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King University News :: King University Announces Fall 2013 Graduate, Professional Studies & Online Degree Offerings

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

King offers programs specifically designed with the adult learner in mind through the University’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.

“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 degree,” said Micah Crews, associate vice president of Enrollment Management for Graduate Professional Studies and Online Programs for King University.  “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.”

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 University’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 2013 GPS degree offerings for Bristol include Pathway, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Information Technology (BTech), Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN), Master of Business Administration for professionals (MBA), Traditional MBA, and Master of Education (MEd).  The BBA degree will also be offered in Blountville. 

King’s instructional location at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education will offer the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ), Bachelor of Science in Communication (COMM), RN-BSN, and BBA, as well as the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and MBA.  King’s newest degree offering for GPS that will be offered in Kingsport is the Bachelor of Science in Health Administration (BSHA). 

Southwest Virginia residents will have the opportunity to study for their BBA and MBA in both Big Stone Gap and Richlands.  The RN-BSN degree option is also available in Richlands. 

King also offers the BBA degree program in both Morristown and Sevierville as well as at King’s location in Strawberry Plains.  Students in Morristown and Strawberry Plains also have an option to study for their RN-BSN degree.  Students in Strawberry Plains will also have an option to pursue their MBA.  This MBA degree program is conducted in a blended format offering both face-to-face and online interaction with professors.

Recent expansion at King’s Knoxville campus has allowed for additional degree offerings for area residents.  Degree offerings at King’s Knoxville campus include Pathway, BBA, RN-BSN, BSCJ, COMM, Bachelor of Science in Psychology (PSYCH), as well as MBA and MSN.  The Bachelor of Science in Health Administration is Knoxville’s newest degree offering. 

King’s two newest locations are Blount County and Harriman, Tenn.  Students in both locations will have the option of earning their BBA or RN-BSN. 

Students also now have the option of obtaining their King University degree online.  “We are excited to provide working adults with additional ways to obtain a quality degree and further their education,” said Crews.  “Our degree programs are intended to build knowledge and practice in the field, as well as foster professional integrity, and promote personal growth.”

Online degree options include Associate of Arts (AA) along with bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration, Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Health Administration, Psychology, Communication, Interdisciplinary Studies, History, and English as well as the RN-BSN degree for nurses.  King also offers the MBA degree in an online format.

Applications are now being accepted for fall enrollment. 

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


King University is a Presbyterian, master's-level comprehensive university.  Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities.  Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing.  A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available.  King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity athletic teams.  For more information about King University, visit  King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability.  King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia.  For more information, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.