• FAQs: Online Degree Information

    Is an online degree as good as a degree that I can earn in a classroom?
    All of CCU’s degree programs – online and classroom-based – are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Associate of Colleges and Schools. At CCU, "online" refers only to the format of the courses, and your degree will be the same whether you take courses in a classroom, online, or a combination of both. Many educators believe that online study results in a more comprehensive understanding of the course material.
    Are online classes more difficult than classroom-based courses?
    No, an online class will cover the same course material as an in-seat class. Online classes are designed for people who prefer the Web learning environment, and find it more convenient to take classes online.
    How is an online course set up?
    The online class is run primarily through a Web-based format called Blackboard. The virtual classroom format allows you to interact with your instructor and other students, and gives you the tools you need to find and submit required assignments.
    Will I be able to access my courses on my smartphone?
    Yes, Blackboard has a mobile app that allows students to check updates, watch video, or receive notifications on their smartphones. Here is an example of what the mobile application looks like.

    Blackboard screen shot
    Is there start and end date for online classes or can I just take them when I want?
    Online courses run in a block system every semester with specific start and end dates. See the College of Adult and Graduate Studies Academic Calendar for current block start dates.
    How long does an online course run?
    Online courses may run from 5 to 10 weeks long, depending on the program. Contact your Enrollment Counselor for information on your specific classes.
    Am I required to be online at certain times?
    No, but you will have specific deadlines during each week of the course.
    How much does an online course cost?
    Tuition for an online course is the same as that of an in-seat course. However, some additional course fees may apply. Please visit the College of Adult and Graduate Studies Tuition website for specific cost information for your program.
    Will I be able to contact my instructor with questions?
    Yes. Your instructor will have an e-mail address, and he or she will respond to you in a timely manner.
    Will I interact with other students if I take my classes online?
    Online students regularly interact with classmates through threaded discussions that are part of the course requirements. In addition, students are assigned to a specific cohort that promotes a sense of community whether classes are taken in seat or online. Learn more about CCU's Cohort Model.
    Can I transfer my prior college credits to CCU toward an online course?
    Yes. CCU’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies accepts transfer credits from regionally and nationally accredited schools toward our degree programs whether they are offered online or in seat. In addition, undergraduate credits are accepted from members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. CCU will accept up to 90 transfer credits from a regionally accredited community college toward an undergraduate degree program in CCU’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies. Visit our Transfer Student website for details. Transfer credit policies for graduate programs vary by program.
    Can I get credit for my life experiences?
    Yes, CCU’s Prior Learning Assessment program is designed to provide adult students with credits for prior life learning experiences. Students can earn up to 31 credits through this program. Visit our Prior Learning Assessment website for details.