Two graduates in caps and gowns file into the Auditorium Theatre for Commencement.

As the job market evolves, Roosevelt University programs evolve with it. Fall Commencement will celebrate graduates in three new programs that offer flexibility, practical career preparation and hands-on experience for the new decade.

General Psychology

While the general psychology program is new, Leana Finley and Jodi Trendler first attended Roosevelt years ago. The two women completing all of the coursework for a degree in clinical psychology except for their final thesis.

Roosevelt’s flexible online program made it possible for them to overcome the final hurdle to their degrees.

One of three psychology master’s programs at Roosevelt, the online program gives students control over what they study. Students can concentrate in applied or quantitative methods and explore broad subjects before applying to doctoral programs.

"The department of psychology faculty represent a wide variety of disciplines and are available for advising and mentoring," said Edward Rossini, the program director. "We also have professionals in the field who serve as instructors in their areas of expertise."

Many working professionals hope to fast-track careers in social work, counseling, nursing or business. For others, the program is an opportunity to explore different aspects of psychology before committing to one field. The online degree can be completed in less than a calendar year.

Cyber and Information Security

As hacking scandals and data breaches make national news, companies face a growing need for cybersecurity experts. At Roosevelt, the bachelor’s program gives students the hands-on experience and problem-solving skills to succeed — even as technology and the industry changes.

“My experience with Roosevelt’s Cyber Security program has been a meaningful one,” said December graduate Oak Latt. “The hands-on approach to learning, including the Cyber Security Club, cyber competitions and preparation for industry certifications, have given me the necessary skills and confidence for a career in cyber security.”

Latt served as president of the Roosevelt Cyber Security Club and took first place in the 2018 U.S. Cyber Challenge, a national hacking competition.

Through the Center for Cyber and Information Security, Latt and other students organized outreach programs for senior citizens. Junior Sabiha Hafeji now writes a biweekly column about cyber scams — read her recent tips for safe online shopping this holiday season.

December graduate Oak Latt and Roosevelt faculty at the 2018 U.S. Cyber Challenge.

Health Science Administration

Fueled by her passion for helping others, Biola Ajagbe is the first in a new cohort of health care leaders from Roosevelt. The December graduate currently volunteers at UI Health as a wayfinder and greeter.

As the baby boomer generation grows older and requires more care, Roosevelt graduates will be ready to improve the patient experience. The online bachelor’s degree prepares graduates for the day-to-day operations of health care systems. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of medical and health services managers jobs will grow 18% by 2028.

Many working students are using the flexible online program to advance their careers in private practices, major hospital systems or medical laboratories. Some students like Brittney McGee (BA, ’20) are building the foundations to start new roles. Last summer, McGee won a competitive paid internship that led to a full-time job offer at Northwestern Medicine.

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