Departments and Degree Programs

All of our programs are offered solely via Distance Education, and can be completed entirely online.

This is a list of all of our degrees  grouped by Department in alphabetical order. For an easier list of degrees grouped by level of degree, please see “List of Degrees Offered” under  the “About” section above.

      Digital Portfolio: Every student in every program must develop a digital portfolio and internet presence, with the guidance of his/her Instructor/Mentor. The more complex the program, the more detailed and involved the digital portfolio should be. Your Digital Portfolio will begin to create your online reputation and will showcase what you have done and what you can do. Your online identity is your online resume and your online portfolio.

Please scroll down to find your program, following in this order:

1   Biology
2   Biomedical Engineering
3   Business Sciences
4   Chemical Engineering
5   Chinese Language
6   Computer Science
7   Creative Arts and Sciences- Dissertation only
8   Education-Instructional Technology
9   Humanities
10 Law
11 Medicine

(1) Department of Biology

This is a graduate level department offering biology doctoral degrees in the following subjects. A Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree is the international standard, and is equivalent to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Please Click on the links below for further information and the curriculum for each program. The Course Handbook containing course descriptions can be obtained here: Department of Biology Course Catalog

Blue Marble University offers a 3 year online doctoral degree in stem cell biology, through its biology graduate school, the Panama College of Cell Science. This is a distance learning biology graduate school, and the mailing address is 411 Walnut St., Green Cove Springs, Florida, USA

Note Concerning the Panama College of Cell Science, a Biology Graduate School within Blue Marble University, that administers our programs in Stem Cell Biology.

The Panama College of Cell Science was initially formed and sponsored by the Drake Biomedical Institute to accomplish its educational mission in stem cell science, namely to train clinicians, scientists, researchers, teachers, health care managers, and others in this new science and the potential of the science to be transformative in medicine and biology.

The Republic of Panama was the original location of our administrative office with the idea of being close to some of the major clinics using adult stem cell therapy.  After the College got rolling, those of us involved liked the model we had created for a virtual university very much and wanted to expand the program offerings, but yet our name was limiting. In other words, it was not really appropriate to have a humanities program at a “cell science” college. Plus, there were student records which had to be maintained permanently and also degrees had been issued. Permanency is an important attribute of an educational institution.

Blue Marble University was formed as a separate entity with the long range plan to merge the two virtual institutions into one. Effective January 1, 2013, the Panama College of Cell Science was merged with Blue Marble University and operates as an autonomous college within the University. What this means is that the Panama College of Cell Science retains its own faculty, handles its own financial matters, and administers its own program in stem cell biology, which now becomes the stem cell biology program of Blue Marble University. This is similar to many universities that are made up of several colleges or schools.  The Panama College of Cell Science is a biology graduate school within Blue Marble University. 

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is issued by Blue Marble University upon the recommendation of the Faculty of the Panama College of Cell Science. This exciting, stand-alone biology doctoral program remains the only doctoral program in stem cell biology that can be completed entirely online. 

PhD Stem Cell Biology (3 year program):  An online biology graduate program in the new field of stem cell sciences which can be completed entirely online. This program has been pre-reviewed by a USA approved foreign credential evaluation service as being equivalent to that of a regionally accredited USA college or university. This program is administered by the Faculty of the Panama College of Cell Science. Information on the Curriculum, Program, and How to Apply can be found at the website for the Panama College of Cell Science.

BS/PhD Stem Cell Biology  (5 year combined program for High School Graduates): This program features 2 years of preparation courses in basic sciences leading into our regular 3 year doctoral program administered by the Panama College of Cell Science.  Graduates receive combined Bachelor Degree and Doctoral Degree. High School graduates and Home Schoolers should apply to this program at our regular application page: How To Apply 

D.Sc. Applied Biology (3 year program): This program teaches concepts in applied biology, that is the role of biology in medical, agricultural, and industrial applications. This is a multidisciplinary program that is intended to vest the graduate in a broad and useful education that will be useful in many fields of endeavor. It is the intent of Blue Marble University to avoid where possible the training of doctoral candidates with too specialized and too narrow a focus. Rather, graduates would be expected to be able to follow endeavors in a variety of different settings, including clinical, biomedical, research, industrial, and academic.

B.S./D.Sc. Applied Biology B.S./D.Sc. Applied Biology (5 year fast track program for High School Graduates): This program features 2 years of preparation courses in basic sciences leading into our regular 3 year doctoral program. Graduates receive combined Bachelor Degree and Doctoral Degree.

(2) Biomedical Engineering

This is a broad and exciting field which combines applied engineering with current rapid advances in Biology and Medicine. The major goal of this interdisciplinary field is to use design and problem solving engineering skills to improve health care. Examples of biomedical applications include the development of biocompatible prostheses, medical devices, imaging equipment, and regenerative tissue growth.

We believe that the most important medical observation of our time is that repair stem cells taken from a patient’s blood can heal damaged tissue and can repair bodily functions. Stem cell science has opened a whole new and exciting area for biomedical engineers. New designs of equipment and processes are needed in the areas of batch preparation of stem cells, labeling and sorting of cells, cell preservation techniques, clinical diagnostic imaging devices to find such cells, scaffolding and other techniques for tissue creation, nanotechnology, as well as cellular delivery devices. Yet, even though cellular and tissue engineering are our focus, our program is rock solid in  all the hot new fields of nanotechnology, imaging systems, fiber optics and bio-sensors, biophotonic instrumentation, bioinformatics, robotics, medical devices and implants. We offer a Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree which is the international standard, and is equivalent to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Click on the links for more information:

D.Sc. Biomedical Engineering (3 year Online Program)

B.S./D.Sc. Biomedical Engineering: B.S./D.Sc. Biomedical Engineering: (5  year fast track program for High School Graduates): This program features 2 years of preparation courses in basic sciences leading into our regular 3 year doctoral program. Graduates receive combined Bachelor Degree and Doctoral Degree.

(3) Department of Business Sciences
We offer two undergraduate programs, and one combined Bachelor/Master Degree Program

A.B.S. (Associate of Business Science) Bookkeeping and Tax Preparation:  This is a 2 year, Associate of Business Science (A.B.S.) program teaching bookkeeping, basic accounting, and tax preparation. Graduates of the program can start their own bookkeeping and tax preparation business, work for corporate accounting offices, or become employed by the government and other tax preparation services.

B.B.S. Bachelor of Business Science in Entrepreneurship  (3 year Program). This program teaches entrepreneurship, how to start a business, how to buy and sell a business, how to read company financial reports, essential bookkeeping,  basic tax preparation, computation of employee related taxes, types of business structures, small business start-up funding, and the sale of securities. There are no humanities courses mixed in with this program, no second language requirements and the like…all business science. This course will train you to start, run and manage your own business….or help someone else manage theirs. This is an exciting course that features  exercises in real business.

B.B.S./M.B.S. Combined Bachelor of Business Science and Master of Business Science in Industrial Technologies  (4 year program). This business program goes deep into the main global technologies: Food, Oil/Energy, Water, Global Transportation (including Modern Railroading). A graduate of this new kind of business program will have the tools and the industry specific language to obtain employment with the largest global companies. You will be hired because you understand their business. Again, we don’t spend any time on superfluous humanities courses, second language courses and general studies…we are all business. This is a terrific, novel, innovative program, the graduates of which will be in high demand. This program focuses on:

  • Big Oil: Exploration, Transport, Management, Chemistry, Reserves, Sale and Marketing, Permits, Clean Coal Processing
  • Water Resources: Production, Filtration Technology, Ocean Energy, Waste Water, Water Chemistry, Management, Salt Water Separation, EPA Regulations
  • Food Technologies: Packaging, Preservation, Distribution, Additives, Regulations
  • Global Transportation: Modern Railroading, River Transport, Air Cargo, Sea Cargo, Ports and Port Mechanics, Shipping and Tanker Leasing

(4) Chemical Engineering

Two Programs: A Doctoral Degree an a Combined Bachelor/Doctoral Degree

NOTE: While we continue to accept Applications and statements of interest from prospective students, our Chemical Engineering online doctoral program operates by special permission only,  to ensure there is enough interest to create a class for a particular Start Date.

We have two exciting programs, a 3 year doctoral program, as well as a 5 year fast track combination doctoral program for high school graduates, and they are not as difficult as you think!! Dissertation topics are always open to the student to select what he/she would like to research (with faculty guidance and approval). We are currently encouraging dissertations that relate to the batch processing of human stem cells, growth media, and nanotechnology for labeling and sorting of cells, but this topic in biomedical processes is not a requirement.

Click on the links for further information, curriculum, and course descriptions:

D.Sc. Chemical Engineering (3 year Online Program)

B.S./D.Sc. Chemical Engineering, 5 year combined program for High School graduates

(5) Chinese Language


Master of Science (M.S.) in Chinese Language

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We offer a totally online program that can be completed in 2-4 years. Open to anyone, including those with a Bachelors Degree in any subject area, High School graduates, or just people that want to learn. Learn Chinese and you will ALWAYS have a job, and a very lucrative one as well. Please Click Herefor a description of the program, Admission requirements, and Structure of the Program.

(6) Department of Computer Science

B.S. Computer Science (3 year program): In constructing our program, we started out by selecting courses that provide a good computer science foundation for students that may be new to this field. Then we added courses applicable to growing industries such as health care, and skills in demand such as security and data base management. Finally, we topped off the program with hot courses in Mobile Computing, Virtual Worlds, and Video Gaming Design and Development. If you find a better program than this, that you can complete online in 3 years, take it instead!!!

D.Sc. Computer Science (3 year online program)  A Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree is the international standard, and is equivalent to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Our doctoral program in Computer Science is constantly evolving to ensure that we are at the cutting edge of all new technologies. We cover the hot areas of video gaming, virtual worlds, programming for mobile devices, and 3D Immersion Technology used in the entertainment industry. We stress academic scholarship and thinking outside of the box. We encourage both Directed Research and Independent Research. Our standing Directed Research project relates to the batch preparation of human stem cells and the computer controlled imaging mechanisms for cell counting and separation. Independent dissertation topics are left up to the student with the guidance and consent of supervising faculty. Every student must also create an Online Portfolio, being a digital presentation published on the internet which summarizes the students achievements, education, research interests, publications, and other interests.

(7) Creative Arts and Sciences


Dissertation Only PhD. A new exciting 2 year online program that serves the creative, inventive, and productive student by allowing the student to obtain a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree through the construction of a substantial creative independent work.

The dissertation only PhD program is open to anyone, from any field of endeavor,  and with any interest. There is no age or other requirement, nor any particular academic pre-requisite, although the applicant has the burden during the application process of demonstrating that attendant skills have been mastered or obtained sufficient to likely successful completion of the proposed independent project.

The work may be, by way of example and not meant to include all the categories, a novel, a work of history, an archaeological discovery, a film, a video, musical work, a research paper, a photographic journal, natural environment photography, a novel use of the internet or other modern technology, a unique creation of 3D modeling or virtual worlds, a contribution to robotics, a summary or review of medical technology…. in short--any topic of interest to the student for which an original work that contributes to human kind or society may be completed. Special preference will be given to students who create special items to enhance the University, such as a virtual world area for the website or otherwise.

Please carefully study the following materials before making an inquiry:

(1) Detailed Information on the Dissertation Only PhD Program  Details

(2) Supplement to the Application to the Dissertation Only PhD  Supplement to Application

How to Apply

(A) Complete the Blue Marble University General Application Procedure, which can be found on our APPLY page, as well as HERE

(B) Complete and Submit the Supplement to Application to the Dissertation Only PhD Program, which can be be found HERE


(8) Education- Instructional Technology

D.Sc. Instructional Technology(3 year Program):  We offer one of the classiest doctoral programs in Instructional Technology you will come across. Really!! We filled our program with the study of useful tools you can use. Complete our program and you can go anywhere to design curricula and to deploy an e-learning or distance learning educational platform, or easily serve as lead administrator at the university, corporate, or K-12 (State Education Department) level. Our online lab will require you to actually design one or more courses and deploy them on an e-learning platform. And we have some fun diving deep into 3D Virtual Worlds as a means to create student interest in courses. But don’t worry, we know you are not engineers, but rather educators. Our computer science courses won’t kill you and will give you a world of confidence.

(9) Department of The Humanities

We are excited to be at the forefront of support for the Humanities and to be able to offer affordable programs both at the undergraduate and graduate level. As Dr. Bruce Janz, Chair, Department of Philosophy at the University of Central Florida has so eloquently stated: “The humanities today are not the humanities of the past. The image that many people have is of a pursuit that has no relation to practical human concerns. The fact is, humanities disciplines are involved in research projects of all sorts, with just about every discipline in the university. Philosophers work with scientists and engineers, historians work with medical professionals, creative writers work with digital media engineers. The fact is, every technical and scientific discipline, at some point or other, must also become a humanities discipline. Every scientific advance is an advance for humans, and is meaningful in our history, for the betterment of our lives. Every invention happens within the context of human meaning. Every business trades on human narratives and human desires as expressed through language and symbol. The humanities matter everywhere. Far from being marginal, they are central to all human life. They’re that important.”

And consider this about Steve Jobs (Apple Computer): In the world of invention and innovation, that means combining an appreciation of the humanities with an understanding of science — connecting artistry to technology, poetry to processors. This was Mr. Jobs’s specialty. “I always thought of myself as a humanities person as a kid, but I liked electronics,” he said. “Then I read something that one of my heroes, Edwin Land of Polaroid, said about the importance of people who could stand at the intersection of humanities and sciences, and I decided that’s what I wanted to do.”’ From Walter Isaacson, The Genius of Jobs, NY Times, Oct. 29, 2012. 

See also the closely related Dissertation-Only PhD program in Creative Arts and Sciences described above as #7.


We are very proud to present to you the very finest online doctoral program in Humanities that exists today. Designed by award winning educator David Brottman PhD, we requested him to take a blank sheet, and without any constraints put upon him whatsoever by any traditional thinking, to design a masterpiece program for Blue Marble University in the Humanities.

We asked…and he delivered… an outstanding program. The fruit of his labor is now our three year online humanities doctoral curriculum with course descriptions, undeniably a power packed and scholarly program designed around themes rather than historical periodicity, although historical structure is built into each course.

Click on the below links for more information on our programs:

Ph.D. Humanities- Critical Thinking: 3 year online program

B.A./M.A. Humanities– Worlds of Kings and Gods: 3 year Online Program


PhD Humanities- Worlds– 3 Year online program leading to: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Humanities: Worlds

Our second doctoral program is the history based story of civilization. Join us on expeditions to find the soul of the humanities. This is an Instructor-led self learning program in which we use the massive eleven volume work of Wil and Ariel Durant “The Story of Civilization” as the foundation and outline for our learning.

Click the above link for more information, admission requirements, and curriculum for our 3 year online doctoral degree in Humanities/History


Blue Marble University offers two law programs, a 4 year BA/JD which can be entered from High School, and a 3 year JD degree, both online programs.

We offer a USA style law degree for those that want training in the law for one of the many careers not involving the practice of law as a licensed attorney. Please Note: Completion of this program does not qualify any graduate to become a licensed attorney in the USA. The purpose of our JD program is to offer Doctor of Law Degrees to students and working adults for purposes of career advancement and not for the purpose of becoming a licensed attorney in the USA.  Our program is not approved by the American Bar Association. Depending on your country, if you are an international student, our Doctor of Law degree (JD) may qualify you to practice law in your country. Please refer to our Law Program Description for a listing of careers and opportunities you can achieve with a J.D. From Blue Marble University.

Admission Requirements: for the three year online Doctor of Laws degree (JD), applicants should have a minimum of a Bachelors Degree in any field, or its equivalent. For the four year combined BA/JD online degree program, applicants should have a High School Diploma or other indicia of having attained a secondary education. Home schoolers are always welcome. For Application information Click on the “Apply” page in the above navigation bar.

B.A./J.D. Law- BA/JD Curriculum

J.D. Law- Law Curriculum JD

A law degree opens the door to many types of endeavors and may actually be the most flexible and useful degree one can earn

(11) Department of Medical Arts and Science

Distance Education MD degree, online doctor of medicine degree, USA style medical school, 3 year online MD degree program