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6 new degrees approved, including 4 graduate degrees

Mar 1, 2024

The Indiana University Board of Trustees has approved six new degrees — most of them graduate level — at its March meeting. They are:

  • Education specialist in higher education administration at IU Bloomington.
  • Master of Science in economics and data science at IU Bloomington.
  • Master of Legal Studies at IU Bloomington.
  • Master of Science in nutrition at IU Bloomington.
  • Bachelor of Science in community and organizational leadership studies at IU Indianapolis.
  • Bachelor of Arts in biology at IU Columbus.

The education specialist in higher education administration degree, offered through the School of Education, would be the first such program in the state. The degree is an alternative to a dissertation-based degree and designed to help professionals who have work and family commitments.

The Master of Science in economics and data science, offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, will provide students depth and breadth of knowledge in both subjects in a developing, combined expertise. The demand for economists with strong computational skills and for data scientists with deep understanding of economics is high and increasing.

Master of Legal Studies is a one-year, entry-level graduate degree offered through the Maurer School of Law. It’s for professionals and students, including those currently completing their baccalaureate degree, seeking specialized knowledge of law and legal issues relevant to their careers, but who don’t want to pursue a three-year Juris Doctor degree, practice law or be admitted to the bar.

The Master of Science in nutrition, offered through the School of Public Health-Bloomington, is well-suited for students who plan to enter a pre-professional school or doctoral training, or combine it with training in exercise science or careers such as sports coaching and physical therapy. The degree would address the need for a larger public health workforce in Indiana and improve the state’s public health ranking.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Science in community and organizational leadership studies will gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to assume leadership roles in their community and workplace. Offered through the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Indianapolis, the degree will prepare students for careers in public, private and nonprofit community-based organizations.

The Bachelor of Arts in biology at IU Columbus meets students’ desire for earning a biology degree at the campus. The degree will provide a broad base for students’ career goals, such as a physician, veterinarian or environmental scientist.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education must give the degrees final approval.

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Kirk Johannesen

Communications Consultant, Strategic Communications

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