The College of DuPage and Aurora University have launched three new 2+2 programs designed to help COD physical education, fitness, and athletic studies students pursue higher education.
The programs are made possible through a new institutional partnership between COD and Aurora, laying the foundation for future pathway agreements so that COD students can seamlessly transfer to Aurora at the junior level.
“This new institutional partnership between COD and Aurora University reflects our level of collaborative and intentional commitment to providing seamless student access and pathways to success in higher education,” said COD President Dr. Brian Caputo. “With the new programs, we are excited to provide a variety of opportunities for our physical education students, especially those who wish to continue their education beyond a bachelor’s degree.”
Developed for students planning to major in exercise science or sports management, the new programs allow students to earn an associate’s degree from COD and a bachelor’s degree from Aurora in just four years with the Fifth-year option to obtain a master’s degree in a related field of study.
Students can pursue three different 2+2 arrangements: a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with an option to earn a Master of Science in Athletic Training; a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with an option to obtain a Master of Science in Exercise Science; or a bachelor’s degree in sports management with an option to obtain a master’s degree in business administration with a specialization in sports management.
Under the agreements, COD students can begin planning their transition to Aurora in their first semester by following an Academic Transfer Plan designed to ensure a smooth transition.
“This exciting new partnership with Aurora University provides our students with an educational setting from day one of class,” said Stephanie Vlach, assistant professor of physical education at COD. “Not only does this allow COD students to earn a bachelor’s degree in four years, it also leads to great career or college-level pathways, including the only such partnership for COD students interested in a career as a sports coach.
Sarah Radke, Dean of Health Sciences at Aurora University, said she is thrilled to partner with COD to provide opportunities for students wishing to further their education.
“Students will gain hands-on experience working in our state-of-the-art labs and in a top-notch internship,” she said. “We are also excited to extend this pathway to our graduate plus one programs in Exercise Science, Sport Management and Athletic Coaching.”
For more information about these new agreements, contact COD’s Consulting, Advisory and Transfer Services Department at (630) 942-2259.
To learn more about COD physical education, fitness, and athletic studies transfer opportunities, visit www.cod.edu/academics/transfer/programs/physical-education.