Terra State unveils five new fully-online degrees

Terra State unveils five new fully-online degrees

No longer will distance and time constraints hinder the ability to earn an associate degree at Terra State Community College.

The College has just unveiled five new, fully-online degrees: Associate of Science-General Transfer, Associate of Arts-General Transfer, Criminal Justice, Healthcare Administration and Technology Management.

“eDegrees are a convenient way for students to complete their degree while balancing their busy lives.  More and more students are requesting this option,” said Dr. Cory Stine, Dean of Enrollment Services. “Too often people think they cannot go back to school because of their jobs or children or community obligations; but completing a degree online allows students to work at a pace that fits into their schedules.”

The online degrees provide an alternative to the traditional classroom learning environment. Online learning provides the ability to work from anywhere, anytime of the day.

The work is just as rigorous as traditional on-campus degrees, and does take a unique level of commitment, Mary Mc Cue, Director of Marketing and Auxiliary Services, cautioned.

“Our online degree offerings are for self-disciplined individuals,” she said. “The appeal of this type of degree is flexibility and convenience, but students need to balance their home life, work life and college studies and be motivated to tackle all with discipline and good time management.” 

Students must apply to Terra State by completing the free, online application for admission. Once the application is submitted, the Office of Admissions will follow up with each applicant regarding next steps.

As with the traditional, on-campus students, online students are required to submit an official and final copy of their high school or GED transcript. Students who have previously attended another college or university should have official transcripts sent to the Records Office for potential transfer credit evaluation.

Online students are also encouraged to apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online.

As for the degrees, the two general transfer ones are designed for students who intend to continue their education after Terra State. The Associate of Science is appropriate for students who plan to pursue a Bachelor of Science or related program, like business, management, law enforcement, mathematics, engineering and more.

Likewise, the Associate of Arts degree is for those who want to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree or related program like American Sign Language, English, education, music, fine arts, history, economics and more.

Upon completion of the criminal justice degree, graduates can pursue entry-level opportunities in law enforcement or study the subject at an advanced level.

The Healthcare Administration degree provides a solid, values-driven foundation of knowledge regarding the healthcare industry. The program prepares students to continue their education into a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration.

The Technology Management program prepares students for leadership positions in a wide variety of technological environments. Students take a unique blend of classes that combines technical engineering classes with business management and Lean Manufacturing.

For more information on the Terra State online degrees, call the Admissions Office at 419-559-2349 or go online at and look for the Distance Learning and eDegrees tab at the top of the homepage.

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