USC will offer master's degrees in communication and public administration online starting next fallTo meet increased demand, the University of Southern California has announced that it will offer a master's degree in communication and public administration online starting in the fall 2011, reports the Daily Trojan.

School officials told the news source that a survey revealed that alumni have strong interest and support for an online degree. Furthermore, the online format benefits those who struggle to balance working full-time and studying.

“The online program offers the opportunity to provide a quality, state-of-the-art education to the 21st-century students,” said Jack Knott, dean of the School of Policy Planning and Development., quoted by the news source. "The program fits students’ learning style through the Internet and social networking," he added

Students who obtain a master's in public administration may have the credentials to enter the workforce as city managers as well as public relations and human resources managers, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Reuters reports that approximately one in four U.S. students currently take at least some college courses online. Furthermore, the online education industry grew by almost 17 percent in 2009.

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