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New Master’s Program Tailors to Individual Needs

Dr. Johanna Bishop

Dr. Johanna Bishop

A new Master of Science in Professional Studies degree equips future leaders to succeed in a diverse global environment while pursuing their passions in an innovative program tailored to each student. 

“We situated the program in the context of what is happening globally as more international citizens enter our society. What leaders need for the future is the capacity to reflect on cultural differences and understand cross-cultural communications,” says Dr. Johanna Bishop, director of Behavioral Science Programs.

Up to 12 credits from another institution can be applied to the 33-credit degree. In addition to 15 core credits, students can individualize their degree with credits from a WilmU graduate certificate program or 18 credits from a menu of approved courses.

Based on data from the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute, the curriculum emphasizes leading by influence to collaborate, solve problems, and analyze local and global challenges and opportunities.

The program launched in January. In addition, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences introduced a graduate certificate in Financial Management, explicitly geared toward leaders in human services. Developed by Dr. Mary Stephanie Berridge, the certificate provides professionals with the skills to dive deeply into the financials of the organizations they serve.

—Eileen Smith Dallabrida

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