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Flexible online degree programs 

The College of Liberal and Applied Arts offers several degree programs that can be completed entirely online. These programs are ideally suited for working students who cannot travel to Nacogdoches or those students who merely need scheduling flexibility.  

The college’s online programs make it possible to earn a degree from home, and all you need is a computer and internet access!

Online programs in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts 

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

Apply non-academic credit to the completion of a bachelor's degree

The B.A.A.S. is unique among all other degrees at SFA in that it allows students to apply non-academic credit to the completion of a bachelor’s degree. Have you earned credits through community college vocational or technical programs, military training, or occupational licensure or certification? If so, you might be just a few semesters away from completing your B.A.A.S.

We offer distance completion options in general business, public administration, industrial technology or communication studies.

Visit the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs' Applied Arts and Sciences page to learn more.

Bachelor of Science in multidisciplinary studies

Did you know you can design your own major at SFA? The Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies (rechristened B.S. in general studies effective fall 2020) allows you to combine three minors to create your own degree. Do you need online-only classes? Select from SFA’s list of online minors.

Visit the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs' Multidisciplinary Studies page to learn more.

Master of Arts in mass communication  

The Department of Mass Communication offers a unique graduate program that will allow you to advance your career options in an exciting and fast-paced industry.  

The Master of Arts in mass communication offers three specializations: 

  • advertising and public relations 
  • broadcasting 
  • journalism 

Students in the program may choose to pursue a thesis option, a nonthesis option or a media project option. All coursework for the program is completed online. Additional opportunities such as internships and graduate assistantships may be available. 

Master of Arts in national security

Prepare yourself for a career in the growing field of intelligence and security studies with our Master of Arts in national security. Offered completely online, program courses are designed to maximize student preparation for a wide range of intelligence careers and directly address necessary skills outlined by the Defense Intelligence Agency.

To view more information, visit the Graduate Bulletin.

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies

Modern problems call for modern solutions. Design your own master’s degree program by combining three or more traditional graduate areas of study at SFA. Select from online or distance programs to complete your degree from afar.

Visit the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs' Master of Interdisciplinary Studies page for more information.

Master of Public Administration  

The Master of Public Administration program prepares students for management and leadership positions both in the public sector and in nonprofit organizations.  

The program is designed to meet the needs of both pre-service and in-service students seeking professional credentials by providing online classes, special research projects, internships and graduate assistantships. The program combines academic expertise with real-world experiences to provide you with outstanding opportunities to connect knowledge with practice.  

Requirements for the Master of Public Administration are: 

  • submission and approval of degree plan prior to completion of first 12 course hours 
  • a total of 36 graduate credit hours from specified public administration courses 
  • selection and approval of a faculty member to serve as chair of the capstone committee 
  • and completion of the public administration capstone project (included in 36 graduate hours).

The final three hours can be taken as an internship, or as determined by your director and/or faculty advisor. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available. 


College of Liberal and Applied Arts

Ferguson Building 
Room 273   

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13033, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962