Pennsylvania State University—​World Campus

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Academics

Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Name: Department:
Master of Professional Studies in Information Sciences College of Information Sciences and Technology
Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security - Information Security and Forensics Option College of Information Sciences and Technology
Master of Geographic Information Systems College of Earth and Mineral Sciences - Department of Geography
Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security - Geospatial Intelligence Option College of Earth and Mineral Sciences - Department of Geography
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

Penn State’s online computer information technology programs include highly relevant curriculum that incorporates skills to address real-world issues as well as the latest emerging technologies. The online programs focus on information analysis, cyber security, geospatial technologies, and decision support. Penn State has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

School type Public
Terms Semester

Program Offerings

Online master's in computer information technology programs 4
Concentrations offered
Information Science/Studies
More specialized departments/concentrations offered
Cybersecurity
Human Computer Interaction

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 53

Faculty

Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 32 full-time; 15 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 66% full-time; 40% part-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 8
Average experience teaching online courses 4 years
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 35 full-time; 4 part-time

Class Size

Average class size 20
Maximum class size 50

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Yes
Can earn degree entirely abroad Yes
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students No
Collaboration among online and campus-based students No face-to-face students
Students enroll as online students Online and on-campus students are in separate courses
Credits earned online equal earned on-campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus All
Same curricula for online and campus students Most

Retention

One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates

Graduation

Graduation rates
Graduation rates
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 2.0 years
Program target time to graduate 3 years
Required time to earn degree 8 years

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