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 will 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.

By combining unique programs, personalized advising and career planning, the College of Innovation and Design provides you with the knowledge, confidence and practical tools needed to become a career-ready professional who is prepared to compete and contribute value in the global marketplace.

Benefits of the College of Innovation and Design

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Competency-based Delivery

Our competency-based delivery programs allow you to work in a self-paced environment.  If you have experience in a particular subject area, you will receive credit for what you already know!  With the choice of a BAAS in Organizational Leadership, BAAS in Safety and Health, BAAS in Health Services Administration, or the B.S. in Law Enforcement Leadership, you will find that competency-based delivery is flexible, affordable and perfect for working adults.

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Online Programs

Our college offers convenient online degrees designed for transfer students and working adults. Our faculty and staff are very mindful of your busy schedule and limited time. We work with you to help achieve your goals as efficiently as possible.

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Transfer Students

Our college offers four degree programs that will each transfer up to 85 semester credit hours.  No other college can accept that many transfer credits! Courses that you have completed as part of an A.S. or AAS degree may be applied to one of our bachelor’s degrees, which you can complete in as little as 37 hours.

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Wraparound Student Support

Our advisors and faculty are dedicated to providing rapid response to your academic and social needs. Whether you need assistance selecting a major, registering for classes, accelerating into additional coursework, or need clarification about assignments, campus resources or other questions, we are here to ensure your success!

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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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

What is Competency-Based Education?

What is Competency-Based Education

Competency-Based Education (CBE) posits that learning is best measured by students demonstrating what they know and can do rather than by the number of hours spent in a classroom. CBE is student-driven and self-paced, guided by individualized feedback from an instructor and advisor. CBE is also flexible, and offered fully online, so it works around the busy personal and professional lives of adult learners and working professionals.

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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 the Graduate School for graduate program assistance.

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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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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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