Messenger - Vol. 2, No. 3, Page 3 Summer 1993 Mid-career options Three new degree programs at the University are available as mid-career options for practicing nurses, managers and school administrators. A family nurse practitioner option was approved within the master of science degree in nursing, effective in September. Nurse practitioners provide much of the routine health care for families, often practicing in association with a physician. The option requires 47 credits and can be completed in four semesters. Designed to prepare students for leadership positions in government or the non-profit sector, the master of public administration (MPA) degree is aimed at individuals with at least five years of work experience. As a mid-career option, the new MPA degree option accelerates the normal time for part-time completion by requiring courses in the summer and winter sessions, in addition to traditional fall and spring semesters. The three-year MPA program offered by the College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy has seven required courses, an area of specialization and a research paper for a total of 42 credits. Areas of specialization include environmental and energy management; fiscal and resource management; international development policy and administration; human resource management; and state and local management. Finally, a complete master of education in educational leadership program is now available in southern Delaware. Designed to satisfy state certification requirements for various administrative positions, the program includes specialization in school administration, vocational administration and adult and continuing education. Courses will primarily be held in the Higher Education Building, located in Georgetown.