Salem State University is a public higher learning institution offering primarily four-year programs and is located in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem State is an integral part of culture, economy, and intellect in the Massachusetts commonwealth. Student-centered learning is what Salem State is all about and the college brings its goals to fruition with public resources and top academia.
For online students, Salem State University presents Salem State Online, where a cornucopia of credit and non-credit courses can be taken over the Net. Beyond online courses are various degree programs and degree completion programs designed to provide options for students that don’t have many.
The university continually adds to the list of online courses and degrees and is always under development. For the time being there are three online degrees offered, between graduate and undergraduate studies. These three degrees are the Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Administration, the Master of Education in Library Media Studies, and the Master of Education in Educational Technology.
The Bachelor of Science program posits the goal of attracting students from the state system of community colleges. In this program students having anywhere from a few credits to a full associate degree can take additional courses to complete their bachelors degree. The program meets the specifications of Massachusetts Fire Protection Personnel and educates students for Fire Officer I, II, III, IV.
The Master of Education in Library Media Studies and the Master of Education in Educational Technology follow the same general path. That path is a through and through graduate track in studying various forms of media, organization, technologies, delivery systems, and, depending on which master’s degree, a grounding in library administrative study. Students from Nursing, Business, Human Services, and many more fields of study come to learn about advanced delivery of education materials and the various forms of media involved.
Additionally, students in the Educational Technology program can earn their Educator Licensure. This can be earned with the master’s degree, or the students can opt to earn the master’s degree only. Either of these two permutations have their own advantages. Enrolling in the track for licensure requires students to complete a practicum course and pre-practica hours.
Tuition rates are calculated based on residency, time division, and education level. Resident undergraduates pay $37.92 per credit hour or $455 per year (full-time) for the day division, or $115 per credit hour in the evening division. Resident graduates pay $140 per credit hour. Out-of-state undergraduates pay $293.75 per credit hour part-time or $3,525 per year full-time for the day division and $150 per credit hour for the evening division. Out-of-state grads pay $230 per credit hour.
There are multiple sources of aid to draw from when financing one’s education. 32% of students receive federal grants for their studies, while 53% of the student body receives state/local grants. The college itself has its store of academic awards and scholarships and allots this to 19% of its students.