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December 8, 2023

ECSU launches four accelerated online grad programs

PHOTO | CONTRIBUTED  Sukeshini Grandhi, business administration professor and coordinator of the management master's program at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Eastern Connecticut State University is offering four new accelerated online master’s degree programs starting with the spring 2024 semester, including in accounting, management, special education and applied data science.

Applied data science is a new program for the Willimantic-based university.

ECSU has already offered programming in accounting, special education and management, but these have traditionally been offered as semester-long programs. 

Under the change, the four programs will be offered online with courses that last seven weeks. The switch aims to appeal to working professionals, according to the university. 

Niti Pandey, dean of the school of education and professional studies and the graduate division at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Students can potentially earn a master’s degree in one year. Online class sizes will be limited to 25 students. 

Courses will be offered in an asynchronous format, so students can engage with material whenever it is convenient, rather than listening to a live lecture. ECSU faculty will teach all of the courses, with their lectures being pre-recorded.

Students can still interact with instructors, including through virtual class discussions and virtual faculty office hours.

Niti Pandey, dean of the school of education and professional studies and the graduate division, said the new format aims to appeal to working adult learners who are continuing their education. Many have found it challenging to travel to campus or log in for late online synchronous classes outside of their regular work hours, Pandey noted.

"Moving our programs fully online and asynchronous has allowed us to make our programs accessible to a diverse group of potential graduate students across and outside of Connecticut," Pandey said.

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