Mercyhurst unveils new academic programs

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Mercyhurst University is unveiling three new programs that will appeal to students seeking a master's or doctoral degree in fall 2013.

The College of Graduate Studies is accepting applications for master’s programs in Applied Behavior Analysis and Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Sustainability Studies as well as the university’s first doctoral program – that of Archaeology.

In addition, Mercyhurst has applied for accreditation of its new Physician Assistant Studies master’s program. Although the program is in provisional status as the university continues communications with the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), applications are being accepted for an anticipated summer 2014 launch.

“Augmenting Mercyhurst University’s academic offerings annually makes the university more competitive in the sense that new programs will better prepare our students for the ever-changing job market upon graduation,” said Phillip Belfiore, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs.

While many proposed programs can be approved and implemented within a year, it’s no easy task. The process involves multiple steps, including: completion of a needs assessment at the local, regional and national levels; completion of a needs/interests survey of prospective students; completion of a cost analysis assessment; and several internal reviews by various university committees.

“Mercyhurst excels at creating new programs, like the Physician Assistant Studies program, as well as creating variations within programs, such as adding concentrations to Organizational Leadership, to meet projections of where the job markets are headed,” said Belfiore.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Mercyhurst launched two associate degrees, five undergraduate majors, three minors, as well as one graduate certificate and one graduate concentration.

More about the Programs

Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

This program is designed to prepare students to develop comprehensive solutions to socially important problems. The ABA program will provide students with an in-depth understanding of applied behavioral technology, methodology and philosophy, which are the requisite skills of a competent behavior analyst.  

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Master of Science in OL, concentration in Sustainability Studies

The OL concentration in sustainability studies teaches theoretical knowledge, analytical skills and communication competencies to help students create and implement innovative solutions for sustainability initiatives in organizations.

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Doctor of Philosophy in Archaeology

As the only university in the nation to offer a Ph.D. program with a track in forensic anthropology, the program will provide students the opportunity to conduct high-end research, access state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and equipment, as well as work directly alongside world-renowned, full-time faculty.

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Physician Assistant Studies

The program aims to prepare students with the highest quality of academic and clinical training. The program will prepare future physician assistants to be leaders in the profession and proficient in meeting the challenges of healthcare, all while providing compassionate, quality care to the diverse communities in which they serve.

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