By Morgan State U
MHEC Approves 18 New Interdisciplinary Programs, Applications Now Being Accepted for Spring 2022
BALTIMORE — At its fall quarterly meeting, Morgan State University’s Board of Regents voted unanimously to approve the formation of a new College of Interdisciplinary and Continuing Studies (CICS), along with its proposed tuition model. The new unit, which houses the Morgan Completes You (MCY) initiative announced earlier this year, provides a range of degree programs to meet the needs of a diverse student body, including non-traditional students, returning students, working adults, and students who need or prefer remote education.
The launch of the new unit coincides with the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s (MHEC) recent approval of 18 new MCY interdisciplinary degree programs. CICS is currently accepting applications in preparation for its official opening in spring semester 2022.
“As we move with great intentionality to meet the expanding needs of a diverse population of potential students who have some college but no degree, we created Morgan Completes You to deliver a viable pathway to degree attainment for these particular students. In establishing a new College of Interdisciplinary and Continuing Studies, we now have the appropriate framework and structure for Morgan to effectively deliver high quality academic degrees to enable thousands of potential students to fulfil completing the task of earning a degree,” said David K. Wilson, president of Morgan. “There are millions of adult learners who had their matriculation stunted but never lost sight of one day completing the journey. There are equally as many who seek new opportunities or career advancement but lack the requisite educational credentials. With this new college, we will provide near-degree completers with crucial access to cutting-edge programs suited for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”
Bringing together cross-disciplinary pairings of programs from existing academic schools at Morgan, CICS will offer a highly flexible curriculum and course sequence that aligns with a student’s accumulated course and/or work experience. CICS will offer eight undergraduate majors and 10 advanced degree majors (five master’s and five doctoral degree tracks). Collectively, these 18 new interdisciplinary degree programs form the foundation for Morgan Completes You. To make the enrollment more accessible and financially desirable, the University has introduced a very competitive tuition rate of $250 per credit hour for undergraduate courses and $455 per credit hour for graduate level courses.
“We are extremely excited about this full set of eighteen highly innovative and unique degree programs on the bachelor, master, and doctorate levels,” said Hongtao Yu, Ph.D., provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs. “The degree programs will be embedded with micro credentialing and certification programs to provide the needed competencies for students for career advancement.”
The College of Interdisciplinary and Continuing Studies at Morgan degree programs:
• M.S. in Interdisciplinary Organizational Policy, Governance, and Administration
• M.S. in Interdisciplinary Journalism and Mass Communication
• M.S. in Interdisciplinary Health and Human Sciences
• M.S. in Interdisciplinary Sciences
• M.S. in Interdisciplinary Engineering, Information, and Computational Sciences
• Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Organizational Policy, Governance, and Administration
• Ph.D. in interdisciplinary Journalism and Mass Communication
• Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health and Human Sciences
• Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Sciences
• Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Engineering, Information, and Computational Sciences
• B.S. in Interdisciplinary Global Perspectives and Practices
• B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Societal Equity, and Urbanism
• B.S. in Interdisciplinary Technology Services
• B.S. in Interdisciplinary Educational Studies
• B.S. in Interdisciplinary Organizational Administration
• B.S. in Interdisciplinary Health and Human Sciences
• B.S. in Interdisciplinary Sciences
• B.S. in Interdisciplinary Engineering, Information, and Computational Sciences
“The recent academic program approvals that were integrated into the Morgan Completes You (MCY) program are just one more example of how the Maryland Higher Education Commission works with our institutions to offer innovative programming that provides increased opportunities to our students. These actions are supportive of our goals to improve student access, success, and innovation to higher education in Maryland,” said Maryland’s Higher Education Secretary Dr. James D. Fielder.
The uniqueness and flexibility of CICS programs were devised with the entrepreneurial spirit and career aspirations of non-traditional undergraduate and graduate students with some-college-no degree (SCND). Candidates pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree must transfer a minimum of 60 credits of completed coursework with a minimum combined GPA of 2.25 to be accepted to the MCY program at CICS. Students pursuing a master’s degree must have successfully completed a bachelor’s level degree and transfer a minimum of 15 credits of completed graduate level coursework; while students seeking the completion of the doctoral program will be required to have a master’s degree and have completed a minimum of 18 credit hours with a minimum combined GPA of 3.0. The projected enrollment for the inaugural class is 40 students.
In addition to serving as the home for Morgan Completes You, CICS will oversee the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies. The Center serves the lifelong educational needs of traditional and non-traditional students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, professional and personal growth aspirations.
Morgan’s current associate vice president for Academic Affairs, Dr. Farzad Moazzami will also serve as interim dean for CICS until a permanent replacement has been named by way of a national search.
Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified high research (R2) institution offering nearly 140 academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, and the only university to have its entire campus designated as a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Morgan serves a multiethnic and multiracial student body and seeks to ensure that the doors of higher education are opened as wide as possible to as many as possible. For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.
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