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New Online Master’s Degree Programs – January 2021

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), The University of Arizona (U of A), Louisiana State University Shreveport (LSU Shreveport), St. Bonaventure University, and Vanderbilt University are among the accredited, non-profit public and private colleges and universities that have recently announced the launch of new online master’s degree programs. These schools have begun or will begin offering new online master’s programs in communication, education, healthcare administration, legal studies, and nonprofit administration and disaster preparedness in 2021.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) – New Online Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) Degree Program

The Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA recently announce the launch of a new online MHA program that is designed for healthcare sector professionals who are interested in advancing into management careers in hospitals, clinics, nursing facilities biopharmaceutical companies, physician groups, medical insurance companies, and health technology firms. The 66-credit program is designed to be completed in two years and includes two required on-campus immersion sessions and an applied capstone project, as well as courses in healthcare finance and health sector economics, data analytics and information technology in healthcare, organizational behavior and leadership, and quality improvement strategies.

In addition to the program’s core requirements, students have the option of taking at least one elective from the Fielding School’s online graduate offerings. Elective courses include topics such as healthcare marketing, human resource management, and health systems policy and reform. UCLA’s online MHA program is accepting applicants for a start date in the summer of 2021. While a bachelor’s degree in a healthcare field is not a requirement for admission to the program, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 or higher grade point average (GPA) and three years of post-undergraduate work experience are required.

The University of Arizona (U of A) – New Online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) Degree Program

The James E. Rogers College of Law at U of A has introduced a new MLS program that will be administered though the university’s satellite campus in city of Chandler. The program, which is starting in the Spring of 2021, is offered in a fully online format that does not require any campus visits. However, students in the program will have the option of attending Thursday evening classes in Chandler starting in the fall of 2021. The online MLS program has a five-course core curriculum in which students learn about the American Common Law System, Constitutional Law, legal writing and research, and civil, criminal, and administrative legal procedures. In addition, students in the program must complete five courses in one or more of the program’s 12 concentrations. These includes: Compliance and Legal Risk Management; Criminal Law; Environmental Law; Family & Juvenile Law; Health Law; Human Rights; Indigenous Peoples Law; Intellectual Property; International Trade & Business Law; Law & Economics; Mining Law; and Tax Law. The program has flexible enrollment, allowing full-time students to complete their degree in one year, and giving part-time students up to four years to finish the program’s requirements.

Louisiana State University Shreveport (LSU Shreveport) – Online Master of Science (MS) in Nonprofit Management Degree Program with a New Disaster Preparedness Track

LSU Shreveport’s online MS in Nonprofit Management will begin offering a new Disaster Preparedness track in the spring of 2021. Offered through LSU Shreveport’s Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research, the online MS in Nonprofit Management program features core coursework in administrative law, human resource management, governance, finance, and organizational management for non-profit administrators. Coursework in the new Disaster Preparedness track will focus on disaster planning, mitigation, and recovery strategies and the role of nonprofit organizations in providing aid in the aftermath of natural disasters. The program has flexible enrollment but can be completed in as few as 12 months by full-time students. Graduates from the program are eligible to apply for the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential administered by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

St. Bonaventure University – New Online Master of Arts (MA) in Communication Degree Program

The Jandoli School of Communication at New York’s St. Bonaventure University in the town of Allegany has a new online MA in Communication degree program that gives students the option of three designated specializations: Content Marketing; Integrated Marketing Communications; and Public Relations. The program, which is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC), consists of ten graduate courses, six of which are core requirements, and a capstone project. The core curriculum covers topics in branding, audience engagement, strategic communication, marketing analytics, and communication research. Each of the program’s three tracks is comprised of four additional courses. While the time to completion for the program varies based on the number of courses students opt to complete per term, the program is designed to be completed in 22 months.

Vanderbilt University – New Online Master of Education (MEd) in Leading Organizations Degree Program

The Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development in Nashville, TN is launching a new online MEd in Leading Organizations (MLO) program in January of 2021. The 30-credit program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in for-profit, non-profit, government, education, and entrepreneurial organizations. Students in the program take courses in organizational behavior, leadership theory, public policy, research design, and the use of analytics in decision making. The MLO program can be completed in five semesters (18 months) in a fully online format that does not require any campus visits.


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