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Newly Approved Degree Programs

State System universities continue to develop new and innovative undergraduate and graduate programs to meet the interests of students as well as the changing needs of the workforce.
















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 Undergraduate Programs

Clarion – Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Fitness

The new program at Clarion University will focus on nutrition, kinesiology and the numerous connections to health, wellness, fitness, and sport. Graduates will be prepared for employment in commercial fitness, strength and conditioning; cardiac rehabilitation; and corporate or community-based wellness professions. The interdisciplinary design of the program is intended to meet the flexible career needs of students and as such will qualify graduates to sit for various certification exams and will prepare them for graduate school.

Clarion – Criminal Justice Administration - BS

The Bachelor of Science in criminal justice administration at Clarion University of Pennsylvania will provide individuals with a two-year degree the opportunity to complete a four-year degree online, providing them with upward career mobility within the various criminal justice occupational fields such as corrections and law enforcement and court-related services such as probation, parole and rehabilitation. The online degree completion program will provide workers in the criminal justice field the flexibility to complete advanced coursework on a part-time basis that meets their schedules. Students enrolled in the new program will study managerial theory, applied research and analysis, budget and finance, policy evaluation and analysis, legal liability, conflict resolution and professional ethics.

Shippensburg – Electrical Engineering - BS

The electrical engineering program at Shippensburg will prepare students for careers in a broad array of fields, including semiconductor design, mixed-signal embedded systems, industrial controls and communications system engineering. Graduates will have the skills necessary to design, build, test and manage these complex systems, skills that are in increasing demand in the Commonwealth and the surrounding region.

 Graduate Programs

California – Applied Mathematics - MS

Cal U’s Master of Science in applied mathematics was designed to prepare graduates with skills in advanced mathematics and big data analysis, as well as in leadership, technology and project management to meet the needs of employers in business, industry and government. This program also will be offered completely online.

The goal is to provide career-oriented graduates for occupations including actuaries, mathematical scientists, mathematicians, operations research analysts, statistical assistants and statisticians.

California – Cybersecurity - MS

The new Master of Science in cybersecurity degree at Cal U will prepare graduates with a comprehensive understanding of cyber systems and how to defend against cyber-attacks. Graduates will be able to obtain jobs in which network security knowledge and skills are required, to bridge the gap between technology and the laws that govern cybersecurity and to enhance the nation’s overall cybersecurity posture.

The program, which was developed in alignment with the National Professional Science Masters Association’s (NPSMA), will be delivered completely online. It will address critical workforce needs, driven by the growth in cyber attacks, which increased more than 300 percent between 2007 and 2012. Studies report the cost of cybercrime incidents grew 26 percent in one year to an average incident cost of more than $11 million.

Millersville and Shippensburg – Educational Leadership - EdD

The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership degree to be offered jointly by Millersville and Shippensburg Universities of Pennsylvania will focus on issues that especially impact poor school districts. It will prepare future school leaders to work with students in a wide variety of educational settings, including online and other forms of technology-mediated instruction, as well as charter and alternative schools. The program was designed to prepare rising school district, state level and organizational leaders for further career advancement. The program will be cohort driven and courses will be delivered in a blend of traditional, online and field-embedded formats, with most courses based at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.

Mansfield – Nutrition - MS

The Master of Science in nutrition program at Mansfield University was designed primarily for working professionals seeking to advance their careers with health care organizations, community organizations, schools and in private practice. It will be offered totally online. Students will be able to complete the program in two years by taking two courses per semester or in four years by taking one course per semester, including summers. Courses within the program will advance students’ nutrition knowledge, improve their ability to effectively lead nutrition programs, and enhance their ability to interpret and conduct nutrition research. A capstone project or thesis will contribute to professional practice as a nutritionist. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for dietitians and nutritionists is expected to grow by 21 percent from 2012 to 2020.

Slippery Rock – Physician Assistant - MS

The Master of Science in physician assistant studies program at Slippery Rock University will prepare graduates to pass the national certification exam, which they must pass before they can practice medicine. The program was developed to fill a shortage of health care providers both in the region and nationally, especially for patients with special needs. Slippery Rock offers several programs that provide health and clinically based education, including a doctorate in physical therapy and bachelor’s degrees in athletic training and nursing. The physician assistant program will begin in summer 2016 with an expected cohort of 52 students.

Slippery Rock – Technology for Online Instruction - ME

Slippery Rock University’s Master of Education in technology for online instruction degree will provide graduates with enhanced skills needed to teach K-12 students both online and in blended learning environments. The program will comprise 30 credits of coursework, including a capstone project where students will develop an online module including lessons, activities and assessments. The program itself will be offered online, as well. 

SRU currently offers an online graduate Letter of Completion in teaching online. The master’s program will be available to students in the LOC program who are interested in seamlessly advancing into the master’s degree program with advanced credit.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) estimates more than half of public high schools have students enrolled in some distance education courses. The U.S. Department of Education has made teacher preparation for online instruction a national goal to improve the effectiveness of traditional classroom instruction and to connect skilled educators with the underserved communities that need them the most.