Ohio’s Kent State University (KSU) is offering options for students to earn entire degrees through online learning. Through the online platform, Blackboard Collaborate, students can interact, collaborate and learn on the go, all in an online forum. All students need is access to the Internet and they can be on their way to completing their academic goals.

KSU, perhaps best known for the Kent State shootings in 1970, memorialized in the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song “Ohio”, when the Ohio National Guard shot anti-war protestors, killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others, is located in Kent, Ohio. It is one of the largest universities in Ohio and, in 2010, was ranked by Times Higher Education as one of the top 200 universities in the world.

Kent offers more than 300 degree programs including 40 associate’s degrees, 250 baccalaureate degrees, 50 master’s degrees, and 23 doctoral programs. KSU is ranked as one of the top 77 public research universities in the U.S. by the Carnegie Foundation.

Classes offered are either asynchronous or synchronous, meaning that some can be viewed at any time online, while others must be viewed on specific days at specific times. The format of the classes includes streaming video and audio, text and documents, and PowerPoint presentations. Students communicate with their professors and classmates through several different tools, including online discussion groups, emails and live chats.

There are both individual classes and complete degrees offered by KSU online learning. Complete degrees include:

  • Journalism Educator (MA)
  • Master of Library and Information Science eDegree
  • Computer Technology
  • Public Health (BSPH)
  • Instructional Technology
  • Knowledge Management (MS)
  • Music Education (MM)
  • Public Administration (MPA)
  • Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • School Library Media Licensure
  • Master of Arts, Journalism and Mass Communication, with a concentration in Public Relations (MA)

To learn more about the online learning program at Kent State University, visit their website.