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Milligan to host info session on graduate and professional studies, June 27

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (May 30, 2017) – Milligan College will host an information open house for its graduate and professional studies (GPS) programs on Tuesday, June 27, from 5:30-7 p.m. in Derthick Hall, second floor.

Representatives will be available to discuss all of the GPS programs at the college, including degree completion programs for adults in business administration, computer information systems (C.I.S., an online major), early childhood education and nursing (R.N. to B.S.N.), as well as graduate degree programs in business administration (MBA), education (M.Ed., Ed.D., Ed.S.), occupational therapy (M.S.O.T.), counseling (M.S.C.) and physician assistant (M.S.P.A.S.).

The session will provide information on programs available at the Milligan campus, Kingsport Center for Higher Education and Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan (M.A.R., M.A.C.M., M.Div. and D.Min.).

“Milligan has a history of providing high-quality graduate and professional studies programs to help students achieve their educational goals and advance their careers in new and exciting ways,” said Dr. Lee Harrison, vice president for marketing and enrollment management. “We are pleased to add a new doctorate-level in educational leadership, as well as our physician assistant program, as part of Milligan’s degree options.”

Faculty advisors will be available to talk with prospective students and help them further their education.

The following programs are highlighted during the session:

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) 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. Now students can start the program in fall, spring or summer. In addition to the Milligan location, a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on operations management is offered periodically at KCHE.

The B.S. 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.

The degree completion program in nursing (R.N to B.S.N.) is designed for the practicing R.N. who desires to complete a B.S. 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 online computer information systems (C.I.S.) 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 online course management system and can be easily accessed from anywhere. Students can now start the program in fall, spring or summer and take just one course at a time or complete the major in as few as four semesters.

The Master of Science in Counseling (M.S.C.) program offers concentrations in school counseling and clinical mental health counseling. In addition, Emmanuel will offer a certificate of graduate study in counseling ministry. This certificate 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 online 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, the college 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 Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) is a 24-30 month program designed to prepare students to become principals and administrators in public and non-public school systems, nonprofits and government agencies. The Ed.D. is a practice-based program built on a cohort learning model of approximately 10-20 candidates who progress through the program together.

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree allows candidates who don’t need a doctorate to develop a specialized knowledge with many of the same courses in the Ed.D. program, but without the requirement to write a dissertation. Both the Ed.D. and Ed.S. programs are pending accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). They have been approved by the State of Tennessee.

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (M.S.O.T.) 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.

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (M.S.P.A.S.) will be a 28-month, 108 credit hour program that prepares highly-trained healthcare professionals to work in concert with a doctor of medicine or osteopathy in providing collaborative care in family practice, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, behavioral health and a number of other specialty areas. Applicants must have an earned bachelor’s degree and have completed the prerequisite requirements for admissions to the program.

The Milligan College Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2018, pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status at the September 2017 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appears to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

The Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) is designed for students who wish to pursue further study in a professional field outside of traditional ministries and desire a theological background before entering a graduate or professional program. Students may choose to focus their studies in Christian theology, church history, historical theology, New Testament or Old Testament.

The Master of Arts in Christian Ministries (M.A.C.M.) is an online program designed for students who cannot relocate to Johnson City for the residential Master of Divinity program. Students do not need to be in full or part-time ministry positions during the program, but they will need to have a ministry location to which they are connected in order to apply their learning and conduct their mentored ministry experience.

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) is considered the standard program of ministerial education and is formally required for ordination by many churches. This program provides a breadth of education in all the areas of theological learning, with a special focus on the practice of pastoral ministry.

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is a three-year program designed to help students integrate reading and thinking in biblical, historical and doctrinal paths with their practice of ministry. Emmanuel’s commitment to the church’s global mission is reflected in the curriculum, as well as the diversity and compassion of the instructional staff and student body. This program is open to graduates of colleges and universities who have earned an accredited M.Div. or its equivalent and who have three years of ministry experience. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis.

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

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