Philadelphia University will offer three new graduate programs starting fall 2017: an M.S. in Fashion Design Management, an online M.S. in Construction Management, and an art therapy specialization in the M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling Program.
In addition, the Doctorate in Midwifery and M.S. in Real Estate Development have pending College Education Committee approvals and will also likely launch for the 2017-18 academic year.
“The launching of several new innovative, market-facing, student-centric academic programs provide further evidence of how PhilaU is helping to transform higher education and meet the demands of students and industry,” said Matt Dane Baker, PhilaU provost and dean of the faculty. “These new programs represent all three colleges, include a variety of formats—such as online delivery–and have been developed with prominent regional, national and international partners. It reinforces our commitment to exploring emerging fields and pushing further into graduate and international education.”
The M.S. in Fashion Design Management will be an important, complementary addition to academic programs in Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce, said Ronald Kander, executive dean of the college. Along with existing undergraduate and graduate fashion and textile programs, it will support and strengthen the newly formed Fashion and Textiles Futures Center.
The program represents a unique international partnership with Politecnico di Milano in Milan, and students from both universities will spend time studying with their peers at the partner institution, Kander said.
“This will highlight the global nature of modern design businesses and prepare our students to be leaders in managing the design process at today’s–and tomorrow’s–apparel design firms,” he said. “Politecnico di Milano is a world-class institution, and we are proud to be working with such a strong and forward-looking partner on this innovative, new graduate program.”
Graduates of the M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling Program are eligible for state licensure and national certification in counseling, said Program Director Jeanne Felter.
“In response to rapidly growing prevalence rates of trauma and adversity among consumers of mental health services, our program offers a robust trauma-focused curriculum to prepare students to work clinically with today’s clients,” she said. “Art therapy is a very effective approach to working with people of all ages in the after-effects of trauma. And yet, most art therapists lack knowledge of trauma theory and far too few have the skills and competencies to work with vulnerable populations. A program that offers students a strong foundation in trauma theory and practice and further offers students the opportunity to become registered art therapists will underscore PhilaU’s commitment to professional education that is relevant and unique.”
The online M.S. in Construction Management will offer students with undergraduate degrees in construction management, architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, engineering and business a comprehensive practice-oriented education in construction management, said Edward Keeter, program director. Prospective students with degrees in other fields and practical work experience in the construction industry also will be considered for admission to the program.
“The program emphasizes management of the construction process from project conception to close-out,” he said. “It prepares graduates to excel in leadership positions in the architecture, engineering, construction and real estate development industries, with a focus on managing the building of quality projects safely, on time, within budget and to customer expectations.”
Based in PhilaU’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment, the online program will help improve the quality and sustainability of the construction industry and thus the built environment by preparing graduates with the knowledge and skills to manage each phase of the construction process for complex commercial, infrastructure and residential building projects.
The pending doctorate in midwifery would develop a leadership cadre of midwives able to leverage their expertise for the betterment of women, families and communities, said Dana Perlman, program director of the Midwifery Institute at PhilaU.
“As a distance education program, midwives across the country, and eventually around the world, will be able to implement the knowledge and skills gained through discipline-specific doctoral study to strengthen midwifery in their communities,” she said. The degree would focus on enriching professional practice in clinical care, education, policy and applied research.
The proposed M.S. in Real Estate Development would train students for leadership roles in an increasingly multifaceted and cross-disciplinary industry, said Suzanne Singletary, associate professor of architectural studies.
“Future entrepreneurs must demonstrate mastery of a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge that address the economic, political, social and physical issues inherent in developing complex commercial and residential projects,” she said.
To this end, the curriculum would synthesize several areas of study, including market analysis and valuation; finance, legal aspects of ownership and land use; private-public partnerships; and city and regional planning in addition to design and development paradigms and their long-term local to global impacts.