Oregon State University Distance Education

Corvallis, Oregon has been home to Oregon State University since 1868, offering over 200 undergraduate and more than 80 graduate programs to a student body that now numbers over 23,000 from all 50 states and 89 countries. A “leading research university”(it receives more research money than all other Oregon schools combined), Oregon State’s purpose has always been “making a positive difference in the quality of life, natural resources, and economic prosperity” both locally and globally.

The university is located on 400 acres of forested beauty, a green university that is also the state’s Land Grant university. Offering top tier programs in biochemistry, oceanography, pharmacy, food science, and ecology to name a few, Oregon State is routinely mentioned as one of the top Universities not just in Oregon, but nationally. Among its 13 colleges are an Honors school that is one of the only degree granting Honors institutions in the US and a Graduate School of around 4,000 Master and PhD seekers.

Distance learning degrees and online educational opportunities are plentiful at Oregon State (as it is in much of the state, owing to its rural and sparsely populated areas). From degrees for both graduate and undergraduate student offered entirely online to completion of chemistry requirements completely through distance learning, this school loves to deliver virtual education.

To begin with online degrees, there are 11 Bachelor programs offered (e.g. Economics, Environment Science, Political Science), another 8 Master’s (from Education to Radiation Health Physics), and even a couple PhDs for students who can’t attend traditional classes, one in Counseling, one in Education. Fully accredited, degrees issued at graduation are indistinguishable from traditional degrees and offer the same dedication to quality education that Oregon State has offered on campus students for almost 150 years.

Non-degree programs include online graduate certificates in five subjects, with environmental programs like Water Conflict Management and Fisheries Management big due to the push for renewable, clean energy in forested and still environmentally sound Oregon. Other distance education offerings include a pre-Law summer series is a 12-week, four course prep for impending law school enrollees, classes in 7 different foreign languages, and 17 different minors to add to your transcript (again, completely done through the Net).

There’s even a Lifelong Learning program (or non-credit learning) online, or through face-to-face or teleconferencing, and involves everything from seminars to workshops to improve efficiency and the training of workers. Though some subjects are a bit odd (Mastery of Aging Well…Childhood Food Insecurity), certification and employer designed courses are available as well. OSU Quickskills online offer 6-8 week, non credit courses from business to web design to give useful skills to the intellectually curious, the summer semester provides many online classes (take some schooling home for the summer), and there’s even a pre-Collegiate, as well as a college credit program for high schoolers. No educational need is denied by distance at Oregon State, nor is the lack of resources, as advisement, library, and registering are done from your keyboard.

Renowned for research, academics, green thinking, and distance education opportunities, Oregon State isn’t just for locals going to the state school, but is a forward thinking university looking to matriculate graduates ready to make a difference regardless of their passion.

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