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Two academic concentrations, accelerated program added

Dec. 15, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Acting it their Dec. 12 meeting, members of the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees approved the addition of two concentrations in the applied economics area and an accelerated program in civil engineering.

The accelerated bachelor's/master's degree in civil engineering will allow students to take up to nine credit hours of 5000 level courses taken during the completion of their undergraduate degree and have them counted toward a master's degree in the discipline. The move shortens the time required to obtain a master's degree and provides a recruitment tool for attracting quality undergraduate students.

The board also approved master's degrees in applied economics with a concentration in economic development and applied economics with a concentration in statistics and econometrics. Adding the two concentrations formalizes what many students are currently doing and helps students gain employment and become more marketable. Both concentrations have been approved by the Graduate Studies Council.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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