New Accelerated Degree Program at Medgar Evers College; Graduate in 12-18 Months

June 11, 2008 | Medgar Evers College

The School of Business at Medgar Evers College is now offering an exciting new accelerated program designed to help students acquire their undergraduate degrees in twelve to eighteen months.

The accelerated BPS in Business Services Management is tailored towards working adults; applicable knowledge and skill sets garnered outside the classroom setting from self-study or workplace experience are factored toward degree completion.

“The program is looking for the student that did well in school, but never completed the baccalaureate degree,” said Yvette D. Wall, Program Director. “These individuals are now in the workforce and they have some supervisory experience, but they haven’t had the opportunity to complete their degrees due to time constraints, family responsibilities, or other factors.”

BPS applicants must hold an associate degree or the equivalent amount of credits. The accelerated BPS program is 60 credits beyond the associate’s degree. Fifteen of those credits will be completed by portfolio: guided in a seminar, students shall develop a portfolio of academic work which links their practical on the job know-how with academic theory. The remaining 45 credits will be completed in classroom or online credit hours.

“Some of the courses offered in a standard business curriculum, such as Intro to Business Management, cover material that BPS students have already mastered on-the-job,” said Wall. “The BPS program recognizes the relevance of those skill-sets, and focuses on allowing students to build on their acquired business knowledge, rather than requiring them to take material which may be redundant for them.”

BPS coursework spans areas such as Communications, Economics, Leadership, Management, Marketing and Public Administration. The program consists of seven week modules in which courses are taught on Saturday and Sunday in five hour sessions. This program structure offers working professionals an opportunity to continue their higher education goals and professional advancement. Graduates can further develop their careers in both the public and private sectors, as well as in a number of industries, such as finance, healthcare, and retail.

More than just a career builder, the program’s main focus is to help students realize a dream deferred. “It’s not always about the job. It’s about something [BPS students] always wanted to do- complete their bachelor’s degree. Not for anyone else, but for themselves,” said Wall.

The new accelerated BPS joins an ever-increasing array of offerings at Medgar Evers College. Just this year, two new bachelor degree level programs began enrolling students: the Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

The Department of Business Administration is currently enrolling students for the Fall 2008 semester. There will be an information session on Saturday, June 21, from 11:00 a.m. at 2:00 p.m. in the School of Business at 1637 Bedford Avenue/Room S-122, Brooklyn, NY 11225.

Please R.S.V.P. by e-mail at bps@mec.cuny.edu or call Ms. Yvette Wall at 718-270-4894.