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"Get started right away by taking an individual class or earning a certificate - no need to apply to a degree program! Take the same classes from the same world-class faculty and earn the same degree as on-campus students. You choose how you want to learn. Participate in class sessions live or watch lectures on your own time via media-rich video streaming or downloading.

We have more than a dozen students taking part in the BBA distance program to enhance their current positions with the company... I highly recommend this exceptional program."

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University of Colorado Boulder distance education graduate degrees

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) is a public research university located in Boulder, Colorado. Founded in 1876, CU Boulder is the flagship university in the University of Colorado system, which is globally recognized for its world-class teaching, research, and Be Boulder Anywhere distance education delivery platform.

Distance Education

CU Boulder has led the field in distance education for more than 45 years, connecting students to the Boulder campus from anywhere in the world anytime. The suite of online delivery options enables students to earn the same degrees and have the same opportunities and resources as on-campus students pursuing the same goals.

Working professionals can customize their studies to their schedules with the flexibility and convenience of asynchronous online classes integrated with real-time streaming and other advanced technology to interact with a highly regarded faculty. 

Distance education degrees and certificates

The distance programs provide access to a variety of graduate degrees, graduate certificates, and individual classes. Graduate degree programs offered by the Graduate School include Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computational Linguistics, Analytics and Search Informatics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Journalism Entrepreneurship, Leeds School of Business, Mechanical Engineering. Graduate certificate options focusing on a specific skill or advanced knowledge are offered in most of these disciplines and includes Renewable and Sustainable Energy.

Aerospace Engineering Sciences

The National Research Council and US News and World Report; rank the Aerospace Engineering Sciences (AES) program at CU Boulder among the top 10 in the country. Internationally recognized for its distinguished faculty, research, and education leadership, the program spends more than $15 million each year on research in aerospace engineering, earth, and space sciences. AES is also home to four research centers and was named a program of excellence by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

The Master of Science (MS) in Aerospace Engineering Sciences degree program prepares graduates to meet 21st century aerospace challenges through the understanding, conception, design, and application of aerial and spacecraft systems. The program emphasizes hands-on, experiential learning, technical and organizational expertise, and end-to- end mission and systems perspectives.

Civil Engineering

Producing engineers capable of identifying, preventing, and solving building, construction and environmental problems is the department's objective. In addition to the well-established graduate programs in environmental, water resource and geotechnical engineering, students in the department may also choose to study in the emerging field of geoenvironmental engineering. Campus facilities, including a National Science Foundation-funded earthquake simulator, permit a case-study approach, which exposes students to real-world problems and allows experimentation, testing and analysis. Courses are available online and on campus; most of the professional degrees have online courses included in the curriculum.

The department offers two professional master's programs tailored for working engineers looking to develop a new skillset. Both of the programs are coursework based and result in a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering (MSCVE): Engineering for Developing Communities and Water Engineering and Management 

Computational Linguistics, Analytics and Search Informatics

The CLASIC program provides a solid foundation in both Computer Science and Linguistics graduate coursework, as well as several courses focused on data-driven linguistics, computational linguistics, and information processing.  Students will complete the two-year degree with a capstone project that will run in conjunction with an internship or CU-based research project. As part of the capstone, students will be evaluated by their employer or industry project manager. Students will also prepare a technical report on the completed project that the program directors and project leader will jointly evaluate.

Computer Science

The flexible, track-based Computer Science curriculum allows students to select specific coursework to meet their individual interests while preparing graduates for careers across a broad range of areas. The program awards the ME in Computer Science degree.

Areas of study include Data Science, Human-Centered Computing, Intelligent Systems, Numerical Computation, Robotics, and Software Systems and Cloud Computing.

Electrical Engineering

With a highly regarded faculty and $13.4 million awarded in new contract and grant funding in fiscal year 2017, the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering is the perfect place to take your education to the next level.

This program offers several degree options tailored to both working engineers looking to advance their careers and to those looking to pursue a career in academia.

Embedded Systems: Provides students with a comprehensive education in the growing field of embedded computing. Students gain hands-on experience in communication protocols controlling, human interface and display memory, and electromechanical emerging technologies, positioning our students for success in this developing industry. Our students learn the necessary skills to enter advanced careers working in aerospace and defense, energy, industrial automation, and medical, networking, security and transportation industries.

Photonics: Provides students with a comprehensive education in computer-aided photonics design. Our program is led by a board of industry leaders who are highly involved in developing curriculum and helping students find employment in the industry. Our students gain hands-on experience in our laboratories, where they can test their projects and ideas. Upon graduation, students are equipped to solve critical engineering challenges, including work in the health, environment, energy and computer interface industries.

Power Electronics: Provides students with fundamental knowledge and hands-on experience in the field of power electronics. The rapidly evolving nature of the industry has created a constant demand for well-informed and up-to- date experts in the field of power electronics. Our students gain hands-on experience in electromechanical emerging technologies, system control, power conversion circuits and electrical vehicle technologies, positioning our students for success in their careers.

Engineering Management

The Lockheed Martin Engineering Management Program (EMP) at UCB offers flexible distance education programs developed for engineers, scientists, and technical professionals anywhere in the world who want to move into first or second level management.

The ME in Engineering Management degree program enables students to learn and practice data-driven management, develop leadership capabilities, and apply proven principles for business performance improvement. Core curriculum focuses on the business basics of project management, finance and accounting, quality management, and leadership in engineering settings.

Unlike a traditional MBA program, the ME degree program underscores skills specifically required by leaders in technology-based organizations, where technology converges with policy and regulatory requirements. Graduates are equipped to apply sophisticated leadership strategies and advanced performance measurement and analysis methods to the challenges of global technology-based organizations.

Journalism Entrepreneurship

This graduate degree prepare students for careers in journalism by combining media technology and business in order to run media-centric organizations. Students will be able to gather information from a diversity of sources, to analyze it critically, and to report what is significant, through stories and other media forms across multiple media platforms. The online master's degree in journalism entrepreneurship prepares students for professional careers at news outlets, and in digital and social media platforms, corporate communications and the freelance market. It particularly focuses on entrepreneurship and preparing students for today's media environment, one in which skills in both journalism and business are essential. This degree is designed for students with a limited range of experience in journalism.

Leeds School of Business

Accelerate your career with a specialized, one-year master's degree from the Leeds School of Business. The master's programs combine dynamic, in-depth coursework with hands-on application of materials, preparing students for a wide range of job opportunities in exciting growth industries. Leeds School of Business ranks among the top 100 business schools in the country according to "U.S. News & World Report". No other graduate business school in Colorado rates higher on the list than Leeds.

Mechanical Engineering

The University of Colorado Boulder mechanical engineering graduate program is one of the top rated in the country. Students will receive a strong education and conduct groundbreaking tier-one research. The professional mechanical engineering degree emphasizes project-based and curriculum-driven learning and is targeted for working engineers and undergraduates considering a career in industry. Students have program options in five focus areas to choose from, including a flex option that allows them to combine courses across the spectrum to meet their needs.

Renewable and Sustainable Energy

Renewable and Sustainable Energy (RASEI) is a joint institute between the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) addressing important, complex problems in energy that require a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional approach. Its mission is to expedite solutions that transform energy by advancing renewable energy science, engineering, and analysis through research, education, and industry partnerships. CU Boulder's graduate certificate program in renewable energy provides an in-depth study of the technologies, policies and business areas which form the cornerstones of the rapidly growing renewable and sustainable energy industry. Upon completing this three-course program, participants receive nine graduate-level credits and earn a certificate granted by the University of Colorado Boulder.

World-class faculty 

CU Boulder faculty includes five Nobel Laureates (four in physics and one in chemistry), eight MacArthur "Genius Grant" fellows, two U.S. Professors of the Year and four National Medal of Science winners. Faculty members contributed valuable data to the international climate change report that shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Financial assistance

CU Boulder offers a variety of financial assistance options for online distance graduate students. These include loans, grants, military company tuition assistance programs.

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