Santa Monica College Selected for Master's Degree Program

Group photo of SMC and Bath Spa staff

Santa Monica College has been selected as the US partner and host for an international study program that puts students on a direct pathway to a Master’s degree. The pilot program features classes at schools in Asia, at SMC, and at the renowned Bath Spa University (BSU), based in Bath, England.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for SMC students to receive a top-level education seamlessly, from their first year in college all the way to a Master’s degree,” said SMC President Dr. Chui L. Tsang. “And with the chance to study at campuses on three continents, SMC students benefit even more by enhancing their awareness as global citizens.”
Jeremy White, Bath Spa University Director of International Relations, added, “This is a rare and rich opportunity for students to study under three different education systems, while immersing themselves in diverse cultural, social, and economic environments.”
The SMC-BSU Program was developed over the past two years as a cooperative effort by Bath Spa University, Santa Monica College, and Singapore-based Training Vision Institute Pte Ltd (TVI). An official signing ceremony took place at SMC on Tuesday, May 27.
“Being asked to be part of this program is a real honor for SMC,” said Teresita Rodriguez, SMC Vice President, Enrollment Development. “It recognizes us for our international academic reputation, the strength of our academic programs and faculty, and our standing as an innovative institution.”
After a foundational year in Asia, students in the program attend classes at SMC for two years, followed by two years of courses at BSU. The program currently culminates with the award of a Master of Arts in International Business from Bath Spa University, with plans to expand into other fields of study.
Beginning in Fall 2014, SMC students who qualify can join the program and complete it in only four years. Students will start at SMC, then transfer to BSU two years later for another two years of study, culminating in a Master’s degree. Scholarships of up to $10,000 are available on a limited basis to SMC students.
While at SMC, students will take courses focused on organizations and the business environment, economics and globalization, international business, marketing, and information and operations management, in addition to some general education coursework.
At Bath Spa University, students will study business strategy, creating and developing a business, and cross-cultural communication. They will also conduct independent research in the area of international business.
Bath Spa University, a designated Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), has earned the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award for the past two years.
For more information about the SMC-BSU program, please call (310) 434-4774.