Online Degree Programs
2U partners with some of the country's leading colleges and universities to offer online master's degree programs to students around the world. Each accredited online degree program features live face-to-face classes, real-world learning experiences and a rigorous curriculum designed and delivered by university faculty. In 2014, 2U launched its first doctoral programs.
The need for social workers is growing. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 6.9 million new jobs will be available in social services by 2018. To work in the social services field and make a true difference, professionals seek a Master of Social Work (MSW), which prepares graduates to work in clinical and community settings. With focuses on areas like clinical, military, mental health and social policy, MSW programs attract those looking to effect change in the world.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for mental health counselors will grow by 29 percent between 2012 and 2022. A master’s degree in counseling prepares professionals to work with individuals and groups in clinical mental health settings as psychotherapists, mental health counselors, substance abuse counselors, group therapists and clinical coordinators.
With America’s population aging and growing and changes in health care legislation changing standards of care, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment for physician assistants to grow 38 percent between 2012 and 2022. A Master of Medical Science (MMSc) degree prepares PAs to provide well-rounded, patient-focused care.
Nursing — Graduate
As today's health care landscape rapidly evolves, nurses who earn a master's degree in nursing have an even greater opportunity to advance their careers as advanced practice registered nurses. Graduate nursing degrees offer practicing nurses the chance to build their skills to become a Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwife/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner or Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Earning a master's in nursing helps registered nurses gain the knowledge and credentials that will enable them to advance their health care careers and clinical practice. Family Nurse Practitioner graduate programs help students develop the skills needed to deliver primary care to patients across the lifespan. As more Americans gain access to affordable health care and physician shortages rise, Family Nurse Practitioners will be needed more than ever to serve diverse populations in communities across the country.
Advanced degrees in education help graduates begin their teaching careers or take on leadership roles in their school or district. Programs may include master's degrees in education or teaching as well as doctorate-level programs.
Master of Public Health (MPH) programs examine the factors that influence community, national and global health. Since health is influenced by many variables, public health practitioners use qualitative and quantitative problem-solving skills and multidisciplinary strategies to develop solutions and improve outcomes. Coursework in core public health topics includes epidemiology, behavioral health, environmental health and public health administration.
Master’s degrees in communications prepare professionals across a range of media disciplines to take on leadership roles within their organization. Graduates of an M.S. in Communications program may pursue positions at ad agencies, PR firms, publishing companies, TV networks, radio stations, corporate communications departments, government agencies and much more.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) prepares professionals across a range of disciplines to take on leadership roles within their organizations. MBA programs include career-focused specializations such as finance, management and marketing to position students for long-term success.
By 2018, there will be 4 to 5 million jobs in the U.S. requiring data analyses skills, according to the McKinsey Global Institute. With the demand for data scientists rapidly growing, data science degree programs are preparing students with tools and training to work with large data sets to solve problems in a variety of industries.
Master's degrees in international relations provide a strong foundation in advanced international affairs topics as well as a specialization in an interdisciplinary professional field. Students interested in switching to or advancing their careers in international affairs pursue this degree to gain the experience and knowledge necessary to be globally minded leaders in public, private and nonprofit organizations.
Law schools offer various master's degrees to legal professionals beyond the JD, including Master of Legal Studies (MLS) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs. MLS programs are designed for non-lawyers who wish to improve their understanding of U.S. law and explore its relation to a variety of disciplines. LL.M. and dual LL.M programs focus on specific areas, such as LL.M. in U.S. Law and LL.M. in International Corporate Law. LL.M programs are designed for lawyers trained outside of the United States who wish to advance their careers in international and business law.
A Master of Public Administration (MPA) is designed for students who are dedicated to becoming leaders in their communities and organizations. MPA graduates implement policy, manage programs and drive institutional and community change within local, state and federal government as well as the nonprofit sector. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialties, and pursue a variety of careers, but all are joined by the unifying commitment to leadership and public service.
Master's degrees in health administration are earned by professionals who are ready to assume leadership positions in hospitals or health care organizations. Graduates from health administration programs are prepared with interpersonal, technical and leadership skills and the critical problem-solving skills needed to manage and strategize in health care settings.