William Paterson making 9 undergraduate degrees available in all-online format

University, which also has program for graduate study online, says it is aiming to reach more working adults and nontraditional students

Saying it aims to better serve working adults — as well as making a nod to online education — William Paterson University announced this week that nine undergraduate degrees will now be offered in an all-online format.

These new offerings, part of the university’s WP Online platform, will complement more than 20 existing fully online graduate degree programs in business, education and health care, school officials said.

Because they are all online, the classes will cost the same ($350 per credit), regardless of where they are taken from.

WP’s online undergraduate degree programs are designed specifically to help working adults balance multiple responsibilities with a high-quality educational experience. The newly added programs include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in communication studies;
  • Bachelor of Arts in criminology and criminal justice;
  • Bachelor of Arts in criminology and criminal justice – accelerated professional track for law enforcement and corrections professionals;
  • Bachelor of Science in health studies;
  • Bachelor of Arts in leadership and professional studies;
  • Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies;
  • Bachelor of Science in management;
  • Bachelor of Science in marketing;
  • Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

School officials said these online degree programs provide flexibility for working adults to build their learning around their own schedules, while also preparing learners with the skills needed to help advance their careers and achieve their goals.

About William Paterson

William Paterson University is a leading public university located in Wayne, with nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 82,000 alumni. The school, the third-most-diverse public institution in the state, is designated as a Hispanic-serving institution. WPU ranks in the top 5% of institutions in the country in the 2020 Social Mobility Index, which measures the extent to which a college or university educates more economically disadvantaged students; 45% of students are the first in their families to attend college.

“William Paterson is excited to make some of our most popular, high-quality undergraduate degree programs available to busy adults through the convenience and affordability of fully online offerings,” President Richard Helldobler said. “The great success of our current degree portfolio through WP Online, together with the strong regional labor market demand for graduates of these new online programs, means that this expansion will result in many more people experiencing the life-changing impact of a William Paterson University bachelor’s degree.”

William Paterson is collaborating with Academic Partnerships, a leading online facilitator focused primarily on adult learners and a partner to more than 50 universities across the country.

All courses are created and taught by William Paterson faculty.

The first cycle of classes for these online bachelor’s degree programs begins Nov. 1. (Click here for more info.)

“We are excited to expand our fully online offerings to provide bachelor’s degree programs in a variety of disciplines that will meet the needs of adult learners,” Joshua Powers, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said. “In addition to providing flexibility, we will also provide a full array of student support services, from tutoring and academic support to career development, internships, and opportunities to participate in student clubs and organizations to meet the needs of these learners.”