Beginning in the 2014 fall semester, Mount Royal University will admit students into two new bachelor degree programs in the Faculty of Health and Community Studies.

MRU has received approval from the province to offer four year baccalaureates in Child Studies and Health and Physical Education.

 “These two new degrees build on the tremendous successes of existing programs,” said Kathryn Shailer, MRU’s new provost and vice-president, Academic. “Offering the full four-year degrees allow our students to complete the entirety of their studies at Mount Royal.”

“Not only do the new degrees benefit students, they benefit our community by increasing access to degree-level education in Alberta, and meeting the strong and growing need for professionals in both of these important fields.”

MRU’s decision to offer the new degrees will not require additional funding as seven programs currently offered at the school are being rolled into the two programs.

The Bachelor of Child Studies degree will be the first of its kind in western Canada and will offer majors in:

  • Child and Youth Care Counselling
  • Early Learning and Child Care.

The Bachelor of Health and Physical Educator will allow students to major in one of four disciplines:

  • Athletic Therapy
  • Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership
  • Physical Literacy
  • Sport and Recreation Management

“These degrees allow our students to earn baccalaureate credentials that will be recognized across the country, broadening opportunities for graduates to pursue additional education in graduate or professional school,” said Chad London, dean of the Faculty of Health and Community Studies.

For more information on programs offered at the school, visit Mount Royal University