Northwestern launches three new online bachelor's degree programs

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Northwestern launches three new online bachelor's degree programs

December 8, 2011

Accredited online degree programs in three high opportunity areas are now available at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

The programs include Bachelor of Science degrees in business administration and accounting and a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree, that includes a new option in alternative energy. Enrollment is underway and classes begin in January 2012 as part of the spring semester.

“These programs are in high demand and career opportunities are plentiful, particularly in Oklahoma’s booming energy industry,” said Dr. Steve Lohmann, executive vice president. “These programs will be unique in that Northwestern is offering online programs taught by highly-qualified faculty, but at a cost that is far less than private or for-profit colleges.”

Dr. Steven Palmer, chair of the Division of Business, said the programs are tailored to meet the needs of all students.

“The programs are available to all students who qualify, but the true beneficiaries will be working adults and other non-traditional students who will now have a flexible and affordable degree options,” Palmer said. “Graduates of two-year schools who have degrees in applied arts or science also will find this option appealing.”

Interested persons can learn about program requirements at or by contacting Dr. Palmer at (580) 327-8507 or at

Both Lohmann and Palmer agree the programs provide students with great career opportunities upon graduation.

“There is tremendous need for graduates in these areas,” Lohmann said. “As our energy industry continues to grow, the need for accountants and managers with business degrees also grows.

“The alternative energy option is important for wind energy companies looking to expand. They want managers with field experience, but many of these workers lack the necessary bachelor’s degree to move up into management. This option fills that void.”

Palmer said he has received inquiries from students all across the state wanting information on the program.