Our online degree options are perfect for working adults who are seeking to earn a degree or certificate. Whether you choose our self-paced, competency-based programs or our online programs that provide a more structured environment, you are sure to find learning opportunities that match your learning style. Our dedicated advisers ensure your needs are met and provide one-on-one guidance, either virtually or face-to-face.

The First-Year TRAC program and Office of Career Development are integral parts of the College of Innovation and Design. The award-winning First-Year TRAC program provides freshmen with unique learning opportunities. The Office of Career Development offers career guidance and assistance to students throughout their college experience.

By combining unique programs, personalized advising and career planning, the College of Innovation and Design provides students with the knowledge, confidence and practical tools needed to become career-ready professionals, prepared to compete in the marketplace and add value to the global environment.

Benefits of A&M-Commerce Innovation and Design

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Welcome from the Dean

The College of Innovation and Design is a university-wide hub that works collaboratively with faculty, students, alumni and industry to assess and prepare students for the demands and opportunities of our ever-changing world and workplace. The college serves as an incubator for new initiatives, badges, certificates and degrees that transcend single disciplines or departments. Together, we ensure students are successful for their first year of college as well as for their first, second or third career later in life.

Make a difference. Make a living. Make a life.

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Dean, College of Innovation and Design

Academic Degree Programs

Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)

Our BAAS program is flexible, affordable and 100 percent online. If you have earned or worked toward an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, our innovative BAAS program will provide you with a cost-effective pathway to earning your bachelor’s degree. We will accept up to 84 hours of your previous coursework from an accredited institution, which means you are could be only 36 hours away from earning your degree!

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Criminal Justice (BS) Law Enforcement Leadership Emphasis Competency-Based

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Law Enforcement Leadership (BSCJ-CJCB) at Texas A&M University-Commerce is a 100% online, competency-based program designed specifically for first responders: law enforcement, peace officers and military personnel with existing work experience, police academy training, or other certifications. Courses are offered in an accelerated format, so students can move swiftly through material they already have mastery over, and focus more attention on topics that are new and challenging to their existing knowledge base. The courses are self-paced, so students can work according to their own schedule. Students in the BSCJ-CJCB program develop practical workplace competencies that meet current and future challenges facing first responders today.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

2 year average

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No Thesis Required

General Studies (BGS)

The BGS degree will allow you to explore multiple areas of study, satisfying personal interests, aligning to career goals, or simply helping you wrap up the college education you might have started long ago.

Where It Is Offered Commerce, Online
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

General Studies, Competency-based

The Bachelor of General Studies competency-based degree allows you to explore your strengths and apply prior learning experiences to a degree that fits your goals. You will learn about leadership, problem-solving and design thinking while exploring career options and preparing for academic and career success.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Health Services Administration (BAAS) Competency-Based

Our BAAS program is flexible, affordable and 100 percent online. If you have earned or worked toward an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, our innovative BAAS program will provide you with a cost-effective pathway to earning your Bachelor degree. We will accept up to 85 hours of your previous coursework from an accredited institution, which means you are only 37 hours away from earning your degree!

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Certificate

You live in an increasingly diverse world. The Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) certificate program will help increase your awareness of world events, enhance your social and professional communication skills and solidify your commitment to make the world a better place.

Where It Is Offered Commerce
Duration

2 semesters

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Blended (50-85% Online), Face-To-Face
Total Credit Hours

12 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Organizational Leadership (BAAS) Competency-Based

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Organizational Leadership (ORGL) degree is a competency-based program that prepares innovative leaders for employment in an increasingly technological and global society. This program provides opportunities for students to receive credit for what they know and can do already, allows them to accelerate completion of their degree and — because it is fully online — students are able to plan their study schedule around the rest of their day to complete the coursework.

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

2 year average

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Fully Online, Only Offered Online (100% Online)
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

Safety and Health (BAAS) Competency-Based

Our BAAS program is flexible, affordable and 100 percent online. If you have earned or worked toward an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, our innovative BAAS program will provide you with a cost-effective pathway to earning your Bachelor degree. We will accept up to 85 hours of your previous coursework from an accredited institution, which means you are only 37 hours away from earning your degree!

Where It Is Offered Online
Duration

2 years

Foreign Language

No foreign language credits required

Delivery Face-To-Face, Fully Online
Total Credit Hours

120 hours

Thesis Requirements

No thesis required

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Earn an affordable and flexible degree leading to teacher certification!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours should I take?

Students initially register for six hours (two courses per-term). You have the opportunity to accelerate into another course with the expectation that you will complete the coursework by the end of the term. You may continue to add courses, one at a time, through the 5th Friday of the term.

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How do I get into Graduate School?

You can begin graduate coursework after you receive your bachelor’s degree, and sometimes even while you are finishing it up. Please visit us in the dean’s office of the College of Innovation and Design for graduate program assistance.

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What is the “mandatory advising” hold on my student account?

All new and transfer students have an advising hold automatically placed on their account until they have contacted an advisor and declared a major. If you feel this hold is in error, please contact the College of Innovation and Design advising center at [email protected].

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What does the Basic Skills policy have to do with me?

Please review the University Basic Skills policy for information on this rule so that we can better ensure your success in your higher educational endeavors.

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Can I get credit for prior learning and training?

Please contact the A&M-Commerce Testing Center ([email protected] or 903.886.5122) for information about receiving credit for your previous learning and training.

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How do I start the graduation process?

Contact your academic advisor to begin the College of Innovation and Design graduation checkout process. Pay careful attention to the dates. You must also file for graduation with the Office of the Registrar.

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Why can’t I drop my Math or English course and What does the Basic Skills policy have to do with me?

Math courses include: PJCM 306/300 or Math 131/141/175

English courses include: ENG 100/110/101

ENG 100 must be taken concurrently with coordinating college-level courses according to the University Basic Skills Policy found in the Student Guide. As a CID student, you must be continuously enrolled in mathematics until you complete your math requirements.

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How does financial aid work for general studies or applied arts and sciences?

You have to be enrolled in at least six hours (2 courses) to be considered half-time and eligible for grants and loans. Full-time enrollment is 12 hours (4 courses).

For more information, visit the Cost and Assistance page.

Please email [email protected] or call 903.886.5096 for questions about applying for financial aid.

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How can I review my degree evaluation (audit)?

To see your degree evaluation, log into myLEO, select the Student Resources tab, then select the Undergrad DegreeWorks link.

To see degree requirements for a degree that is not listed:

  • While in your Undergrad DegreeWorks, click “What-If”
  • Select the term of your current catalog and choose the major from the dropdown menu
  • Click “Process What-If”

If you have trouble getting your degree evaluation from the myLEO system, you can contact the college of your major to obtain a copy.

If you continue to have difficulty with this process, visit the College of Innovation and Design advising office on the second floor of the library. You may also call 903.886.5155 or email [email protected].

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  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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