Master’s now offered at NTU

WINDOW ROCK, Oct. 11, 2013

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According to a press release issued Tuesday by Navajo Technical University, it received word from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC) that they may now begin offering the Navajo Nation first master’s degree in Diné culture, language and leadership.

In addition to the master’s degree, NTU was also approved to begin offering a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering, a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and new media, and an associate degree in mathematics.

A HLC visiting team reviewed each degree program in May, but it wasn’t until the HLC’s Institutional Actions Council was able to convene at their national board meeting on Sept. 24 that they were able to approve each program.

“For us to be a university we have to offer graduate-level degree programs,” stated NTU Dean of Academics Casmir Agbaraji.

“In getting the approval for the master’s degree in Diné Culture, Language, and Leadership we solidify our university status and now we’re aiming to add more."

The degrees are the first approved by the HLC since NTU officially become a university. They add to an extended list of baccalaureate degrees currently offered at NTU including: bachelor’s degrees in environmental science and natural resources and industrial engineering; bachelor’s degree in computer science, digital manufacturing, and new media; and a bachelor’s degree in Diné culture, language and leadership.

“All of these programs are about opening opportunities for our students,” Agbaraji said.

Each program will be offered during the spring semester of 2014 and will open up more opportunities to NTU students.

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