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Eastern Michigan University is a public university located in the relatively unknown city of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Ypsilanti is east of Ann Arbor and west of Detroit. The university was originally founded in 1849, but today is one of the state's most popular higher learning institutions. There are seven academic divisions that offer over two hundred undergraduate degrees through the popular Colleges of Business, Education, Technology and Human Services. There are 5,000 graduate students and a total of 23,000 students who attend Eastern Michigan University.

Eastern Michigan University's Extended Program brings quality classroom education to extension sites and online learning settings. The university offers evening, weekend and accelerated class formats, which allows working adults to maintain their familiar and professional commitments. The Extended Program offers eight master's degrees, five graduate certificates, three bachelor's degrees and hundreds of online courses. The Extended Program also collaborates with five academic locations throughout the state to help meet the on-campus needs of students and degree requirements of certain programs.

Eastern Michigan University Accreditation Details

The university is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and Michigan's state board of nursing.

Eastern Michigan University Application Requirements

All graduate applicants must meet the following admissions requirements: a regionally accredited four-year degree and a GPA of at least 2.7, but some departments require higher GPAs, such as a 3.0 in the final half of the student's undergraduate program. Those who fail to meet the minimum admission requirements are considered for admission on a conditional basis. Students must submit official transcripts from previously attended colleges and additional documentation, which is determined by the academic departments. These may include department applications, letters of recommendations and standardized test scores.

The BSN Completion program only admits students who hold a current RN license, have a GPA of at least 2.5 or above and have successfully completed a college level course in English composition. Nursing program candidates who have earned previous nursing credits at other colleges may submit a transfer request to the admissions advising office. Those who have a RN license and a bachelor's degree in a different discipline must meet with a second-degree adviser in order to be considered for the program.

The online Master of Arts in Educational Psychology requires a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 GPA. Graduate students must have at least a 3.3 GPA in the last half of their work and a minimum 50th percentile on the GRE writing portion. An official analysis of professional goals must be submitted by the candidate that illustrates how the degree program will help them meet their goals and how their life experiences and accomplishments will contribute to their success. Two professional letters of recommendation that discuss the candidate's potential and commitment are required. A teaching certification is not required for entry into the Master of Arts in Educational Psychology program.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For residents:

  • Course levels up to 499 are $296 per credit hour.
  • Course levels 500 to 699 are $597 per credit hour.
  • Course levels 700 and above are $695 per credit hour.

For non-residents:

  • Course levels up to 499 are $872 per credit hour.
  • Course levels 500 to 699 are $1,100 per credit hour.
  • Course levels 700 and above are $1,250 per credit hour.

Eastern Michigan University awards select scholarships to qualifying freshmen who are accepted by June of their high school senior year, such as the Education First Opportunity Scholarship (EFOS). Scholarships are based on a review of high school GPA, ACT or SAT test scores and the high school curriculum's level of difficulty. There are also Exclusive Awards, such as the Presidential and Emerald Scholarships.

Online Degrees Available

The BSN Completion degree is for students who have a current RN license with either a high school diploma or two year degree. The program trains graduates how to apply leadership and technology concepts in nursing processes to promote quality care and patient safety. Graduates will know how to use evidence based practices and research tools to guide their nursing decision making in a variety of health care settings. The BSN Completion degree program also emphasizes effective communication and collaboration skills to improve care standards and patient outcomes. There are classes that teach how to implement population-focused interventions which promote health and how to engage in community nursing to prevent disease and manage illnesses. Students also learn patient-centered nursing care models and comprehensive health assessment tools.

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The Bachelors of Science in technology management program is designed for students who already have a two-year degree in the applied sciences. This degree's interdisciplinary curriculum provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to meet the challenging demands of management in a variety of settings. This means that students are prepared to work in distinctly different fields like business, banking and computer service. The program contains classes that teach students how to effectively communicate, evaluate problem solving strategies and promote responsible business practices. Classes on strategic planning teach students how to use quantitative analysis to evaluate current market and business opportunities. Mathematics classes teach students how to apply quantitative analysis to evaluate profitability, overall productivity and the impact of technologies on business opportunities.

The online Master of Arts in educational psychology teaches students about effective instructional designs and strategies for various age groups and learning levels. Students gain an interdisciplinary understanding of the psychological foundations of teaching, psychological research and the stages of human development. Students also acquire a broad base of information related to data analysis, learning outcomes, research methods, student assessments and standardized testing. Graduates learn to effectively convey psychological concepts and learning principles to the public, students and the professional teaching community. Classes on ethical principles explore professional standards of the fields of psychology and academia. Coursework in applied research teaches students how to leverage theoretical findings to academic and professional activities.

Eastern Michigan University offers many more online graduate certificates and master degrees in subjects like dietetics, educational assessment and human resource management.