 2014

Information session slated for graduate programs in higher education and student affairs at OU-C

An information session will be held regarding advanced-degree programs in higher education and student affairs at noon on July 11 in Bennett Hall room 134 at Ohio University-Chillicothe. Program coordinator Sherry Early, Ph.D., and other representatives from the Athens campus will be on hand to answer questions.

Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Early at or (740) 597-1739 and indicate which session they plan to attend.

The programs allow area residents to pursue master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education and student affairs from Ohio University while taking classes on the Chillicothe Campus.

Cohorts for the master’s degree program in higher education administration will begin this fall, and the Ph.D. program is slated to launch in January 2015. Both programs are designed to help individuals advance in their professions or make a career switch.

“These offerings provide individuals with the educational background they need to further succeed in their current professions or to make a career change into university student relations types of positions,” Early said. “They are designed with a focus on providing students with courses that fit the schedules of those already in the workforce and training that prepares them for careers that align with their interests and passions.”

The Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration program prepares students for careers in college settings such as student affairs, alumni affairs, financial aid or the registrar’s office. It is designed to accommodate working professionals.

The entire program takes 24 months to complete. Classes are conveniently scheduled to fit with working professionals’ schedules. Classes will be held six times during the fall, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.  Courses will be offered online during the spring, and the summer schedule is flexible, with both online and on-campus courses offered in Athens.

The Higher Education Administration program will be taught in a traditional format and is designed for full-time students. Students accepted into the program can apply for teaching and research assistantship positions to defray costs and provide career experience. The program includes six semesters of coursework and a dissertation. There will also be a cohort option to take courses on Fridays and Saturdays so they do not disrupt work schedules. Applications are due in August, and classes begin January 2015.

Similar information sessions were held in late May.

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