Montreat College and North Carolina Wesleyan College are pleased to announce a partnership that will add two graduate programs designed specifically to meet the needs of working adults who want to pursue advanced degrees in the area of business or elementary education. The alliance was formed though the Partnership for Advanced Learning to allow the colleges to collaborate and begin offering master’s level classes on the Wesleyan campuses in the Triangle and Rocky Mount.
“This exciting partnership will allow Wesleyan graduates to make a seamless transition to Montreat College and enhance educational opportunities for all adults in our region,” said Dr. Evan Duff, vice president for adult programs at NCWC.
The graduate program is focused on the Master of Science in Management and Leadership (MSML), as well as the Master of Education: Elementary Education (M.Ed). The MSML will be offered first at the Triangle location in Morrisville beginning in September 2011, followed by the opening of the M.Ed. program in Rocky Mount in spring 2012. The college plans to expand the MSML offerings to the Rocky Mount campus as demand increases.
“Partnering with NCWC is a great fit for Montreat. Wesleyan is well respected and the caliber of students they graduate is nothing short of impressive,” said Jonathan E. Shore, Jr., Montreat Vice President of Professional and Adult Studies. “We are excited to bring our master’s level programs to their locations in the eastern part of the state and look forward to further strengthening this innovate partnership approach to higher education.”
According to Duff, students will progress through this program as a cohort group. He explained, “Each cohort will start the program together and go through a sequence of courses until they finish the program together in 18-24 months. They will take one course at a time by attending class one night a week. This approach will provide working adults a comfortable pace, as well as a supportive peer group with which to study.”
The MSML degree curriculum is composed of 6-week courses with a couple of 7-week and one 8-week course. All courses in the education master’s degree program are on a 12-week schedule. The programs feature a reasonable tuition that includes text books and financial aid is available for qualified individuals. Wesleyan graduates receive a 10 percent discount on their tuition. Individuals seeking more information should visit the website www.ncwc.edu/adult or call 1-800-806-2777.
“Our newly forged partnership with NC Wesleyan College enables Montreat College to deliver cohort-based, quality Christ-centered graduate education to their students in Raleigh and Rocky Mount,” said Marshall Flowers, Jr., Ph.D., Montreat Senior Vice President and Provost. “Montreat’s faculty and administration count it a privilege to meaningfully serve the Wesleyan constituency.”