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New Online Master’s Degree Programs – March 2020

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the University of North Texas, the University of Louisville, Northern Arizona University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are five large universities that have introduced new online master’s degree programs. Among the new master’s programs that these schools are offering through online instruction are programs in business administration, cybersecurity, instructional design, health administration, finance, and science education.

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UW-Whitewater) – Online Master of Science (MS) in Cybersecurity and Online MS in Instructional Design and Learning Technology Programs

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UW-Whitewater) is adding two new online master’s programs to the growing slate of online graduate programs offered by schools in the University of Wisconsin System: an online Master of Science (MS) in Cybersecurity program; and an online MS in Instructional Design and Learning Technology program. Both programs are currently accepting applicants for start dates in the fall of 2020.

The online MS in Cybersecurity program requires students to take 30 credits of graduate-level coursework and can be completed in 18 months of full-time enrollment or 24 months of part-time enrollment. Students in the program take five core courses in cybersecurity topics, including Ethical Hacking, Computer Forensics, and Information Assurance and Security. They then choose from two designated tracks: Cyber Resilience; and Security Engineering. There are several prerequisites that applicants are required to complete prior to enrolling in the graduate curriculum, including introductory and intermediate computer programming courses.

The online MS in Instructional Design and Learning Technology program is designed around four graduate certificate programs UW-Whitewater offers. Students are required to complete three introductory courses in instructional design and digital learning technologies, as well as the course requirements for three of the four certificates the school offers. The certificates are in: Foundations of Learning Design; Producing Effective Learning Experiences; Emerging Technology for Digital Learning; and Leadership in Instructional Design and Learning Technology. The final program requirement is an instructional design capstone project.

The University of North Texas (UNT) – Online Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Sport Entertainment Management Program

The University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton is launching a new online Master of Business Administration (MBA) program with a Sport Entertainment Management specialization in conjunction with the Dallas Cowboys National Football League franchise. The 36-credit professional MBA program, which will enroll its first cohort in August of this year, is designed for students who have at least three years of prior work experience in business or sports management. It features a curriculum that includes foundational coursework in accounting, finance, marketing, and strategic management, as well as specialization courses in global sports entertainment markets, corporate partnerships, business analytics, event operations, talent management, and sport management consultancy. Students in the program are required to attend three on-site bootcamps at the Dallas Cowboys’ headquarters in Frisco, TX. This online professional MBA in Sport Entertainment Management program joins several other MBA programs offered by UNT, including an accelerated online MBA program and campus based MBA programs in Business Management and Sport Entertainment Management.

The University of Louisville – Online Master of Science in Health Administration (MSHA) Program

The University of Louisville, which is one of the public universities in Kentucky’s system of higher education, has introduced a new online Master of Science in Health Administration (MHSA) program. The program, which is offered through the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health and Information Sciences, is an executive master’s program designed for professionals who have five or more years of experience in healthcare leadership, management, or administration. Students in the program can enroll full-time, which means taking two courses per eight-week term and graduating in two years, or they can take one or two courses per terms and extend their time to completion. The program is currently accepting applications for a start date in August of 2020 and will be admitting a second cohort of students for a start date in January of 2021.

Northern Arizona University (NAU) – Online Master of Arts in Science Teaching (MAST) Program

The Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) at Northern Arizona University (NAU) is launching a new online Master of Arts in Science Teaching (MAST) program that draws on two previous master’s programs that were offered in traditional campus-based and hybrid formats by NAU until last year. The new program is offered fully online in order to accommodate professional teachers and is designed for students who are currently teaching at the K-12 level. The program’s curriculum aims to provide teachers with tools and strategies for teaching science in secondary schools. It requires students to complete a master’s thesis or a non-thesis research project. Educators can complete NAU’s online MAST program in two to three years while continuing to work.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – Online MicroMasters Program in Finance

On January 15, the Sloan School of Management announced the launch of the fifth online MicroMasters program to be offered by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – a fully online MicroMasters in Finance program. The new program consists of five online graduate courses designed and taught by Sloan School of Management faculty. Students who successfully complete the five MicroMasters courses earn a standalone certificate in finance and may then be eligible to enroll in MIT’s Master of Finance program. The MicroMasters in Finance curriculum includes coursework in the foundations of the modern financial system, financial accounting, quantitative finance, and derivatives markets. Students can complete the five courses that comprise the new program in 15 to 18 months.


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