SUU to Offer Grad Courses at DSC this Spring
October 19, 2007
Beginning this upcoming spring 2008 semester, Southern Utah University’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Arts in Professional Communication (MAPC) programs will both offer their courses on the Dixie State College Campus.
This unique opportunity gives professionals and students from across the region the chance to further their education and professional endeavors without having to relocate to do so.
This Wednesday, October 24, SUU will host an informational meeting for prospective MPA & MAPC graduate students in the North Plaza Building, Room 113 on Dixie’s campus.
Faculty from both programs will be on hand to answer questions and assist with program applications beginning at 11:30 a.m. and running throughout the day until 7:30 p.m.
Beginning at 1:00 p.m. that day, the MPA program will offer short presentations about the degree on the hour; the MAPC program will begin a similar presentation for their degree at 1:30 p.m., running on every half hour. There will also be time for interested applicants to ask questions, visit with faculty and students from both departments, and even begin the application process should they so choose.
According to SUU Professor of Political Science & Criminal Justice Patricia Keehly, the MPA program should be of particular note to the many government and non-profit professionals working in the St. George area.
Keehly states, “This program will be useful in ensuring those in leadership roles throughout the region have the most current professional information and tools to do their jobs, creating better government and governance throughout the area.”
The MPA degree, new this year at SUU, is focused on providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully manage public and nonprofit sector programs, policies, and operations. Students can choose from either the Generalist or Justice Administration tracks within the program as they expand their academic and career horizons.
The Public Communication degree is aimed at all those professionals whose jobs rely upon communication. According to MAPC Program Director Suzanne Larson, 50 percent of the program’s current graduate students were not communication majors in their undergraduate education, but are people who have found a need in their careers to learn more about the strategies behind effective professional communication.
States Larson, “This degree provides individuals the necessary practical and research skills to operate in a competitive and increasingly global market.”
The Master of Arts in Professional Communication program is in its third year on the SUU campus. Beginning next year, it will offer its entire program online as well as on the campus of SUU, which means people all over can continue their professional education without the need to relocate or abandon their current careers. According to Larson, if the demand is high enough, the MAPC graduate courses will also all be offered at Dixie as well as online and at SUU.