The University of Scranton Online Frequently Asked Questions
- Is a master’s degree program online as effective as attending classes on campus?
- What is the difference between The University of Scranton and University Alliance?
- What if I need help with my course work?
- Will I have to take exams?
- When do I need to start the program?
- How long will it take me to earn my master’s degree?
- Will my actual degree reflect that I earned my master’s degree through an online program?
- Will I be able to transfer courses I've already taken at other institutions?
- Where can I find state-specific agency information to send student complaints/concerns?
- What are the minimum system requirements?
- I have a disability; how do I request special accommodations?
Yes! According to a January 2010 Sloan Consortium report, more than 5.6 million individuals are already participating in online learning programs. The University Alliance is the largest facilitator of e-learning in the nation, having assisted in the registration of more than 300,000 enrollments to date. The University of Scranton Online master’s degree programs offer state-of-the-art study materials in audio, CD-ROM, textbook and online formats, which are convenient for your individual educational and lifestyle needs.
The University of Scranton handles all academic issues including grades, assignments, testing and academic advising. University Alliance assists with enrollment/reenrollment, provides program technology/support and handles distribution of all educational materials including books, study guides, online classroom and CD-ROM lectures. Merging state-of-the-art technology with the highest educational standards, University Alliance works with regionally accredited colleges and universities to connect professionals, via the Internet, with associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate and continuing professional education programs.
It’s easy to get help. You will have a close working relationship with your professor and program representative at all times. Also, when you are accepted into a program, you will be assigned a University of Scranton academic advisor. If you have a specific question about your course progression, you can contact your academic advisor by toll-free phone, fax, email or regular mail. You will be able to discuss your program progress and any questions you may have. Any non-academic or technical questions can be addressed by your University Alliance program representative and technical support staff.
Yes, the possibility of quizzes and exams exists for any given course, but will vary depending on the individual instructor. Most courses do not require tests, and your grade will be based on assignments that are evaluated by The University of Scranton faculty. These assignments may be in the form of papers, case studies, business plans and other similar assignments. The evaluation process will be conducted in the same media formats in which the course is presented. If a course does require quizzes or examinations, they may be given online or may need to be proctored, which is decided at the discretion of the individual professor.
You can enroll in The University of Scranton online master’s degree programs at any time and begin your studies at six convenient times during the year. Call now to be sure the deadline hasn't passed!
Students typically complete all degree requirements in 18 to 24 months.
No. There is no distinction made on the degree. Your master’s degree is awarded by The University of Scranton based on competency and successfully meeting The University of Scranton’s academic requirements not upon geographic location or residency.
Yes, if certain conditions are met and the transfer course is accepted by the master’s degree faculty advisor.
The University of Scranton is licensed to operate by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Concerns about our programs should be directed to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, we are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Additional state agency contact information for student complaints/concerns: Click here to locate a list of contacts which may be used based on the geographic location of the student.
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If you have a disability that requires a special accommodation in order to participate in an online course, you must identify yourself as a person with a disability and request an accommodation from the University. Please contact an enrollment representative to initiate the identification process. Your enrollment representative will provide further details about the process for receiving special accommodations from the University.