California State University, Dominguez Hills will be among the first CSU campuses to offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees through the new Cal State Online, an initiative to provide a centralized structure of online program delivery for the CSU system.
The Cal State Online website, www.calstateonline.net, launched this week (see the California State University system’s press release here) and is accepting applications for programs to start later this year.
Three of those will be administered by CSU Dominguez Hills, with classes starting in May. They include the university’s existing Bachelor of Science in Applied Studies, an interdisciplinary degree completion program geared to working individuals who have some college course credits; as well as the expansion of its Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Public Administration (MPA) offerings. The programs will be delivered in an accelerated format, with two eight-week sessions per semester in a trimester year, providing the potential for a student to complete his/her degree in 18 months from anywhere in the world.
CSU Dominguez Hills has a proven history of online education. In 1995, it was the first CSU campus to offer a degree fully online, a Master of Science in Quality Assurance, and today offers three bachelor’s, six master’s, and seven certificate programs via distance learning methods—online and television/Internet broadcasts— more than any other CSU. By partnering with Cal State Online, CSU Dominguez Hills can leverage the resources a systemwide approach affords with its campus expertise to provide even greater access, expanded student support services, and diversity of programs.
“Online courses are an additional way to open doors to all who desire to learn,” CSU Dominguez Hills Interim President Willie J. Hagan said. “CSU Dominguez Hills is pleased to offer programs through Cal State Online.”
The university has developed several new MBA and MPA concentrations that will be exclusive to Cal State Online. They include MBA concentrations in entrepreneurship; micro-enterprise and small business; global logistics and supply chain; hospitality management; sports management; and entertainment management; and MPA concentrations in healthcare administration, criminal justice administration, and not-for-profit administration. The university’s existing MBA and MPA online programs will continue to be offered and will not change.
“We have strong traditional MBA and MPA programs in house already,” Joseph Wen, dean of the College of Business Administration and Public Policy, said. “These new specialized programs will give us a competitive edge. We won’t be just another MBA or MPA program.
“As dean I think it is my job to look forward and there was no reason not to do this now. I think Cal State Online will become a big program with quality and more options for students. I wanted to secure our place in the market with programs that are unique.”
The new concentrations play to the university’s proximity to the largest port complexes in the world, the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, to Hollywood, and major sports venues, including one right on our campus, The Home Depot Center, as well as being in one of the largest counties in the nation. They will be taught by qualified scholars and practitioners with expertise in these areas.
To learn more about CSU Dominguez Hills degrees offered via Cal State Online, and more about the initiative, visit www.calstateonline.net.
For a list of CSU Dominguez Hills programs currently offered online, visit dominguezonline.csudh.edu.