Johnson C Smith to Offer First Online Degree Programs

Last Updated on May 31, 2023

Johnson C. Smith University students on campus are working a course assignment.The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has just approved the expansion of the accelerated online bachelor’s degree programs offered at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). Students enrolled at Metropolitan College can earn fully accredited accelerated online degrees in business administration and sport management with this approval.

Not only will the conferring of online degrees expand JCSU’s presence as a new urban university but it will also provide a new tuition revenue stream that will strengthen the University’s financial position.

“This is a historic moment for JCSU and the surrounding community,” said Dr. Laura McLean, dean of Metropolitan College at JCSU. “We now have the unique opportunity to make it easier for our students to achieve their goal of earning a bachelor’s degree,” McLean added.

Students enrolling in the online business administration program can choose a concentration in management or accounting. The sport management program allows students the opportunity to combine sport theory and practical engagement in this discipline.

“This is an amazing opportunity for JCSU to share with the masses what we have been doing for some time for our traditional, on-campus students in the sport management major,” said Dr. BerNadette Lawson-Williams, online sport management program coordinator and associate professor of sport management. “Our combined practical and theoretical approach to sport management sets us and our students apart,” Lawson-Williams added.

In a recent article by Business Research Guide, JCSU was named among the Top 50 most innovative small college business departments in the U.S. The ranking considered progressive majors and/or course offerings, global business emphasis and wow factor. The editors noted the out-of-the box teaching methods utilized at JCSU, highlighting its ability to prepare students to become industry leaders.

“As an alumnus and now a professor at JCSU, I am so proud of our University as it provides education to those individuals near and far using technology to communicate, learn independently as well as collaboratively, and demonstrate competence in chosen fields,” said Dr. Lucinda Blue, assistant professor of business administration. “Our University continues to embrace the adult learners who want to pursue their education but need the flexibility to do so.”

About Metropolitan College:

Metropolitan College is the accelerated degree and certificate program tailored to working adults, offered on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University. Started in 2009, Metropolitan College allows adult students the opportunity to earn his or her bachelor’s degree at an accelerated pace with flexible options, and at the same time still enjoy the traditional undergraduate college experience (i.e. sports, homecoming, student activities, clubs and other social organizations on campus).  Currently, Metropolitan College offers bachelor’s degrees in business administration – management, business administration – accounting, sport management, social work and criminology. Additionally, there are a host of certificate programs offered. For more information, visit or call 704-378-1253.

About Johnson C. Smith University

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study, including a master’s degree in social work, to more than 1,400 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit or follow the university on social media sites Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Source: Johnson C. Smith University Office of Communications and Marketing

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