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King University News :: King Announces Fall 2012 Graduate & Professional Studies Degree Offerings

This fall, working adults in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will have the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree or master’s degree from King College.

King offers programs specifically designed with the adult learner in mind through the College’s Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) program, as well as numerous courses for students who wish to transition from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree.

“We are pleased to be able to offer degree programs throughout East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia,” said Mona Salyer, director of recruitment for Graduate and Professional Studies.  “Whether it is a personal goal or a step toward furthering their career, King is making it easier for working adults throughout the region in their quest to obtain their degree.” 

Adults who are beginning to pursue a college degree or who have completed fewer than 60 semester hours of coursework will benefit from participating in King’s Pathway program.  Offered at the College’s main campus in Bristol, Pathway allows students to complete all general education and elective requirements, so they can smoothly transition into their degree coursework. 

The fall 2012 GPS degree offerings for Bristol include Pathway, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Information Technology (B-Tech), Master of Education (MEd), and Master of Business Administration for professionals (MBA).  King also offers the MBA degree in a traditional format.  The BBA will also be offered in Blountville. 

King’s instructional location at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education will offer BBA, Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and MBA degree options.  The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ), one of two new GPS degree options, will also be available at King’s Kingsport location.

Southwest Virginia residents will have the opportunity to study for their BBA and RN-BSN in Big Stone Gap, RN-BSN in Abingdon, and the BBA and MBA in Richlands.  

King also offers the BBA degree program in both Morristown and Sevierville, along with the RN-BSN program in Morristown.  Degree offerings at the King’s Hardin Valley location in Knoxville will include BBA, RN-BSN, Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Psych), Bachelor of Science in Communication (Comm), MSN, and MBA.  GPS students in Knoxville will also have the opportunity to study the most recent addition to the program – Bachelor of Science in Allied Health.                                                                                                                                                                              

In May 2011, King made both the BBA and MBA degrees available to students online.  “We are excited to offer the quality of a King College degree through an online format,” stated Micah Crews, associate vice president of enrollment management GPS and online studies.  “Students will be able to learn anytime and from anywhere, choosing their own study pace, and plan for their ’class time’ when it's convenient for them.”

King recently added the RN-BSN degree option to its online format. 

“Our GPS program is tailored to reduce the challenges facing the adult learner.  Time and access is often a barrier for students to finish their degrees,” Crews added.  “By offering classes in both convenient locations, one night per week, and in an online format, the working adult may obtain their degree in as little as 16 months and open the door for professional advancement. 

For the 22nd consecutive year, U.S. News World Report has recognized King among the best colleges in the nation.  This year, King was named a Best Regional University.  The Princeton Review named King one of the Best Colleges in the Southeast for an eighth consecutive year. 

King also offers opportunities for those who have or are currently serving in the United States Military.  G.I. Jobs, the premier publication for transitioning military personnel, has designated King College as a Military Friendly School for the third consecutive year.  King has a VA representative on campus that can assist in making the college dream a reality.  King accepts qualifying credits from the military, “old” credits, as well as credits from nationally and/or regionally accredited schools, and previously accredited closed colleges. 

“Our degree programs are intended to build knowledge and practice in the field, foster professional integrity, and promote personal growth,” stated Crews.  “Ultimately, the outcomes of this program will improve education for students, their families, and communities throughout our region.”

For more information about King’s GPS degree options available in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, or financial aid opportunities, call the King College Office of Admissions at (800) 362-0014 or email .  Applications may also be submitted online at .