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Moravian Adding New Programs of Study to Music, Management, and Health

College partners with East Stroudsburg University to expand health programs

Bethlehem, Pa., March 28, 2013—Moravian College will offer four new academic programs: pre-music therapy, sports management, public health (in partnership with East Stroudsburg University) and a defined pathway to a master’s degree in athletic training (in partnership with ESU). These programs will begin in the fall 2013 semester, making it be possible for students enrolling at Moravian to register for these new courses this spring.

Pre-music therapy is for students who wish to enter a graduate program in music therapy upon graduation. The College has designed a program for students to go specifically from Moravian to a master’s program where an undergraduate music therapy degree is not required. Students can enjoy all that Moravian’s stellar music program has to offer, and still pursue the therapy career after they graduate from the College.

Sports management is a new track within the College’s management major. All courses for this program are offered at Moravian. An internship experience with a local or regional sports team is an expectation of the program. Because the major is management with a track in sports management, students will be prepared for a job within the sports management field or the broader business world.

Moravian College will offer a cooperative program with East Stroudsburg University, leading to a Bachelor of Science with a major in public health. The program focuses on health education—leading to prevention of disease—and health care administration. Students complete half of their major courses at the ESU Bethlehem campus, and all other degree requirements and major requirements at Moravian.

“We are pleased to be able to partner with East Stroudsburg University to offer these valuable programs in public health and athletic training,” said Gordon Weil, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Moravian College. “Their campus in Bethlehem offers an ideal location for our students to access the quality academic programs that ESU provides. It’s located just off what we call the ‘Moravian Mile,’ the approximately one-mile stretch on Main Street from our Main Street Campus to our Hurd Campus in the historic downtown. ”

“Very often, students who wish to both play a varsity sport in college and pursue a career in athletic training aren’t able to do both because of the time commitment for both, or because of institutional ethical concerns about practicing the discipline on one’s own teammates,” said Ken Huus, vice president for enrollment at Moravian. “However, Moravian’s new partnership with ESU allows students to do just that: enroll at Moravian, earn a bachelor’s degree in any subject in 4 years, compete as a varsity athlete, and then, with the appropriate prerequisite courses and grade-point average, earn admission into ESU’s Master of Science program in athletic training. So a student can be a biology major and then become an athletic trainer; or be a music major, then an athletic trainer.”

Non-student athletes also have the opportunity to pursue this program as well. Accelerated graduate courses will be taught in downtown Bethlehem, and students accepted into this program can apply to live in College housing while completing their graduate studies.

To accommodate students applying for admission this year who might be interested in one of these new programs, Moravian has extended its application deadline to April 5, 2013 (any student with any academic interest is welcome to take advantage of this extension). Students interested in applying for admission to Moravian can visit the Apply Now page on Moravian’s website and follow the links to either the Common Application or the Moravian College Online Application. Any questions about these new programs, applying for admission, or Moravian College in general, should be directed to the Admissions Office at admissions@moravian.edu or 610 861-1320.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.