…especially when you are talking about education! Of particular note are MMA’s two cutting edge graduate programs – Master’s of Science in Facilities Management and the Master’s of Science in Emergency Management.
Fourteen years ago the Academy’s Engineering Department decided that since world energy needs were changing so dramatically, managing and measuring energy would be a driving force in the 21st century. They predicted there would be high demand but limited supply of talented professionals with credentials necessary to manage modern, energy efficient facilities. This premise jump-started MMA”s first master’s program – Facilities Management.
The Department also identified a second, dramatically increasing, yet under manned field - that of emergency management. Every business needs a continuity plan including recovery from emergencies and disasters. This fueled the Academy’s second graduate program in 2007. These two programs are unlike any in the world because of their structure, which is based on two fundamental educational principles - the cohort model and the executive format.
Classes kick off on Friday evening, (every other weekend with students staying at the Weston just down the road), at the Conference Center at Waltham Woods and conclude on Saturday evening. Each fall a new cohort begins for both FM and EM, which run 17-months and 18-months respectively.
The programs attract undergrads from all over. Joshua Greenwood, an MMA 2009 Facilities Engineering grad, noted “As a senior, I knew that I would have to start making some serious career oriented decisions; the results of which having the ability to affect the rest of my life…pretty heavy stuff. I knew that I needed to get myself into a position to gain as much experience as possible in as many disciplines - because in Facilities Management, experience is everything. I also knew that advancing my education would provide me with a unique edge over my counterparts. As I researched Mass Maritime’s program, I discovered it offered a diverse range of course topics that were far more interesting than the standard MBA.” He graduated with a Master’s of Science in Facilities Management in 2011 and has since been busy proving himself right.
Brittany Murphy, now a member of the current Emergency Management cohort, graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Marine Affairs in 2013. “I am about halfway through the program. The connections I have made with fellow classmates and professors have been phenomenal. This program has influenced my career in many ways; it has exposed me to different areas of Emergency Management, which I knew very little about. It has also given me the tools to make connections with other individuals within the field who have been extremely helpful in my learning process. All in all, applying for the MMA Emergency Management Masters Program was one of the best decisions I’ve made,” she said.
To date, the consensus of opinion of graduate program alums is…more is definitely better!