JWU to offer two online doctorates in fall 2018

PROVIDENCE – Come fall semester 2018, Johnson and Wales University students will be able to enroll in two new online doctorates, the university announced Tuesday.

The two online doctorates are a three-year, 54-credit business administration program and a two-year, 36-credit program in occupational therapy offered through the College of Health & Wellness.

In a statement, Lily S. Hsu, JWU provost, said the expanded offering is part of the school’s reaction to a strategic plan which called for more programming at the graduate level.

“The choice of new degrees has been long driven by offering relevant education that fulfills market-driven need,” she said in prepared remarks.

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The DBA program builds on the now-30-year-old JWU business administration master’s degree, she added, and the increased “demand for a terminal degree” the school has fielded recently.

DBA students will be trained to use critical thinking, the study of business theory and analytical research to solve complex problems and implement innovation. Graduates will be prepared for executive leadership positions in the business, health care, government, military, higher education and nonprofit sectors.

JWU alumna and former Denver campus president, Robin Krakowsky, will lead the DBA program.

Students in the occupational therapy course can choose between two areas of focus for their doctoral studies: advanced clinical practice and occupational therapy higher education. The program will be directed by Ann Burkhardt who served as the founding director of Drake University’s occupational therapy doctorate program.

Hsu said: “The doctorate in occupational therapy continues the university’s expansion into the health arena.”

Emily Gowdey-Backus is a staff writer for PBN. You can follow her on Twitter @FlashGowdey or contact her via email, gowdey-backus@pbn.com.