Eastern New Mexico University is a state university that was established in 1927, but opened in 1934, making it one of the youngest public, four-year institutions in the state. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The university's main campus is in Portales and it has two additional campuses in Ruidoso and Roswell, where students can earn an associates degree online as well as various vocational degrees. Bachelor's degrees are available in a wide range of disciplines, like business, religion, nursing and occupational education. The university's online master's degree programs focus on the education field in various aspects of the discipline, including administration, pedagogy, reading and literacy, secondary education and special education. Many master's degrees in education include some off-campus, in-class courses taught by university faculty. Students can also earn a MBA through ENMU's distance learning division.
New Mexico State University is a public, four-year institution established in 1888. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university has a student body of more than 18,000 students attending the main campus in Las Cruces, satellite campuses in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, and others as well as those pursing online degrees. New Mexico State offers strong bachelor's degree programs in nursing, sociology and business. However, a broader scope of disciplines is available in their graduate degree plans. Teachers can choose from several areas of focus when earning a Master of Arts in Education, as well as continue on to doctorate degrees in education and curriculum and instruction. The university's online graduate degrees in engineering also rank high with U.S. News & World Report.
The University of New Mexico is a public, four-year research institution with nearly 35,000 students. UNM is one of the top universities in New Mexico. It was established in 1889 and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and The Higher Learning Commission. UNM is the flagship university of New Mexico, with its main campus in Albuquerque and satellite campuses located in Taos, Los Alamos and others cities around the state. UNM offers online certificate programs, bachelor's degrees and master's degrees in key disciplines, such as business administration, nursing, elementary education and more, as well as one online doctorate degree in nursing. Regular UNM faculty also teach the online courses and students can choose hybrid programs that include on-campus coursework combined with virtual learning.
Many brick-and-mortar universities with long-standing reputations in their states are jumping on the online bandwagon. Now, distance learners can earn online degrees from well-known universities with physical campuses. Some programs combine online courses with evening or weekend on-campus classes, labs and events. This approach offers students the best of both worlds: a traditional college experience with the flexibility and convenience of distance learning. Students who need to work at their own pace or who may not be available for evening or weekend commitments due to family or career obligations may find traditional online programs are a better fit. Also, commuting to the nearest campus may not be practical. However, with so many distance learning programs available, students can choose the program that best suits their lifestyle, budget and goals.
New Mexico's economy has a long history in agriculture with an emphasis on cattle and sheep ranching as well as some farming. While agriculture is still a leading industry in this sparsely populated state, oil and gas and tourism also hold a strong position in New Mexico's economy. Online degrees in agricultural fields are available through many New Mexico universities and colleges. However, business degrees – at the undergraduate and graduate levels – allow students to advance in numerous industries. Nursing and education are also popular career choices in New Mexico and students hoping to enter these fields will find they have many options in terms of online education.