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Graduate Studies Celebrates 100 Students

last modified 2012-07-16 05:29 PM

On April 12, the Martin Luther College master’s program reached a milestone. Graduate student enrollment reached 100. We took time as a college to note the occasion with cake and to give thanks to the Lord for his blessings. Since the program began in 2004, more and more WELS teachers in all types of ministry settings have been using MLC’s program as one way to grow as teachers and serve faithfully.

Graduate Studies Celebrates 100 Students

Karen, Deb, and Dave Celebrate 100 Master's Students

In 2003 the synod authorized MLC to begin a Master of Science in Education program. The Higher Learning Commission granted permission for MLC to offer six courses, and 14 teachers participated in the first two courses offered in the summer of 2004 in a face-to-face format. By fall the first courses were online.

In 2005, the Higher Learning Commission authorized MLC to grant the Master of Science in Education degree. Aaron Hartwig and Brett Kriese were the first to receive their Master of Science in Education degree in the May 2008 ceremony.

These early pioneers paved the way for today’s MLC master’s program. Today, students select from 30 graduate courses in four areas of emphasis. This semester 70 students are enrolled in six courses, and thirteen will graduate in May. Over 100 graduate students have been accepted into the program and are making progress toward their master’s degrees. Thank you, Lord, for the many blessings.

The MLC graduate studies program by the numbers.

1 degree, the Master of Science in Education
1 foreign student
4 emphases - Instruction, Leadership, Special Education, Educational Technology
6 graduate courses offered this spring
7 graduate courses offered this summer
9 on-campus faculty teach in the graduate program
13 2012 graduates
15 states in which graduate students live
17 adjuncts (all WELS members) teach in the graduate program
21 graduates so far
26 total graduate faculty (on-campus and adjunct)
34 graduates after this May
70 students taking spring graduate courses
104 current graduate students

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