Judson University adds three new programs

Staff Report

Judson University has announced the addition of three new academic programs to its roster of offerings for adult students. The three programs include an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Master of Arts in Human Services Administration.

The Associate program marks a first for Judson. While most of the classes were already offered here, six new courses have been introduced to complete the 60-hour coursework requirement for the degree. This program will launch during the 2016-2017 school year or even earlier.

The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is still in the planning stages; yet Judson administrators are particularly proud of the fact that this program will seek accreditation through the nationally recognized Council of Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Those who complete this 60-hour program will be eligible to be licensed counselors. Recruitment efforts will begin this winter for a cohort start in fall 2016 or spring 2017.

The Master of Arts in Human Services Administration will likely get its start on Judson’s Rockford campus. This 45-hour program will be uniquely important to those individuals who are interested in stepping into management positions at social service or health agencies, group homes and more. This cohort is expected to start in the spring or fall of 2016.

“The changes in the health care laws make a difference with the kind of person who can lead and run an agency now,” says Judson Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Will Friesen. “We have lots of graduates already in this field, who have requested this and are looking to move up.”

The addition of these three programs brings Judson’s graduate program total to eight. They include:  Master of Architecture, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, Master of Leadership in Ministry, Master of Education in Literacy, Doctorate of Education in Literacy, and now the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and the Master of Arts in Human Services Administration.

“It really says something special about our undergraduate programs,” adds Dr. Friesen. “It also says something about our capacity to serve the adult student community. These programs build off the strengths of what we are doing already – serving communities in significant ways in churches and agencies. It’s a nice fit.”

These programs will be offered at Judson’s Elgin and Rockford campuses.

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