Kansas university expands online masters degree offerings

posted on Wednesday, Dec 07 2011

Officials at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Kansas recently announced the launch of two new online masters degree programs, according to the Hays Daily News.

One of the online masters degree programs will focus on the practice of psychology in schools, and the other will offer students the opportunity to hone their skills in a specialized educational psychology qualification. The two new online masters degree programs are expected to begin class in the fall of 2012, and will be delivered exclusively online through FHSU’s Virtual College.

“A lot of people who are interested have full-time jobs in education, so they are not able to come to campus,” Betsy Leeds, a psychology instructor at FHSU, told the news source.

FHSU already offers three associate degrees online and 24 online bachelor degree programs through its Virtual College. The two new educational psychology qualifications bring the total of online masters degree programs offered by the school to 13.

Online masters degrees are becoming a popular way for working professionals and non-traditional students to advance their careers through learning. According to recent data from the Sloan Consortium, more than 60 percent of academic leaders at public universities believe that there is increasing competition for students seeking online education opportunities.

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