Catholic University has begun recruiting students for the first of a dozen new master’s degree programs that the university will be introducing in the next few years. Starting this fall, CUA is offering these three new programs:
- A Master of Science in Management through CUA’s Metropolitan College
- A Master of City and Regional Planning in CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning
- A Master of Science in Sustainable Design in the School of Architecture and Planning
“We have carefully studied market trends, and these programs represent career paths that are growing in the greater D.C. region,” says CUA Provost James Brennan. “These three programs are the first of 12 new master’s-level programs that we will be rolling out at CUA over the next three years. We intend all of them to be accessible to working adults who lead busy lives.”
The Master of Science in Management program combines an academic foundation with practical knowledge and skills in management. The degree should have broad appeal, says Sara Thompson, dean of Metropolitan College. “About a fifth of the 25 fastest-growing job categories in D.C. are in management and business-related occupations,” she says. “The M.S.M. would be excellent preparation for these positions.”
Through the Master of City and Regional Planning program, students will be prepared to build better cities and other environments using sustainable design and planning principles. Randall Ott, dean of the architecture and planning school, explains that cities are seeking young planners who can look at things in a new way, integrating mass transit and bike paths and building townhouses and condos that are more space and energy efficient. This program will train such planners.
The second new architecture and planning program, in sustainable design, is one of only a few such master’s programs in the country. The two-semester program prepares architects and planners to assume a personal responsibility for the welfare of the world. Courses will address greenhouse gas emissions and zero-energy design, how to expend the least amount of energy in construction, analyzing the environmental impact of a building or structure over its entire life cycle, water conservation and low-energy building materials.
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