Marquette To Offer First Fully Online Undergraduate Degree Program
MILWAUKEE (May 20, 2019)—Marquette University announced it is now accepting applications for a new online Bachelor of Science in strategic communication program, marking the launch of the university’s first fully online undergraduate degree program. The program is generally open to students who are five years post-high school graduation or equivalent.
Marquette President Michael R. Lovell says adding online undergraduate degree programs is important to ensuring the Roman Catholic, Jesuit university’s mission continues to align with the realities of the modern higher education landscape.
“Expanding online education is more than an enrollment strategy—it includes the extension of a Marquette education to a new population of students,” he said. “Our expanded offerings will provide opportunities to students who might otherwise face significant barriers to a Marquette education.”
According to Acting Provost Kimo Ah Yun, the new program marks the beginning of a universitywide initiative to extend access to a Marquette education. The plan calls for adding new online programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, expanding offline locations, and increasing online course options for current students.
“This effort is the future of online learning at Marquette, one that helps advance Beyond Boundaries, the university’s strategic plan,” Ah Yun said.
David Schjebal, Marquette’s chief of digital learning, says the new online program in strategic communication will provide students with a cutting-edge, focused degree offered in a flexible delivery format designed to meet the needs of working professionals and other nontraditional students.
“In the United States, most students enrolled in online classes are often older than traditional students. Many have families and are working and desire to either continue their education or further their education,” Schjebal said. “School has to fit into their lives. With online programs like the bachelor’s in strategic communication, we are helping to make it seamless.”
Schjebal added that, according to a 2017 University of Wisconsin–Extension report, 52% of Wisconsin adults say they might not have the time to continue their education. “Online programs offer a way for Marquette to help our immediate community and reduce the obstacle that time represents in preventing students from attaining their next level of education,” he said.
Marquette is now accepting applications to the fully online Bachelor of Science in strategic communication program. More information on the admissions process and the application are available online.