Keystone College has received state and federal approval to begin offering master’s degrees for the first time in its history.
The college has received permission from the United States Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Department of Education to begin master’s level programs in accounting and in early childhood education leadership.
Keystone received permission to offer the new degrees earlier this year from its accrediting body, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Before the college could move officially move forward, the federal and state education departments needed to approve as well.
“We are elated to achieve final and official approval to begin offering master’s degrees in accounting and educational leadership,” said Keystone College President Dr. David L. Coppola. “This is truly a monumental step in our history and signals our continued progress as we expand the benefits of a Keystone education to more students in more ways.”
Classes for both master’s programs will be offered in the 2014-2015 spring semester beginning in January. The accounting degree will be offered online and the educational leadership degree will be offered in a hybrid format, featuring both online and classroom instruction.
Keystone currently offers bachelor’s degree programs in both accounting and education. The new master’s degrees will be beneficial to Keystone students wishing to continue their graduate education and to students graduating from other regional colleges and universities, as well as those from across the state and nation.
“Our new master’s programs will offer students opportunities to expand their professional horizons by obtaining a top-quality, graduate level education,” said Keystone College Provost and Dean Dr. Thea Harrington. “We welcome inquiries by those who have already obtained their bachelor’s degrees and may be working professionally as well as from current students who would like to continue their education on a graduate level.”
Anyone seeking information on either graduate program may contact the Keystone College Office of Admissions, 1-877-4-College. Inquire online or Apply Online
Keystone was founded as Keystone Academy in 1868 and became Keystone Junior College in 1934. In 1995, the school’s name was changed to Keystone College. Baccalaureate degrees were first offered in 1998. Today, Keystone is a leading, comprehensive, student-centered college educating students in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Independent and coeducational, Keystone provides distinctive undergraduate programs grounded in a competitive learning environment that fosters integrity, curiosity, and civility.
Enrolling approximately 1,600 students, Keystone offers more than 40 undergraduate and graduate degree options in liberal arts and science-based programs in business, communications, education, fine arts, natural science, environmental resource management, geology, and social sciences. Located 15 minutes from Scranton, Pa.., and two hours from New York City and Philadelphia, Keystone is known for small class sizes and individual attention focused on student success through internships, research, and community involvement.