Illinois-based school offers online degree completion curriculumSouthern Illinois University recently announced the launch of a new online bachelors degree completion program, which will begin next fall, Southern Business Journal reports.

Officials told the news source that the bachelor's degree in business completion program consists of 60 credit hours of coursework in finance, management and marketing. Furthermore, the curriculum includes 10 content areas that are broken down into two, three-credit hours classes, which are designed to be completed in eight-week sessions.

"Students want programs that emphasize accessibility and convenience without sacrificing quality," J. Dennis Cradit, dean of the College of Business(comma) told the news source. "Building upon the success of our online professional MBA program, our online undergraduate degree completion program fits the bill."

Officials added that admission to the school is required to start and students should have completed at least 60 credit hours, including all pre-requisites required for the curriculum, prior to their first day. They noted that the program is independent from the on-campus version, which means students are unable to transfer between curricula.

According to the Sloan Survey for Online Learning, web-based enrollment numbers increased by an estimated 1 million students in 2009.

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