The University of Southern California’s colleges of medicine, dentistry, and education have unveiled new online graduate degrees. The programs at the schools of medicine and education will debut in the upcoming spring semester while the online dentistry program will begin enrolling students in fall 2013.
USC’s Keck School of Medicine will offer a Master of Science in public health, the Ostrow School of Dentistry will offer students an online Master of Science in geriatric dentistry, and the Rossier School of Education will offer a Master of Education in school leadership.
Because the degrees are being tailored for working professionals the university believes that they will also serve a dual role as an ad hoc professional organization that will allow dentists, educators, and health care professionals across the U.S. to connect with each other.
The announcement of the new degrees led to calls for the university to expedite the digital migration of undergraduate education. However, USC is firmly committed to the residential model and currently has no plans to create a fully online bachelor’s degree program, reported the USC Daily Trojan.
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