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Distance Education

Iowa State University remains true to the land-grant tradition of extending knowledge far beyond campus borders. Faculty members provide cutting-edge information that helps people continue to learn and meet the demands of careers and society. Annually thousands of students enroll in Iowa State courses without setting foot in Ames. In addition to the traditional method of instructors traveling to classrooms off campus, Iowa State University faculty teach distance learning courses online, by video conferencing, streaming media, CD, and on the Iowa Communications Network (ICN).

Courses are the same as those offered on campus, carry residential credit, and are taught by Iowa State faculty. Credit earned becomes a part of the academic record at Iowa State University and may be used to meet degree requirements the same as credit earned on campus.

College distance education staff provides leadership in helping faculty identify the needs of Iowans and methods to reach adult learners. They also help students access services and information at the university.

For a list of courses and programs, visit www.distance.iastate.edu. Information on registering for distance education courses is available from the web site or from the Office of Registrar at 515-294-1889 (8am-4pm CT).

Certificate and Degree Programs Offered through Distance Education

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Distance Education at Iowa State University provides the flexibility to enhance your career through online learning. Online courses and graduate programs allow you to remain at your present job and location while continuing your education and advancing in your field. You learn at a premier university from the most respected professors in their field through web-based interaction, streaming media or CD-ROM.

For more information contact College of Agriculture and Life Sciences distance education staff by email at agdecontact@iastate.edu or call (515)294-7656 or (800) 747-4478.

Master of Agriculture

via Web-based interaction, streaming media or CD-ROM
This program is the oldest on-line degree program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The goal of this program is to prepare individuals for proactive roles in addressing and responding to personal, professional, and societal issues and challenges in a changing food, agriculture and natural resources system through education and outreach in public and private agencies, and through training and development in business and industry. The intent of the program is to enable individuals to grow and develop as professionals, positioning themselves for emerging opportunities within or outside of their current employment.

This is a broad-based agricultural degree which includes courses in animal sciences, plant sciences, agricultural economics, agricultural education, research design or statistics, and sociology. Up to 10 credits may be transferred into the program. The degree is 32 credits including a creative component project.

Students are accepted from any part of the United States and Canada. Call (800) 747-4478 to learn more.
For more information contact:

Wade Miller, Professor & Coordinator of PROAG Program
Department of Agricultural Education and Studies
217 Curtiss Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011
(515) 294-0895 or
e-mail: wwmiller@iastate.edu

Master of Science in Agricultural Education

via Web-based interaction, streaming media or CD-ROM
The program can be completed completely at a distance as there are no required on-campus courses or meetings. The program is designed for agriculture teachers in secondary and post-secondary settings, extension professionals, educators in public and private settings, and agricultural communicators. The flexibility of the program makes it possible for working professionals to obtain a master’s while continuing to meet personal and professional responsibilities.

The curriculum is 30 semester hours and is flexible allowing you to create a program best suited to your needs, interests, and aspirations. You may choose to earn a specialization in agricultural extension education. Fifteen credits of required courses include: Foundations of Agricultural Education (AgEdS 550), Program Development and Evaluation in Agricultural and Extension Education (AgEdS 524), Introduction to Learning Theory in Agricultural Education (AgEdS 533), Instructional Methods for Adult and Higher Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (AgEdS 520), and Introduction to Research in Agricultural Education (AgEdS 510). The curriculum also includes 13 credits of electives, 2 credits of creative component, and a final oral examination. Up to 8 credits may be transferred from another university. A thesis option is available if you wish to pursue a Ph.D. or a research-oriented career.

Students are accepted from any part of the United States and Canada. Call (800) 747-4478 to learn more about the program.
For more information contact:
Greg Miller, Professor & Director of
Graduate Education
Department of Agricultural Education and Studies
201Curtiss Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011
(515) 294-2583 or
e-mail: gsmiller@iastate.edu

Master of Science in Agronomy

via Web-based interaction, streaming media or CD-ROM
Designed for professionals who are working in industry and government. The degree ensures you have an advanced knowledge of agronomic systems and superior problem-solving skills. The program emphasizes practical, professional, and technical skills involved 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, for a total of 40 credits. The workshop is the only course that requires attendance on campus—three or four days one summer. The course prerequisites for admission to the program are limited to fundamental agriculture courses, recognizing that many potential students will not have majored in agronomy as undergraduates.

Generally, students who have completed a degree from a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will meet the requirements. Call (866) MSAGRON to learn more about the program.

For more information contact:
Jesse Drew, Department of Agronomy
2206 Agronomy, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011
(515) 294-2999 or e-mail: jd250@iastate.edu

Graduate Certificate in Food Safety and Defense

via Web-based interaction, streaming media or CD/DVD-ROM
The Food Safety & Defense Graduate Certificate Program is an inter-institutional certificate program offered in cooperation with Kansas State University Food Science Institute, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Food Science, and University of Missouri Food Science programs. These universities have established a multi-state agricultural consortium to develop and deliver high-priority collaborative distance education programs in the food and agricultural sciences. To find out more information about the online community development master’s degree program, please visit www.fshn.hs.iastate.edu/grad/foodsafetycert.php.

For more information contact:
Suzanne Hendrich, Professor
220 MacKay, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011
(515) 294-4272 or
e-mail: shendric@iastate.edu

College of Engineering

Engineering Distance Education (EDE) and the College of Engineering have provided distance education since 1968. In 1969, Iowa State University received the National Extension Program Award for pioneering video based continuing education to working engineers. EDE offers streaming media based educational content accessible to anyone with a computer and connection to the Internet. For more information, send an e-mail to ede@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-7470 or (800) 854-1675.

Master of Science in Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering

via streaming media
Study topics of emerging research and interest. Areas of emphases include communications and signal processing, computing and networking systems, electric power and energy systems, secure and reliable computing, software systems, and advanced materials and electronics. Each master’s program totals 30 graduate credits; a thesis or non-thesis option may be selected.

Graduate Certificate in Environmental Engineering

via streaming media
Environmental engineering is a rapidly growing field. Graduate courses in the certificate program help practicing professionals update and acquire new skills. The technology-based studies prepare engineers for the challenges posed by an expanding industrial base and help ensure sustainable agricultural practices and quality municipal services.

The curriculum explores the theory of environmental chemistry and biotechnology, methodologies of environmental engineering, and applies conceptual and technical knowledge to real-world applications. The certificate is 12 credits including four courses and a seminar program. Seminar program can be substituted for an approved program of conference attendance and presenting a paper or seminar. For more information, send an email to:

leeuwen@iastate.edu or call 515-294-5251.

Master of Engineering in Industrial Engineering

via streaming media
The industrial engineering program combines engineering and business considerations. Engineers learn advanced concepts, theories, and methods for the design and analysis of complex systems. The program focuses on fundamental issues that relate directly to the economic health of industry; namely productivity, cost, quality, and lead time. Areas of specialization available by distance learning are applied operations research, enterprise informatics, advanced manufacturing, and ergonomics. The degree is 30 credits of coursework.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

via streaming media
The mechanical engineering graduate program offers internationally acclaimed research programs in biological and nanoscale sciences, clean energy technologies, complex fluid systems, design and manufacturing innovation, and simulation and visualization. A student may apply instrumentation design of experiments, and computational methods to any of these areas. The program is 30 credits and has a thesis and non-thesis option

Our research and graduate programs are built upon a strong foundation comprising the core of mechanical engineering-- thermal-fluid sciences, design and manufacturing, materials and mechanics, dynamic systems, and control. Our faculty members are experienced researchers and educators who are grounded in these fundamental disciplines and focused on solving timely problems that address important national global societal needs.

Graduate Certificate in Power Systems Engineering

via streaming media
Iowa State University has a long-standing international reputation for education and research in electric power engineering. The electrical and computer engineering department designed the 12-credit graduate certificate for power engineering specialists in government, private sector, and academia.

Upon completion of the program, power engineering specialists will be proficient in theory and modeling plus have the tools to perform engineering tasks related to planning and operating electric power generation, transmission, and distribution systems, plus knowledge of related public policy.

Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering

via streaming media
The systems engineering program develops the management capabilities needed in today’s work environment. Engineers, regardless of undergraduate discipline, develop the analytical abilities needed to design, evaluate, and build complex systems involving many components and demanding specifications. The degree is 30 credits, typically including 24 credits of engineering courses distributed among three broad groups (systems engineering core courses, elective engineering courses, and area of specialization courses), and 6 credits of elective non-engineering courses.

Graduate Certificate in Systems Engineering

via streaming media
Certificate in Systems Engineering: The systems engineering certificate program develops the management capabilities needed in today’s work environment. Engineers, regardless of undergraduate discipline, develop the analytical abilities needed to design, evaluate, and build complex systems involving many components and demanding specifications. The certificate is 13 credits consisting of two basic courses in systems engineering, a course in requirements development, a course in project management and a one-credit capstone project.

Master of Science in Civil Engineering specializing in Construction Engineering and Management

via streaming media
Construction Engineering and Management specialty provides a unique blend of technical and management education that will help you solve problems and compete in the ever-changing construction environment. The program focuses on the three functional areas of construction engineering and management: management techniques, construction operations, and construction methods.

The degree requires thirty credits. Fifteen credits are selected from the construction engineering and management specialty. With the remaining credits, students may explore related engineering, business, architecture and planning topics. Students will execute a two to four credit creative component related to their professional interest. Up to nine credits may be transferred with approval of the students plan of study committee.

College of Human Sciences Master of Education or Science
Principal licensure
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)
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. For more information, send an e-mail to educadmin@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-9734.

Doctor of Philosophy
Superintendent licensure
(Certificate of Advanced Studies)

via a combination including online, the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) and video conferencing
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. For more information, send an e-mail to educadmin@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-9734.

Master of Education with specialization in curriculum and instructional technology

via blend of online and on campus
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 more information, send an e-mail to citmed@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-5926.

Master of Family and Consumer Sciences

online
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 from two or more family and consumer sciences departments. With electives, the degree program totals 36 credits. For more information, send an e-mail to mfcsinfo@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-0211 or (877) 891-5349.

Master of Family and Consumer
Sciences with specialization in Dietetics

online
Dietetics is the study of nutrition and how food impacts our health and well-being. Dietitians work in a variety of settings including hospitals, businesses, community health and wellness areas.

The program is inter-institutional and is designed for the Registered Dietitian. Topics include nutrition across the lifespan, nutrigenomics, medical nutrition therapy, business and management, and professional leadership. The 36-credit master’s program includes 15 elective credits to tailor the program. For more information, send an e-mail to mfcsinfo@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-5186 or (877) 891-5349.

Master of Family and Consumer
Sciences with specialization in family financial planning
Graduate Certificate in Family
Financial Planning

online
Financial planners are increasingly in demand as Americans seek help managing their income, assets, and debts. Iowa State joined other universities to create an inter-institutional program. After being admitted to one of the participating universities, students take online courses from all the universities.
Courses cover financial counseling, personal taxation, insurance, retirement planning, and employee benefits. The non-thesis program is 42-credits. The graduate certificate is 18 credits. Completing either the master’s or the certificate meets the educational requirements for the Certified Financial Planner™ examination. For more information, send an e-mail to mfcsinfo@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-2731 or (877) 891-5349.

Master of Family and Consumer
Sciences with specialization in
gerontology
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

online
Gerontology is the multidisciplinary study of the aging processes and individuals as they grow from middle age through later life. People enter gerontology from many 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. 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 certificate is 21 credits. For more information, send an e-mail to mfcsinfo@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-5186 or (877) 891-5349.

Leadership Academies

via blend of online and several intensive summer weeks on campus
Master of Science or Master of
Education or Doctor of Philosophy
in Family and Consumer Sciences Education
The leadership academy for a longstanding, prestigious graduate program was begun in 2002. Visiting professors from across North America teach. Either master’s degree is 30 credits. The doctorate is 72 credits. For more information, send an e-mail to haus@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-5307 or (877) 891-5349.

Doctor of Philosophy in Foodservice and Lodging Management

The Child Nutrition Program Leadership Academy is a new delivery format for the longstanding and prestigious graduate program in Foodservice and Lodging Management (formerly Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management). The Leadership Academy is designed to meet the needs of professionals employed in the school foodservice industry. The doctorate is 78 credits; up to 30 credits may be accepted from a master’s degree.
For more information, send an e-mail to jsneed@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-8474.

College of Business
Master of Business Administration
in Des Moines

Students progress through the core curriculum in a cohort, allowing camaraderie with colleagues from a variety of businesses and industries.

The program is 48 credits. The first four semesters help build a strong foundation of core business knowledge; the final four semesters are tailored to academic and career goals.

Students may concentrate on a general management MBA or specialize in finance, information systems, or marketing. A double degree, MBA and Master of Science in Information Systems, is also offered. For more information, send an e-mail to busgrad@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-8118 or (877) 478-4622.

College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences
Bachelor of Liberal Studies

via a combination of distance learning options
The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) is a general studies degree in the liberal arts. It provides the flexibility to choose courses based on interests and goals. Course work is selected 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 Iowa public universities, and provides a framework to assemble the educational opportunities locally available. Up to three-fourths of the degree requirements may be transferred from accredited institutions. For more information, send an e-mail to las@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-4831.

Master of Public Administration
Graduate Certificate of Public
Management

via web conferencing and streaming media
Prepare for public service leadership in public administration, 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.

Iowa State’s Master of Public Administration is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. This degree program requires 37 credits. Select an area of concentration from e-Government and management of information technology, public management, and policy analysis. The certificate requires 15 graduate credits. For more information, send an e-mail to mpa@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-3764.

Master of School Mathematics

via distance learning
This program, administered by the Department of Mathematics, 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 requires 33 credits and includes a creative component. For more information, send an e-mail to msm@math.iastate.edu or call (515) 294-0393.

Master of Science in Statistics

via distance learning
The Department of Statistics offers courses and the degree to employees of companies who sign a letter of agreement with Iowa State. The degree is the same as on campus; the program requirements are the same including the written master’s exam, creative component, and a final oral exam. For more information, send an e-mail to statistics@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-3440.

Interdisciplinary –
Multiple Colleges
Graduate Certificate in Biorenewable Resources

via streaming media
Through a series of twelve credit hours of graduate coursework, the Biorenewable Resources and Technology certificate will offer students from a wide variety of science and engineering backgrounds an exposure to advanced study in the use of plant- and crop-based resources for the production of biobased products, including fuels, chemicals, materials, and energy. The program aims to train professionals to serve the emerging bioeconomy, and in so doing to serve state, national, and global needs in moving toward a more sustainable industrial economy.

Coordinated by College of Engineering; For more information, send an e-mail to ede@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-7470 or
(800) 854-1675.

Master of Science in Biorenewable Resources

via streaming media
Iowa State University recently established the first graduate program in biorenewable resources and technology in the United States; and is happy to announce that the Masters Program is now 100% online! The Biorenewable Resources and Technology program offers students from a wide variety of science and engineering backgrounds advanced study in the use of plant- and crop-based resources for the production of biobased products, including fuels, chemicals, materials, and energy.

Coordinated by College of Engineering; For more information, send an e-mail to ede@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-7470 or
(800) 854-1675.

Graduate Certificate in Human Computer Interaction

via streaming media
Human computer interaction is the interdisciplinary study of the relationship between humans and increasingly powerful, yet portable computers. The accelerating integration of technology into every aspect of society demands professionals who employ novel solutions needed to integrate usefulness and usability while minimizing intrusiveness.

The curriculum in human computer interaction provides an understanding of emerging interface technologies; explores human cognition, behavioral methods, and usability techniques; and highlights the latest research. The interdisciplinary program draws courses from industrial, computer, and mechanical engineering; psychology; computer science; and management information systems among other disciplines. The certificate program is 12 credits, which includes four graduate courses.

Coordinated by College of Engineering; For more information, send an e-mail to ede@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-7470 or (800) 854-1675.

Master of Science in Human Computer Interaction

via streaming media
The accelerating integration of technology into every aspect of society will demand professionals trained with information technology skills that are augmented by an understanding of the human user. This interdisciplinary degree program was created from the growing demand from business and industry for a masters program that provides education in the field of Human Computer Interaction. The curriculum in human computer interaction is very flexible. Students are required to take three core courses and elective courses from disciplines of their interest. The program consists of 27 credits of coursework plus 3 credit Capstone Course. The Capstone Course project will use the knowledge gained from the course work to demonstrate that the student has mastered important HCI related skills.

Coordinated by College of Engineering; For more information, send an e-mail to ede@iastate.edu or call
(515) 294-7470 or (800) 854-1675.

Master of Science in Information Assurance
Graduate Certificate in Information Assurance

via streaming media
Faculty members from six academic departments contribute to securing information in application areas ranging from software to networks to electronic democracy. Computer engineering is the home department for the distance learning graduate programs which meet the needs of information system security specialists in government, the private sector, and educational institutions. The master’s program is 30 credits. The certificate is four computer engineering courses.

Coordinated by College of Engineering; For more information, send an e-mail to ede@iastate.edu or call (515) 294-7470 or
(800) 854-1675.

Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Community Development specialization

via Web-based interaction, streaming media or CD/DVD-ROM
Global economic restructuring and the devolution of government services have created significant challenges for communities, particularly those in rural areas. This specialization in community development provides the skills, information, and networks to facilitate sustainable and prosperous community change. The program is designed for those seeking a career in community development and practitioners who wish to augment their training.

In 2005 Iowa State joined five other universities to offer a master’s in community development. The 36-credit program has three tracks: natural resource management, working with native communities, and building economic capacity.

Coordinated by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
For more information contact:
Cornelia Flora, Professor
107 Curtiss Hall, Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011
(515) 294-1329 or e-mail: cflora@iastate.edu

Master of Science in Seed Technology and Business

via Web-based interaction, streaming media or CD-ROM
The program is specifically oriented to prepare students for management roles. Designed for professionals working in industry and government, the degree ensures an advanced knowledge of seed science, technology and basic business and problem-solving skills. It emphasizes decision making for application to practical and technical issues in all aspects of the seed business.

The curriculum consists of 15 courses and a three or four-credit creative component. The program is a non-thesis degree. The admission requirements are a four year degree in either agriculture or business; graduation in the top quarter of your class; and GRE (Q) 570 or better, GRE (V) 500 or better or GMAT 570 or better. Appropriate four year degrees in biological sciences or related fields may also be accepted.

Coordinated by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
For more information:
Paul Christensen, Manager Seed Technology and Business Program
102a Seed Science Building
Iowa State University,
Ames, Iowa 50011-3228
(515) 294-8745 or
e-mail: seedsci@iastate.edu

Continuing Education and Professional Development

The mission of Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD) is to provide high-quality continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities for professional development, personal enrichment, career transitions, and academic growth.

CEPD supports Iowa State University’s outreach mission and to facilitate access to excellence in education for a diverse community of adult learners within Iowa and beyond by utilizing technologies that expand access.

CEPD offers both Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and non-CEU courses, workshops, conferences and other educational activities sponsored by Iowa State University. While these programs do not carry academic credits, they are designed to ensure that a student’s continuing education and professional needs are met.

For a list of courses and programs, or to request specific courses and programs, visit cepd.iastate.edu, or call (515) 294-6222. Information also is available at the Iowa State University Extension offices across the state.