Meredith College has seen a 45% increase in the number of students interested in beginning graduate study this fall. As of June 15, 2012, 75 students have enrolled in Meredith College’s graduate programs, compared to 52 students at the same time in 2011. Applications also increased this year from 216 in 2011 to 313 in 2012. Meredith offers coeducational MBA, M.A.T., M.Ed. and Master of Science in Nutrition graduate degrees.
Denise Rotondo, senior vice president for academic programs, believes the increase may suggest optimism about the job market 18-24 months out. Rotondo also attributes the increased interest to recent enhancements that Meredith has made to its graduate programs.
Meredith’s School of Business, which includes the MBA program, earned accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) in 2010. Less than 5% of business schools worldwide meet the rigorous standards of AACSB. One of the distinguishing features of the Meredith MBA program is the LEaD initiative, which infuses concepts of leadership, ethics, and personal and professional development throughout the MBA curriculum.
In 2011, Meredith added a new Master of Arts in teaching option. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in English as a Second Language program serves people who have bachelor’s degrees in disciplines other than education, who are committed to becoming teachers, and who are seeking initial N.C. teaching licensure. Graduates of the new MAT in ESL program will be prepared to fill greatly needed ESL teaching positions in North Carolina. Meredith also offers MAT degrees in elementary education and special education.
For more information on graduate programs at Meredith, visit meredith.edu/graduate.
-Melyssa Allen, Marketing Department