Antioch University New England and Franklin Pierce University Partner to Offer New Master’s Degree Program Pathway in Environmental Studies

Five-year program blends credits from universities’ separate programs

Rindge, New Hampshire – Two New England universities who share a commitment to the environment have partnered to offer a new way for students to seamlessly earn a bachelor’s and subsequent master’s degree in Environmental Studies. Franklin Pierce University (FPU) and Antioch University New England (AUNE) have formalized an agreement that offers students from FPU majoring in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies the option to enroll into AUNE’s Master of Science in Environmental Studies program and complete both programs in just five years.

Franklin Pierce University President Andrew Card (l) and Antioch University New England President Stephen Jones (r) sign an articulation agreement between the two institutions which allows students from FPU to earn a MS in Environmental Studies from AUNE.

“This agreement with Antioch University provides significant value to our students,” says Franklin Pierce University President, Andrew H. Card, Jr. “It offers our students a high quality education from two outstanding institutions. More, it does so in a discipline, environmental science, that is critical to our national well being.”

The program works through a collaborative teaching model where coursework in the senior year is designed to award credit from both universities toward both degrees. Students will spend the first three years of the program at FPU fulfilling general education and most bachelor’s degree requirements; during the fourth year of study, students will take classes at both universities, and the fifth year will be spent at AUNE, fulfilling all requirements for the Master of Science in Environmental Studies from Antioch University. The goal of the program is to streamline and align coursework making it easier and more affordable for students to earn advanced degrees in the growing field of environmental science.

“Our partnership with Antioch University represents the new realities in higher education, today,” says Franklin Pierce Provost Kim Mooney, who negotiated the arrangement with Antioch University Provost Melinda Treadwell. “This collaboration ensures that our environmental science students have an affordable path to an advance degree with an outstanding partner like Antioch University.”

Franklin Pierce University offers a BS in Environmental Science and a BA in Environmental Studies. The Environmental Sciences program prepares students for careers in more heavily science oriented fields, while Environmental Studies examines solutions to environmental problems through social and policy studies. The National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program has recognized FPU on two occasions for its efforts in preservation and sustainability. FPU was noted for its work to protect the most critical forest and wetlands on the Rindge campus, and for an assessment of its progress toward environmental sustainability.

“This partnership is a new approach to helping adults further their education while highlighting the importance of the environmental science and sustainability-focused fields,” said AUNE President Stephen B. Jones. “Antioch University New England’s environmental studies programs are recognized on a national level, and we welcome the opportunity to partner with Franklin Pierce University, our neighbor in the Monadnock region, to educate and empower tomorrow’s environmental leaders.”

To apply, FPU students must declare their wish to enroll into the five-year bachelor’s/master’s program during the fall semester of their junior year and meet admission requirements that include letters of recommendation, academic performance, and student interest and vision statements. Students may begin enrolling in the combined program immediately, and tuition costs will remain separate with the exception of during a student’s fourth year, where a $5,000 program fee will be assessed to cover the cost of 24 AUNE credits earned while a student is still formally enrolled at FPU but taking courses at AUNE.

To learn more about Franklin Pierce University and its Environmental Studies bachelor’s degree program, please visit franklinpierce.edu. For more information about Antioch University and its Masters of Science in Environmental Studies, please visit aune.edu/environmental-studies.

About Franklin Pierce University

Franklin Pierce University is an accredited university that achieves outstanding student success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations throughout New Hampshire and in Goodyear, Arizona. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. Franklin Pierce empowers each student to discover and fulfill their unique potential, so that they enter the professional world with the confidence and knowledge to be leaders of conscience. Franklin Pierce graduates are well prepared for the professional, personal, and social demands required for success in the 21st century.

About Antioch University New England

Founded in 1964, Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) commitment to social, economic, and environmental justice serves as a foundation for all certificate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Coursework integrates practice with theory in an environment that fosters scholarship and activism. Academic departments include Applied Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Education, Environmental Studies, Management, and Self-Designed Studies. Based in Keene, New Hampshire, AUNE is just over two hours from Albany; two hours from Boston; and less than two hours from Hartford.

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