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

This summer, 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 degrees,” 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 summer 2013 GPS degree offerings for Bristol include Pathway, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Master of Business Administration for professionals (MBA), and Master of Education (MEd). 

King’s instructional location at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education will offer the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) as well as the BBA, and MBA.  The BBA degree will also be offered in Blountville.

Southwest Virginia residents will have the opportunity to study for their BBA in both Big Stone Gap and Richlands along with the MBA 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 Strawberry Plains also have an option to pursue their MBA.  This 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 BBA and MBA.  The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BTech) is Knoxville’s newest degree offering.  GPS students in Knoxville will also have the opportunity to work towards bachelor’s degrees in Psychology (PSYCH), Communication (COMM), Criminal Justice, and Allied Health (BSAH). 

King is making it easier for working nurses throughout East Tennessee in their quest to obtain a bachelor’s degree.  Knoxville area can obtain their Bachelor of Science in Nursing for Registered Nurses (RN-BSN) degree.  The program empowers nurses to become leaders in the health care industry. 

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, Psychology, Communication, as well as the RN-BSN degree for nurses.  King also offers the MBA degree in an online format.

Summer classes will begin the week of May 13. 

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 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, digital media, 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.