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Earn Your Master’s with Argosy University’s MAP Program

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You’re already busy balancing school, life, and work. But you want to earn an advanced degree—directly after completing your bachelor’s program. If you feel that this goal is out of reach, Argosy University’s Master’s Accelerated Plan (MAP) may be able to help. The plan allows you to reduce the number of semesters you need to complete a master’s degree. It works by providing undergraduates with an opportunity to take select graduate-level courses that count both towards bachelor’s and master’s degree programs.

Current Argosy University undergraduate students who’ve completed between 60 and 105 undergraduate credits may apply to MAP. If you’re accepted, you’ll complete and earn a minimum of 12 graduate course credits—credits that apply toward undergrad electives and your chosen master’s degree program. Transfer students may also apply to the program.

MAP is designed with your schedule in mind—it’s a program that helps motivated students to reach career and educational goals in less time. It also provides a glimpse of what graduate school will be like, preparing you for that next step. Achieving credit simultaneously at the bachelor’s and master’s levels can help you to reduce the amount of time that it takes to earn your degree.

As a MAP student, you can have experiences that other undergrads don’t—including networking opportunities, guest speaker lectures, and the ability to work and learn alongside graduate faculty. It’s designed to make learning convenient but still challenging.

Ready to move forward? You’ll need a cumulative grade point average of at least a “B” (3.0) and you must have completed between 60 and 105 undergraduate credits if you’re a current Argosy University student. Then complete a MAP application with the help of Argosy University admissions representatives. Transfer students need to meet these requirements plus university admission requirements and may transfer somewhere between 60 to 90 credits toward a bachelor’s degree program at Argosy University.

Learn more about MAP and how you can get on the fast track to your future by contacting our admissions department today.

MAP is available at the following Argosy University campuses: Northern Virginia, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orange County, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area, Sarasota, Schaumburg, Tampa, Twin Cities, and Online.


Transfer credit is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Argosy University offers no guarantee that credit earned at another institution will be accepted into a program of study offered by Argosy University.

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Make a Difference with a Career in Nursing—A Fast-Growing Profession

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Did you know that the nursing profession is growing at a rate much faster than average, according to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics? Argosy University can prepare you for a career in nursing—and smart students know that this competitive profession is seeking nurses with not just an associate’s degree—a bachelor’s degree means advanced opportunities in the field.

So what can you do with a degree in nursing? Our population is aging, and medical advances as well as new technology requires training and knowledge. Argosy University’s RN to BSN degree completion program helps current nurses to gain the skills needed to move into higher level positions.

Our programs train nurses for work in hospitals, physicians’ offices, home healthcare, and nursing homes. Our graduates are committed to making a difference through compassionate, educated, experienced care in all types of nursing jobs.

Because many nurses begin their careers with an associate’s degree, the program at Argosy University attracts experienced nurses ready to advance— nearly 62% of students are over the age of 40. The program may be taken part time and is offered in a blended online/in-school format.

The National Academy of Medicine has recommended the nursing profession increase the percentage of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020. Be a part of the growth by earning your Bachelor’s degree from Argosy University. Contact us today and get started!

This program is offered at the following Argosy University campuses: Northern Virginia, Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Hawaii, and Twin Cities.

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Grandma in the Lion’s Den

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Written by Dr. Martin C. Wesley

I am currently reading a book by renowned author and Harvard psychology professor, Dr. Stephen Pinker entitled Enlightenment Now: A Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress. This book is a follow-up to his groundbreaking The Better Angels of our Nature, where he shows that our assumptions of the world is falling apart or going to “hell in a handbasket” are all wrong. Instead he shows that we are truly living is the best of times and that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge and happiness are all on the rise.

We all have a tendency of viewing our present circumstances, the current politics, cultural values and more as devolving instead of taking us to better times, to peace and toward values where all people are loved and valued. We look at the future with fear and anxiety and long for the good ole days, which often were not so good.

This reminds me of my grandmother. Her name was Doreen and her maiden name was Martin. I was named after her family. When I was growing up in Arizona, my grandparents would often come to visit. They would bring their camper which was so large, I wondered how their truck didn’t tip over with any gust of wind. When I was about eight or nine years old, they took me and my brother to the Phoenix Zoo. I believe my mom was there with us and my baby sister who was in her stroller. We walked through half of the park and came to the lion and tiger exhibits. Most of the time these zoo animals rarely give you a good show. Often, animals are hiding or sleeping but not today. Today the large male lion was making some noise and roaring at the crowd. My grandma pulled out her Kodak instamatic camera and with limited vision, started moving closer to the lion exhibit. What she didn’t see was that she was walking toward a sloped flower and shrubbery bed that was faced with raised railroad ties. Grandma tripped on these ties and fell straight down into this lowered shrubbery bed beside the lion’s area. Grandma was now head first, wearing a dress and her legs lifted in the air. All the while, the lion becomes louder and louder with his roars and grandma is screaming, thinking she just fell in the lion’s den and she is now on the menu. My grandpa was trying to help my grandma up, but also trying to keep her dress closed as that was probably worse for grandma that being eaten alive by the lion.

Soon, with the help of some other zoo patrons, my grandmother was lifted out of the bed. She was disoriented and scratched up from the shrubs but soon saw that her fear of being a lion burger was unfounded. Later, she could see the humor in the confrontation with the lion and would laugh at the incident. I should also mention that grandma got a great picture of the lion before she went down!

We all have a tendency to believe that we are falling into the lion’s den. Often, we are also in the midst of true oppression or distress, experiencing the loss of a loved one or have been experiencing failing health. Yet, there is hope and often opportunities exist to overcome and become stronger. I became a licensed professional counselor and a professor because I love lifting people up and guiding them out of their own lion’s den. I love helping people out of addiction, family dysfunction or out of feelings of depression because they see no hope for the future. If you are like me and want to help people out of their own lion’s den, please reach out to me or others at Argosy University who can help you in your next adventure.


Dr. Martin C. Wesley is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Associate Chair of the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences in Florida at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa. Feel free to reach out to Dr. Wesley at mcwesley@argosy.edu. ###

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