University expands graduate programs for increased flexibility for students
On May 10, 2012 Valparaiso University announced an expansion of its Indiana-based university into Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. The University is partnering with the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago to open this satellite campus. Valparaiso University of Chicago is planning to offer three graduate programs at the new location, as well as an immigration law clinic.
“Chicago has a sizeable higher education community which we are pleased to be joining,” said Mark A. Heckler, president, Valparaiso University. “After much consideration and deliberation, we identified several graduate programs that we feel will add value and are very relevant to the higher education market in Chicago.”
Classes are scheduled to begin this fall. The three initial graduate programs planned are a Master of Business Administration; Master of Health Administration; and a Master of Ministry Administration, which will be the first of its kind offered in the Chicago region.
“Valpo has a deep commitment to preparing reflective, dynamic leaders for business, industry, and non-profit organizations, so we wanted to make these programs more accessible to professionals in the Chicago area,” said David Rowland, dean, Valparaiso University Graduate School and Continuing Education. “We see the city as a wonderful classroom that will greatly enrich the learning experiences of our students—we are very pleased to be part of this vibrant community”
Additionally, the Hyde Park campus will house the Valparaiso University Law School’s Immigration Clinic.
At the clinic, Valparaiso Law student representatives will learn trial practice, legal research and writing, and client interviewing and counseling skills by representing immigrants with claims grounded in human rights and domestic and international law. The immigration clinic will open in August 2012.
The Master of Health Administration and Master of Ministry Administration are new programs for Valparaiso University. The Illinois Board of Higher Education has approved these programs and the University is in the process of receiving final approval from the Higher Learning Commission.
The Master of Health Administration reflects the University’s long history of engagement in issues of health care, driven in part by the Lutheran tradition of outreach to the community through hospitals, nursing homes, other healthcare facilities, and indemnity programs. The program is solidly grounded in best practices in the health care and business fields, and prepares persons of all beliefs to deal with current and forthcoming ethical challenges of medicine and health care.
The Master of Ministry Administration degree was created after much research with the faith-based community and focuses directly on the business needs of faith-based organizations.
Valparaiso University has had an established MBA program for more than 10 years. Traditional classes are broadcast live over the Internet with the use of proprietary, fully synchronous software called MBA LIVE®. Coupled with Valparaiso University’s live classroom delivery technology, courses can be taken in the classrooms at Hyde Park or from anywhere in the country (or the world). This unique and convenient delivery method enables Valpo to target working professional and nontraditional students.
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