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King’s Graduate and Professional Studies Online Programs Announces Spring 2013 Offerings

Many working adults are searching for inventive ways to add an educational component to their already busy schedules.  This spring, King is offering a variety of opportunities for the adult learner in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia to complete their associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree on site or online.

King offers programs specifically designed with the adult learner in mind through the College’s Graduate and Professional Studies Online Programs (GPS), 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 spring 2013 GPS degree offerings for Bristol include Pathway, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN), 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, RN-BSN, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ), and MBA degree options.  The Bachelor of Science in Allied Health (BSAH) is one of King’s new GPS degree options which will also be available in Kingsport.

Southwest Virginia residents will have the opportunity to study for their BBA in Big Stone Gap 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. 

King’s Hardin Valley location in Knoxville has recently expanded, nearly doubling in size.  Degree offerings for spring 2013 will include Business Administration, BSN for Registered Nurses, Allied Health, Psychology (PSYC), and Communication (COMM), along with the newest offering of Criminal Justice.  Adult learners will also have the option to study for their master’s degree in Business Administration.

In addition to the Hardin Valley location in Knoxville, King now offers degree programs in Strawberry Plains as well.  Degree options include BBA, RN-BSN, and MBA.

In May 2011, King made its first degree programs, the BBA and MBA, available through an online format.  “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.  “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. We have seen such great interest in the online degree format that we recently expanded our offerings.”

King’s online degree programs include an Associate of Arts (AA), BBA, RN-BSN, Bachelor of Information Technology (BTech), COMM, and PSYC, as well as an MBA. 

“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.”

In addition to record enrollment, for a 23rd consecutive year, the U.S. News World Report recognized King College in the “Best Regional Universities” in the South category.  With the expansion of master’s level programming at the College, U.S. News moved King from the “Best College” category to a “Best Regional University” category.  Regional universities are defined as those providing a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. 

This year, the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) named King College to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the College’s commitment to bettering community through community service and service learning.

Other recent noteworthy accolades include the designation as a “Best in the Southeast” by the Princeton Review for the ninth consecutive year.  The Princeton Review’s designation is based on current student assessments of academic quality and personal experiences both in and out of the classroom at King.  G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, also named King as a “Military Friendly School” for the fourth straight year. 

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


King College is a Presbyterian, master’s-level comprehensive college structured on a university model.  King offers more than 90 majors, minors and pre-professional degrees and concentration in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, digital media, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. For more information visit, call 800.362.0014, or email