Beacon Education + NAU
The Beacon Education partnership is designed for working professionals and students who reside in China. Working in partnership with Beacon Education, Northern Arizona University is leveraging the comprehensive teaching and learning platform that was designed and optimized in China to provide an outstanding education experience.
The programs offered in the Beacon Partnership are conducted through NAU’s Personalized Learning platform: online courses that incorporate innovative teaching and learning methods. It differs from the traditional academic model, with the goal for students to achieve deeper learning through a personalized approach. The program provides learners, who are often working professionals, flexibility and support to best meet their needs. Tuition is based on length of time rather than by course or credit hours, providing a financial incentive for students to complete their degree on an accelerated timeline.
Currently, three programs are available to students residing in China through the Beacon Education partnership:
Undergraduate programs Accordion Open
Coming Fall 2022
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology
Graduate programs Accordion Closed
Computer Information Technology (Master’s)
Available emphasis areas:
- data analytics
- mobile and web application development
- project management
- information security and assurance
Among the top 75 colleges for best online bachelor’s degree programs in the nation – US News & World Report
Among the best 100 online Master’s in Computer Information Technology programs – US News & World Report
Among the 30 most innovative online colleges of 2020 – Online Schools Center
Application requirements for working professionals
- GRE scores are waived
- TOEFL is waived
- NAU graduate application
- CV with work experience and professional reference listed
- personal statement
- official transcript with degree conferral and received dates
- personal ID card
- GPA 2.50/73.5%
- official transcript (from the past three years)
- no diploma needed
- copy of government-issued ID in English
Frequently asked questions
Is the GRE required? Accordion Closed
No. Graduate standardized tests are not required.
Is the TOEFL required? Accordion Closed
No. Proof of English proficiency is not required.
Will my degree have the word “online”? Accordion Closed
No, the degree will be identical to the diploma of a non-online student.
Can I transfer to the on-campus program if I start with the online program? Accordion Closed
No, the program you are applying for is only available online.
How fast can I complete my program? Accordion Closed
The competency-based format focuses on your needs: it allows you to set your own deadlines and move through the coursework at your own pace. This flexibility allows students to complete as much course work as they are able during their six-month subscription.
What is the maximum time in which I can finish the degree programs? Accordion Closed
A student has a maximum of six years to complete the Master’s of Computer Information Technology degree program.
If I enroll in a master’s degree program, can I apply for a PhD after I finish my master’s program? Accordion Closed
Yes. You can view a list of the eligible degrees on our graduate college admissions page.
Is Beacon Education an agent working with Northern Arizona University in China? Accordion Closed
Beacon Education is not an agent. Beacon Education Limited, along with its affiliates (北京彼岸京华教育科技有限公司), are the partners for the online and hybrid degree programs for students in China.
How should I pay for my tuition? Accordion Closed
Tuition and fees will be facilitated by our partner, Beacon Education Limited, along with its affiliates (北京彼岸京华教育科技有限公司), who will support you through payment, enrollment, and study.
How soon can I begin a degree? Accordion Closed
Students can start a six-month subscription on the first Wednesday of every month.