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New Online Master’s Degree Programs – December 2021

Purdue University, Duke University, Harvard University, Tarleton State University, and Edward Waters University are among the accredited, non-profit schools that have recently launched or announced the launch of new online master’s degree programs. The programs offered by these schools include online master’s programs in nuclear engineering, national security policy, educational leadership, mechanical engineering, and business administration. While some of these programs require a limited number of campus visits, others are offered in a fully online format and thus do not require students to attend any campus-based sessions.

Purdue University – Online Master of Nuclear Engineering (MNE) Program

The School of Nuclear Engineering and the College of Engineering at Indiana’s Purdue University have teamed up to offer a new Master of Nuclear Engineering (MNE) program through Purdue Online. The 30-credit graduate program provides training and instruction in nuclear materials, the physics of nuclear reactors, nuclear engineering systems, thermal hydraulics, nuclear fusion, and radiation safety and security. Of the program’s 30 credits, 24 are accrued through didactic coursework. The additional credits required for graduation are earned through a six-credit independent project.

Duke University – Online Master of National Security Policy (MNSP) Program

Duke University has announced that it will be offering a new Master of National Security Policy (MNSP) program through its Sanford School of Public Policy. This is an executive-level graduate program that is designed for professionals with a least seven years of prior work experience in national security. While much of the program’s coursework is offered via online instruction, students are required to attend several immersion sessions at Duke’s Durham, NC campus. These immersion sessions include a two-week summer residency and two weekend-long visits in the fall and spring semesters. Qualified students can complete Duke’s MNSP program in twelve months of full-time enrollment, or they can opt to take fewer courses per semester and extend the time to completion. The program is scheduled to enroll its first cohort in the summer of 2022.

Harvard University – Online Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership Program

The Graduate School of Education at Harvard University has introduced a new online Master of Education (MEd) in Educational Leadership program with two pathway options: Pre-K through 12; and Higher Education. The program is designed for education professionals who have a minimum of seven years of relevant prior work experience in education. Students in the program are required to attend two brief residential sessions at Harvard’s campus in Cambridge, MA. However, all of the program’s other coursework is delivered via online instruction. The program is part-time and has can be completed in two years. Harvard’s Graduate School of Education is planning to begin this program in the fall of 2022.

Tarleton State University – Online Master of Science (MS) in Mechanical Engineering Program

Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX, which is part of the Texas A&M University System, is offering a new Master of Science (MS) in Mechanical Engineering program. Offered through Tarleton’s Department of Mechanical, Environmental, and Civil Engineering, the 33-credit graduate program can be completed via online instruction or in-person at Tarleton’s Stephenville campus. This is a research-based master’s program that gives students the option of a thesis or a professional (non-thesis) track. The program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time enrollment.

Edward Waters University – Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program

Edward Waters University, which was formerly Edward Waters College and remains one of Florida’s HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), has begun offering a new online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. The 100% online program requires students to complete 36 credits of graduate coursework, which can be accomplished in one year of full-time enrollment. The program’s curriculum focuses on a broad range of general business skills, leadership and decision-making strategies, and the global, technological, and ethical issues faced by businesses today.

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