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Beacon Education

About 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, one undergraduate and one graduate program are available to students residing in China through the Beacon Education partnership:


Undergraduate programs

Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology

Graduate programs

Graduate programs

Computer Information Technology (Master’s)

Available emphasis areas:

  • data analytics
  • mobile and web application development
  • project management
  • information security and assurance

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Application requirements

The application requirements for working professionals include:

  • GRE scores are waived
  • TOEFL is waived

Graduate admissions

  • NAU graduate application
  • CV with work experience and professional reference listed
  • personal statement
  • official transcript with degree conferral and received dates
  • personal ID card

Undergraduate admissions

  • 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

No. Graduate standardized tests are not required.