Continuing Education and Communication Services
Courses are the same as those offered on campus, carry residential credit, and are taught by
Continuing education staff provides leadership in helping faculty identify the needs of Iowans and methods to reach adult learners who want to earn college credit without coming to campus. The continuing education staff helps off-campus students access student services and information at the university.
For a list of courses and programs, or to request specific courses and programs, visit www.lifelearner.iastate.edu, or call (515) 294-6222 or (800) 262-0015. You may also contact any of the Iowa State University Extension offices across the state.
Certificate and Degree Programs Offered Off Campus
College of Agriculture
The faculty of the
Master of Agriculture
Prepare for a proactive role in addressing and responding to personal, professional, and societal issues and challenges in a changing agriculture and food system. Position yourself for emerging opportunities within or outside your current employment. Students enroll in the program for reasons from career advancement to teacher certification renewal, to professional development, to personal interests.
The core 13 credits emphasize leadership development, technological change, use of statistics, economic issues, and sustainability issues. Select another 15 credits in consultation with your graduate committee to meet individual interests. The capstone of the program is a creative component of four credits. The degree is 32 total credits. The program began in 1979. Up to 10 credits of approved transfer courses may be used.
Master of Science in Agronomy
Designed for professionals working in industry and government, the degree ensures an advanced knowledge of agronomic systems and superior problem-solving skills. The computer-based program, begun in 1998, emphasizes practical, professional, and technical skills in crop management, soil and water management, and integrated pest management.
The curriculum consists of 12 courses plus a one-credit workshop and a three-credit creative component. The workshop is the only course that requires attendance on campusthree or four days one summer. Admission requirements are fundamental agriculture courses. Generally, students with a bachelor's from an agriculture college will meet the requirements.
Master of Business Administration
Earn your MBA with evening courses in
The 48-credit program can be completed in 31-months or less. The first four semesters are designed to help build a strong foundation of core business knowledge; the final four semesters are tailored to your academic and career goals. You may concentrate on a general management MBA or specialize in finance, information systems, or marketing. (Other specializations are available if you take several evening courses on campus.) Instructors are the same faculty who teach full time on campus. The
Community and Regional Planning
The department offers two undergraduate courses as part of an agreement with
Master of Community and Regional Planning
This professional degree enhances the skills of professionals working in planning. Take courses to expand your knowledge in a specific area or work towards a degree. If you have an undergraduate degree from an accredited planning program and work in planning, you may be able to complete a degree without coming to campus. Faculty will help you develop a program of study that fits your education, experience, and schedule.
Delivered by distance learning since 2001, the program includes a core curriculum and courses in an area of concentration. The concentration areas are land use and transportation, community design and development, and rural and environmental planning. The degree is a minimum of 48 credits. If you have an undergraduate degree in a field other than planning, but currently work in the field of planning, contact the department for more information.
College of Engineering
Engineering faculty members have offered distance learning courses since 1969 when
Certificate in Power Systems Engineering
Upon completion of the program, power engineering specialists will be proficient in theory and modeling plus have the tools necessary to perform engineering tasks related to planning and operating electric power generation, transmission, and distribution systems, plus knowledge of related public policy.
Master of Science in Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering
The engineering college, in cooperation with local industries, offers two off-campus master of science programs. Each program totals 30 graduate credits; a thesis or non-thesis option may be selected. Areas of emphases include communications and signal processing, computer systems architecture, electric power and energy systems, information systems security and networking, microelectronics and photonics, nondestructive evaluation and electromagnetics, software systems, systems and controls, and VLSI design.
Master of Science in Information Assurance
In 1999 the National Security Agency named
Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
The industrial engineering program combines business and engineering. Learn advanced concepts, theories, and methods for the design and analysis of complex systems. Focus on fundamental issues that relate directly to the economic health of industry, namely, productivity, cost, quality, and lead time. The program emphasizes engineering management, operations research, manufacturing, human factors, and enterprise computing. Areas of specialization available by distance learning are enterprise computing and information engineering, manufacturing systems engineering, and applied operations research. The degree is 30 credits, including three credits of creative component.
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
The graduate program offers study in manufacturing and materials, controls and robotics, combustion, fluid mechanics and dynamics, heat transfer, refrigeration, energy systems, and microelectromechanical systems. Instrumentation, design of experiments, and computational methods may be applied to any of these areas. The program is 30 credits. It has a thesis and non-thesis option.
Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering
The systems engineering program extends the ability of engineers to work across disciplinary boundaries. It also develops the management capabilities needed in today's work environment. Engineers, regardless of undergraduate discipline, can develop the analytical abilities needed to design, evaluate, and build complex systems involving many components and demanding specifications. The degree is 30 credits, including 27 credits of courses distributed among four broad groups: systems engineering core courses, elective engineering courses, area of specialization courses, and elective non-engineering courses. The final three credits are a creative component.
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
The department provides courses for principal and superintendent licensure as well as graduate degree programs off-campus. For information, send an e-mail to email@example.com or call (515) 294-1241.
Preparation for Leadership (PreLEAD)
via a combination of methods at various sites around the state with some work online and via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN); in the past five years, Iowa State faculty have taught courses in Atlantic, Creston, Des Moines, Elkader, Mason City, Oskaloosa, and Storm Lake.
Master of Education or Science
A master's program of 36 credits leads to licensing as a school administrator. Courses are structured to build leadership skills in organizational processes, scope and framework of schools, and interpersonal dimensions. Students are paired with practicing administrators, experiencing leadership roles firsthand.
Doctor of Philosophy
A post master's curriculum of 30 credits provides training for the school superintendent license. The program emphasizes leadership skills, child and adolescent development, curriculum and instruction, school law and ethics, resource management, community relationships, and data-driven decision making.
Master of Education in Higher Education
The Learning and Teaching Leadership for Community College (TL2C2) mid-career faculty advances leadership skills. TL2C2 helps community college faculty maximize their effectiveness as educators, as well as their students' potential for learning. The 30-credit program leads to a master's degree in higher education with an emphasis in community colleges, or applies up to 30 credits towards a Ph.D.
Curriculum and Instruction
Master of Education with specialization in curriculum and instructional technology
Designed to meet the needs of K-12 teachers and other educational practitioners, the three-year program is 32 credits offered in a learning community environment. The program is designed for those who want to earn a master's and are seeking leadership positions for infusing technology into teaching and learning environments. For information, call (515) 294-5926 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
George Washington Carver Teacher Education Program
The program is a collaboration begun in 2004 of
Master of Family and Consumer Sciences
Delivered off-campus since 1994, the non-thesis master's is designed for working professionals to enhance skills in a current position and increase chances for promotion. The comprehensive degree requires a minimum of 18-21 credits in two or more of the family and consumer sciences departments. With electives, the degree program totals 36 credits.
Master of Family and Consumer Sciences
Certificate in Family Financial Planning
Financial planners are increasingly in demand as Americans seek advisers to help manage their income, assets, and debts. In response to the demand,
Courses cover financial counseling, personal taxation, insurance, retirement planning, and employee benefits. The 42-credit program has no thesis component, but requires a practicum and capstone course that focuses on case studies. The graduate certificate is 18 credits of the master's program. Completing either the master's or the certificate meets the educational requirements for the Certified Financial Plannerâ„¢ examination.
Master of Family and Consumer Sciences with specialization in gerontology
Gerontology is the multidisciplinary study of the aging processes and individuals as they grow from middle age through later life. Employment opportunities in gerontology are increasing as people born during the baby boon reach retirement and life expectancy increases. People enter this field from many educational levels and disciplines, professions, and clinical areas, such as social work, nursing, counseling, recreation, public policy, long-term care administration, medicine, architecture, psychology, adult education, and rehabilitation therapy.
The program is inter-institutional with online courses from all the universities. Topics include adult development, family relations, economics and public policy, environmental considerations, and health and nutrition. The 36-credit master's program includes 12 elective credits to tailor the program. The graduate certificate consists of 21 credits from the master's program.
Three certificates are available: Dietetics Communication and Counseling, Dietetics Management, and Advanced Medical Nutrition Therapy. The courses are designed for working professionals. Each certificate program is 12 credits. You may earn a graduate certificate and then apply the courses to the Master of Family and Consumer Sciences degree with a dietetics specialization. Acquire both theoretical and applied knowledge in the certificate programs.
The blended delivery of a longstanding, prestigious graduate program was begun in 2002. Visiting professors from across
Doctor of Philosophy in Foodservice and Lodging Management
The program in child nutrition is designed for professionals in the school foodservice profession. The blended online/on campus delivery was begun in 2004. The program requires 78 credits; up to 30 credits may be accepted from a master's degree.
Bachelor of Liberal Studies
The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) is a general studies degree in the liberal arts. It provides the framework to earn a degree with the flexibility to choose courses based on your interest and goals. Instead of a traditional major, you select course work from three of the following five distribution areas: humanities, communications and arts, natural sciences and mathematical disciplines, social sciences, and professional fields.
The BLS degree is offered with similar requirements by all three
Master of Public Administration Certificate of Public Management
Prepare for public service leadership in public, whether with government, nonprofit agencies, or private organizations working with governments. The public administration programs are designed to prepare or improve the performance level of mid-career public managers and administrators.
Master of School Mathematics
The program is designed for secondary mathematics teachers. The degree is built on three objectives: enhanced knowledge of algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and discrete mathematics; effective strategies for creating a student-centered classroom emphasizing problem solving; and computing technology in learning and teaching mathematics.
The program is 33 credits and includes a creative component. The degree fulfills the â€˜master's degree in an area of endorsements' requirement listed under the certification rules for a professional teacher's certificate. For information, call (515) 294-0393 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Master of Science in Statistics
The statistics department offers courses and the degree only to employees of companies who sign a letter of agreement. Students at these companies earn exactly the same degree as the students on campus and fulfill the same program requirements, including the written master's exam, creative component, and a final oral exam.
In 1994, the statistics department signed an agreement with General Motors Corporation to deliver a master of science to GM employees. Since then, 3M, Mayo Clinic, Wells Fargo, John Deere, and Metro Health have signed agreements with
Continuing Education and Communication Services awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for short courses, workshops, and other educational activities sponsored by
1. The activity must be administered through Iowa State University Continuing Education and Communication Services.
2. The dual arrangement must have received prior approval by the department head or chair, upon recommendation of the course instructor, and the department curriculum committee.
3. Learners may enroll for either CEUs or for credit, but not for both.
4. Credit enrollees must meet the same academic standards they would have to meet if the course did not also award CEUs.
5. Assignments for credit students must be clearly articulated. Substantial sequential learning experiences and careful evaluation of outcomes are required for academic course credit; these standards will not be reduced to accommodate the participation of CEU learners. Whenever graduate credit is offered, course prerequisites will be enforced and not routinely waived.
Once CEUs have been awarded,