High Quality Online Programs at California University of Pennsylvania
Through the School of Graduate Studies and Research and Global Online programs, California University of Pennsylvania provides graduate and undergraduate programs entirely online in several in-demand fields.
Global Online programs have the same rigorous curricula, learning outcomes, and objectives as on campus programs. All of the online programs carry with them our university’s accreditation, which ensures that they meet the highest academic standards. Plus, the same expert faculty members teach courses in both the online and on campus programs.
This commitment to excellence earned Global Online a ranking within the top three schools in SR Education Group's Online Colleges Guide to Online Schools.
Online Bachelor of Arts Programs
California University of Pennsylvania has four five online Bachelor of Arts (BA) programs: the BA in Arabic Language and Culture (115 credits), BA in Jurisprudence-Land Management Concentration (43 major credits), BA in Jurisprudence-Legal Studies Concentration (42 major credits), BA in Liberal Studies (60 major credits) and BA in Sociology-Social Deviance Concentration (60 major credits).
The BA in Arabic Language and Culture program can be completed in 4 years of full-time study. Students who enter the other programs with associate degrees can complete them in two years or less.
Online Bachelor of Science Programs
The university also offers four online Bachelor of Science (BS) programs: the BS in Computer Information Systems (61 major credits), BS in Criminal Justice-Homeland and International Security Concentration (60 major credits), Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) (33 major credits), and BS in Sport Management Studies-Wellness and Fitness Concentration (74 major credits).
These programs can be completed in the following timeframes:
BS in Computer Information Systems -- 24 months
BS in Criminal Justice-Homeland and International Security --16 months
BS in Sport Management Studies-Wellness and Fitness -- 24 months
RN to BSN -- 3 semesters
Online Graduate Programs
California University of Pennsylvania provides the following online graduate programs:
- Master of Art (MA) in Applied Criminology
- MA in Conflict Resolution
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Master or of Education (MEd)
- Master of Science (MS) in Exercise Science and Health Promotion
- MS in Legal Studies
- MS in Nursing (MSN)
- MS in Sport Management Studies
- Professional Science Master's in Applied Mathematics
- Professional Science Master's in Cyber-security
The following sections provide details about three of these programs: MBA, MS in Legal Studies, and MSN.
Students in the online MBA program can complete the traditional MBA or MBA Entrepreneurship program in as few as 12 months. The program's curriculum consists of 36 credits of coursework as well as a comprehensive exam.
Online MS in Legal Studies
Students in the online MS in Legal Studies program take 36-37 credits of courses. They can complete one of three concentrations: criminal justice, homeland security, or law and public policy.
They achieve several objectives related to jurisprudence and legal analysis including the following:
- Analyze and interpret case law, statutory materials, and other legal documents
- Conduct legal research on diverse areas in law
- Advocate for and effectively argue legal issues
- Develop and write a brief, memoranda, paper, or thesis
Online MSN-Nursing Administration and Leadership
The 30-credit MSN in Nursing Administration and Leadership program prepares students for leadership positions such as charge nurses, clinical project leaders, nurse executives, and nurse managers. Program features include the following:
- Completion in 20 months
- No residences or campus visits
- Highly skilled faculty members
- No more than 35 students per class
Cal U also offers a dual MSN-MBA degree and a MBA option for MSN degree holders.
Financial Aid at California University of Pennsylvania
California University of Pennsylvania provides affordable programs and helps its students finance their education. In fact, SR Education Group ranked the university as one of the top 10 Most Affordable Colleges for Online Nursing Programs.
Undergraduate students in the university's Global Online programs may qualify for grants, scholarships, and federal loans. Online graduate students may receive scholarships and federal loans.
In addition, students might receive assistance through loans from private lenders and/or employer-sponsored tuition remission programs.
Excellent Career Outlook
Global Online programs at California University of Pennsylvania train students to excel in some of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation.
For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected employment for information security analysts (an occupation in the computer information systems field) to grow 37% from 2012 to 2022. It also predicted that employment for medical and health services managers like nurse administrators will increase 23% during the same timeframe. These projected growth rates are "much faster than the average for all occupations."
Experienced Faculty Members
California University of Pennsylvania's faculty members have the theoretical expertise, real word insight, and teaching skills to help students acquire extensive theoretical knowledge and practical skills in their disciplines.
For example, Joseph J. Schwerha, JD, associate professor in the MBA Entrepreneurship program, runs a consulting business that focuses on computer forensics, electronic discovery, and privacy issues. He has authored and co-authored several articles and book chapters on topics concerning computer forensics, digital evidence, electronic discovery, and privacy issues. He also wrote a book about managing cyber-liability risks.
Dr. John Cencich, Applied Criminology program coordinator, is the former Lead War Crimes Investigator for the United Nations and recently starred in The History Channel’s “Hunting Hitler.”
California University of Pennsylvania
Established in 1852, California University of Pennsylvania is located in California, Pennsylvania in the northeastern region of the United States, just 35 minutes south of Pittsburgh. Its high quality, affordable programs help students build excellent character and successful careers.
A member of the Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, the university has regional accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Many of its programs have individual accreditation from organizations like the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
"US News & World Report" ranked three of California University of Pennsylvania's online program areas within the top 100: online bachelor's programs (82), online graduate education programs (35), and online nursing programs (54).
Degree & Certificate Programs
Location & Contact
Executive Director, Global Online
AddressSchool of Graduate Studies and Research
250 University Avenue
California, PA 15419