MacMurray College is getting set to offer its first completely online degree programs this upcoming fall.
The program will offer bachelor’s degrees in business administration or in homeland security. Officials say “Mac Online” will retain the school’s unique general education approach, using ethical, historical and philosophical analysis to address current topics of controversy in the student’ chosen field of study.
James Maxwell, the vice president for academic affairs and student life at MacMurray, says the online programs are designed to offer flexibility and convenience.
“We traditionally have offered our baccalaureate degrees on campus to traditional students. We’re reaching out to the non-traditional market, which is usually about 25, 35 on up, to working adults, and we’ve chosen to enter that market,” says Maxwell.
“These are supplemental programs. We have no intention of not doing traditional on-campus programs with residents, but the purpose is to go after the non-traditional market, which there’s a real need.”
The Homeland Security program focuses on counter terrorism, cyber security, emergency management and intelligence. The Business Administration program, meanwhile, focuses on organizational leadership, entrepreneurship, human resource management, supply chain management, marketing and management.
Maxwell says the programs will offer degree tracks that lead to high-demand professions.
“We’ve really done due diligence to do what we call a market study and feasibility study to really try and analyze the best we can what the market wants in industry, and those specific disciplines rose to the top,” he says.
“And there’s a large demand for it, and especially with the national security issue and the world economic position and threats, we think that the homeland security, that’s a big demand.”
Maxwell adds that depending on the number of courses taken, a student can graduate in a little over three years depending on their credits. He says that’ll help reduce student debt and lead to quicker promotions for graduates.
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