Administrators approve 6 new online degrees: News at IU: Indiana University


The Indiana University Board of Trustees approved six new degrees at its June meeting. Each of the degrees is offered through collaboration between multiple campuses as fully online programs and does not require participating campuses to offer additional resources.

Online offerings will help IU reach more students who may already have work and family responsibilities that make IU’s face-to-face study programs a challenge. The new degrees will also help meet Indiana’s workforce needs by preparing more students for jobs in in-demand industries.

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting will be offered at IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. The collaborative program will be the only 100% online Bachelor of Accounting degree offered at IU. The degree meets the requirements for students to pass the Uniform Public Accountancy and Certified Management Accounting exams.

IU East, IUPUI, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast will offer a new Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science, the first 100% online actuarial program in the five-state area of ​​Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, of Kentucky and Indiana. The state predicts more than 16% growth in the actuarial field through 2026. The new degree will prepare students for the first two professional actuarial exams and lay the foundation for the third exam.

Trustees also approved a new Master of Arts for teachers of German at IUPUI, IU South Bend and IU Southeast. The fully online program will prepare students to become dual credit instructors at the high school and college levels. The online program will provide more flexibility for students juggling teaching duties and family responsibilities.

IU Bloomington currently offers a face-to-face master’s degree for teachers of German; this program will be suspended once current students have completed their studies, at which time IU Bloomington will begin offering the program online.

A new online Master of Science in Management offered by IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest and IU Southeast will meet the need of managers and leaders in all sectors of the labor market. The diploma includes a course in human resources and general management.

IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU Southeast, and IU South Bend will offer an online Master of Science in Strategic Finance. The program includes an accounting or investments track, as well as managerial finance courses. It will prepare students for career growth in their current positions or in a new organization.

A management consulting firm expects a more than 10% increase in national employment for statisticians over the next 10 years, which a collaborative online Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics will help solve. IU East, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast will offer the transfer-friendly 120-credit-hour bachelor’s degree. The program will prepare students for careers as statisticians, data scientists, business analysts, market research analysts, and database administrators.

Administrator-approved degrees must receive final approval from the Indiana Commission on Higher Education.


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