IBHE approves five new undergraduate programs to be offered in Springfield

IBHE approves five new undergraduate programs to be offered in Springfield
August 10, 2010

8102010_springfieldjul20102webjpgThe Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) approved today a proposal by Benedictine University to offer five new undergraduate programs at its Springfield campus.

The newly-approved programs will lead to the following degrees: an Associate of Arts in Business Administration; a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice; a Bachelor of Arts in Management; a Bachelor of Science in Biology; and a Bachelor of Science in Health Science. Management and Business Administration are adult accelerated programs. Criminal Justice, Biology and Health Science are traditional undergraduate programs.

“We are continually working to expand our offerings to better serve students in the Springfield area and throughout central Illinois,” said Benedictine University President William J. Carroll, Ph.D.

Benedictine University at Springfield is now approved to offer 14 traditional undergraduate degree programs. Previously approved were programs in Business and Economics, Communication Arts, Elementary Education, Finance, History, Marketing, Management and Organizational Behavior, Psychology, Sociology, Theology, and Writing and Publishing.

Benedictine also offers adult accelerated programs in Management and Organizational Behavior, Nursing (R.N. to B.S.N. completion) and Psychology; master’s programs in Education, Business Administration and Management and Organizational Behavior; and a Ph.D. program in Organization Development.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.