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Flexible Learning at Columbia University

Columbia University

Flexible Learning at Columbia University

There is an increasing effort from schools to continually make their degree programs more flexible for students around the world. Thus, this has enticed many schools to begin incorporating online components to many of their existing programs.  However, with the exception of Harvard Extension School (which is a continuing education division of Harvard University), we have not seen many “flexible” degree options from the Ivy League.

However, Columbia University has changed this.  Columbia University’s School of Engineering & Applied Science has started offering some of their Master’s, Professional, and even Doctoral degrees [non-PhD] options through their CVN Network.  If you haven’t already heard of it, the CVN network stands for the: Columbia Video Network which is essentially an online platform that makes it possible for a potential student to pursue their degree from anywhere in the world.  The degree conferred will be the exact same as the on-campus cohort as they are taking the exact coursework and graded the same.  In fact, Columbia gives students the freedom to even sit-in on lectures if they happen to be in the New York area.

Other than the Extension School at Harvard, we haven’t seen much from the Ivy League to address the emergence of online degree options.  I am thrilled that Columbia is acting as a pioneer for their online delivery system.  In fact, the Continuing Education division at Columbia University has also allowed students to pursue an online Master’s in Statistics (offered through the Department of Statistics and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), or in Actuarial Science.  These are amazing prospects given the proximity to Wall Street and the potential networking that students can benefit from.

Please note:  be aware that like almost every other “flexible degree option,” the differences are usually only in the form of the program delivery and the admission requirements are the same high standards that the on-campus students face.  This is to preserve the integrity of the programs and is quite understandable.