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New Online Master’s Degree Programs – September 2019

A number of accredited, non-profit public and private schools have recently announced the launch of new online master’s programs, many of which have begun accepting applicants for this fall. These schools include: Black Hills State University; the University of Pittsburgh; Northern Vermont University; the University of Jamestown; Indiana University; and Utica College.

Black Hills State University (BHSU) – Online Master of Arts in Teaching in K-12 Special Education Program

South Dakota’s Black Hills State University (BHSU), a public university with its campus in Spearfish, is launching an online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in K-12 Special Education program this fall. The program is designed to prepare students for certification to teach special education students at the K-12 levels. The program can be completed in two years through online courses, although students have the option of attending some classes at BHSU’s campus. BHSU also offers online Master of Science (MS) programs in Curriculum & Instruction and Secondary Education, as well as an online Master of Education (MEd) in Reading.

University of Pittsburgh – Online Master of Science in Health Informatics Program

The School of Health and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh is launching an online Master of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program that is set to enroll its first cohort of students in January of 2020. Students in the program, which has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), will have three options for specialization: Data Science; Healthcare Supervision and Management; and Registered Healthcare Information Administrator (RHIA). The priority admissions deadline for the January cohort is November 11. The program is planning additional start dates for the summer and fall of 2020.

Northern Vermont University – Online Master of Arts in Leadership Studies Program

Northern Vermont University, a public university with campuses in Johnson and Lyndon, is launching an online Master of Arts (MA) in Leadership Studies this fall with a curriculum that is meant to appeal to working professionals who are interested in cultivating leadership skills. The program is designed around six core courses, each of which integrates various aspects of leadership studies and counts toward five rather than three credits. This allows students to complete the program in one year of full-time enrollment by taking just two courses per term. Part-time students can take one course per term and complete their degree in two years.

The University of Jamestown – Online Master of Arts in Leadership Program

North Dakota’s University of Jamestown, which recently introduced several new bachelor’s degree majors, has launched an online Master of Arts (MA) in Leadership program. The program utilizes a cohort model in which students begin and progress through the program in groups, and is accepting cohorts for start dates in January, May, and August of 2020. The program is built around eight foundational courses in leadership studies and offers students three specialization tracks: Business Leadership; Non-Profit Leadership; and Healthcare Leadership.

Indiana University – Online Master of Science in Education in Instructional Systems Technology Program

The Indiana University Board of Trustees approved the launch of a new online Master of Science in Education (MSEd) in Instructional Systems Technology program that will be offered through IU Online. The program is the result of a collaboration between several Indiana University system campuses, including: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI); Indiana University East; Indiana University Kokomo; Indiana University Southeast; and Indiana University South Bend. The program’s curriculum focuses on the use of technological assets to improve learning in a wide range of teaching contexts, including secondary school classrooms and school computer labs, and corporate and adult education programs.

Utica College – Online Master of Science in Nursing Program with Specializations in Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership, and Family Nurse Practitioner

Utica College in Upstate New York has introduced three new online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs: Nurse Educator; Nurse Leadership; and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). The programs, which launched this summer, allow Registered Nurses (RNs) who hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) degree to earn an MSN degree in 16 to 20 months through online coursework and in-person practicums. The online MSN-FNP program requires students to attend a three-day on-campus immersion session and complete 720 clinical practicum hours. The online MSN-Nurse Educator and MSN-Nurse Leadership programs to do not require any campus visits, but students are required to complete 180 hours of practicum experiences in their specialization.

Note: While many online programs admit students from all 50 states, some programs have geographical restrictions. It is thus advisable to contact a program administrator prior to submitting an application to an online program offered by an out-of-state school.


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