Frequently Asked Questions
What does "accelerated" mean?
Acceleration means classes run consecutively with a more intense focus on one class at a time. Few breaks are scheduled in the program with the exception of national and religious Holidays and between terms.
What is a cohort?
The cohort is a group of approximately 10 to 18 people who travel through the program together. The members of the cohort attend each class together. Other students do not drop in and out of individual courses - the members of the cohort start together and graduate together. Throughout the program, cohort members interact with each other and the university in discussion groups, e-mails, bulletin boards and phone conferences.
What does a cohort look like? Who are the students?
Each cohort differs from the next. Cohorts have a blend of eclectic professional and personal experiences. Some students come from private for-profit settings while others have non-profit experiences. Many students have commitments outside of work and school including; families, children, hobbies and so forth. It is common to have students from profit (3M, Medtronic, Target) and non-profit (Lutheran Social Services, government agencies, law enforcement) industries represented.
Are the programs offered online or in a conventional classroom?
All of Concordia University's adult undergraduate programs are offered online while some are offered in both blended and in-class formats. View all of our adult undergraduate programs.
Where are the classes offered?
The in-class programs are offered on our main campus in Saint Paul.
Is there financial aid available for students?
Financial aid is available for adult undergraduate students from a variety of Federal and State sources. See the financial aid process.
Are the programs accredited?
All programs are fully accredited through North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Can a student move from an online cohort to an in-class cohort?
We strongly encourage students to understand their learning style, work travel schedules and personal commitments prior to selecting a program's delivery. Navigating from one delivery to the other is generally not permitted.
What happens if I drop out briefly?
Life happens! Concordia University faculty understand that unintended interruptions arise. Students are encouraged to work with faculty and academic advisors to plan how best to put studies on hold. In some cases students drop out for a term or two. In other cases students have had to delay enrollment for a year in which readmission to the university is required.
What happens if I miss a class?
Naturally, attendance is expected whether it is in-class learning or learning while online. Students take responsibility for their own learning by communicating with faculty about time missed. Generally make-up assignments or other substitute learning experiences are given to the student.
Are the programs full-time of part-time?
Most programs at Concordia University are structured for full-time enrollment. Financial regulations for student loans require a minimal of 12 semester credits for full-time enrollment.
If I enroll online will the transcripts or diploma indicate I took the program online?
Concordia University transcripts and diploma only records academic classes attempted, dates of enrollment and grades earned. Your transcript and diploma will indicate you earned an undergraduate degree from Concordia University.
What computer skills will I need?
Technology skills are a necessary element of a successful educational experience. Students should understand basic internet navigation, personal computer use (i.e. send/receive e-mail, cut/paste in word processing programs, and so forth.) While user skills vary one can be assured technology is an integral part of both conventional (in-class) and online learning environments.
When do classes begin?
Students may enroll in the Fall(September/October), Spring (January/February), or Summer (May/June) semesters. View start dates.
What times/night-of-the-week do classes meet?
Over the years, most students prefer to attend class on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. They usually meet from 6-10 p.m.
What is the minimum number of credits needed for admittance?
36 semester credits is the official minimum.
How long will it take to complete my B.A. degree?
Programs take 15-24 months to complete depending on major. Normally, if a student has at least 60 semester credits transferring into Concordia, they should be able to complete their degree in the same allotted time.
What support services are available to adult learners?
Students have full access privilege to a plethora of University services, including; Career Advising and Planning; Academic Counseling; library services; data base services; athletics; drama; etc.
What is the Residency requirement?
Residency is considered a significant value-added element to our online programs and is a requirement of specific programs. Students meet face-to-face (on-campus), meet core faculty members, receive technological training and begin program coursework. Residencies range from one to three days depending on individual program. Contact your admission counselor for residency details.
What does a "practitioner-focused" program mean?
A practitioner-focused program means that applicants must have current experience in the field. The experience can take the form of full-time employment, part-time employment or volunteer positions in the field.