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New Online Master’s Degree Programs – February 2021

Florida State University (FSU), Case Western Reserve University, the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell), New Mexico State University (NMSU), and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) are among the accredited colleges and universities that have recently launched or announced the launch of new online master’s degree programs. These new online programs include programs that provide graduate training and instruction in social and sustainable enterprises, healthcare business management, public health, information technology, and public administration. All of these programs offer all or most of their required courses online, and two of these programs have internship and/or site-based experiential learning requirements.

Florida State University (FSU) – Online Master of Science (MS) in Entrepreneurship in Social and Sustainable Enterprises Program

The Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship at Florida State University (FSU) is a adding a new specialization/major to its online Master of Science (MS) in Entrepreneurship program. Starting in the fall of 2021, the Moran College’s MS in Entrepreneurship program will offer a Social and Sustainable Enterprises track in a fully online format. The 30-credit master’s program is designed to prepare students to pursue business ventures that meet the growing consumer demand for products and services from responsible, sustainable, and equitable companies. Students in the program take three core courses in accounting, business strategy, and entrepreneurial leadership, five Social and Sustainable Enterprises major courses, and three electives in areas like environmental science and management.

Case Western Reserve University – Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Healthcare Management Program

Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University has announced the launch of a new Master of Business Administration (MBA) program with a specialization in Healthcare Management. Offered through Case Western’s Weatherhead School of Management, the program consists of a ten-course business administration and management core that covers training in accounting, finance, marketing, business analytics, and leadership, and a ten-course healthcare management core in which students learn about healthcare systems, regulations, economics, and more. In addition, students in the program, which is accepting applications for a start date in the fall of 2021, are required to attend several site-based experiential learning sessions at healthcare institutions in the greater Cleveland metropolitan area.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell) – Online Master of Public Health (MPH) in Healthcare Management Program

The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell) has launched a new online Master of Public Health (MPH) in Healthcare Management program. The Healthcare Management specialization is one of five MPH specialization offered by UMass Lowell’s Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences and it is the first specialization to be offered in an online format. Students in the online MPH in Healthcare Management program complete all of their didactic coursework online, including required courses in public health policy, environmental health, epidemiology, healthcare economics, and health information systems, and two healthcare management electives. In addition, the program includes a site-based practicum in which students apply what they are learning in the program’s coursework to work in a public health setting. The 42-credit program can be completed in two years of full-time enrollment.

New Mexico State University (NMSU) – Online Professional Master of Information Technology Program

The College of Engineering at New Mexico State University (NMSU) is offering a new Professional Master of Information Technology program in a fully online format. The 30-credit program consists of ten courses, including six required courses in enterprise architecture, operating systems, networking, and IT security, three electives in areas like business analytics, database systems, and engineering administration, and a final master’s project. Students who are able to enroll full-time in the program can complete their degree in one year provided they take courses in the fall, spring, and summer sessions. The program also accommodates part-time enrollment, which extends the time to completion by another 12 to 24 months.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) – Online Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program

The Department of Public Administration and Policy Analysis at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) has added a fully online option for its Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. The program, which is accepting applications for a start date in the fall of 2021, draws on the existing hybrid MPA program offered by SIUE, which combines campus-based instruction with some online coursework. Students in the online program are required to complete 21 credits of required courses and 18 credits of elective coursework in one or more areas of emphasis: General Administration; Public Management; Nonprofit Management; Human Resource Administration; Safety and Security; and Leadership. The program can be completed in an accelerated format that takes 12 months of full-time, year-round enrollment, although part-time enrollment is also an option.


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