2012 - 2013 Programs of Instruction
Westminster's instructional programs are characterized by an experienced and available faculty and staff; liberal arts, interdisciplinary and professional programs emphasizing both theoretical and practical learning; an administration committed to academic excellence; a genuine concern for each student's plans and aspirations; small classes that encourage involvement and active learning; and a diverse and friendly student body.
The college welcomes students from all backgrounds and ages, and believes that the knowledge and discipline acquired through the rigors of higher education will lead to new and expanded opportunities.
The college's instructional programs are organized and administered through four schools: the School of Arts and Sciences; the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business; the School of Education; and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Close working relationships among the faculty in all four schools are of utmost importance to the college in assisting its students.
Each school is directed by a dean and has its own faculty. Instructional programs and procedures are recommended by the faculty members of each school and approved by the entire college faculty. The four academic deans and the provost and vice president for academic affairs constitute a Council of Deans who are responsible for the day-to-day administration of the instructional programs.
Westminster's graduate academic calendar is divided into Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
The instructional programs and faculty of Westminster's four schools are listed and described on the following pages. Courses listed are subject to change following normal academic procedures that call for action by each school and by the entire college faculty. Additions, deletions, or changes effected since the publication of this academic catalog are on file in the Office of the Registrar.
Mary Jane Chase, Dean
Graduate Programs of the School of Arts and Sciences
Master of Professional Communication
The Westminster Master of Professional Communication (MPC) program is designed to help individuals enhance their communication skills and develop expertise in a specialized communication field.
The Master of Professional Communication (MPC) program and the related Communication certificates are designed to prepare writers and communication experts for positions in business, industry, government, or any other organization where communication skills are essential. MPC classes are held during evenings and on weekends, and students may enroll in as many or as few courses as scheduling allows.
Master of Science in Professional Counseling
The Master of Science in Professional Counseling is a graduate program that prepares students for clinical practice and potential licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.). This 3 year program requires 60 hours of graduate work, following guidelines established by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (i.e., specializations in Mental Health Counseling or Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling) and the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. Broad in scope, its focus and course work support a range of theoretical perspectives and potential practice with diverse treatment populations.
Master of Strategic Communication
The Master of Strategic Communication (MSC) program is a low-residency, project-based program in which students complete a series of applied communication projects in order to build and demonstrate mastery of the essential knowledge and abilities required to lead in the area of strategic communication. Students attend two-day residencies in Salt Lake City, Utah at the beginning of each semester and then work directly and individually with faculty members and with each other to build and demonstrate expertise. The highly personalized approach to education is a hallmark of Westminster College and is an important part of building leaders in the communication field.
The program design is specifically built to accommodate the learning styles and life commitments of employed professionals: program learning resources are available to students anytime, anywhere, to ensure the the program fits into the busy lives of today's communication professionals.
Deyanira Ariza-Velasco, Associate Professor (Spanish)
Jin Wang, Dean
The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business is dedicated to providing distinctive academic programs within a learner-centered environment. We are purposeful in designing and facilitating learning activities that are integrated across business and liberal arts disciplines. This integration enhances the capabilities of our graduates in written and oral communication, computing and technology, international dimensions, critical thinking, ethics, social responsibility, and team effectiveness. Most importantly, our students are prepared for a life of learning within changing social, technological and economic conditions.
Accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the programs of the Gore School of Business reflect Westminster College's continuing commitment to provide a student-oriented learning environment and innovative education of exceptional quality. Our integrated programs contribute to students' effectiveness as citizens and agents of change, making our alumni a very significant network of influence worldwide.
The school also develops and presents non-credit classes, seminars, institutes, and workshops to meet the training and professional development needs of local businesses, government and non-profit agencies, and community groups through the Division of New Learning.
Graduate Programs of the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business
Master of Accountancy
The Master of Accountancy is designed to meet the needs of students interested in a professional career in accounting. This program is unique in the sense that it recognizes the highly integrated relationship between the disciplines of accounting and information systems which has evolved in the recent past. Students completing this program will be well prepared to sit for the CPA exam and positioned to accept high-level leadership roles in either public accounting or corporate environments.
Master of Business Administration
The Master of Business Administration is a professional program that prepares students for executive decision making in dynamic business environments. It will teach students how to achieve their career goals by building professional and personal skill sets. Students can customize the program to strengthen career-specific abilities. The program emphasizes the practical and applied aspects of business.
Master of Business Administration in Technology Management
The Master of Business Administration in Technology Management is a professional program that prepares students for executive leadership roles in technology-driven business environments. Specifically designed to meet the needs of professionals with technical backgrounds, it will teach students how to achieve their career goals by building their professional and personal skill sets. Students can customize the program to strengthen career-specific abilities. The program emphasizes the practical and applied aspects of commercializing innovative products and managing the businesses that develop them.
Accelerated Master of Business Administration for Westminster Undergraduate Students
Students who have completed an undergraduate business program within the last five years at Westminster College (Accounting, Aviation Management, Business, Economics, Information Resource Management, or International Business) may have the option, based on admission to the MBA program, of completing an accelerated Master of Business Administration degree. A minimum of 36 graduate semester hours are required to complete the program to earn the Master of Business Administration degree. Individuals who graduated with any of the above-listed degrees five years ago or longer may be required to complete foundational preparation in addition to completing the 36 semester hours of graduate core and elective coursework.
Project-Based Master of Business Administration
The Project-Based Master of Business Administration (PMBA) Program at Westminster College is a project-based degree completion program. Students complete a series of practical business projects to demonstrate mastery of a specific set of business skills and competencies. Students apply skills achieved through professional experiences and additional self-paced learning in project sequences. As students complete projects, their work is evaluated by faculty coaches using detailed learning measurement rubrics. Upon satisfactory completion of the full set of projects, students have demonstrated mastery of the full set of learning goals and competencies and are awarded a PMBA degree.
Graduate Business Certificates
Certificates allow students to update their graduate degrees or pursue a specific field of study with a focused curriculum. The certificates offered are:
Shannon Bellamy, Associate Professor (Management)
Robert Shaw, Dean
Graduate Programs of the School of Education
Master of Education
The Master of Education Program has an instructional focus and is offered for licensed teachers in a public or private school or those who teach adults. Students may earn an endorsement in Reading (Basic or Advanced), English as a Second Language, or Special Education, or an Adult Learning Certificate. Students may also prepare to apply for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification.
Master of Arts in Community Leadership
The Master of Arts in Community Leadership program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in non-profit and community organizations. The program prepares graduates in three key areas: management and leadership, community organizing and advocacy, and communications.
Master of Arts in Teaching
The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for students who have a bachelor's degree and wish to earn a teaching license in elementary, secondary, or special education. The MAT program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. This program is specifically designed to prepare teacher candidates to serve the diverse populations of students in culturally rich schools. Individuals must be interested in pursuing an advanced degree that is demanding in its focus upon teacher preparation; in exploring issues of cultural diversity; in learning applications of technology for teaching; and in research into their own professional practices. Commitment to professional growth is a prerequisite.
The college offers programs that lead to a state endorsement in Basic Reading and Advanced Reading which can be enrolled in as part of the Master of Education or Master of Arts in Teaching programs. Endorsements in Special Education of students with mild to moderate disabilities, Special Education of students with severe disabilities, and English as a Second Language instruction are offered as an endorsement-only undergraduate minor or as part of the Master of Education or Master of Arts in Teaching programs.
Margaret (Peggy) Cain, Professor; Director of MED and MACL Programs
Sheryl Steadman, Dean
The Westminster School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers programs leading to Baccalaureate and Master's degrees in nursing, public health, and nurse anesthesia.
The Family Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia programs (COA). The Public Health program is working toward accreditation from the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). All nursing programs are approved by the Utah State Board of Nursing.
Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner/Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate Option
The Family Nurse Practitioner Program offers working professional nurses the opportunity to become licensed and certified as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses with prescriptive privileges. To accommodate working nurses, classes are scheduled one day per week. Clinical assignments are one to two days per week based on the availability of the assigned preceptor and individual class requirements. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the American Nurse Credential Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AAPN) certification exam and apply for Utah licensure as Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN). The Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practicioner, and Family Nursing Practitioner Certificate Option are accredited by The Commision on Collegiate Nursing Education and are approved by the Utah State Board of Nursing.
Master of Science in Nursing Education/Nurse Educator Certificate
Upon completion of the certificate/master in nursing education, practicing nurses are prepared to teach professional nursing or function in a staff development position. This curriculum-based program prepares nurses to be more effective nurse educators in a clinical, college or university setting within the teaching-coaching domains of practice.
Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
The Nurse Anesthesia Program provides an academic environment which offers the highest level of didactic, anesthesia simulation and clinical site experiences. The MSNA program allows nurse anesthesia students to master the intellectual and technical skills required to become competent in the safe administration of anesthesia. Graduates are prepared to sit for the NBCRNA examination. The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Programs.
Master of Public Health/Certificate in Public Health
The Public Health Program lays a solid foundation for public health practice in the twenty-first century. The program focuses on developing knowledge and skills needed to be an effective member of the public health workforce. The program offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and a Certificate in Public Health (Cert.PH) taught in an employee-friendly format, meaning core courses will be offered every two weeks on a Friday and Saturday during the semester. Additional courses may be offered in the evening. The MPH degree is recognized internationally for the public health professional. The Master of Public Health program has received accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health.
Julie Balk, Associate Professor