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Converse approved to offer 1st doctoral degree

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Converse College now is a doctoral degree-granting institution. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges approved Converse’s first program, a doctorate in professional leadership.

“This is an historic milestone for Converse and, with more than 50 years of experience in providing first-rate master’s degree programs, we are ready for this change,” Converse College President Krista Newkirk, said in a news release. “Our professional leadership program builds upon our tradition of developing passionate, forward-thinking citizens and adds an important and fitting new dimension to our academic offerings.”

The 60-hour doctorate of education program focuses on leadership in multiple contexts and provides a terminal degree for professionals in a variety of fields, particularly education, the release said. Courses include leadership, management and personnel theory, as well as courses in entrepreneurialism and legislative decision-making.

The program incorporates the dissertation into the coursework beginning in the second semester, which is intended to speed completion of the program.

Converse plans to begin with two cohorts of 20 students in the fall — one group at the Converse campus in Spartanburg and one at the University Center of Greenville.

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