Employment projections indicate increases of 1.1 percent to 4.5 percent in 2017. Unemployment drops to 4.5 percent through 2019. Salaries and wages increase 3.7 percent in 2017, 3.9 percent in 2018, and 3.8 percent in 2019.
So what do you do when life keeps you from committing to time on a college campus? Online colleges have come a long way in the last decade. With the latest in Video on Demand, interactive video, video conferencing technology, and software, distance learning has never been easier. Options include adult education courses for personal growth; associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees; specialist certifications; and post-graduate certificates.
The U.S. Department of Education found that in Michigan, 49,000 college students – 7 percent – take all courses online.
The Open Education Database shows 97 Michigan colleges and universities now offer online classes, and opportunities expand yearly. The growth in online learning spiked after Governor Snyder issued his “Any Time, Any Place, Any Way, Any Pace” plan. The governor envisioned a system wherein public schools in Michigan offer students early college enrollment, online, and dual enrollment options to succeed.
The U.S. Department of Education found that in Michigan, 49,000 college students – 7 percent – take all courses online. For undergraduates, the number was 34,000. Another 66,000 take some of their classes online. In graduate programs, 17 percent (14,000) complete all coursework online. Another 7 percent (7,000) take advantage of at least one online class.
As part of the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), public universities agree to charge out-of-state students no more than 150 percent of in-state tuition.
Note that top industries in Michigan include aerospace, automobile manufacturers and suppliers, carbon fiber/composites, agrobusiness, cyber security, and defense. Most of these require post-secondary education, and online curricula at state colleges help busy professionals, parents, caretakers, and out-of-state students to complete their degree and find their dream job.
Take advantage of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, which provides reciprocal agreements between participating states. As part of the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP), public universities agree to charge out-of-state students no more than 150 percent of in-state tuition. Private institutions discount their tuition rates by 10 percent. Over 100 schools agreed to follow the Compact, but individual participation remains discretionary and voluntary. Students should research the MSEP requirements before enrolling.
What are the best online colleges in Michigan?
The top 25 schools in the state are tabulated based on several sources of information. Critical data comes from each school’s website, while other statistical analyses were performed by journalists, mathematicians, and data-gathering websites. Materials referenced include U.S. News and World Report, the IPEDS database from the National Center for Education Statistics, the Princeton Review, Money Magazine, and Payscale.com. The determination of rankings requires examination of the school’s performance results, reputation, graduation rates, class sizes, and other details. The other factor includes outcomes for the school’s graduates. Schools rank higher when graduates leave with lower debt-to-income ratios, higher starting salaries, and successful job placement.
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
College Choice Score: 100
Average Net Price: $57,432
U-M spans 19 schools/colleges. Acceptance rates depend on status: 44 percent of new freshman who are Michigan residents are accepted, while just 25 percent of new out-of-state freshman receive welcome packets. To be competitive, prospective freshmen need a GPA of 3.4 to 4.0 (80 percent have 3.8 to 4.0). SAT scores range from 1160 to 1600 (30 percent scored 1460 to 1600, and the next 50 percent scored 1310 to 1450). ACT ranges were 26 to 36 (20 percent scored 34 to 36, and 55 percent scored 30 to 33).
Heavy investments of $1.39 billion in research put U-M at #1 of all public universities in the United States. According to U.S. News and World Report, 103 of the 130 graduate programs are ranked in the top ten.
The U-M College of Engineering offers online degrees for a Master of Engineering. The following Integrative System and Design programs can be completed online or partially in-class:
- Automotive Engineering MEng (AUTO)
- Energy Systems Engineering MEng (ESE)
- Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering MEng (GAME)
- Manufacturing MEng (MFG)
- Systems Engineering + Design MEng (SE+D)
Courses that can be taken online for the ME degree include:
- Greenhouse Gas Control
- Seminars on Energy Systems, Technology and Policy
- Modeling Analysis and Control of Hybrid Electric Vehicles
U-M started the Teach-Out Series of courses taught by expert faculty members. All classes are free, but certificates in some programs are also available for a fee. Current offerings include topics such as AIDS, cataract surgery, thermodynamics, leadership, the Information Age, and preparing international students for graduate school in the U.S.
College Choice Score: 91.68
Average Net Price: $54,637
The U.S. Department of Education ranks Kettering’s 4-year engineering program #1 in Michigan and #2 in the nation. Computer science ranks #1 in Michigan and #4 nationally. The same rankings apply to biological science, physical science, and business. Math ranks #1 in the state and #2 in the U.S. The university has accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission.
The university offers online graduate degrees in engineering and business. Masters options include engineering management, lean manufacturing, and operations management. Employers who hired Kettering mechanical engineering (ME) grads are Bosch, Fisher-Price, Ford Motor Company, the FBI, Dart Container, and General Motors. ME students graduate with as many as 2.5 years of job experience through co-ops.
Courses within the ME Lean Manufacturing include:
- Six Sigma for Manufacturing
- Work Analysis for Lean Production Applications
- Quality Assurance and Reliability
Kettering University Online leads the nation with its groundbreaking Master of Engineering in Lean Manufacturing. Partnering with General Motors, the program teaches reduction of waste, improvement of quality, and efficiency of processes. One auto company in particular credits the ME Lean Manufacturing degree with savings of $30 million in the past ten years.
Lawrence Technological University
College Choice Score: 90.41
Average Net Price: $45,370
Pioneering founder Russell E. Lawrence started the Lawrence Institute of Technology in 1932. At first a school for engineering, LTU now includes 4 colleges and 100 programs. The College of Architecture graduates close to 50 percent of Michigan’s architects. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the private university serves 4,500 students.
The College of Architecture and Design offers an online Master of Architecture. Of the 36 credit hours required, 32 can be completed online. LTU is one of just 25 percent of universities with accreditation from NAAB for its online program. The coursework is designed for professionals within the field of architecture who are looking for licensure through NCARB.
Classes that apply to the Master of Architecture online include:
- Research Methods
- Ecological Issues
- Design Theory
One requirement for the online Master of Architecture is completion of the Critical Practice Studio. Studio classes must be taken at the Southfield campus during summer months.
The Detroit Center for Design and Technology (DCDT) opens a new Design Incubator program in 2017. This program fosters creative and technology businesses in the city of Detroit. Targeting entrepreneurs, the Incubator includes participation from industry experts.
Michigan Technological University
College Choice Score: 89.58
Average Net Price: $43,641
MTU offers 120 programs, including STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), forestry, business and economics, humanities, and social sciences. Accomplishments at MTU include 3-D printing of prosthetics for Nicaraguan children. Online learners have access to live class streams and video chat through MTU.
The school comes in at #1 for mid-career salaries among public Michigan universities. Money Magazine named Michigan Tech the #2 in “Public Colleges Where Grads make Six Figures.”
Michigan Tech’s mechanical engineering program offers an online Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on power systems. The coursework matches the curriculum of on-campus candidates.
Career paths for mechanical engineers include automotive manufacturing, aerospace, communications, biomedicine, nanotechnology, and power. Specific job titles may include mechanical engineer, quality engineer, test engineer, design engineer, or application engineer.
A sample of courses for the Master in Mechanical Engineering:
- Failure of Materials in Mechanics
- Mechanical Vibrations
Master’s degree candidates have the option to prepare a thesis with guidance from an advisor. Topics for the thesis must be researched and produce results in a timely manner. A second option is reporting on an independent study of a defined research topic. Third, students may use coursework to fulfill all credit hours toward the degree.
Grand Valley State University
College Choice Score: 87.61
Average Net Price: $26,944
As a public university, GVSU offers 124 degree programs with over 4,000 study-abroad opportunities. Its job placement rate of 94 percent ensures a high probability of employment after graduation. The main campus, which opened in 1960, sits to the west of Grand Rapids in southwest Michigan. Other locations include the Pew Campus in Grand Rapids, and the Meijer Campus in Holland. At least half of the courses at GVSU can be taken online or in-seat.
Students in Criminal Justice have several options for online coursework. Classes teach the procedures within the court and correctional systems, constitutional rights and ethics, juvenile justice, and the science behind crime.
Careers in criminal justice involve human services such as counseling, juvenile caseworker, law enforcement, security, parole or probation officers, and corrections.
Online courses for a BS Criminal Justice include:
- Courts Process
- Crimes Against Women
GVSU’s large School of Criminal Justice gives students experience through internships, research, and hands-on learning. Expert faculty members often bring students into the field to assist in gathering information and interpreting data. A basis in liberal arts gives graduates a well-rounded education to broaden their perspective.
Michigan State University
College Choice Score: 87.31
Average Net Price: $48,848
MSU welcomes 50,000 students from throughout Michigan, the other 49 states, and 133 countries. Admissions are competitive, with the median high school GPA ranging from 3.5 to 3.94. SAT scores span from 1035 to 1210, and ACT scores run from 24 to 29, again as a median.
MSU’s annual research expenditures reach $589 million. Student teacher ratios are 17:1 at this public university, and 92 percent of graduates find placement in jobs or graduate school within a reasonable timeframe. The school offers over 100 online courses for graduates and undergraduates.
U.S. News and World Report has ranked MSU #1 in graduate programs for elementary and secondary education in the United States for the last 22 years.
The Master of Arts in Education ranks 8th among online education programs. Educators, administrators, and school coaches select coursework in literacy, leadership, special education, science, technology, and math.
Courses for the MAED include:
- Engaging Diverse Students and Families
- Content Area Instruction for Students with Mild Disabilities
- Teaching School Subject Matter with Technology
Work toward the MAED must be completed within five years. Students may transfer nine credits with approval from their academic advisor. Any credits earned through graduate certificates are capped at nine credits as well.
University of Detroit Mercy
College Choice Score: 86.13
Average Net Price: $52,128
UDM offers over 100 programs in seven schools and colleges to serve 5,000 students. Women make up 59 percent of the demographic, and 16 percent of students identify as minorities. Classes are also offered online, through Macomb University Center in Clinton Township, and at WCCCD University Center in Harper Woods.
The Master of Science in Nursing – Clinical Nurse Leader degree gives practitioners the skills to lead in clinical and hospital settings. Graduates know the best practices to streamline and improve processes, how to engage with technology, and handling of difficult cases. Students may enroll from anywhere as the program enlists clinics near the student for completion of the clinical immersion experience.
Courses toward the MSN – Clinical Nurse Leader include:
- Physical Assessment and Advanced Pharmacology for the CNL
- Outcomes Management & Decision Support in Nursing
- Clinical Immersion Experience
To enter the MSN – Clinical Nurse Leader program, applicants must have 2,000 hours as a registered nurse, a BSN from an accredited school, and a collegiate GPA of 3.0. In addition, the nurse must have a license in good standing, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a resume. Some students will be invited to interview with the graduate faculty.
College Choice Score: 85.55
Average Net Price: $31,608
Madonna University educates 4,500 students in Livonia, southwest Detroit, Gaylord, and Macomb. If finding time to drive to a campus does not appeal, consider the 100 percent online programs at MU. Students who study abroad earn business degrees in China or Dubai. Distance learners obtain business degrees in Haiti.
In the Criminal Justice major, degrees are available completely online. Graduates can anticipate careers in border patrol, corporate security, financial fraud investigation, corporate investigation, law enforcement, private investigation, and loss prevention management.
Courses in Criminal Justice include:
- American Judicial Process
- Juvenile Justice
- Homeland Security and Terrorism
Programs that can be completed 100 percent online are Criminal Justice, Essentials in End of Life Care (certificate), Family and Consumer Science, and Hospitality and Tourism Management. Graduate school degrees offered at Madonna University include an Ed.S. Educational Leadership, MAT Curriculum and Instruction, and MAT Online Teaching and eLearning. Post Master’s Certificates are granted in APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse) Gerontology.
College Choice Score: 85.41
Average Net Price: $37,732
Andrews University, the only national Adventist university, educates 3,366 students from most U.S. states and 100 other countries. U.S. News and World Report places the university in its top ten for diversity and percentage of international students.
Within its eight schools and colleges, Andrews offers 130 undergraduate and 70 graduate programs. Many programs have online options through the School of Distance Education and International Partnerships.
Candidates for the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree take most classes online. Presence on campus is required in August for five days, and in December for six days in the first year of study. Each candidate completes 40 weeks of clinical interning. A DPT performs outpatient rehabilitation, home health care, hospital care, or operates a private practice.
Courses for the DPT include:
- Medical Diagnostics
- Clinical Research
- Post-Operative Management of Common Orthopedic Surgeries
Doctoral candidates complete 35 credit hours of work with two campus visits in the first year. In the second year, students complete a capstone experience encompassing a research study for publishing in a peer-reviewed journal. The faculty provides guidance, resources, and instructions for successful capstone projects.
Spring Arbor University
College Choice Score: 84.19
Average Net Price: $36,936
The Free Methodists founded Spring Arbor University as a seminary in 1873. In 2017, SAU has over 70 majors for undergraduates and four graduate degrees. Classes are held on campus, online, and at 12 regional locations.
The Economist ranks SAU the #1 best value of Christian universities in Michigan and #2 out of all, including secular schools, for return on investment. The alumni of Spring Arbor earn 12 percent more than their peers from comparable schools.
The online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) prepares students to obtain their license in social work and leads to graduate school for the Master of Social Work (MSW). The program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The BSW can be completed 100 percent online, but 10 credits of field experience is required in upper level coursework.
A sample of courses for the BSW:
- Social Welfare Policies
- Practice with Groups
The BSW leads to careers in hospice, nursing homes, hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers, churches, family service agencies, child protective agencies, aging adult services, domestic violence programs, homeless shelters, schools, and the criminal justice system.
To be considered for the BSW program, applicants need to provide an application, interview with the faculty, and complete the course SWK 281. High school scores from within the last three years need to meet or exceed 20 (ACT) or 940 (SAT) with a minimum 2.60 GPA. For students whose high school experience falls outside the three-year limit, a writing sample can be provided. Candidates must apply before their junior year.
Northern Michigan University
College Choice Score: 83
Average Net Price: $26,706
The 147 programs with 25 graduate offerings guide 9,000 students through their semesters at NMU. Graduates boast a 90 percent placement rate in business, clinical sciences, engineering technology, music education, line and power technician, and theater. Those who passed through pre-medicine and pre-dental placed into graduate schools at a rate of 90 percent.
Northern Michigan provides a plethora of both online and hybrid (that is, a mixture of online and in-seat) programs. Degrees range from associates to masters and span criminal justice, psychology, education, science, leadership, and laboratory medicine.
In the School of Clinical Sciences, students majoring in Laboratory Medicine online prepare for careers in pharmaceutical firms, biotechnology, forensics, clinical, and other research laboratories.
Courses in Laboratory Medicine include:
- Advanced Clinical Chemistry
- Clinical Molecular Diagnostics
- Medical Genetics
To take courses online, students need to enroll in the Global Campus program at NMU. Candidates must already have an ASCP MLT certification and an associate’s degree in MLT. Alternatively, applicants may provide evidence of two years full-time as a laboratory technician. The four-year degree in Laboratory Medicine leads to eligibility for the ASCP MLS certification exam.
College Choice Score: 82.59
Average Net Price: $38,374
In 1948, the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) began as a Bible college at Wealthy Street Baptist Church. In 1972, the seminary evolved into a Christian liberal arts school, and the moniker Cornerstone University came about in 1999. CU offers 60 degree fields today.
CU ranks #1 among online schools in Michigan and #7 for online associate’s degrees. Its masters programs achieve top 50 placement, and U.S. News puts CU in its top 150 “Best Online Bachelor Programs for 2016.
The Business Division offers one associate’s degree, two bachelor’s degrees, five master’s degrees, and one doctoral degree online. A Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Project Management provides knowledge of leadership, organization, strategy, and budgeting. Project management skills are in high demand as more businesses recognize the value of defining and structuring projects.
A sample of coursework in Project Management:
- Cost, Quality, and Team Management
- Communications and Risk Management
- Organizational Behavior and Change
The Project Management coursework meets requirements for the 35-hour education component of PMP (Project Management Professional) certification through the Project Management Institute (PMI). PMP designation denotes significant training in methods of project management, a high level of achievement, and the ability to solve complex issues.
Across the globe, PMP-certified project managers earn an average of $92,000. The highest earners in Switzerland reported salaries of $160,000, whereas New Zealand PMPs garnered $91,000 per year. The United States ranks sixth ($105,000).
Central Michigan University
College Choice Score: 81.11
Average Net Price: $34,742
Central Michigan offers 200+ programs, including more than 70 for masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. The school’s graduates obtain 91 percent job placement success. Today’s students can experience college even without stepping foot on campus with online education.
CMU Online earned spots in U.S. News rankings in “Best Online Programs” for bachelor’s degrees, MBA programs, and graduate education
An online undergraduate degree from the Department of Psychology trains students to anticipate behaviors and to hone their research skills. Coursework in Psychology teaches personality, behavioral analysis, brain development, signs of mental illness, and cognitive health.
Careers for Psychology majors include school guidance counselors, addictions counselors, social services, human resources, and rehabilitation counselors. Anticipate a twelve- to twenty-percent job growth rate through 2022.
Courses in Psychology include:
- Research Methods
- Psychological Testing
- Behavioral Neuroscience
To be considered for admission, candidates need a GED or high school diploma with a GPA of no less than 2.0. In addition to online learning, students may opt for classes in Clinton Township, Dearborn, East Lansing, Petoskey, Saginaw, Southfield, Troy, and Warren. Graduation requires 124 credit hours spanning general classes, core classes, electives, and the student’s concentration.
University of Michigan-Dearborn
College Choice Score: 77.37
Average Net Price: $36,006
U.S. News and World Report ranks UMD the #6 “Top Public School in the Midwest” and #1 for “Safety among Michigan Public Universities.” Its students are 56 percent male, 44 percent female, and 24 percent minorities. Accepted freshmen averaged a 3.56 GPA and a 24.9 on the ACT. Ninety-six percent of students come from Michigan, and eighty percent of graduates will remain in Michigan. Some degrees can be finished through online learning, and students have options for over 700 co-ops and internships.
In a joint effort, the Department of Computer and Information Science and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offer the Master of Science in Software Engineering. The degree can be completed online. The curriculum teaches experimentation, analysis, interpretation, and utilization of data; applying match and science to software engineering; and maintaining software.
A sampling of online courses for the M.S. in Software Engineering (SWE):
- Software Architecture & Design Patterns
- Data Analytics in Software Engineering
- Software Quality Assurance
Students applying to the MS in SWE program must hold a bachelor’s degree in either computer engineering or computer science and have a GPA of 3.0. Pre-requisite coursework in calculus, a programming language, microprocessors, computer architecture, operating systems, and data structures is necessary. UMD accepts up to six transferred credits of MS in SWE coursework from other schools.
Western Michigan University
College Choice Score: 76.92
Average Net Price: $38,232
WMU has earned its place on Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for Your Buck” and “Top 100 National University” lists. Military Times’ EDGE Magazine has included WMU on its “Best for Vets” list for six consecutive years.
Michigan residents make up 85 percent of the student body. Forty-nine percent are male; fifty-one percent, female. Seventy-nine percent come for undergraduate work. Students have the option to take online classes through the Extended University Programs.
A select number of programs may be completed without stepping foot on campus. Others provide a hybrid of online and on-campus course selections. Within the College of Aviation, an undergraduate major in Aviation Management and Operations may be completed online. The degree guides students through the many facets of aviation management by teaching business skills in addition to aviation topics.
Courses for a degree in Aviation Management and Operations include:
- Aircraft Systems Laboratory
- Corporate Aviation Management
- Aviation Safety
Graduates with Aviation Management degrees work across the globe in airports, corporate fleet management, dispatch centers, and airlines. To optimize the chance of admission, applicants should follow a college preparatory path in high school. Freshmen at WMU have a high school GPA averaging 3.41 along with a 23 on the ACT or an 1140 on the new SAT.
University of Michigan-Flint
College Choice Score: 76.87
Average Net Price: $33,060
Flint Senior College began in 1956 with 167 students, and the name would not change until 1971. Now with 8,600 students, UM-Flint offers more than 100 programs. Accreditation is through the Higher Learning Commission.
Online classes have been offered since 2000, and students have access to advisors, technical support, and libraries. UM-Flint has 100 percent online degree programs for undergraduates, graduates, post-graduates, and post-masters students. Rolling admission allows students to begin in the winter, spring, summer, or fall semester.
The School of Nursing offers a fully online RN to BSN path for Registered Nurses licensed in the U.S. Requirements for the BSN include two clinical placements under observation. Candidates may test out of certain coursework, and pre-requisite courses may be taken before licensure has been obtained.
A sample of the typical courses within the BSN curriculum:
- Biological Chemistry for Health Sciences
- Maternity Nursing
- Mental Health Nursing
Admitted students need proof of a current nursing license as well as immunizations. All candidates must pass a criminal background check and sign an Essential Abilities/Honor Code Pledge. To graduate with a BSN, students have seven years to finish 120 credit hours, and the GPA must meet or exceed 2.3. If students transferred from another school, they must still complete 45 credits through UM-Flint. If students hold a U-M degree, the requirement is only 30 hours.
Lake Superior State University
College Choice Score: 75.32
Average Net Price: $27,778
LSSU educates 2,100 undergraduates annually in Sault Ste. Marie, online, and with regional offerings in Gaylord, Escanaba, Iron Mountain, and Petoskey. The university leads the nation in Fire Science, being the first to offer the major. The school boasts 100 percent job placements in geology, nursing, and engineering. Incoming freshmen had high school GPAs ranging from 2.9 to 3.6, SATs between 1100 and 1220, and ACT scores of 22 to 25.
Within the School of Criminal Justice, classes teach ethics, writing, and critical thinking through hands-on learning. The faculty includes lawyers, law enforcement officers, and corrections officers. LSSU’s School of Criminal Justice maintains both an on-site shooting range and a forensics lab. Some courses for Law Enforcement are available online.
Online courses for the degree in Law Enforcement include:
- Domestic and International Terrorism
- Loss Control
- Senior Seminar
The Generalist program within Criminal Justice draws Ontario’s officers with its online courses, courses on DVD, and independent study. The program collaborates with Sault College on the Canadian side of Sault Ste. Marie. Students easily transfer their credits to LSSU.
College Choice Score: 74.48
Average Net Price: $37,752
NU ranks #7 for “Best Value Business School” with a return on investment of 10.4 percent. The school also earned the “2016 Leadership Excellence Award” for the M.S. in Organizational Leadership, which is available online. Northwood ranked #3 for “Best Online Programs – Bachelors in Accounting” in 2015.
Online graduate degree options include a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership (MSOL). The program emphasizes leadership, ethics, data processing, best practices, and transformation. Communication and technology are critical components of the curriculum.
Courses in Organizational Leadership include:
- Capstone in Organizational Leadership
- Measurement Concepts and Analysis
- Technology and Innovation
MSOL requires 30 credit hours and lasts approximately 24 months. Class sizes are limited to 20 students. The graduate degree program is geared toward professionals with prior business experience.
Ferris State University
College Choice Score: 72.67
Average Net Price: $29,030
This university provides 14,000 students with opportunities in 180 programs from associate’s degrees to doctoral programs. U.S. News ranks FSU among the top online programs for both veterans and bachelor’s degrees. FSU partners with 21 other institutions across the state to provide classes for its students. Classes are usually limited to no more than 20 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1.
The College of Health Professions offers a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene for online students. The program allows those with an associate degree to study from home at their own pace. The American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation approves FSU’s Dental Hygiene program.
Courses within the Dental Hygiene curriculum include:
- Health Promotion and Wellness
- Gerontology in Dental Hygiene
- Dental Hygiene Practicum
Dental hygienists work with patients of all ages in dentist offices, HMOs, nursing homes, schools, and veterinary clinics. In addition, dental hygienists educate patients about oral health, work as advocates, and take on administrative roles. The demand for hygienists will expand by 33 percent over the next ten years.
College Choice Score: 70.84
Average Net Price: $35,400
OU has seen enrollments spike 16 percent in the last decade. Known as a doctoral research university, OU offers 132 bachelor’s degrees, and 138 doctoral programs, masters programs, and post-graduate certificates. OU’s student population stands at 20,012. OU continues to grow its Online Learning program with degrees for undergraduates to doctoral candidates as well as professionals.
The School of Nursing (SON) graduate program offers two online options for nursing professionals, including an RN to BSN and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Candidates for the DNP choose either a 2- or 3-year plan of study. This post-master degree requires 38 credit hours.
SON courses for the DNP include:
- Organizational and Systems Leadership
- Health Care Policy
- Clinical Prevention and Population Health
DNP graduates take with them the knowledge to improve clinical systems, gather evidence to alter standards of practice and patient care, and work to eliminate risks to patients. During the degree program, nurses complete 1,000 hours of observable clinical experience. If students clocked hours during their master program, 640 of those hours will be credited.
Wayne State University
College Choice Score: 70.66
Average Net Price: $38,344
WSU expresses a strong commitment to diversity of cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, and nationalities. The Center for World University Rankings positions WSU in the top 0.8 percent of universities in the world. The National Jurist places Wayne Law School within the best in the country for bar exam preparation. The school maintains five satellite locations and offers online classes and degrees.
Wayne State provides students the chance to earn an online Master of Science in Criminal Justice. The coursework can be completed in two years at the pace of two classes per semester. Criminal Justice majors study the reasons for crime and the justice system’s role in addressing them.
Courses for the MS in Criminal Justice include:
- Contemporary Criminal Justice
- Wrongful Conviction
- Research Methods in Criminal Justice
To be considered a viable candidate for the Master of Science degree program, applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree, maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and include letters of recommendation as well as a personal statement. Any student with a lower GPA will need to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination).
Eastern Michigan University
College Choice Score: 70.55
Average Net Price: $39,646
EMU’s 21,000 students choose from over 200 majors in undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral, and certificate programs. Incoming freshmen have an average high school GPA of 3.28, ACT score of 23, and SAT score of 1100. The university offers online degrees for both undergraduate and graduate students.
The College of Technology provides a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management that is 100 percent online. The curriculum focuses on technology’s role in manufacturing, corporations, health facilities, schools, and the government. Graduates find employment in all sectors from healthcare to telecommunications and law enforcement. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates future job growth of 20 to 30 percent.
Courses for a BS in Technology Management include:
- The Management of Technological Change
- Industrial Climate
- Cooperative Education in Technology Management
To obtain a bachelor’s degree, students must complete 124 hours of coursework. Thirty credit hours must be within the designated major. The minimum GPA to graduate is 2.0.
Siena Heights University
College Choice Score: 69.31
Average Net Price: $36,016
A private Catholic university, Siena Heights includes eight locations within Michigan. Students come from 39 states and 21 countries to study in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Professional Studies, and the Graduate School. Numbering 2,700, the students choose among 100 degree programs. SHU boasts 13 years of offering online programs and ranks #1 of all online programs in the state.
The Master of Arts in Higher Education Leadership provides 36 credit hours to grow as a leader in higher education. Students achieve real-world results with the assistance of advisors, an online library, and training in technology, instruction, assessment, and child development. Classes can be taken online or at the Adrian campus.
Courses in Higher Education Leadership include:
- Leadership Theory
- Higher Education Law
- Student Development Theory
Classes are typically delivered in a 10-week format. Structured forum discussions and an office forum may be included in coursework. Out-of-state students should verify eligibility before enrolling at SHU.
College Choice Score: 67.77
Average Net Price: $28,640
A Civil War veteran of the Union Army founded this institution immediately following the end of the war. Today, DU offers classes at community college campuses in Kalamazoo, Traverse City, Detroit, Macomb, Livonia, Lansing, and Flint. Students also complete coursework online.
The Bachelor of Science in Cyber Defense can be completed either in class or online. The NSA has designated Davenport a “National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance.” One potential career, as an information security analyst, has a median salary of $90,000. The industry anticipates an 18 percent job growth up to 2024.
Courses for a BS in Cyber Defense include:
- Security Foundations or Implementing Network Security
- Cisco Networking Fundamentals or Data Communications and Networks
- Perl/Python Scripting
Professionals working in cyber defense defend organizations from intrusions and data loss. They set up complex protections and test their vulnerability. As part of its Foundations of Excellence, the program offers specialties in health care information security and general information security.
Grace Bible College
College Choice Score: 61.41
Average Net Price: $22,278
As an evangelical Christian college, Grace’s degree programs carry three segments: general education, Bible and theology, and vocation (major) studies. To be considered for admission, high school students should display a minimum 2.0 GPA as well as a 910 SAT or 17 ACT. In addition to Biblical programs, Grace offers degrees in business, criminal justice, human services, education, history, exercise science, and global communication. The school also provides pre-professional programs. The college provides several degrees online.
A bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Ministry prepares students for graduate school, seminary, or other career fields that value skills in leading, teamwork, ethics, counseling, and outreach. Class sizes are small with just 10 to 16 students. The Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership and Ministry can be completed in 24 months.
Courses within Leadership and Ministry include:
- Pastoral Care
- Ministry and Leadership Capstone
- Knowing God
A Master of Arts in Ministry (MAMin) degree takes place 100 percent online. On average, students complete the program in 18 months. MAMin candidates refresh and sharpen skills in counseling, biblical interpretation for the 21st century, and inspirational leadership.