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College adds two concurrent BS/MS programs

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Starting fall semester, the College of Human Ecology is offering a concurrent bachelor/master’s degree program in hospitality management and in human nutrition. Master’s degree options will be thesis, report or coursework in both programs.

To apply to the hospitality management program, a student must have completed at least 75 credit hours towards a bachelor of science degree in hotel and restaurant management and have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.

A maximum of 9 graduate credit hours can be counted toward the B.S. degree. Students may select the thesis or coursework option and must maintain a graduate GPA of at least 3.0.

At least 18 hours of the program of study should be at the 700 or above level.

“The new BS/MS program allows for exceptional students to go into a one year graduate program rather than a two year program thereby allowing them to get into the workforce earlier,” said Bill Meredith, acting head of the Department of Hospitality Management and Dietetics. “Having a masters’ degree also is of some advantage for students who are searching for employment.”

For the human nutrition program, the coursework-only option requires at least 21 hours of the required 35 be at least 700 level courses. Nine of the undergraduate credits can be counted for graduate credit.

“This new program allows talented students to earn both BS and MS degrees in a shorter time period than typically required if both degrees are pursued separately,” explained Denis Medeiros, HN chair. “Students will have an advantage in gaining entrance to competitive PhD programs and in many cases facilitate their entrance into medical, dental and related health profession schools.”

This article was posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2011, and is filed under College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management.