Trustees Authorize New Graduate Programs

At its December 2009 meeting, the Mercer Board of Trustees approved several new graduate programs, including the first Ph.D. for the College of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Beginning in the fall, the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing will begin offering the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree on Mercer’s Cecil B. Day Graduate and Professional Campus in Atlanta. The program is expected to eventually enroll 32 students. The College of Nursing this fall enrolled its first cohort of six students in its Ph.D. in Nursing program, which was approved by the board last year.

The College of Continuing and Professional Studies will add two graduate degrees to its curricular offerings, including its first Ph.D. program. Beginning in the fall, the College will offer the Education Specialist in School Counseling degree on the Atlanta campus, building on its successful Master’s in School Counseling degree program and initially accommodating up to 30 Ed.S. students.

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision — only the second such program in the state of Georgia — will also be offered on the Atlanta campus and is expected to enroll up to 36 students. The University’s other Ph.D. programs include Pharmaceutical Sciences, Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, and Nursing Education.

A new certificate program in leadership for medical practice workforce development, also to be offered by the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, was approved by the board in addition to the new graduate degrees.


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