University of the Southwest, located in Hobbs, New Mexico, started as a two-year junior college in 1956. It was incorporated in 1962 as a Baptist institution but is now a full-pledges private non-denominational four-year educational institution. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It has also earned a solid reputation for educational excellence and was in fact, ranked a 2009 Best College in the Western Region by The Princeton Review.

University of the Southwest offers graduate and undergraduate programs through its School of Business, School of Education, and School of Arts and Sciences. Currently, the university also offers online courses through its Distance Education programs. It also offers two online graduate programs: the online Master of Business Administration (MBA) and online Master of Science in Education.

Students of the online Master’s of Science in Education have a choice of specializations in Counseling (School or Mental Health), Curriculum and Instruction (Bilingual, TESOL, or Reading), Early Childhool Education, Educational Administration, Educational Diagnostics, Special Education, and a new specialization course for the gifted and talented.

Admission requirements to the online MBA program include a bachelor’s degree in business or related field, $50 graduate application fee, and unofficial transcripts to be faced ahead of time with official transcripts to be mailed afterwards. Application to the online Master’s of Science in Education program can be done online by filling out and submitting the online graduate admission form. Official transcripts, however, must be sent through mail.

Tuition for graduate programs is listed at $544 per credit hour. For more information of financial aid, contact the university’s admissions office.