Lehigh University and Berea College Partner to Enhance Student Access to Graduate Management Education

New 4+1 partnership calls for four years of study at Berea, then entry into Lehigh’s MS in Management (M2) program.

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Lehigh University’s College of Business and Berea College in Kentucky jointly announced a new 4+1 partnership agreement that calls for four years of undergraduate studies at Berea plus one year of graduate management education at Lehigh.  

Under the partnership, students from Berea College in liberal arts or STEM field majors can enter Lehigh’s MS in Management (M2) program to earn the master’s level degree in just 10 months. 

Berea is a federally recognized work college, in which students are required to complete work hours each week as a complement to their courses and learning. The combination of liberal arts or STEM and skills learned in Berea’s Labor Program, coupled with business training will further position Berea graduates to be workforce ready as they pursue careers in a variety of industries, including consulting, banking, finance, brand marketing and pharmaceuticals.

“Joining forces with Berea College is a fantastic step forward for our M2 program,” said Georgette Chapman Phillips, Kevin L. and Lisa A. Clayton Dean of Lehigh’s College of Business. “Berea enables us to not only further diversify our M2 student cohort, but most importantly it serves to enable truly gifted students to complement their undergraduate liberal arts or STEM-field degrees with management training.

The combination opens up a whole new world of access to blue-chip companies. The undergraduate work college experience that all Berea students realize will add new perspectives in our Lehigh classes, thus benefiting the student cohort overall.” 

Accepted Berea students will be guaranteed generous scholarship in support of their graduate educational endeavors. 

“Partnering with Lehigh University is a WIN-WIN,” said Lyle Roelofs, president of Berea College.  “Lehigh’s reputation for excellence in experiential learning and its exceptional alumni network and placement record benefits our gifted students in so many ways.  Now, interested Berea students wishing to widen their career choices can complement their undergraduate studies with business management training.  This means exceptional placement and thus exciting new opportunities for our Berea graduates.” 

For more information on the Lehigh MS in Management Program, contact Alyssa Clapp, M2 program director at business@lehigh.edu or call 610-758-4450.  To apply, visit https://business.lehigh.edu/academics/graduate/masters-programs/ms-management.  The application deadlines for the 2021-22 cohort are June 1, 2021 for U.S. applicants, and May 15, 2021 for international applicants.

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