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Feb. 12, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
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Minnesota State University, Mankato, will start offering online courses this spring — and master's and doctorate of nursing programs this fall — to help nursing students in the remote Iron Range region complete their four-year registered nurse degrees at home. (Fred Dufour/AFP)
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News from colleges launching new master’s degrees around the U.S.:

Private school leadership

Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., is launching a new master’s degree in education for private school leadership, addressing a shortage in specialized study for educators interested in managing private schools.

The program involves two summers of intensive coursework at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College for education and human development combined with school-based research and practice during the rest of the year.

Electrical power engineering

The nation is expected to need more electrical power engineering graduates in coming years, so Washington State University in Pullman is launching an online master’s through its WSU Global Campus.

The loss of this “institutional knowledge” is a big concern in the industry, according to an Energy Department report.

The WSU students will learn about power systems, transmission lines and power markets along with “professional topics” such as finance, project management and the law as it applies to the industry. The two-year program will also require an internship.

Documentary media

Northwestern University, Ill., is adding to its Master of Fine Arts with a program in documentary media.

The program’s director, Debra Tolchinsky, says documentaries are now a vital part of entertainment, promotion and advocacy. Tolchinsky is an associate professor and documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival. As part of the two-year program, each candidate will get access to $5,000 to help produce a thesis project, and school officials say there will be internships.

Nursing on the Iron Range

Minnesota State University, Mankato, will start offering online courses this spring — and master’s and doctorate of nursing programs this fall — to help nursing students in the remote Iron Range region complete their four-year registered nurse degrees at home.

The closest four-year program to the Range is at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.

“They will be the same exact courses (as are taught in Mankato) with an emphasis on family and societal health and, in particular, rural settings,” said Kristine Retherford, dean of Minnesota State’s Health and Nursing College.

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