Mason Establishes Dual-Degree Program with Moscow State University

Posted: March 24, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jennifer Edgerly

Mason announced it has partnered with Moscow State University to offer a new dual-degree program. Students enrolled in the joint curricular venture will receive two degrees, one from Mason and one from Moscow State, Russia’s leading institution of higher education.

Russian students participating in the program will earn a bachelor of science in either economics or management from each institution.

Seeking to establish a dual-degree program with an American university similar to its current dual-degree program in geography with a Swiss university, the administration at Moscow State approached Mason about the partnership following a visit from Mason Provost Peter Stearns in 2007.

“Developing a dual-degree program with Moscow State aligns with Mason’s mission, which calls on the university to ‘educate the new generation of leaders for the 21st century — men and women capable of shaping a global community with vision, justice and clarity,’” says Stearns.

“Moscow State has a similar mission and mandate for internationalization, and a commitment to providing additional educational opportunities through dual-degree programs to high-achieving Russian students.”

After completing their first semester at Moscow State, students will spend the subsequent seven semesters at Mason. The second through fourth semesters will be taught in Russian by Moscow State faculty — but at Mason.

Once students have successfully met all academic and English language requirements to proceed to year three, they will integrate into existing Mason courses taught in English by members of the Mason faculty.

“This program provides an unprecedented experiment in collaboration — bringing programs from a distinguished international university directly to an American campus,” says Stearns.

“In addition to enhancing a cultural framework between U.S. students and faculty and Russian students and faculty, it also provides opportunities for faculty from both institutions to engage in joint educational and research opportunities.”

A minimum of 10 students in each degree program will be necessary, with a cohort total of 20 students. It is anticipated that the program will continue to grow, and if so, by the fourth year there will be 150 Russian students in residence at Mason.

Students will be an active part of the campus community, living with more than 4,700 other students in Mason residence halls. Moscow State faculty members teaching at Mason will live in the newly constructed faculty and staff housing development, Masonvale, on the Fairfax Campus.

The program is scheduled to be implemented in September 2009, with Russian students arriving at Mason in January 2010.

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