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The University of Scranton Online FAQ

Here you will find the answers to the most frequently asked general questions about The University of Scranton’s online master’s degree programs. If your question is not addressed here, just contact one of our knowledgeable admissions representatives toll-free at (866) 373-9547.

For specific program questions:

 

How and when can I get started?
Applications are accepted and reviewed on a continuous basis throughout the academic year. To determine the best start date for you, contact an admissions representative by calling toll-free at (866) 373-9547, or click here for an application.

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How many terms per year does The University of Scranton offer?

The online programs offer six terms per year.

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How long is each term?
Each term lasts eight weeks, beginning on a Monday and ending on a Sunday. The terms run back-to-back except for a 3 week break in December and one or two one-week breaks at other parts of the year.

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Do I have to submit GMAT test scores for admission?
GMAT test scores are not required, but may be submitted as an additional credential to bolster your case for admission. In some cases, the Admissions Committee may require an applicant to submit GMAT test scores after the application materials have been reviewed.

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How long will it take to complete the program?
Typically, students complete the online program in two years at a comfortable pace of one course per term. It is possible to take more than one course per term with your advisor’s approval.

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Do the online programs require a campus residency?
No. The programs are completely online and do not require a campus residency. You can pursue an online degree from The University of Scranton from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection.

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What are the advantages of earning my degree online?
With our online programs, you are in control of your own schedule and can complete your coursework at your convenience. Although there are weekly deadlines, you are not locked into participating at a particular time or place. You also can take your coursework with you when you travel. The program is completely portable: all you need is a computer with an internet connection to access your coursework.

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Are the online master's degrees interactive?
Yes. Our online master’s courses are delivered using the Engage Learning Management System. You interact with your classmates and professors by e-mail, threaded discussions in online forums, virtual chat sessions and instant messaging. In addition, you may participate in group projects with your fellow students and instructors.

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Will my diploma indicate that my graduate degree was earned online?
No. There is only one type of graduate degree from The University of Scranton. Students who successfully complete the online program will receive a diploma stating that they have earned their degree from The University of Scranton. Online and campus-based students earn the same prestigious program credentials. Graduates of the online program are invited to join the University’s regular commencement ceremonies in Scranton in May, and are proudly counted among the University’s more than 45,000 alumni worldwide.

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Does The University of Scranton provide technical support for students?
Yes. Technical support professionals are available to answer all of your questions and provide assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our tech support number is 866-373-9657.

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What computer software will I need to access the online courses?
Online students need the following software:

  • Internet Explorer (6.0 or above) or Firefox (1.5 or above) — cookies must be enabled.
  • Microsoft Office programs including Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Some Management Information Systems courses may require Microsoft Access.
  • Free plug-ins for viewing course files such as Macromedia Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Windows Media Player and QuickTime

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What computer hardware will I need to access the online courses?
Minimum computer system requirements are:

  • PC - Pentium 4 processor (500+MHz recommended) 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended).
  • Mac - G4 or better, 64 MB of RAM (256+ recommended).

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