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MassBay Offers Political Science Degree and Substance Abuse Certificate Programs for Fall 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020

WELLESLEY HILLS, Mass. (April 2020) — MassBay Community College is pleased to announce we will be offering an associate degree in Political Sciences and a certificate program in Substance Abuse in the fall 2020 semester. Both of these programs are high-demand fields of study in the Greater Boston and MetroWest areas and prepare students to join the workforce immediately or create a pathway for easy transfer to a four-year institution to continue their education.

The Political Science associate degree program will be an affordable option for students who are interested in continuing their education to a four-year university. Students will examine political institutions and issues within the American state and local government, as well as develop a global awareness of differing forms of political structures and discover a sense of civic awareness and responsibility through participatory learning inside and outside the classroom. The political science degree was carefully designed to ensure students majoring in this program could transfer seamlessly through the Commonwealth’s MassTransfer program to one of the nine state universities or UMass campuses to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree.

The Substance Abuse certificate program will be a one-year, three-semester course load, aligned with state requirements for licensed alcohol and drug counselors (LADC II) and will ready students to enter the workforce in the substance abuse field or continue their education to earn an associate degree in human services, psychology, or social work.

“Our Substance Abuse certificate will meet the high-demand need for licensed and qualified counselors to assist people with addiction issues,” said MassBay Dean of Business and Professional Studies, Susan Maggioni. “Students will graduate with both the content knowledge and 300 required hours of field work to prepare them for LADC II certification.”

The political science program comes at a critical juncture in our country’s history. Students in this program will engage in complex political discourse while completing the foundation to succeed in any political science or related transfer program.

“The department of Legal Studies and Government is excited to offer the in-demand degree of Political Science to our students,” said MassBay Chair of the Department of Legal Studies and Government, Professor, Jason Mazaik. “We hope to provide students with the necessary foundation to propel them into higher degrees and jobs in the field of political science.”

Students interested in these programs or learning more about MassBay, can attend an information session or contact our Admissions Department, 781-239-2500 or Registration for fall classes opens on Monday, May 11, 2020 and MassBay’s fall semester starts on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.


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MassBay Community College is ranked by the Brookings Institution as one of the top schools for value added and earned salaries in the workforce. Ranked #1 for two-year colleges in Massachusetts, #2 in New England, and #16 nationally. The College’s facilities in Wellesley Hills, Framingham, and Ashland house day, evening and weekend classes that meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career minded life-long learners. Online options provide convenience and allow faculty to facilitate the learning process. Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and strives to meet the needs of the diverse local communities it serves.

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