Jessup’s Graduate Programs Experience Significant Growth

William Jessup University began its 2017-18 academic year August 21 with the largest enrollment in the university’s 78-year history. Nearly 1500 students are slated to attend the Sacramento regions’ only WASC accredited private four-year Christian Liberal Arts University offering graduate level degrees. Of those, over 275 are graduate students.

The growing university’s graduate programs reflect a 78 percent increase in enrollment since it first offered a Master of Arts in Teaching just three years ago.

“As we deepen our footprint in the region, Jessup continues to broaden and develop facilities as well as academic and athletic programs,” said Provost Dr. Dennis Jameson. “Our objective within our graduate level programs is to develop and advance self-motivated leaders who can communicate effectively, work collaboratively, and effect change while growing in their faith.”

New this year, William Jessup University will offer a fifth graduate program, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences has approved the inaugural 63-unit program. Geared for working adults, the program is delivered in a cohort model featuring night courses with an eight-week duration per class.

The M.A. in Counseling Psychology is compliant with the California state requirements for the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licenses. It prepares students for the challenges of the mental health profession by applying current psychological theory, integrated with biblical principles throughout the curriculum.

Instructors are scholars and practitioners, offering both academic and practical guidance. Built on a cohort model, the program facilitates long-term relationships and supportive growth.

“Each step of this degree has been carefully designed, with the best practices of learning drawn from a wide range of resources,” said Department Chair Jeff Stone. “From course content, to program sequencing, to generous breaks, this model has been designed to efficiently maximize the learning environment, while also pacing it to sustain a personal lifestyle.”

Jessup graduate programs equip graduates to be highly competent, principled and innovative leaders. Other graduate offerings include a Master of Arts in Business, Education, Leadership and Teaching.

Founded in 1939, the university was established in San Jose, Calif., and known as San Jose Bible College when it opened its’ doors with just 14 students on September 20 that year. In 1989, the name was changed to San Jose Christian College and later became William Jessup in 2004 when the university relocated to Rocklin and broadened academic programs in a variety of disciplines.

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