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Newly Approved Degree Programs

PASSHE 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

Lock Haven – Associate of Arts in Sustainability Studies

The new Associate of Arts degree in sustainability studies to be offered at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania will produce graduates for “green jobs” in fields including construction and manufacturing and with government and non-profit organizations. Demand in the field is growing, with about one out of every five companies in Pennsylvania employing such workers, according to a recent survey conducted by the state Department of Labor and Industry.

The program was developed by faculty at LHU by repackaging existing coursework currently offered at the main campus and Clearfield branch campus. It will utilize existing resources and faculty and will be available online and via other distance education methods, making it more accessible to working adults.

Clarion – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The new degree is designed to prepare graduates to become licensed registered nurses, providing comprehensive direct and indirect nursing care.

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.

Bloomsburg – Doctor of Nursing Practice

Working in partnership with Geisinger Health System, Bloomsburg will offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree that will provide the only aligned pathway from a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist program to the DNP. The new program will help address the healthcare needs in the north central and northeastern regions of the state.

Clarion and Edinboro – Doctor of Nursing Practice

Clarion and Edinboro Universities will jointly offer a new Doctor of Nursing Practice degree that will help meet the need for advanced care nurses in rural northwestern and midwestern Pennsylvania. Building upon their joint Master of Science in Nursing degree program, the doctoral program will prepare graduates to serve as primary care providers as well as clinical nursing faculty.

Slippery Rock – Doctorate of Education

The new Doctorate of Education in special education at Slippery Rock University will equip college faculty to prepare K-12 teachers to become effective in inclusive classrooms and to serve in special education leadership positions in the K-12 system or related support service agencies.

The program, designed to meet the needs of working professionals, will take three years to complete, using a cohort model. Most courses will be offered online during the fall and spring semesters. Students in the program also will take face-to-face classes on weekends during the summers at the Cranberry Township Regional Learning Alliance.

Lock Haven – Master of Health Science

The new Master of Health Science degree program at Lock Haven University will prepare graduates for leadership and management positions in a variety of healthcare settings, especially hospitals, community health centers and nonprofit health and human services settings, including the Susquehanna Healthcare System and the American Cancer Society.

They will be able to assess the health needs of populations, plan and evaluate health education and promotion programs, and promote and apply relevant research findings to contribute to the effective delivery and management of health education and healthcare. The program will be delivered online and via interactive videoconferencing.

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.