Collaboration Allows Spa Professionals Worldwide New Educational Option

IRVINE, Calif. / MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – (March 12, 2009) – As part of the effort to advance new educational pathways for students in the spa and hospitality management field, the University of California, Irvine Extension has signed an articulation agreement with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) in Melbourne, Australia. The partnership will grant students who complete the UC Irvine Extension Certificate Program in Spa and Hospitality Management academic credit towards the RMIT online Master of Wellness program. 

 “We are pleased to have joined in partnership with a prestigious overseas university such as RMIT,” said Angela Jeantet, director of spa and education programs at UC Irvine Extension. “As the wellness industry is projected to grow within the spa sector in the coming years, offering quality content will undoubtedly open new career paths for students from UC Irvine Extension and RMIT.”

 UC Irvine Extension’s Spa and Hospitality Management Certificate Program is the first and only fully online certificate program of its kind in the United States and features in-depth studies taught by esteemed industry professionals from throughout the country. Topics covering everything from business planning and processes necessary to open a spa, to managing day-to-day operations and positioning facilities for managed future growth are covered.

 This is the first graduate-level articulation agreement for the spa program at UC Irvine Extension. Students interested in the wellness field are now able to gain further education by seamlessly transferring into the RMIT Master of Wellness program. With both programs offered online, the ease and flexibility for students from either school to take advantage of the articulation agreement is tremendous.

 “The RMIT Master of Wellness program is the perfect fit for UC Irvine Extension Spa and Hospitality Certificate Program graduates who elect to pursue an advanced degree,” said Professor Marc Cohen, program leader for RMIT’s Master of Wellness and Master of Nutrition Medicine programs. “Working together, we are proud to provide continuing education and the necessary leadership skills for a field that is expected to grow exponentially.”

 For more information about the articulation agreement, or to enroll in UC Irvine Extension’s Spa and Hospitality Management Certificate Program, contact Angela Jeantet at For information about the RMIT Master of Wellness Program, or to enroll, visit

About UC Irvine Extension: As the continuing education arm of UCI, UC Irvine Extension is dedicated to providing a university-level learning experience for students, offering thousands of exciting courses and programs to local, regional, and global constituencies via online curriculum as well as through on campus classes. UC Irvine Extension offers a rich array of academic and community programs to support a diverse audience, from a wide selection of academic programs to numerous campus activities. For more information, please visit

About the University of California, Irvine:  The University of California, Irvine is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Founded in 1965, UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members. The second-largest employer in dynamic Orange County, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $3.3 billion. For more UCI news, visit

About RMIT University: As one of Australia’s leading educational institutions, RMIT produces some of Australia’s most employable graduates. As an innovative, global university of technology, with its heart in the city of Melbourne, RMIT has an international reputation for excellence in work-relevant education and high-quality research and engagement with the needs of industry and community. For more information, please visit