New Programs

New programs: Responding to regional needs

Undergraduate:

Chancellor’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

The Chancellor’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.), an online degree program, prepares students for careers in a variety of industries, including government, retail, business, finance, commerce, and more.

The program exposes students to all the essential parts of a successful organization. Students take courses and cover important subjects like accounting, advertising, marketing, operations management, organizational behavior, and much more. While completing the classes, they gain skills like information analysis, communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and more.

If offers the opportunity to earn the degree in a flexible format, for career advancement.

The online Chancellor’s B.S.B.A. from the IU Kokomo School of Business is accredited by AACSB, which is the pre-eminent business accrediting body and accredits fewer than five percent of the world’s business programs.

Graduate:

Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program, launched in fall 2018, will fill a need for mental health care in north central Indiana.

In a survey conducted by the psychology department, 76 percent of organizations said it was at least somewhat difficult to obtain mental health care in a timely fashion, and employers noted they have difficulty finding licensed practitioners, and often have multiple jobs available.

“There’s a huge need for licensed mental health counselors,” said Rosalyn Davis, Ph.D., clinical associate professor of psychology, adding that she anticipates graduates will have many job opportunities after successful completion. “With the current shortage of providers, combined with the drug issues that have been prevalent, and the needs of our aging population, there are a lot of avenues to build a career with this degree.”

The first class of 16 will graduate in August 2019, with a second cohort set to begin the program in fall 2020.

After completing the 60-credit hour program, graduates will be able to work in any counseling field, such as drug addiction and recovery, marriage and family, vocational rehabilitation, and many others. Salaries in the field range from around $40,000 to $60,000 per year, depending on location and type of practice.

It is a hybrid program, with about half on campus classes, and half online. All face-to-face classes for IU Kokomo students will be taught in Kokomo, with online classes taught by faculty not only from IU Kokomo, but also IU Southeast and IU East. Licensure requires 1,000 hours of clinical experience in addition to classroom work, and local mental health providers are on board to provide those hours.