Columbia College celebrates Graduate Education Week with new degree

Dr. Brad Lookingbill, chair of the History and Political Science Department
College offers new Master of Arts in Military Studies, joins graduate schools across Missouri in Graduate Education Week, April 16-23.

Columbia College has been on the forefront of educating military service members for nearly 40 years and in online learning for 10.

Now the college has seamlessly combined the two in a new Master of Arts in Military Studies (MAMS) degree, an online graduate degree program that emphasizes the study of military affairs from the liberal arts perspectives of history, philosophy and political science, just in time for Graduate Education Week in Missouri, celebrated April 16-23.

MAMS classes are forming now. See for more details. Classes begin in August.

The forthcoming degree joins a Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) offered at the college.

Dr. Steve Wiegenstein, associate dean for Graduate Studies
"Graduate studies at Columbia College are assuming a higher profile," said Dr. Steve Wiegenstein, associate dean for Graduate Studies, "and joining the celebration will instill a stronger sense of 'graduate culture' among students here at Columbia College and across the state."

The week began in 2006 when graduate deans statewide requested a governor's proclamation to enhance public awareness about the impact and outcomes of graduate education and to salute graduate students, faculty and alumni for their numerous contributions to the state and nation. Fifteen educational institutions, including Columbia College, now participate in the week.

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Dr. Brad Lookingbill, chair of the History and Political Science Department, Army National Guard veteran and the author of several military history books, was instrumental in creating the MAMS degree.

"We hope this degree will be attractive to anyone interested in advanced studies of our fine military institution, “he said. "Those who have attended a military academy or a War College can capitalize on their professional education and experience and apply to this degree to gain a broader perspective provided by a graduate level liberal arts program."

Founded in 1851, Columbia College is a liberal arts institution that has been helping working adult, military and traditional students advance their lives through higher education for more than 160 years.

For more on Dr. Lookingbill and the MAMS degree, see the video.

Book cover

To learn more about Lookingbill's latest work, "American Military History: A Documentary Reader," a comprehensive collection of primary documents from "Powhatan Describes War Among the Natives" (1607) to our current wars, including "Jessica Lynch Soldiers in Iraq," visit his Web site.