Colleges may offer master’s degrees soon

DENVER — Mesa State College and Colorado Mountain College are one step away from offering the new degree programs both schools wanted.

The Colorado House gave the final nod to two measures Monday that now head to Gov. Bill Ritter’s desk.

If he signs them, Mesa State would be able to offer additional master’s programs in such things as nursing or medical science, while Colorado Mountain College could offer four-year degrees in fields that businesses need in the communities they serve.

The House approved Senate Bill 101 on a 55–9 vote. It would allow the mountain colleges to offer up to five baccalaureate degrees, which are intended to serve the needs in the 11 communities it serves, such as resort management or teaching.

Under SB 79, which the House adopted moments later on a 53–11 vote, Mesa State would be able to expand the number of master’s programs beyond the two it already offers: education and business administration.


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