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Milligan to host info session on graduate and professional studies


MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Oct. 20, 2014) – Milligan College will host an information open house for its graduate and professional studies (GPS) programs on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 7:30-9 a.m. at Summit Leadership, located at 3104 Hanover Road in Johnson City.

Representatives will be available to discuss degree completion programs for adults in business administration, early childhood education and nursing (RN to BSN), as well as graduate degree programs in business administration (MBA), education (M.Ed.), occupational therapy (MSOT) and counseling (MSC).

The information session also will include information about Milligan’s online major in computer information systems (CIS), as well as programs available at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education (KCHE).

“Milligan’s GPS programs are helping students achieve their educational dreams and allowing them to advance their careers” said Courtney Kieslich, director of graduate and professional studies. “We are excited to talk about the programs Milligan offers and to work with prospective students in order to give them an idea of how they can further their education.”

The following programs are highlighted during the session:

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in business administration is a degree completion program that enables working adults to complete a business administration major in 16 months by attending class one night a week. In addition to the Milligan location, the BS in business administration with an emphasis on operations management is periodically offered at KCHE.

The BS in early childhood education allows adults who have completed about two years of college to complete the child and youth development major in about 18 months. Teaching licensure in early childhood education (PreK-3) may be obtained by completing additional coursework and a 15-week supervised teaching experience in a public school setting. This program also will be offered at KCHE.

Adult degree completion program (ADCP) in RN to BSN (nursing) will begin in January 2015 on Milligan’s campus and is designed for the practicing RN who desires to complete a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. The program requires students to be in class only one day per week and will provide students with individual advising sessions to guide them through the curriculum. Classes will be a combination of online, face to face and hybrid (a mix of online and face to face). Completing the major takes approximately 19 months.

The computer information systems-mobile (CIS) major is designed for students who are unable to complete their degree or add a second major in a traditional college setting. Courses in this major are delivered to the student via Milligan’s Internet course management system and can be easily accessed from anywhere. Students can take just one course at a time or complete the major in as few as four semesters.

The Master of Science in Counseling (MSC) program offers concentrations in school counseling and clinical mental health counseling. In addition, Milligan recently signed a cooperative agreement with Emmanuel Christian Seminary to offer a certificate of graduate study in counseling ministry. This program introduces students to basic knowledge about both secular and Christian perspectives on counseling and how these may be applied in a church-based setting.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a 14-month program that meets one Saturday per month, complemented by ongoing Internet-based instruction. The program is designed to accommodate professionals working at every level of management and focuses on business leadership from a Christian perspective. Milligan’s MBA offers three specialized tracks in leadership, healthcare management and operations management. In addition, Milligan now offers an opportunity for individuals who already possess an MBA or equivalent degree to earn an executive certificate in one of the three specialized tracks.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) program includes both initial licensure and advanced degree options. The initial licensure degree is typically a 15-month professional educational program that allows students to earn their teaching certificate or license and their degree. The advanced program is for current teachers seeking professional development and their master’s degree. The advanced M.Ed. program is a hybrid of online and on-campus options, allowing students the convenience of online courses and the opportunity to interact face to face with the knowledgeable, caring education faculty.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program is the only master’s level occupational therapy program in northeast Tennessee. It prepares therapists to help people with injuries or illnesses to relearn basic living skills. The program is designed for people with undergraduate degrees in a variety of academic fields.

For more information, contact Milligan’s Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at 423.461.8796, or email

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Posted by on October 20, 2014.