Online Degrees in Michigan
Michigan has long recognized the importance of an educated population to the economic viability of the state. In a 2004 report by the Lt. Governor’s Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth, the commission recommended “that the state aggressively promote and expand the ability of more institutions…to award valued baccalaureate and higher degrees” through many means, including by “promoting and enhancing use of online courses and distance learning to supplement classroom instruction.”
Expanding the pathways to obtain a college degree can help increase the number of college graduates. This is imperative because, according to the Lumina Foundation, a private organization focused on increasing the number of college graduates in the country, 62 percent of jobs in the state will require a college credential by the year 2018.
Levels of Educational Attainment for Michigan Adults (age 25-64) in 2010
Percentage With Degree
Some college, no degree
Graduate or professional degree
Source: Michigan, Lumina Foundation, 2012
Online programs can present working professionals, parents, and others without the ability to travel to a college campus a way to participate in postsecondary learning. Along with expanding collegiate participation and helping to prepare students for the workforce, online degrees can potentially help increase the number of people who complete their degrees.
Online Associate Degrees – This degree, which usually takes two years to complete, offers a targeted curriculum that can help graduates qualify for growing entry-level positions in the state. And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, associate degree holders face a lower unemployment rate than those with just a high school diploma.
Individuals interested in emerging information technology careers may consider an associate degree in network systems administration. Students can learn about the technology behind local and wide area networks, as well as router configuration and maintenance. Graduates of this program may be better qualified for roles as associate computer support specialists, helping to test, evaluate, and maintain network systems. According to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) employment of computer support specialists is expected to grow by 15 percent statewide from 2010 to 2020.
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Online Bachelor’s Degrees – These degrees generally require four years of study, and programs can often impart a highly adaptable skill set useful for many 21st century careers. As more information is translated online, knowledge of Web-programming languages may prove vital in many professions. A bachelor’s in multimedia design and development, for example, helps combine a student’s interest in art with technical Web savvy. Students often learn the concepts behind editing and optimizing digital images, and create Web pages through various programming languages including XHTML. Graduates may pursue careers as graphic designers, collaborating with clients to develop various visuals and designs. The DTMB estimates employment of graphic designers will grow by 9 percent statewide between 2010 and 2020.
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Online Master’s Degrees – These degrees can typically be earned in one or two years, depending on the program, and may help graduates advance into management or senior administrative positions in their field. Health care professionals who desire more work responsibilities can look into a Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Students can learn how to disseminate health safety considerations to a community at large, and also learn about the components of successful health facilities, strategic planning, and performance improvement. MPH graduates may be better qualified for social and community service manager positions, or medical and health service manager roles. The DTMB expects Michigan employment of social and community service managers, and medical and health service managers will grow by about 20 and 14 percent, respectively, from 2010 to 2020.
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Online Doctoral Degrees – These programs usually take anywhere from three to six years to complete, depending on the school and the duration of the thesis. Doctoral candidates are often interested in positions as postsecondary teachers or researchers. Experienced business professionals who wish to pass along their knowledge through teaching may consider a Ph.D. in Management Education. This unique program is designed to teach seasoned professionals how to assess students in the classroom, and teaches curriculum development strategies as they relate to management theories and applications.
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- Michigan State University has many online and hybrid master’s programs, including one in special education. Coursework can be completed entirely online, but students may need additional devices for some aspects, including a microphone; a working webcam for participating in course discussions; and a digital video camera in order to record their student-teaching for the practicum and internship courses. Graduates of this degree option can earn teaching endorsements in Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Students must have a valid Michigan teaching credential to earn these endorsements.
- Central Michigan University (CMU) offers many online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. One of these is an online Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree. CMU describes this as a “flexible major,” with elective offerings that students can tailor to fit their career aspirations. Students can choose elective courses in developmental psychology, social psychology, stress, group dynamics, and studies in personality, to name a few.
- Davenport University has a number of online associate, bachelor’s, and master’s options. One of these is a dual-degree professional accountancy program where students can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration. The program is designed to be completed in five years.
For more information please browse through the list of online colleges below. A counselor will contact you in order to discuss specifics and answer any questions you may have.
"Associate degree: Two years to a career or a jump start to a bachelor’s degree," Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2002-2003, http://www.bls.gov/opub/ooq/2002/winter/art01.pdf
Central Michigan University's Global Campus, http://global.cmich.edu/
Lt. Governor’s Commission on Higher Education and Economic Growth, 2004, http://www.cherrycommission.org/docs/finalReport/CherryReportFull.pdf
Michigan, Lumina Foundation, 2012, http://www.luminafoundation.org/state/michigan/
Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget, 2010-2020, http://milmi.org/cgi/dataanalysis/AreaSelection.asp?tableName=Occprj
Michigan State University, http://www.msu.edu/
Online Programs, Davenport University, http://www.davenport.edu/du-online/online-programs
Online Degree Programs in MichiganThis list also contains online schools that accept students from Michigan.
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