King's College - Graduate Programs



The Graduate Division Office
The Graduate Division Office is located in the loft above the Center for Lifelong Learning, ground floor, Administration Building. The dean of graduate programs and the staff of the Graduate Division Office are available to answer questions about graduate programs, application procedures, course schedules and registrations, and any other matters relating to graduate study. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Voice mail is available 24 hours a day. The Graduate Division telephone number is (570) 208-5991. Fax: (570) 208-8027. E-mail may be sent to:

Accreditations and Affiliations
The College is accredited by the Commission of Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Its accreditation dates continuously from 1955. All graduate degree programs have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

Among the academic programs accredited by professional organizations is the College's Physician Assistant Program, accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). In addition, the major program in Chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society, and the Athletic Training Education Program (sports medicine) is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The William G. McGowan School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International (AACSB). The certification program for Reading Specialist and the certification program for Program Specialist, English as a Second Language (ESL), are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The programs in the Education Department are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

The College is affiliated with the following professional organizations: the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International; the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; the American Association of Higher Education; the American College of Health Care Executives; the American Library Association; the Association of American Colleges; the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities; the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges; the Commission of Independent Colleges and Universities; the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration; the National Catholic Education Association; the National Association of Colleges and Universities; the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Universities; and the Pennsylvania State Education Association.

Philosophy of Graduate Programs
Consistent with its history, tradition and mission statement King's College has designed its graduate programs to prepare and develop professionals for business, industry, government, health care and education who possess the desire, skills, and education to accept management responsibilities and creative leadership positions in regional, national and international organizations.

King's College seeks to train those individuals to make inquiring, effective, responsible action their ultimate aim by (a) providing a theoretical foundation in specialized fields of study, (b) by fostering their ability to obtain, understand and accurately assess information and ideas, to think critically and independently, and to speak and write intelligently and effectively, and (c) by developing their abilities to adapt to the increasing complexity and constant change of organizational life in a complex and competitive global environment.

King's College also seeks to offer high-quality education in specialized fields of study which not only enhance the student's technical background but also maintain a balance between the qualitative and quantitative methods, and the technical and socio-economic approaches to current issues.

Objectives of Graduate Programs

  • Skills and Abilities
    King's College seeks to hone its graduate students' appreciation of, and facility in undertaking, effective research in their specialized field of study. King's College seeks to enhance the student's ability to formulate appropriate solutions to problems in his or her field of study.
  • Understanding/Knowledge
    King's College seeks to improve its graduate students' understanding of their field of study through advanced graduate study employing a variety of instructional techniques. King's College seeks to enhance its graduate students' competency in advanced, graduate-level study and to integrate that knowledge with critical analysis and ethical inquiry. King's College seeks to develop in its students an appreciation of, and the foundation for, continuing graduate education and advanced professional development.
  • Values
    King's College seeks to develop in its graduate students an appreciation for the role that ethical values play in organizational decisions and to improve their ability to make sound, ethically responsible judgments throughout their careers.

Graduate Honor Society
The King's College Graduate Division is a member of Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL), a national honor society founded in 1990 by former officers of the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students. Before AEL, no honor society was devoted exclusively to recognizing graduate students. The mission of Alpha Epsilon Lambda is to promote intellectual achievement, leadership, and ethics among graduate students.

The King's College Alpha Epsilon Chapter of AEL was established in 1999. To be invited to apply for membership, graduate students must have completed a specific number of credits in their graduate program and place in the top 35% of that graduate program academically (GPA). Admission to membership is based on the student applicant's record of leadership, scholarship, research and service activities. Admission to membership is decided by the Graduate Policy Committee, whose members are the dean of graduate programs and the directors of the individual graduate programs.

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