Thiel College Launches New Programs


Thiel College made national news this fall starring in a major Coca-Cola ad campaign alongside traditional college football powerhouses, but the Greenville, Pa.-based school is making even bigger news with its academics.

Undergraduate students can apply for a guaranteed seat in Thiel College’s new Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and graduate with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in just five years. The new program sets the stage for additional graduate programs. In development are a Master of Business Administration and another in Physician Assistant. The plans call for both of these to be fifth-year master’s degree programs.

Students can also choose from the College’s new undergraduate programs in public policy and data analytics.

The Bachelor of Science in data analytics major is part of the Department of Mathematics while the Public Policy program is in the Department of Political Science.

Businesses and industries are using data analytics to draw conclusions from large sets of raw data and solve a wide range of complex problems and improve performance. Thiel College graduates will be prepared to enter a job field that according to an article in Forbes magazine is expected to have an estimated 2.7 million postings in the United States by 2020.

Data analysts work in a variety of private and public sector organizations and do jobs similar to actuaries, who work in the insurance industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania are among the top states in the country for actuaries and data research analysts, with the greater Columbus, Cleveland, Erie and Pittsburgh metropolitan regions specifically being top employers.

Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science Marie Courtemanche, Ph.D. developed a program that provides students opportunities to study across disciplines.

“The political science department is excited to be offering this new major in collaboration with a number of other departments on campus. Students will learn how to influence governmental actions while focusing on a particular concentration, like environmental science or health systems, helping them land careers in areas in which they are passionate,” Courtemanche said.

​​Thiel College’s Environmental Safety Management program continues to be a leader in Pennsylvania. It is one of only two programs recognized by the top auditing and review boards and will lead to streamlined certifications when a student graduates. The program, which enrolled its first students in the spring 2019 semester, opens the door for Thiel graduates to capitalize on growing market opportunities forecasted for Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York — the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has put that trio among the top five states expected to see the greatest job growth in the field. Environmental Safety Management graduates will be prepared for successful careers in a field with forecasted growth and high-earning potential. National labor statistics predict the industry will grow between 8–11 percent by 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

Students can also choose from new programs in sports management, health systems, exercise science and equestrian studies or select from one of the College’s other 60-plus majors and minors. Thiel’s Career Development Center connects students in all academic pursuits to an extensive database of internship opportunities and an engaged network of 15,000-plus alumni.

Thiel is one of the top two most affordable private colleges in Pennsylvania, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges. Thiel joins Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and Princeton University as a Dietrich Foundation institution. Also, for the third time in the last four years, Thiel College was selected by Forbes magazine as one of the 200 colleges with the most generous alumni.

Thiel College is a renowned and respected private residential liberal arts, professional studies and sciences college located in the heart of scenic northwest Pennsylvania. Founded in 1866 as a coeducational institution with roots in the Lutheran tradition, the College is committed to connecting a diverse and inclusive community with a quality and personalized learning experience. It’s this distinct combination of exceptional faculty, signature programs (academic, athletic and career), a historic campus and modern facilities that drives the return on investment Thiel graduates receive.

Contact Thiel at 75 College Avenue, Greenville, Pennsylvania 16125. Visit thiel.edu or call 1-800-24-THIEL. For more information, contact Thiel College at admissions@thiel.edu.