Flexible Programs

CUPA currently has several programs that are considered flexible degree programs by Portland State standards, meaning that students can complete at least 75% of the required coursework onlineThese programs were designed to provide quality education to students who need a more flexible learning format because of work or family obligations that prevent them from attending all of their classes on campus.

The first of these programs is the Flexible BA/BS in Urban and Public Affairs, which was launched in fall of 2016. While this interdisciplinary degree is open to all new and continuing Portland State students, it was specially designed for students who have already earned some college credit and want to return to college to complete their degree. 

The online bachelor’s degree in International and Global Studies stands out for its interdisciplinary approach. With faculty from five continents and an extensive network of global connections, our online international studies program gives you broad flexibility, so you can tailor the degree to fit your career interests and objectives.

Criminology & Criminal Justice (CCJ) Online offers five fully online programs through the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice. These include a bachelor’s degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice. Through this fully online program, students can earn their first or second Bachelor of Arts or Sciences while studying crime, criminal justice and crime control. CCJ Online also offers a postbacccalaureate certificate in criminology & criminal justice. This affords students with an existing bachelor’s degree with the opportunity to build or expand their knowledge in the field through customized course selection. Finally, CCJ Online offers three fully online undergraduate certificates of completion: Advanced Crime Analysis, Criminal Behavior, and Leadership in Criminal Justice. Each of these certificates can be pursued as a stand-alone credential or added a specialization area to a bachelor’s degree or postbacccalaureate certificate.

The Online Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Governance is a 15-credit program aimed at providing public officials and managers who want to work more effectively with others to create new solutions. 

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Social Demography offers students the opportunity to explore the complex issues and relationships between demographic change and its impact on communities.