Colorado State University first opened its doors to students in 1870 as the Agricultural College of Colorado. In 1935, because of a student petition, the name was changed to Colorado College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts, or Colorado A&M, to better reflect the diversity of the school’s academic programs. Nine years later, in 1944, the name again changed to Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical College. In 1951 the State Board of Agriculture approved a doctoral degree program to be offered in civil engineering; three years later additional departments started offering doctoral programs as well. Bill Morgan, college president at the time, believed doctoral degrees should be awarded by a university and thus began campaigning to change the school’s name yet again; this final name change occurred in 1957 to Colorado State University.
There are now more than 27,500 students enrolled at the land grant university, located in Fort Collins, Colorado. With fifty-five academic departments, the university now offers 65 fields of study for Bachelor’s degrees, 55 fields for Master’s degrees, and 40 different doctoral programs. In addition, OnlinePlus, formerly the Division of Continuing Education, allows students to register for courses, degree programs, and certificates all available 100% online.
Online and Distance Learning Programs
- Agricultural Business B.S.
- Fire and Emergency Services Administration B.S.
- Human Development and Family Studies B.S.
- Liberal Arts B.A.
- Psychology B.S.
- Adult Education and Training (AET) M.Ed.
- Agricultural Extension Education M.Agr. or M.A.E.E.
- Applied Statistics M.A.S.
- Biomedical Engineering M.E.
- Business Administration M.B.A.
- Civil Engineering M.E., M.S.
- Computer Information Systems M.S.
- Computer Science M.C.S.
- Dietetics M.S.
- Electrical and Computer Engineering M.E.
- Engineering Management M.E.
- Industrial/Organizational Psychology M.A.I.O.P.
- Integrated Resource Management M.Agr.
- Mechanical Engineering M.E.
- Natural Sciences Education M.N.S.E.
- Organizational Performance and Change M.Ed.
- Student Affairs in Higher Education M.S.
- Systems Engineering M.E., M.S., or Ph.D.
- Tourism Management M.T.M.
Certificates of Completion
Undergraduate (for credit)
- Core Business Competencies
- Fire and Emergency Services Administration
- Interior Design for High School Teachers
- Residential Interiors
- Seed Technology Training
Graduate (for credit)
- Adult Basic Education Authorization Training
- Advanced Science Instruction
- Applied Statistics
- Business Intelligence
- Computer Engineering
- Computer Information Systems
- Computer Systems and Security
- Data Analysis
- Embedded Systems
- Natural Resources and the Environment
- Organizational Development
- Performance Management
- Postsecondary Teaching
- Power and Energy Engineering
- Psychological Measurement and Methodologies
- Software Engineering
- Student Affairs in Higher Education
- Sustainable Military Lands Management
- Systems Engineering
- Teaching with Technology and Distance Learning
- Water Resources
- Workplace Learning and Performance
Professional Development (noncredit)
- Sustainable Community Development
- Developing a Safe Food Business
- Regulatory Affairs
- Veterinary Medicine
Why Choose CSU?
Aside from Colorado State University’s unique mix of online degree programs, the university truly focuses on student success and access to education. The OnlinePlus website outlines seven core reasons why students choose CSU:
- Academic Excellence: regionally-accredited / top-ranked
- Quality: Online course curriculum mirrors on-campus
- Value: affordable tuition from a top US public university
- Convenience: flexibility to complete coursework when and where you can
- Access: Various university resources are available to all students
- Community: Social media and blogs allow students to connect with one another
- Recognition: Graduation activities held annually, including a luncheon