California State University Online Degree Program Options

Online and hybrid degrees from California State University are readily available. We will explore some of these options, at bachelor's, master's and credential levels.

Online Degrees at Cal State

The California State University (Cal State) Online system offers several online bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and certificates through the university system's 23 campuses. Areas of study include:

  • Education
  • Instructional technology
  • Business management
  • Computer science
  • Public policy
  • Public administration

Although most of the university's programs can be completed entirely online, hybrid programs are offered as well. In hybrid programs, students split their time between online study and classroom instruction.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

California State University's Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program is a 2-year distance learning program offered through the university's East Bay campus. The program, which features several specialization options, prepares students for employment in the business world. Students can pursue the program at their own pace and have the option of meeting with their professor on campus if they wish to receive guidance. Program concentrations include:

  • Finance
  • General management
  • Information technology management
  • Operations and supply chain management

Master of Public Administration

A Master of Public Administration (MPA) program with three concentration options is available online through several Cal State campuses. The programs prepare students for management positions in education, health care, government and the international arena. Students can take the program fully online or through a hybrid schedule. However, comprehensive exams must be taken at the school. Some general course topics include:

  • Public administration
  • Statistics
  • Ethics
  • Law
  • Public management
  • Public policy

Education Credential Program

California State University's level II education credential program is a hybrid course of study that prepares students to become educational specialists. Students can also earn a Master of Arts in Education with the level II education credential. The program offers an option in special education and includes specializations in mild-to-moderate or moderate-to-severe disabilities, early childhood disabilities or gifted and talented special education.

Credential requirements include at least two years served as a full-time teacher, current CPR certification and at least a 3.0 GPA in an undergraduate education program. Some general course topics include:

  • Literacy
  • Teaching methods
  • Psychology
  • Education assessment
  • Behavior management

For those interested in distance learning, California State offers a wide array of options. These include programs at the undergraduate, graduate and credential levels, with topics of study that include business management, public policy and computer science. Some courses may require an in-person element.

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