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New Mexico State University

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Degrees and Certificates at New Mexico State University

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New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment and, while students may not be enchanted with the long list of degrees offered at this university, they will certainly be impressed with the variety. There are more than 180 degree programs, and they begin at the associate level. They are offered on campus, online and in a hybrid format and they focus on building skills and building careers. While it is not possible to describe every program in this article, here are a few examples.

The Associate degrees at New Mexico State University are divided into associate of science or associate of arts and associate of applied science. The difference in the designations is that the applied science degree focuses on direct career preparation while the associate of arts or science degrees prepare students either for entry-level professional jobs or for continuing to a bachelor’s degree.

There are associate of science degrees in allied health, arts (an online program), criminal justice (offered online or on campus), general engineering, and other sciences. Students may earn an associate of arts in early childhood, education, social work and more.

There are associate of applied science degrees in Automotive and Hybrid Technology, Business Management ( accounting/bookkeeping concentration, administrative support, or general management concentration) Medical Assistant and in Paralegal among others. The Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal is a 61-credit program that prepares students to interview clients and witnesses, perform legal research, prepare witnesses, draft legal papers and more. It also prepares them to take the Certified Paralegal Exam. The Paralegal program also can be earned as a legal assistant certification. This program contains 29 hours and prepares students to do basic legal office skills. This is an online offering.

In addition to the associate degrees, the university has several associate-level certificate programs.

There are many undergraduate degrees and majors, beginning with a number of agriculture-related programs including Agricultural Biology, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Business, Agricultural and Extension Education, Agricultural and Community Development, Animal Science and others. The Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering is a 12-credit program that includes required university general education courses as well as courses in the major. As in other undergraduate programs, students may be required to take certain developmental ( prerequisite) courses that do not apply to graduation requisites. The degree also requires a capstone.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science-Artificial Intelligence Concentration is another 120-credit program. Students who are not going on to earn a graduate degree are advised to choose electives that enable them to build a concentration area. Sample courses are Introduction to Robotics, Applied Machine Learning, and others.

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance requires 120 credit-hours for graduation including 12 hours in the concentration. There are four concentration areas: Financial Analyst, Banking and Financial Planning, Risk Management and Insurance and Entrepreneurial Finance. It features an internship and independent study.

The Bachelor of Individualized Studies is an innovative degree that allows students to design their own programs within some boundaries. It is intended for students who cannot find the program they want at the university. Students must include 120 credit-hours, including university general education requisites and 48 hours in upper-level courses.

There are more than 50 master’s programs at the university including programs in accounting, aerospace, several agricultural offerings, and others.

The MBA, for example, is a 36 credit-hour program that is available in a face-to-face format as well as online. The online program, however, features a synchronous component that allows students to interact with faculty and some face-to-face required classes that are presented in the evenings. It is available with concentrations in Agribusiness, Finance or Information Systems.

There is also a doctoral degree that can be earned with a concentration in management or marketing.

The nursing programs at this school are robust and varied. Students may pursue an Early-Assurance Track that is available to qualified high school students, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, RN-BSN degree and the Master of Science in Nursing. The MS in Nursing is offered entirely online. The available concentration is Nursing Administration, and it can be earned full-time, half-time or three-quarter-time. There are 36 hours in the graduate program.

About New Mexico State University

This school was founded in 1888 as Las Cruces College. It has an undergraduate student population of 11,687. The university is new Mexico’s oldest, and has campuses in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Doña Ana County, and Grants as well as the main campus. There is also an osteopathic medical school. The university has more than 90 bachelor’s degrees, 50 master’s programs as well as associate, certificate and doctoral programs. The US News and World Report ranks NMSU as # 263 of National Universities.

New Mexico State University Accreditation Details

  • North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission
  • Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Bar Association and the American Association of American Law Schools
  • National Council for Teacher Education
  • Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs
  • Accrediting Board for Engineering and Technology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • And more.

New Mexico State University Application Requirements

Students applying as first-time freshmen should apply online. The online form contains prompts for the student to choose a starting semester as well as a program and a campus. They also enter the required personal information and indicate which college entry exam they took. Students enter their date of high school graduation and arrange to pay the $25 non-refundable application fee. After the application is completed, the students will arrange for their high schools to submit their official transcripts and for the testing agency to send their official ACT or SAT scores.

Graduate students apply to their programs. They use either the regular master’s application, the provisional application or the doctoral form. They should arrange to submit their official undergraduate transcripts and to comply with any other required documentation. The program may then choose to recommend the student to the graduate school or to decline.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The tuition for resident undergraduate students at New Mexico State University is $295.20 per credit-hour for students taking fewer than 15 credits and $3,905 per semester for undergraduates taking 15 credits or more. Graduate tuition is $319.50 per credit-hour for fewer than 15 credits or a flat fee of $4,216.70 per semester. Room and board costs about $9,538, and students should budget for personal expenses as well as books and supplies. Online courses are $399.50 per credit-hour.

Students should complete the FAFSA form as soon as they can. After receiving their award letters, they will know how much they will need to meet the remainder of their debt. New Mexico has some state aid available in addition to federal assistance. The school has scholarships and grants for which students can apply by filling out the Scholar Dollar program form. There are also outside grants and scholarships as well as loans and part-time jobs to help students pay for their degree programs at New Mexico State University.

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