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Thomas Edison State University and Jetblue to Offer Graduate Degrees for Crewmembers


Thomas Edison State University is expanding its relationship with JetBlue Airways and the JetBlue Scholars program. Thomas Edison will offer graduate education courses through the JetBlue Scholars program to allow crewmembers to earn master’s degrees at discounted rates.

Thomas Edison and JetBlue have collaborated since the launch of JetBlue Scholars in 2016 to provide access to online courses and personalized coaching for crewmembers pursuing undergraduate degrees from Thomas Edison State University, with JetBlue covering most of the costs.

According to JetBlue, since launching JetBlue Scholars, the top question from crewmembers has been about master’s degree opportunities. The evolution of the program comes as a direct response to crewmember requests for additional options. Through the Master’s Pathways, crewmembers will be able to earn advanced degrees in leadership, business management, information technology, aviation management or liberal arts.

“Many of our nontraditional students complete their degree while working fulltime. The JetBlue Scholars program not only makes this happen, but also has the advantage of the full corporate support of JetBlue. Thomas Edison is committed to meeting JetBlue’s education needs and to remaining a premier education solution for crewmembers,” said Dr. Merodie A. Hancock, Thomas Edison State University president.

The current JetBlue Scholars program for undergraduate degrees has already proven to be successful. In year one, 50 crewmembers received their degrees from Thomas Edison State University, and to date more than 185 undergraduate degrees have been conferred. The undergraduate pathway goes well beyond standard tuition reimbursement. JetBlue Scholars provides access to alternative college credit options, innovative learning platforms, online courses and internal Success Coaches to help guide crewmembers throughout the journey. The Master’s Pathways are a natural extension of this type of programming designed around adult learners and their unique needs.

Thomas Edison will join four other regionally accredited institutions offering graduate courses as part of the JetBlue Scholars program.

JetBlue Scholars by the Numbers

  • 1,000+ crewmembers (employees) have participated in the program
  • 700+ crewmembers currently enrolled
  • 185+ degrees earned to date, with more on their way by the end of the year
  • 5,000+ classes completed from alternative credit course providers including StraighterLine, Sophia,, and internally developed and ACE reviewed courses
  • 93 percent average course completion rate
  • 16 months: average time to complete a bachelor’s degree