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Franklin Pierce University announces new
Accelerated Graduate Degrees for 2010

November 13, 2009

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In response to the growing number of students opting to attend graduate school immediately after college graduation, Franklin Pierce University will offer three, accelerated master’s degree programs on its Rindge campus beginning June 2010.

Mary Farrell, Acting Dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Franklin Pierce, notes, “The struggling economy and weak job market make this an opportune time for recent college graduates to advance their education. Staying in school enables students to remain on their parents’ health insurance policies and defer their undergraduate loans in a time when employment opportunities are limited. So, in addition to the long term personal and professional advantages of graduate education, recent graduates can immediately benefit from the decision to stay in school.”

Entering the work force with a master’s degree provides graduates an advantage over other entry-level candidates and over the course of their careers employees with an advanced degree earn approximately $19,000 more per year than those with a bachelor’s degree.

The accelerated graduate degrees are designed to be completed in just 12 – 18 months of full-time study. The accelerated degree programs include a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Leadership, a Master of Education in General Special Education with Learning Disabilities (with or without Certification) and a Master of Science in Information Technology Management. These programs have been offered to working adult students on a full- or part-time basis at night and on weekends for several years at the University’s satellite centers located throughout New Hampshire. The new, accelerated format is specifically designed for recent college graduates. All programs require full-time study and are only offered on the University’s main campus in Rindge, N.H.

Franklin Pierce introduced the M.B.A. in Leadership at Rindge this past June. Fifteen Franklin Pierce May 2009 graduates enrolled in the program and currently are completing their second term of study. Kara Costin ‘09, a current M.B.A. student at Rindge (pictured above) says, “The possibility of getting my M.B.A. at Pierce after graduation was really appealing. It has allowed me to further my education and carry on the relationships that I have built with so many people at Franklin Pierce. So far, I have thoroughly enjoyed my M.B.A. classes and I am glad I decided to continue my education at this point in my life.” Student response to the M.B.A. program and requests for other degree options spurred the decision to expand graduate offerings on the Rindge campus.

These programs are open to all recent college graduates and applications are currently being taken for the June 2010 start. Classes are taught in a combination of traditional, hybrid (a combination on in-class and online learning) and online formats. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college; some programs have prerequisite course requirements. Graduate housing is available on the Rindge campus. Program information and applications can be found at For more information, interested candidates are encouraged to contact Nicole Johnson at 800.325.1090 or

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