Colorado State University (CSU) has announced five new fully online degrees that it will offer through its Global Campus. Enrollment is currently open for the programs, which include two undergraduate degrees and three graduate degrees. As with all of CSU's online education offerings, these new programs aim to offer flexible scheduling and a career-focused curriculum for working adults.
CSU's Global Campus was founded in 2007 by the CSU System Board of Governors, who saw the need for a fully online campus for adult learners and busy professionals looking to earn a degree. The first group of students were admitted to the Global Campus in September 2008. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools granted CSU-Global independent accreditation in June 2011, making it the first fully online, independent, and regionally accredited public university.
The new degrees are as follows: Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Master of Finance, Master of International Business, and both a bachelor's and master's degree in project management. Classes for these programs, and others available through the Global Campus, start every four weeks year round. The next term begins April 1, 2013, but the Master of Finance program won't be available until April 29.
According to CSU-Global's president, Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker, the school chose these degrees because, "Projections indicate that marketing, project management, finance, and international management will be among high job growth areas over the next five years. These new degrees provide the competitive advantage adult learners need to secure and sustain employment in fields where job opportunities are rapidly increasing."
The new programs are all regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. "The HLC review process approval supports our commitment to academic standards and the level of quality of our business degree programs," says Takeda-Tinker. "We want to provide our students with a learning experience that helps them achieve their personal goal of graduating along with the professional knowledge they can use in their future career success."
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"CSU-Global Campus Announces Five New 100% Online Degree Programs," sfgate.com, March 7, 2013