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Today's college degree not only represents a substantial commitment of time and effort but also requires a significant financial investment.  That's why, at Jacksonville State University, we're serious about the quality and value of our online programs.  Aside from delivery methods, there is no distinction between an online and a traditional degree from JSU. Both are taught by the same dedicated, knowledgeable, and supportive faculty and accredited by the same regional and national agencies.  If you're considering an online degree, we encourage you to check out our programs below, carefully compare them to what others offer in terms of value, convenience, and quality, and then determine if an online degree from JSU is the right fit for you.

Applied Engineering

Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Technology

Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Technology degree.

Manufacturing Systems Technology is a field of study designed to prepare management-oriented technical professionals. The program balances academic instruction with practical applications in manufacturing systems to provide graduates with a broad base of knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage and control production in manufacturing facilities.

Specifically, the purpose of this master's program is to develop industrial leaders that:

  • Make decisions to integrate appropriate technologies into manufacturing operations.
  • Apply advanced principles and practices used in manufacturing systems.
  • Creatively use technology in solving practical problems in the manufacturing environment.
  • Manage technology systems in manufacturing industries.

Hours to Complete: 30 hours.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Dana Ingalsbe
E-mail: ingalsbe@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5229
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Business

Master of Business Administration

Jacksonville State University's College of Commerce and Business Administration is accredited by AACSB-International, the premier accrediting body for business programs. Jacksonville State University is also accredited by the The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award the Master of Business Administration degree.Best Buy - Online Masters, MBA, AACSB - GetEducated.com

The primary mission of the College of Commerce and Business Administration is to provide high quality, innovative undergraduate and graduate management education, primarily for the citizens of Northeast Alabama. Educational programs are designed to prepare students for leadership roles in the dynamic, global environment of profit and nonprofit organizations. Complementing the primary responsibility of excellence in teaching, faculty scholarship and service are also valued. The faculty, staff, and administration of the College are committed to continuously improving the quality of academic programs, student support activities, and service to the local and regional community.

The College of Commerce and Business Administration has been included in the 2010 Princeton Review of "The Best 301 Business Schools." Current enrollment is comprised of over 1,000 students from throughout Alabama, across the nation, and from foreign countries. The CCBA is a proud member of national honor societies including Beta Gamma Sigma, the academic honor society for AACSB International accredited Colleges of Business. The outstanding faculty have been featured in national publications. CCBA distinguished graduates have also achieved success both nationally and internationally. Course offerings are comprehensive, and include E-Commerce courses.

Hours to Complete: The MBA requires 30 hours to complete; however, students may have to take up to 24 hours of foundation courses, depending on their undergraduate major.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Louise Clark
E-mail: lclark@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5780
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Computer Science

Master of Science in Computer Systems/Software Design with a Concentration in Information Security/Assurance

Best Buy - Online Masters - GetEducated.comThe purpose of the Master of Science with a major in computer systems and software design (MSSD) is to educate a new generation of managers, planners, analysts and programmers in the specification, design and deployment of the next generation of computing and information systems. The program is designed for students with an interest in pursing a career in information technology, either in business, industry, government, non-profit organizations, or in college teaching. It provides students with an applied approach to learning, focusing on factors and issues relevant in contemporary software development. The program emphasizes the methods and processes used in successful software organizations.

In addition to meeting general admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies, applicants for the MS in CSSD must meet at minimum one of the following two requirements to be considered for admission:

1.  Have completed the equivalent of an undergraduate degree with a major in computer science, software engineering, or information systems as determined by the graduate computer science faculty.

2.  Applicants with degrees in related fields with three to five years' experience in systems and software design may be considered. These applicants should have the equivalent of a minor in computer science including courses equivalent to Software Engineering I (CS310), Software Engineering II (CS491), Operating Systems (CS 350), Database Systems (CS488), either Calculus and Its Applications (MS120) or Calculus I (MS125), and demonstrated proficiency in procedural or object-oriented programming languatge.  Any applicant who is deficient in any of the areas listed above may be either denied admission or conditionally admitted provided they take and pass with a "B" grade or above additional courses specified by the department at the undergraduate level before a specified deadline.  The decision as to which action will be taken is at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies based upon a recommendation by the graduate faculty in the program.

Please refer to the JSU Graduate Bulletin for specific course and prerequisite requirements.

Hours to Complete: 30 hours (to include CS 545 and two additional electives)

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

MCIS Department Head
E-mail: mcis@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5269
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Master of Science in Computer Systems and Software Design with a General Concentration

Best Buy - Online Masters - GetEducated.comThe purpose of the Master of Science with a major in computer systems and software design (MSSD) is to educate a new generation of managers, planners, analysts and programmers in the specification, design and deployment of the next generation of computing and information systems. The program is designed for students with an interest in pursing a career in information technology, either in business, industry, government, non-profit organizations, or in college teaching. It provides students with an applied approach to learning, focusing on factors and issues relevant in contemporary software development. The program emphasizes the methods and processes used in successful software organizations.

In addition to meeting general admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies, applicants for the MS in CSSD must meet at minimum one of the following two requirements to be considered for admission:

1.  Have completed the equivalent of an undergraduate degree with a major in computer science, software engineering, or information systems as determined by the graduate computer science faculty.

2.  Applicants with degrees in related fields with three to five years' experience in systems and software design may be considered. These applicants should have the equivalent of a minor in computer science including courses equivalent to Software Engineering I (CS310), Software Engineering II (CS491), Operating Systems (CS 350), Database Systems (CS488), either Calculus and Its Applications (MS120) or Calculus I (MS125), and demonstrated proficiency in procedural or object-oriented programming languatge.  Any applicant who is deficient in any of the areas listed above may be either denied admission or conditionally admitted provided they take and pass with a "B" grade or above additional courses specified by the department at the undergraduate level before a specified deadline.  The decision as to which action will be taken is at the discretion of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies based upon a recommendation by the graduate faculty in the program.

Please refer to the JSU Graduate Bulletin for specific course and prerequisite requirements.

Hours to Complete: 30 hours (to include three electives)

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

MCIS Department Head
E-mail: mcis@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5269
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Criminal Justice

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Department offers courses leading to the Master of Science with a major in criminal justice. The department also offers an area of concentration in criminal justice within the Master of Public Administration degree program.

Non-Thesis Option: Total of 30 semester hours. Fifteen hours of required criminal justice courses and 15 hours of electives, 12 of which may be taken in a related field approved by the Criminal Justice Graduate Director, or the Head of the Department of Criminal Justice. Students must satisfactorily complete a comprehensive written examination, which may be taken after completion of the required 15 hours in criminal justice.

Thesis Option: Total of 30 semester hours. Fifteen hours of required criminal justice courses, nine hours of criminal justice electives, and six hours of Thesis (CJ 599). Prior to submission to the College of Graduate Studies, the student must satisfactorily defend the thesis.

Hours to Complete: 30 hours.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Richard Kania
E-mail: rkania@jsu.edu
Phone: 256-782-5339
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Education

Educational Specialist Degree with a Concentration in Physical Education (Ed.S.)

This program is completely online as it was created to be convenient for practicing physical educators. During the writing and defense of a Problems Paper some students choose to meet with the advisor in person but that is not a requirement. Meetings will normally be arranged to be convenient. A current class A (5th year) teaching certificate in physical education is required for admission. Completion leads to eligibility for a 6th year teacher certification, also known as a class AA certificate. The program requires 30-31 hours and can normally be completed in one to three years. There is a six year time limit on accepted coursework. Please note, this is NOT a doctoral degree.

Hours to complete: 30-34 hours.

Primary contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Kory Hill
E-mail: khill@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5522
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Educational Specialist: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

To prepare graduate students for success as they move toward: (1) counseling positions in clinical mental health settings; (2) LPC licensure application in Alabama and Georgia; and/or (3) continued progress toward a terminal degree in Counselor Education.

Hours to complete: 30-33 hours.

Primary contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Jerry Kiser
E-mail: jkiser@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5855
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Educational Specialist in Instructional Leadership

To prepare effective leaders of learning through the development of a broad knowledge base grounded in theory, reflection, and applied leadership opportunities.  Prerequisite:  MSE or MSE certification in Instructional Leadership.

Hours to complete: 30 hours.

Primary contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Linda Allen
E-mail: lcallen@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5849
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Educational Specialist in Library Media (P-12)

Strong emphasis on integrating instructional technologoies, preparing school library media specialists to assume leadership roles.

Hours to complete: 30-34 hours.

Primary contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Wendy Stephens
E-mail: wstephens@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5011
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Educational Specialist in School Counseling

To educate school counselors and enable them to address elementary and secondary students' needs in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development.

Hours to complete: 30-33 hours.

Primary contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Jerry Kiser
E-mail: jkiser@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5855
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Educational Specialist in Teacher Leader

Prerequisite:  MSE in any education program.  Interest:  Teacher Leader, Reading Coach, Academic Coach, Grade-level Lead Teacher, Department Head, or other teacher leadership role within the school or system.

Hours to complete: 30 hours.

Primary contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Linda Allen
E-mail: lcallen@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5849
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Master of Science in Education in Collaborative K-6; 6-12, Special Education

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a Master of Science in Education in Collaborative Teacher/Special Education (K-6; 6-12 dual certification). Completion of this program leads to eligibility for a dual certification (K-6 and 6-12) fifth-year (master's) teacher certification in collaborative/special education. Admission to this program requires fourth-year (bachelor's) teacher certification in any area of collaborative/special education except gifted education.

Hours to Complete: 37-40 graduate semester hours required.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Larry Beard
E-mail: lbeard@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5078
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Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education (P-3)

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education (P-3). Completion of this program leads to eligibility for a fifth-year (master's) teacher certification in early childhood education (P-3). Admission to this program requires fourth-year (bachelor's) teacher certification in early childhood education P-3 or P-5.

Hours to Complete: 34-37 graduate semester hours required.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Melinda Staubs
E-mail: mstaubs@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5472
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Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood Special Education (P-3)

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood Special Education (P-3). Completion of this program leads to eligibility for a fifth-year (master's) teacher certification in early childhood special education (P-3). Admission to this program requires fourth-year (bachelor's) teacher certification in early childhood education P-3 or P-5 OR any area of special education/collaborative except gifted education.

Hours to Complete: 40-43 graduate semester hours required.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Cynthia Connor
E-mail: cconnor@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-8058
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Master of Science in Education in Elementary Education (K-6)

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a Master of Science in Education in Elementary Education (K-6). Completion of this program leads to eligibility for a fifth-year (master's) teacher certification in elementary education (K-6). Admission to this program requires fourth-year (bachelor's) teacher certification in elementary education.

Hours to Complete: 31-34 graduate semester hours required.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Melinda Staubs
E-mail: mstaubs@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5472
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Master of Science in Education in Instructional Leadership

The MSE Program in Instructional Leadership is designed to prepare candidates to become effective instructional leaders. The curriculum in Instructional Leadership addresses project-based activities that are required of effective instructional leaders; instructional leaders are moral advocates for students and for the communities they serve, and responsible leaders who connect with and develop human resources to serve groups of people.

Hours to Complete: 36 graduate semester hours required.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. William Young
E-mail: wvyoung@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5439
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Master of Science in Education in Library Media

Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Master of Science in Education Library Media degree.  The Library Media program is a graduate program that prepares students to become certified school library media specialists for Pre K-12 schools.

Hours to Complete: 37 graduate semester hours required.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Wendy Stephens
E-mail: wstephens@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5011
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Master of Science in Education in Physical Education with a Concentration in Human Performance

Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Master of Science in Physical Education degree. This program is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Admission to this program requires completion of a fourth-year (Bachelors) degree in Exercise Science or a closely-related field.

The graduate concentration in Human Performance is designed to prepare students for advanced study in exercise physiology and future employment in strength and conditioning, adult fitness and wellness, and corporate fitness. Special attention is also given to knowledge and skills necessary for certification (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) and American College Sports Medicine certifications (e.g., Personal Trainer, Health/Fitness Specialist). The Human Performance program prepares graduates for interaction with both healthy populations and populations that are affected by chronic diseases (e.g., CVD, Diabetes) and the functional changes that occur during exercise with these populations. This program is completely online and does not lead to teacher certification.

Use of LiveText and Blackboard are required.

Hours to complete: 30-33 graduate semester hours required.

Primary contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Jeff Chandler
E-mail: jchandler@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5514
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Master of Science in Education in Physical Education with a Concentration in Nutrition

Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Master of Science in Physical Education degree. This program is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Admission to this program requires completion of a fourth-year (Bachelors) degree in Exercise Science, Nutrition, or a closely-related field.

The graduate concentration in Nutrition at Jacksonville State University is designed to prepare students for advanced study in nutrition and future employment in the field of nutrition and related careers in wellness and corporate fitness. Special attention is also given to knowledge and skills necessary for students preparing for the ISSN Certified Sport Nutrition exam, and potentially preparing for a program leading to becoming a Registered Dietitian. The Nutrition program prepares graduates for interaction with both healthy active populations and populations that are affected by chronic diseases (e.g., CVD, Diabetes), and the impact of nutritional interventions on these populations. This program is completely online and does not lead to teacher certification.

Use of LiveText and Blackboard are required.

Hours to complete: 30-33 graduate semester hours required.

Primary contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Debra Goodwin
E-mail: dgoodwin@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5053
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Master of Science in Education in Physical Education with a Concentration in Teacher Education

Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Master of Science in Physical Education degree. This program is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Admission to this program requires clear and renewable teacher certification (Class B certification) in physical education from an accredited institution. Completion of this program leads to eligibility for fifth-year (Alabama Class A) teacher certification in physical education (P-12).

The MS.Ed. with a major in physical education and a concentration in P-12 Teacher Education is a two-year online program. It may be possible to complete the program requirements in less than two years depending on the frequency of course offerings. The program was designed with current practitioners in mind; some classes may require contact with K-12 students, so it is helpful to be working in a school.

Use of LiveText and Blackboard are required.

Hours to complete: 30-33 graduate semester hours required.

Primary contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Kory Hill
E-mail: khill@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5522
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Master of Science in Education in Reading Specialist (P-12)

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers a Master of Science in Education in Reading Specialist (P-12). Completion of this program leads to eligibility for a fifth-year (master's) teacher certification in reading specialist (P-12). Admission to this program requires fourth-year (bachelor's) teacher certification. Students who hold a certificate in areas other than early childhood education, elementary education, or special education must complete two undergraduate reading courses, one of which must be an introductory reading course.

Hours to complete: 34-37 graduate semester hours required.

Primary contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Janet L. Baonvese
E-mail: jbavonese@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5091
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Master of Science in Instructional Technology

The mission of the Instructional Technology program is to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to guide educational practitioners in the use of emerging technologies to improve teaching and learning. Program participants will develop knowledge and skills in foundations of instructional design; software applications; e-learning modules and course development; and assessment and evaluation techniques.

Hours to complete: 30-31 graduate semester hours required.

Primary contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Jimmy Barnes
E-mail: jbarnes@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5085
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Masters Certification in Instructional Leadership

The Reduced-Hour Option in Instructional Leadership is designed to prepare current "A" certification holders in other ALSDE-approved educational fields into becoming effective instructional leaders. The curriculum in Instructional Leadership addresses project-based activities that are required of effective instructional leaders; instructional leaders are moral advocates for students and for the communities they serve, and responsible leaders who connect with and develop human resources to serve groups of people.

Hours to complete: 18 hours required.

Primary contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. William Young
E-mail: wvyoung@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5439
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Emergency Management

Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management with a minor in Homeland Security

Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management with a minor in Homeland Security. The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management program is to prepare students for emergency management careers in the public, private, and voluntary sectors. The interdisciplinary curriculum blends theoretical perspectives with professional practice, and emphasizes application of knowledge to practice settings.

Emergency management practice occurs in a variety of settings, including government agencies, non-profit organizations, and business/industry. Government agencies include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and their state and local counterparts. Non-profit organizations include American Red Cross and Salvation Army. The increasing emphasis on homeland security will create additional opportunities for individuals with emergency management degrees.

The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management with a minor in Homeland Security includes courses in Emergency Response to WMD Event, Legal Fundamentals in EM and Homeland Security, Introduction to Terrorism, Public Information Policy, Transportation Security, Management Systems in Disaster, Critical Infrastructure, Current Issues in Homeland Security, Planning and Preparedness for Homeland Security, Weapons of Mass Destruction as well as many others.

Hours to Complete: A total of 128 semester hours are required, with 30 required hours in the major.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Denise DaSilva
E-mail: ddasilva@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-8262 or (800) 231-JAX1 ext. 8262
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"JSU's Distance Education program has given me the discipline I needed to thrive." - Leslie Taghiyev, Emergency Management

Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management with a minor in Public Safety Telecommunications

Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management with a minor in Public Safety Telecommunications. The mission of the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Emergency Management program is to prepare students for emergency management careers in the public, private, and voluntary sectors. The interdisciplinary curriculum blends theoretical perspectives with professional practice, and emphasizes application of knowledge to practice settings.

Emergency management practice occurs in a variety of settings, including government agencies, non-profit organizations, and business/industry. Government agencies include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and their state and local counterparts. Non-profit organizations include American Red Cross and Salvation Army.

The Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management with a minor in Public Safety Telecommunications includes courses in Public Safety Communications, Interpersonal Communications, Legal Issues in Public Safety Communications, Introduction to Crisis Intervention, Introduction to Weapons of Mass Destruction, Technical Writing for Public Safety Communications, as well as many others.

Hours to Complete: A total of 128 semester hours are required, with 30 required hours in the major.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Denise DaSilva
E-mail: ddasilva@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-8262 or (800) 231-JAX1 ext. 8262
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"I would not be the successful man I am today without the knowledge gained in JSU's Distance Education program." - Jonathan Phillips, Emergency Management

Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management

Jacksonville State University's Certificate in Emergency Management program is designed to give emergency managers the opportunity to expand their knowledge base, without pursuing a formal graduate degree at this time. Individuals must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution to be eligible to enter the certificate program.

Hours to Complete: 15 hours.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Denise DaSilva
E-mail: ddasilva@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-8262 or (800) 231-JAX1 ext. 8262
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Master of Science in Emergency Management

Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Master of Science in Emergency Management degree.

The mission of the Master of Science in Emergency Management degree is to balance conceptual knowledge in emergency management with skill acquisition in crisis management, hazard assessment, and other analytic and management skills.

Hours to Complete: A total of 30 graduate semester hours are required for the degree with 21 required hours of emergency management courses, and 9 hours of approved emergency management electives.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Denise DaSilva
E-mail: ddasilva@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-8262 or (800) 231-JAX1 ext. 8262
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"JSU's Distance Education program is a tool that will help you achieve your educational goals at your convenience, as well as provide you with a vital sense of accomplishment." - Lovell Orr, Graduate Student, Emergency Management

Doctor of Science in Emergency Management

Applicants must hold a master's degree. While courses are delivered online, students are required to participate in a weeklong seminar on campus once each academic year. Upon completion of the required 42 hours of coursework, doctoral students are required to pass three qualifying exams. Accommodations will be made to support students with either onsite or offsite qualifying exam administration. After students have passed all three exams, they may advance to doctoral candidacy. Doctoral candidates will complete an applied research dissertation. The candidate must enroll for a minimum of 18 hours of dissertation credit during candidacy. All requirements for the degree must be completed in 10 years.

Admission materials include a completed application, a Statement of Purpose setting forth career goals and research interests, a resume, three graduate reference forms, official transcripts, and official test scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Hours to Complete: A total of 60 credit hours. Required coursework includes 42 hours in administration and policy, practice areas, and research methods and statistics, plus a minimum of 18 hours of dissertation credit.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Jane Kushma
E-mail: jkushma@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-8432 or (800) 231-JAX1 ext. 8432
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Family and Consumer Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences with a Concentration in Child Development

Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child Development.

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child Development degree is to offer the academic background and field experience necessary to understand and work with children and their families. The curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for Child Development-related careers in a variety of employment settings. This concentration does not meet requirements for teacher certification, but many careers are available in this field such as Public or Private Child Care Facility Director; Teacher - Public or Private Child Care Facility; Teacher Assistant - Public Kindergarten; Early Intervention Programs; Public Social Service Agencies Serving Families and Children (e.g. DHR); Non-Profit Community/Social Service Agencies Serving Youth; Families and Children; Parent Educator; Family Service Coordinator; Family Resource and Referral Specialist; Recreational Programs; Child and Family Advocacy; Director of Children's Programs in Museums, Zoos, Libraries, etc.; Public Health; Community Centers; Cooperative Extension Service; Child Protective Services; Adoption Agency; Mental Health Agencies; Child Life, or After-school Program Director.

Hours to Complete: A Bachelor of Science Degree requires 128 hours. A minor in Child Development may be obtained by completing 18 hours including: FCS 352, 353, 355, 456, 457, as well as FCS 450 and 454 or 6 hours of FCS 460.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Lynn Steward
E-mail: lsteward@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5054
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Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences with a Concentration in Human Sciences

Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees.  One of the baccalaureate programs offered is the Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Human Sciences.  It is a program approved by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

Human Sciences is the most versatile concentration within the Family and Consumer Sciences discipline. The course requirements are representative of the discipline as a whole. Students will take courses in nutrition, family life studies, fashion merchandising, child development, and hospitality/culinary. This broad scope of courses will enable students with this degree to work in a variety of fields. Many Human Sciences graduates work with agencies such as Cooperative Extension Services and the Department of Social Services. Other possibilities for employment for Human Sciences graduates include a wide range of organizations that assist individuals, families, and communities in taking steps to improve the quality of life. Examples of these organizations are:  Community Centers, Institutes for Deaf and Blind, Chamber of Commerce, Veterans Administrative Services, Rehabilitative Services, Domestic Violence Shelters, Family Advocacy Agencies, Mental Health Services, Foster Care Agencies, Department of Human Resources, and more.

Hours to Complete: A Bachelor of Science Program requires 120 hours. A minor in Human Sciences may be obtained by completing 20 hours in Family and Consumer Sciences courses including these required courses: FCS 355, FCS 339, FCS 459, and FCS 464. The remaining nine hours may be completed by choosing from the following courses: FCS 122, FCS 131, FCS 215, FCS 325, FCS 326, FCS 332, FCS 338, FCS 352/353, FCS 360, FCS 371, and FCS 471.  Pre-requisites will apply.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Lynn Steward
E-mail: lsteward@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5054
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Geography

Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

Jacksonville State University's Certificate in Geographic Information Systems program is designed for students that do not want to pursue a graduate degree at this time, but would like to expand their knowledge of Geographic Information Systems. A student who already holds a Bachelor's degree may opt for a "Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems" by fulfilling the specific course requirements in the Geographic Information Systems concentration. Courses taken in the certificate program may be used later in the MPA with the geographic information systems concentration.

Hours to Complete: Total of 15 semester hours of course work in geographic information systems courses is required.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Miriam Hill
E-mail:  mhill@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-8063
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Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

Master of Science in Sport Management

The Department of Kinesiology offers courses leading to the Master of Science (MS) degree with a major in sport management. The chief objective of the MS in Sport Management program at Jacksonville State University is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to meet the demands of the job market in the sports industry. Applicants can select an option that will lead to a Class A teacher certification in sport management. Applicants can also select a non-certification option.

Hours to Complete: 31-34 graduate semester hours required.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Reggie Overton
E-mail: roverton1@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5517
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Integrated Studies (formerly Liberal Studies)

Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Studies (formerly Liberal Studies)

This degree program meets academic needs not ordinarily available in other degree programs of the University.  A Bachelor of Arts with a major in Integrated Studies requires a total of 120 semester hours, of which 36 hours must be at the 300 or 400 level.  A minimum of 30 hours must be completed directly from JSU.  All academic regulations of the University must be met.

Hours to Complete:  120 hours

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Gordon Harvey
E-mail: gharvey@jsu.edu or integratedstudies@jsu.edu
Phone:(256) 782-5632

Nursing

RN to BSN STEP Program in Nursing

Best Buy - Online Bachelors - Nursing - GetEducated.comJacksonville State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree through the STEP -Strategic Teaching for Enhanced Professional Preparation - (RN-BSN) Program, which is also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Jacksonville State University's Lurleen B. Wallace College of Nursing and Health Sciences supports the concept of career mobility for individuals holding an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The faculty have developed a quality, flexible, cost-effective, and convenient means for registered nurses to obtain the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. STEP is designed to enable students to achieve their educational goals while fulfilling their personal and occupational responsibilities.

Courses in the professional component of our BSN program are delivered through the Internet. After completion of general studies requirements, nursing courses may be completed in one calendar year online.

Hours to Complete: 32 hours.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Tammy Johnson, BS, MPA
Director of Student Services for the STEP and Graduate Nursing Programs
E-mail: tjohnson@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5423
Fax: (256) 782-5430
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Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education

Jacksonville State University's Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education program is designed to prepare nurses to teach in nursing and health professional programs, health care institutions and agencies, and in the community. The certificate provides nurses with essential knowledge and skills about teaching, program development, evaluation, clinical instruction, and other aspects of the educational process in nursing. At the conclusion of the program, graduates obtain a certificate acknowledging successful completion.

The practicum is based on student needs, and is planned with students in a location convenient for them.

Hours to Complete: 12 hours.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Tammy Johnson, BS, MPA
Director of Student Services for the STEP and Graduate Nursing Programs
E-mail: tjohnson@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5423
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Graduate Certificate in Emergency Preparedness Nursing Coordinator

The graduate certificate program in emergency preparedness nursing coordinator is available for non-degree students who wish to specialize in the area of emergency preparedness.  Upon satisfactorily completing the requirements of the graduate certificate (comprehensive exam is not required for the graduate certificate), an entry will be made on the student’s transcript.  All courses are delivered through distance education.

A student who completes the graduate certificate may apply these hours of credit toward the Masters of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Emergency Management degree.

Hours to Complete: A total of 15 semester hours is required.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Tammy Johnson, BS, MPA
Director of Student Services for the STEP and Graduate Nursing Programs
E-mail: tjohnson@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5423
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Master of Science in Nursing in Population Health

Students are invited to experience the distinctiveness of Population Health Nursing in the 21st century. The Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Best Buy - Online Masters - Nursing - GetEducated.comEducation (CCNE), is designed to prepare advanced population health nurses to address the health needs of vulnerable populations and communities as they currently exist, and as they will evolve in the future. Students acquire advanced knowledge and skills in population and community needs assessment, analysis of aggregate data, health planning, as well as program development, implementation, and evaluation. Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Focusing on health promotion and prevention, the program allows students to select a vulnerable population focus for study across the curriculum, such as women and infants, children, teens, adults with chronic illnesses, geriatric clients, clients with ethnic or racial disparities, and infectious disease clients, to name a few. The scope of public health/population health nursing practice and concepts of disaster management, systems leadership, quality and safety are integrated into various courses throughout the curriculum.

Hours to Complete: A total of 38 semester hours is required for this program.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Tammy Johnson, BS, MPA
Director of Student Services for the STEP and Graduate Nursing Programs
E-mail: tjohnson@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5423
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Master of Science in Nursing - Population Health with a Concentration in Emergency Management

Experience the distinctiveness of Population Health Nursing and Emergency Management in the 21st century. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Concentration in Emergency Management degree program is designed to prepare advanced population health nurses to address the health needs of vulnerable populations and communities. Students acquire advanced knowledge and skills in community needs assessment, analysis of aggregate data, and health planning, as well as program development, implementation, and evaluation. Students also acquire advanced knowledge and skills in population and community needs assessment, analysis of aggregate data, and health planning, as well as program development, implementation, and evaluation.  Students also acquire advanced knowledge and skills in emergency preparedness, planning, and management from the nurse coordinator perspective. Focusing on health promotion and prevention, the program allows students to select a vulnerable population focus for study across the curriculum, such as women and infants, children, teens, adults with chronic illnesses, geriatric clients, clients with ethnic or racial disparities, and infectious disease clients, to name a few. The scope of public health/population health nursing practice and concepts of disaster preparedness and management, systems leadership, and quality and safety are integrated into various courses throughout the curriculum.

Hours to Complete: A total of 53 semester hours is required for this program.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Tammy Johnson, BS, MPA
Director of Student Services for the STEP and Graduate Nursing Programs
E-mail: tjohnson@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5423
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Master of Science in Nursing - Population Health with a Concentration in Nursing Education

Experience the distinctiveness of Population Health Nursing and Nursing Education in the 21st century. The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Concentration in Nursing Education degree program is designed to prepare advanced population health nurses to address the health needs of vulnerable populations and communities and also prepare nurses to teach in schools and colleges of nursing or clinical agencies and hospitals. Students acquire advanced knowledge and skills in population needs assessment, analysis of aggregate data, health planning, and program development, implementation, and evaluation, as well as acquire nurse educator competencies.

Focusing on health promotion and prevention, the program allows students to select a vulnerable population focus for study across the curriculum, such as women and infants, children, teens, adults with chronic illnesses, geriatric clients, clients with ethnic or racial disparities, and infectious disease clients, to name a few. The scope of public health/community health nursing practice and concepts of disaster management, systems leadership, and quality and safety are integrated into various courses throughout the curriculum. In addition, students focus their learning on content essential to become an effective nurse educator and participate in applied learning through a teaching practicum in their settings of choice.

Hours to Complete: A total of 50 semester hours is required for this program.

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Tammy Johnson, BS, MPA
Director of Student Services for the STEP and Graduate Nursing Programs
E-mail: tjohnson@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5423
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Public Administration

Master of Public Administration with a Concentration in Administrative Management

This concentration is designed for the student seeking knowledge and core competencies to become an effective public administrator in the area of administrative management particular as it applies to the mid-level and upper-level management aspect of public organizations.

Hours to Complete:  A total of 39 semester hours is required for this degree program. The student must complete 15 semester hours in the administrative management concentration courses, 18 semester hours in required public administration courses, and six semester hours in electives (three semester hours of electives if an internship is required).

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Paul Hathaway
E-mail: phathaway@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5652 or (800) 231-JAX1 ext. 5652
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Master of Public Administration with a Concentration in Criminal Justice

This concentration is designed for the student seeking knowledge and core competencies to become effective public administrators in the area of criminal justice, either at the federal, state, or local government level.

Hours to Complete:  A total of 39 semester hours is required for this degree program. The student must complete 15 semester hours in the criminal justice concentration courses, 18 semester hours in required public administration courses, and six semester hours in electives (three semester hours of electives if an internship is required).

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Paul Hathaway
E-mail: phathaway@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5652 or (800) 231-JAX1 ext. 5652
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Master of Public Administration with a Concentration in Education

This concentration is designed for the student seeking knowledge and core competencies to become effective public administrators in the area education not related to teaching.  This concentration is designed more for the student who wants to work in education in the capacity of a mid-level manager at a university or nonprofit organization focusing on educational issues.

Hours to Complete: A total of 39 - 40 semester hours is required for this degree program. The student must complete 15-16 semester hours in the education concentration courses, 18 semester hours in required public administration courses, and six semester hours of electives (three semester hours of electives if an internship is required).

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Paul Hathaway
E-mail: phathaway@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5652 or (800) 231-JAX1 ext. 5652
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Master of Public Administration with a Concentration in Emergency Management

Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Emergency Management degree.

The mission of the Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Emergency Management degree is to balance conceptual knowledge in emergency management with skill acquisition in crisis management, hazard assessment, and other analytical and management skills. The public administration curriculum emphasizes traditional core areas of personnel management, budgeting and finance, and organizational theory.

Hours to Complete:  A total of 39 semester hours is required for this degree program. The student must complete 15 semester hours in the emergency management concentration courses, 18 semester hours in required public administration courses, and six semester hours in electives (three semester hours of electives if an internship is required).

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Paul Hathaway
E-mail: phathaway@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-5652 or (800) 231-JAX1 ext. 5652
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Master of Public Administration with a Concentration in Geographical Information Systems

Jacksonville State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Master of Public Administration with concentration in Geographical Information Systems degree.

The Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Geographical Information Systems was developed for mid-career professionals that want to enter the geographic information systems (GIS) field, or for those already employed in geographic information systems positions that need graduate work to meet their professional development needs. This master's degree program was specifically designed to meet the recent state requirements that all county and municipalities implement GIS into their planning and operations in the state of Alabama. Neighboring states have similar requirements in place.

Hours to Complete:  A total of 39 semester hours is required for the degree. The student must complete 15 semester hours in the GIS concentration, 18 semester hours in required public administration courses, and six semester hours of electives (three semester hours of electives if an internship is required).

Primary Contact for Online Program Information:

Dr. Miriam Hill
E-mail:  mhill@jsu.edu
Phone: (256) 782-8063
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