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Gallaudet University Launches MPA Program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students



By Catherine Groux
Posted March 15, 2012 03:59 PM

Gallaudet University recently launched a new MPA degree program.
Gallaudet University recently launched a new MPA degree program.
Today, many local, state and federal jobs require applicants to hold a graduate degree, such as a Master of Public Administration (MPA). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that city managers, medical or healthcare managers and senior advocacy, grantmaking and civic organization work are the types of jobs in which an MPA degree is necessary.

However, earning this credential can be challenging for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, as they have limited access to courses offered in both American Sign Language (ASL) and English. For this reason, Gallaudet University, an accredited school for deaf and hard of hearing students, recently launched a new MPA program set to begin in the fall 2012 semester.

"For too long we have seen hardworking deaf and hard of hearing government and nonprofit employees not be considered for promotion because of the lack of a graduate degree," T. Alan Hurwitz, president of the school, said in a statement. "By introducing this program - in a format that is fully accessible in ASL and English - our goal is to help those employees attain the required educational level [needed] for advancement and develop effective managerial skills so they have a greater opportunity to take on leadership roles in public and nonprofit sectors."

Students who enroll in the 40-credit program can expect to take courses such as ethics in management, strategic leadership and management, and budgeting in public sector and nonprofit organizations. Additionally, they will be able to take evening, weekend and summer classes.

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