COMMON QUESTIONS about ONLINE MASTER'S PROGRAMS
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When can I apply?
You may apply anytime and start the next term if openings in courses are available.
Are you accepting summer admissions?
Yes. Students may start in the summer, fall or spring semesters
What are your admission requirements for this program?
Admission is based on an applicant's undergraduate grade point average, the extent to which our programs match the applicant's academic objectives, and the applicant's potential for graduate study as reflected by transcripts and letters of recommendation. In general, the applicant's undergraduate grade point average must be 3.0 ("B") or better, although in exceptional cases we might admit, on provisional status, a professional who has practiced in the field for years, if her or his grade point average is less than 3.0. Students on provisional status will be allowed to take only 3-4 credit hours their first semester and must earn a grade point average of 3.0 to be removed from probationary status. Admission is not contingent upon having a specific type of undergraduate degree. Applicants who hold a graduate degree must have earned a 3.0 in that degree program to be admitted.
How do I apply?
Fill out the application and pay the application fee through the ApplyYourself website. You also must submit a letter stating your of goals and 3 letters of reference through the ApplyYourself website. You must also request for official transcripts to be sent to us from ALL the previous universities or colleges you attended. They can be mailed to:
Dr. Tyler Jamison
Director of Graduate Studies
Where should I start with the admission process?
Do I have to take the GRE?
The GRE is not required for online students.
How long does it take to complete the entire program as a full-time student?
You could do it in 2 years as a full-time student.
How many classes can you take per semester as a full-time student?
Full-time enrollment in Graduate School is 9 credits in Fall and Spring and 6 credits in the Summer. Most online students are part-time, however, and take between 3 and 6 credits per term.
How many hours do I need to be enrolled in to qualify for federal aid?
You need to be enrolled half-time (4 credit hours) to qualify for federal aid as a degree-seeking graduate student. This is the minimum amount of credit hours required for deferment status as well.
What is tuition for the entire program?
The price for the 2012-2013 academic year (fall, spring and summer) is $391.30 per credit hour. *Books and other course materials are not included.
Is a thesis and internship required to graduate?
There is no thesis requirement, but there is a project or internship requirement.
Do online students experience a graduation ceremony at MU graduation?
There is an online commencement. If you are close enough to Columbia to attend graduation, it is possible to "walk" at the graduation ceremony.