Online Programs FAQ

Online Programs Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ)

Below are frequently-asked questions for our various fully-online undergraduate programs. Be sure to start with the General FAQ for questions that apply to all of our programs. This page is always in the process of being updated, so check back later for more!

For further information and any questions, please contact us in the Office of Online Programs at OnlinePrograms@millersville.edu or (717) 871-7200; we will be glad to assist!

  • General Online Programs FAQ
    Questions that apply to all Online Programs.
    • Are your programs 100% online?
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      Yes!  All of our online programs are offered in a fully-online format, and all courses required for our programs can be taken completely online.

      Please note that some programs, like RN-to-BSN and BASW, may require clinicals, field work, or service hours, which are completed in-person outside of class. However, these hours can be completed locally, and so you are not required to come to campus during the program.

      Note also that as an online student you will have access to many on-campus resources, though again you will never be required to come to campus at any point during any of our programs.

    • How much is tuition?
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      Total cost for each program will depend on how many credits are needed to complete the program.  Tuition is calculated on a per-credit basis, with fully-online in-state students paying $373.00 per credit (including all fees except books or other course materials).

      For comparison, face-to-face students pay about $429.75 per credit (in-state rate, including fees).  See the Tuition and Fees Chart for a full breakdown of costs.

      Nursing students can check out our Costs Estimates Sheet for an idea of overall costs for the RN-to-BSN Online Program.

      Students with a residency out-of-state do pay a slightly higher rate; check the Tuition and Fees Chart for more details, and be sure to contact the Office of Online Programs with any questions.

    • How much time per week should I set aside for each class?
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      For a typical three credit online course, it is recommended that you set aside at least 10-15 hours per week for study and assignments.  Some courses may be more than three credits, so you will want to set aside additional time for those.

    • Will I have to register for my courses?
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      The Office of Online Programs will always automatically register you for all major courses throughout your time in the program, in order to ensure you remain with your cohort (or other advisement plan).

      You must consult with your academic advisor before registering for any general education courses (though the staff in the Office of Online Programs is happy to help with the actual registration once you have discussed it with your advisor).

    • When can I apply?  How far in advance should I apply?
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      All of our online programs have rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time throughout the year!  We highly recommend you apply as early as possible as cohorts may fill months in advance.

      We do also offer early acceptance for students in the final semester of their Associate's program.  You can apply and send in current official transcripts in your final semester for early acceptance into the program.

      If you do not see your preferred term listed on the application, please email OnlinePrograms@millersville.edu or give us a call at (717) 871-7200 letting us know what you prefer, and we will let you know if it would be possible to accommodate you.

    • I’m already a part of the face-to-face version of one of the online programs.  Can I still join the online format?  Is there a cost to switch?
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      If you have applied, been accepted to, or even started with the face-to-face version of one of the online programs at Millersville University, you can switch your delivery format.

      If you have not yet confirmed your acceptance or started your face-to-face program, you can simply reapply for the online program.  If you are a current or active student in a face-to-face program, you will need to fill out a brief Change of Delivery Form (F2F to Online).  Either way, you won’t be charged anything extra.

    • If I start with an online program and decide I’d rather go with face-to-face, can I switch?  Is there a cost to switch?
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      Just as with students switching from face-to-face to online, if you have applied, been accepted to, or started with one of our online programs and you wish to switch your delivery format to face-to-face, you can.

      If you have not yet confirmed your acceptance or started your online program, you can simply reapply for the face-to-face program.  If you are a current or active student in an online program, you will need to fill out a brief Change of Delivery Form (Online to F2F), and there are no additional charges.

    • When can I expect to know what classes I will need to take? Will you evaluate my transcripts?
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      Official Transfer Credit Evaluations are completed when a student has submitted an application and copies of all official transcripts.  If you are accepted, your evaluation will be included with your acceptance offer mailed directly to you.

      After the credit evaluation, an Advisement Plan can also be completed by your academic advisor which will outline exactly which primary courses and any General Education courses (if any) you will need to graduate.

      Please also feel free to review our Transfer Equivalencies page ahead of time for information on how transfer credits do transfer to Millersville from schools we work with frequently.

    • My residency is in a state other than Pennsylvania.  Should I still apply?
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      Yes, and we encourage you to do so!  Our programs are available to most students with residencies outside Pennsylvania. Please complete the application and we will follow up with you to determine your exact eligibility.

      If you would like more details, please feel free to contact us in the Office of Online Programs directly at OnlinePrograms@millersville.edu or (717) 871-7200.

    • What sort of technology will I need to succeed in the online program?
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      At the very minimum, you will require a webcam, microphone, and (this is the most important part!) a reliable high-speed Broadband Internet connection.

      If you think you might need a new device or are wondering if your current device will be enough, just give us in Online Programs a call at (717) 871-7200 and we would be happy to help you out.

    • What kind of support will I receive during my time in the program?
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      We are committed to ensuring your time in our online program is successful!  Even after the admissions process is over, your Student Support Specialist and the Office of Online Programs will continue to help with any non-academic questions you may have throughout your program.

      Questions on your bill?  Trouble accessing your courses?  Need to modify your schedule?  Your Student Support Specialist will be your main point of contact for all of these things, and more!

      For anything academic-related, your assigned academic advisor is always there for you.  Not sure if a particular course fits in your plan?  Trying to decide between different electives?  Your academic advisor can help sort out all of these kinds of questions.

      You will also be enrolled in our Online Orientation close to your class start date, which will help get you situated in your program.  We do also recommend reviewing our Roadmap to Enrollment, which helps address almost any other questions you could think of!  

      Please also review our Online Student Support Resources page for more information on available resources during your online program!

    • How will I be billed?
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      All bills are provided in a strictly electronic format.  You may view and pay your bills online through MAX.

      If you have any questions on billing, please contact the Office of Student Accounts at (717) 871-5101 or osa@millersville.edu.

      Feel free to contact the Office of Online Programs with any additional questions or for further direction as well!

    • What resources, like advising, tutoring, or technical support, will be available to me as a student?
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      As a Millersville University online student, you will have access to numerous resources to aid you during and even after your time as a student.  Below are just some of the resources available to you.

      Please visit our Online Student Support Resources page for more information and additional resources available to you as an online student.

      • Office of Online Programs
        • The Office of  Online Programs are always here to assist you, from your very first inquiry and beyond.  Our Student Support Specialists will be available to assist you with any non-academic questions or issues you may have throughout your program.
      • Program Department/Academic Advisor
        • You can always contact your program department and your Advisor, with any questions you have.  Whether academic, career planning or other professional issues, our faculty are here to help you!  You can view your assigned academic advisor through MAX once you are an active student.
      • Writing Center
        • The Writing Center offers both online and in-person tutoring for writing papers, and is a great resource for any writing-intensive courses you may take (keep in mind these services may not be available during the Summer terms).
      • Library
        • As a Millersville University online student, you will have full access to all Library resources, which includes a huge array of online references, periodicals, and much more.  Millersville librarians are available for phone consults and live chats, and if you live nearby, you are also welcome to come visit and utilize the Library’s in-person resources.  More information on accessing and utilizing library resources will be provided to you in the Online Orientation.
      • IT Help Desk
        • For any technical issues you may experience, the Help Desk is available with extended hours to assist you.
      • Learning Services
        • Learning Services offers many useful workshops (soon to be available online!), provides tutoring services, and coordinates academic accommodations for students with learning and physical disabilities.
      • Career Services
        • Career Services is available for all students to assist you in preparing for developing and advancing your career during and after your time at Millersville.
    • What kind of technical support will be available to me as a student?
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      The IT Help Desk is available for almost any technical questions you may have.  You are also welcome to contact us in Online Programs as well -- we are happy to help with general questions, such as advice on purchasing a new computer or assistance in accessing your accounts.

      Local students are also welcome to bring their computer in directly to the Technical Assistance Center (TAC) for repairs, free of charge.  If you’re not local, convenient remote assistance is also available from the Help Desk.

      Need some help? Try our online support or call the Help Desk at 717-871-7777.

      Help Desk Hours:

      • Fall/Spring hours: Mon-Thurs 7a.m. – 7p.m.; Fri 7a.m. 5p.m.
      • Summer hours: Mon-Fri 7a.m. – 5p.m.
  • Business Administration Online FAQ
    Questions specific to the Business Administration Online Program.
    • Are there prerequisites for the program?  Is there anything I can take in advance to help prepare?

      Since the Online Business Administration Program is a degree-completion program, it is designed for students who have either completed an Associate's degree or as little as 30 college credits from an accredited institution.

      Successful completion of the below pre-requisite courses is also required before beginning the program:

      • MATH 101 College Algebra (C- or higher final grade)
      • ECON 101 Macroeconomics (C- or higher final grade)
      • ECON 102 Microeconomics (C- or higher final grade)

      You will also need an overall GPA of at least 2.0 for admission into the program.

      To find out if your previous coursework will transfer, take a look at the Transfer Equivalency Page.

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    • Is your program accredited?
    • Yes.  Millersville University’s Business Administration program is internationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) to offer a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration.  You may visit their website at: https://www.acbsp.org/

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    • How long will it take me to complete the whole program?

      Most students can expect to complete the program in about two (2) academic years, part-time with 2-3 courses per semester.  Depending on your previous coursework, your actual program length may vary.  Once you have confirmed your acceptance, you can contact your Academic Advisor for more information on your academic plan and program length.

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    • How many credits is the program? What courses are required for completion?

      The Business Administration online program is a 120-credit degree-completion program (including transferred credits). 

      Required Major Courses:

      • BUAD161 Principles of Accounting I
      • BUAD162 Principles of Accounting II
      • BUAD202 Legal Environment for Business
      • BUAD206 Business Research Methods
      • BUAD231 Principles of Marketing
      • BUAD251 Principles of Management
      • BUAD307 Management Information Systems
      • BUAD341 Managerial Finance I
      • BUAD352 Human Resources Management
      • BUAD358 Management Science
      • BUAD455 Strategy & Policy
      • MATH151 Applied Calculus for Business
      • MATh535 Introduction to Statistics (OR MATH130 Elements of Statistics I)

      General Business Concentration Courses:

      • MKTG 332 Consumer Behavior
      • MGMT 355 Business and Society
      • MGMT 357 International Management
      • MGMT 375 Business Web Development
      • MKTG 435 International Marketing

      *An additional 9 credits in Business departmental electives will be required.

      *Additional general education or elective courses may be required depending on transfer credits.

      *After applying, a transfer evaluation will be conducted to identify how many general education credits you will need to take to fulfill degree requirements.

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    • Are there any certain times that I am required to be online?

      Our Business Online Program courses are typically asynchronous; in other words, you will typically not be required to be online at a particular time.  Should a course ever have anything set at a specific time your professor would let you know ahead of time.

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    • What exactly is a “cohort?” What do their names mean?

      The MU Business Online Program is offered via a cohort model, which means that most students begin and end the program with the same group, or cohort, of students, proceeding together at the same pace. 

      Cohort names are based upon the starting semester, for example:

      • Cohort Spring 2021 begins in Spring 2021
      • Cohort Fall 2021 begins in Fall 2021
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    • How often do cohorts start?

      There are two starts throughout the year:  Fall (August) and Spring (January).

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    • What are the basic requirements I must fulfill to be considered for admission?
      1. You must have successfully completed an Associate’s Degree OR have at least 30-45 transferable college credits
      2. You must have the MATH 101, ECON 101, and ECON 102 required pre-requisite courses completed before beginning the program
      3. You must have at least a 2.0 overall previous GPA
      4. After applying, you must send in copies of all official transcripts from any higher education institutions previously attended.
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    • When can I apply? How far in advance should I apply?

      The Business Online Program has rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time throughout the year.  We highly recommend you apply as early as possible, as cohorts sometimes fill up several months in advance.

      If you do not see your preferred term listed on the application, please email OnlinePrograms@millersville.edu or give us a call at (717) 871-7200 letting us know what you prefer, and we will let you know if it would be possible to accommodate you.

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    • What kind of structure are the learning modules offered in?  How many modules should I expect there to be in each class?

      Each course is offered for the full 14-week semester length.  You should expect to complete readings, online videos, and other activities, along with approximately 2-3 assignments per week.  The online courses are very structured, and have specific due dates for all assignments.

      After completing and submitting an assignment, you can typically expect feedback (and a grade) from your professor within 5-6 days.  We understand our students are working adults, so we are very accommodating when students request additional time for assignments – just be sure to ask in advance!

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    • What are the major differences between the face-to-face program and the online program?

      Overall, the online and face-to-face programs are fairly similar.  That said, there are some differences:

      • Cost
        • There is a small difference in cost between the 100% online program and the face-to-face program. (See our answer regarding tuition for more details.)
      • Scheduling and pacing
        • Online Business Administration courses are typically asynchronous.  You will typically not be required to be online at any specific time (which is great for working professionals), although there are specific assignments and deadlines to follow.
        • The Business Online Program follows a cohort model, meaning you will proceed through the program with the same group of students (though we are willing to be flexible if you have any specific scheduling needs).
      • Delivery format
        • The Business Administration Online Program is 100% online, and you are never required to come to campus (though you are certainly welcome)!  The face-to-face program requires in-person meetings at specific times each week.
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    • What are possible career opportunities after completing the Business Online Program?

      Millersville’s Business Administration graduates are competitive, and many succeed in landing their first post-graduation job in their chosen field in an increasingly complex job market.  Recent examples include:

      • Cisco Systems,
      • Dell, Inc.,
      • Hershey Entertainment & Resorts,
      • Lancaster General Health,
      • Morgan Stanley,
      • and others.

      Our Career services office also offers assistance in preparation for interviews and potential careers.

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  • Bachelor's in Marketing Online FAQ
    Questions Specific to the BS in Marketing Program
    • Are there prerequisites for the program?  Is there anything I can take in advance to help prepare?

      Since the Online Marketing Program is a degree-completion program, it is designed for students who have either completed an Associate's degree or as little as 30 college credits from an accredited institution.

      Successful completion of the below pre-requisite courses is also required before beginning the program:

      • MATH 101 College Algebra (C- or higher final grade)
      • ECON 101 Macroeconomics (C- or higher final grade)
      • ECON 102 Microeconomics (C- or higher final grade)

      You will also need an overall GPA of at least 2.0 for admission into the program.

      To find out if your previous coursework will transfer, take a look at the Transfer Equivalency Page.

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    • Is your program accredited?

      Yes.  Millersville University’s Business programs are internationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) to offer a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Marketing.  You may visit their website at: https://www.acbsp.org/

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    • How long will it take me to complete the whole program?

      Most students can expect to complete the program in about two (2) academic years, part-time with 2-3 courses per semester.  Depending on your previous coursework, your actual program length may vary.  Once you have confirmed your acceptance, you can contact your Academic Advisor for more information on your academic plan and program length.

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    • How many credits is the program? What courses are required for completion?

      The Marketing online program is a 120-credit degree-completion program (including transferred credits). 

      Required Major Courses:

      • MKTG 431 Marketing Research
      • MKTG 332 Consumer Behavior
      • MKTG 436 Marketing Strategy
      • BUAD 161 Principles of Accounting I
      • BUAD 162 Principles of Accounting II
      • BUAD 202 Legal Environment for Business
      • BUAD 206 Business Research Methods
      • BUAD 231 Principles of Marketing
      • BUAD 251 Principles of Management
      • BUAD 307 Management Information Systems
      • BUAD 341 Managerial Finance I
      • BUAD 352 Human Resource Management
      • BUAD 358 Management Science
      • BUAD 435 International Marketing
      • BUAD 455 Strategy and Policy
      • BUAD 488 Seminar in Accounting and Finance
      • MATH 151 Applied Calculus for Business
      • MATH 235 Introduction to Statistics OR MATH 130 Elements of Statistics I
      • ENGL 316 Business Writing

      After applying, a transfer evaluation will be conducted to identify how many general education credits you will need to take to fulfill degree requirements

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    • Are there any certain times that I am required to be online?

      Our Marketing Online Program courses are typically asynchronous; in other words, you will typically not be required to be online at a particular time.  Should a course ever have anything set at a specific time your professor would let you know ahead of time.

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    • What exactly is a “cohort?” What do their names mean?

      The MU Marketing Online Program is offered via a cohort model, which means that most students begin and end the program with the same group, or cohort, of students, proceeding together at the same pace. 

      Cohort names are based upon the starting semester, for example:

      • Cohort Spring 2021 begins in Spring 2021
      • Cohort Fall 2021 begins in Fall 2021
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    • How often do cohorts start?

      There are two starts throughout the year:  Fall (August) and Spring (January).

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    • What are the basic requirements I must fulfill to be considered for admission?
      1. You must have successfully completed an Associate’s Degree OR have at least 30-45 transferable college credits
      2. You must have the MATH 101, ECON 101, and ECON 102 required pre-requisite courses completed before beginning the program
      3. You must have at least a 2.0 overall previous GPA
      4. After applying, you must send in copies of all official transcripts from any higher education institutions previously attended.
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    • When can I apply? How far in advance should I apply?

      The Marketing Online Program has rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time throughout the year.  We highly recommend you apply as early as possible, as cohorts sometimes fill up several months in advance.

      If you do not see your preferred term listed on the application, please email OnlinePrograms@millersville.edu or give us a call at (717) 871-7200 letting us know what you prefer, and we will let you know if it would be possible to accommodate you.

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    • What kind of structure are the learning modules offered in?  How many modules should I expect there to be in each class?

      Each course is offered for the full 14-week semester length.  You should expect to complete readings, online videos, and other activities, along with approximately 2-3 assignments per week.  The online courses are very structured, and have specific due dates for all assignments.

      After completing and submitting an assignment, you can typically expect feedback (and a grade) from your professor within 5-6 days.  We understand our students are working adults, so we are very accommodating when students request additional time for assignments – just be sure to ask in advance!

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    • What are the major differences between the face-to-face program and the online program?

      Overall, the online and face-to-face programs are fairly similar.  That said, there are some differences:

      • Cost
        • There is a small difference in cost between the 100% online program and the face-to-face program. (See our answer regarding tuition for more details.)
      • Scheduling and pacing
        • Online Marketing courses are typically asynchronous.  You will typically not be required to be online at any specific time (which is great for working professionals), although there are specific assignments and deadlines to follow.
        • The Marketing Online Program follows a cohort model, meaning you will proceed through the program with the same group of students (though we are willing to be flexible if you have any specific scheduling needs).
      • Delivery format
        • The Marketing Online Program is 100% online, and you are never required to come to campus (though you are certainly welcome)!  The face-to-face program requires in-person meetings at specific times each week.
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    • What are possible career opportunities after completing the Marketing Online Program?

      Lombardo College of Business graduates are highly competitive.

      Some potential careers after graduation include:

      • Marketing Manager
      • Sales Representative
      • Public Relations Specialist
      • Market Researcher
      • Marketing Analyst
      • Social Media Marketer

      Our Career services office also offers assistance in preparation for interviews and potential careers.

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  • Certificate in Marketing Online FAQ
    Questions on the Certificate in Marketing Program
    • Are there prerequisites for the program?

      Completion of the following pre-requisite course(s) is required before beginning the program:

      • Successful completion of the following course:
        • BUAD 231 – Principles of Marketing
      • OR the below pre-requisite courses for BUAD 231
        • ECON 101 – Microeconomics
        • ECON 102 – Macroeconomics
      A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher from accredited colleges or universities is also required

      To find out if your previous coursework will help cover these requirements, take a look at the Transfer Equivalency Page.

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    • How long will it take me to complete the whole program?

      Most students can expect to complete the program in one (1) year, part-time.  Depending on your previous coursework, you may be able to complete the program in a shorter amount of time.  Once you are accepted, you can contact your Program Advisor for more information on your academic plan and program length.

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    • How many credits is the program?  What courses are required for completion?

      The Lombardo College of Business Online Certificate in Marketing program consists in total of 15 credits (five courses).

      Required Courses – (6 credits)

      BUAD 231 – Principles of Marketing (Required before taking all other courses)

      MKTG 332 – Consumer Behavior

      Elective Courses – (9 credits)

      Any combination of 300 or 400 level marketing courses (except for MKTG 332). Students will work with their advisor to choose 9 credits of elective courses which best fit their interests and career goals.

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    • Can I transfer into the Bachelor's program after completing the certificate?

      Yes!  The Lombardo College of Business Online Certificate in Marketing program is stackable into the Bachelor’s in Business Administration Online Program.  This means students are able to bring courses earned in the Certificate directly into the full online Bachelor’s degree (as long as all program prerequisites and requirements for the Bachelor’s in Business Administration Online Program are met as well).

      Once your certificate program is completed, you can apply for the online Bachelor's in Business Administration program!  (You will need at least 30 transferrable credits and the 3 required pre-requisite courses completed before beginning the online Bachelor's in Business Administration program).

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    • Are there any certain times that I am required to be online?

      The Lombardo College of Business Online Certificate in Marketing program is typically asynchronous; in other words, you will typically not be required to be online at a particular time.  Should a course ever have anything set at a specific time your professor would let you know ahead of time.

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    • What exactly is a "cohort?"  What do their names mean?

      The Lombardo College of Business Online Certificate in Marketing program is offered via a cohort model, which means that most students begin and end the program with the same group, or cohort, of students, proceeding together at the same pace. 

      Cohort names are based upon the starting semester, for example:

      • Cohort Fall 2021 begins in Fall 2021
      • Cohort Spring 2022 begins in Spring 2022
      • Cohort Summer 2022 begins in Summer 2022
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    • How often do cohorts start?

      There are three starts throughout the year:  Fall (August), Spring (January), and Summer (May).

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    • What are the basic requirements I must fulfill to be considered for admission?

      1.  A completed online application (the online application is free upfront but a $40 application will be assessed once program has been started)

      2.  Submission of all previous college or university official transcripts.

      3.  A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher from accredited colleges or universities

      4.  Completion of the following pre-requisite course(s):

      • BUAD 231 – Principles of Marketing
      • OR the below pre-requisite courses for BUAD 231
        • BUAD 161 – Intro. to Financial Accounting 
        • ECON 101 – Microeconomics
        • ECON 102 – Macroeconomics
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  • Criminology Online FAQ
    Questions on Online BA in Sociology with a Concentration in Criminology program
    • Are there prerequisites for the program? Is there anything I can take in advance to help prepare?

      Since the B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology Online Program is a degree-completion program, it is required that students have completed either an Associate’s degree OR at least 60 transferable college credits before starting. 

      Additionally, completion of the below prerequisite courses is required before beginning the program:

      • SOCY 101 – Intro to Sociology (C or higher final grade)
      • SOCY 230 – Criminology (C or higher final grade)
      • MATH 130 – Statistics (C- or higher final grade)

      There are also a number of other courses that you can take in advance that will help to meet your general education requirements.  To find out if your previous coursework will help cover any requirements, take a look at the Transfer Equivalency Page.

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    • How long will it take to complete the whole program?

      Most students can expect to complete the program in about two (2) academic years, part-time.  Depending on your previous coursework, your program length may vary.

      Once you have confirmed your acceptance, you can contact your Program Advisor for more information on your academic plan and anticipated program length.

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    • How many credits is the program?

      The Criminology Online Program consists of 120 total credits, which does include transfer credits.  .

      Required Major Courses (34 credits):

      • SOCY 211 Social Problems
      • SOCY 301 Craft of Sociology
      • SOCY 302 Social Statistics
      • SOCY 303 Sociological Theory
      • SOCY 305 Social Research Methods
      • SOCY 331 Policing and the Courts
      • SOCY 332 Modern Corrections
      • SOCY 335 Ethics in Criminal Justice
      • SOWK 313 Family Violence
      • SOWK 350 Encounters in Human Diversity
      • PSYC 318 Psychology of Racism

      Program Electives (6 credits):

      • SOCY 318 Sociology of Disaster or other SOCY elective
      • SOCY 338 Sociology of Deviance or other SOCY elective

      *Additional general education or elective courses may be required depending on transfer credits.

      *After applying, a transfer evaluation will be conducted to identify how many general education credits you will need to take to fulfill degree requirements.

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    • Are there certain times that I am required to be online?

      Some professors may hold set Zoom sessions (like Skype) in order to speak with the class as a whole.  These Zoom sessions are typically held in the evenings (EST) in order to accommodate working students.  If a course will hold Zoom sessions your professors will let you know.

      You will also follow a course syllabus for required due dates but outside of Zoom sessions students are able to log into classes when best fits their schedule.

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    • What is Criminology?

      Criminology is the sociological study of crime, criminals and the criminal justice system. It explores the ways in which society determines what behaviors should be regarded as criminal, examines the characteristics of persons who break the law as well as the social forces that contribute to the development of criminal behavior.

      Criminology also investigates effective ways to prevent crime, to deter criminal behavior, and to reintegrate people who have committed crimes into society. Criminology students learn about all aspects of the criminal justice system, including the police, the courts, prisons, and community-based responses to crime. 

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    • What kind of careers can I have after completing this program?

      There are a variety of professions that people earning a degree in criminology frequently enter in order to make a positive impact
      in various communities and demographics.

      Although specific job requirements may vary, all require the following: good oral and written communication skills, the ability to collect and analyze information, excellent organizational skills, as well as honesty and integrity.

      These are just some of the potential careers for our Criminology graduates:

      • Policing/community policing
      • Reentry services specialist
      • Probation officers
      • Parole agents
      • Youth advocates or juvenile delinquency
      • Investigator
      • Private security
      • FBI agent
      • Administrators in crime-prevention agencies
      • Correctional case managers
      • Treatment court officers

       

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    • What is the advantage of completing this program?

      The advantage of this program that it provides excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers. Students have a broad background that builds their critical thinking, oral and written communication skills and data analysis skills.

      Their academic background prepares them to understand how the criminal justice system operates and to undertake specific training for the career path they choose.  While the focus is on crime and the criminal justice system, their academic course of study does not limit them to careers in that area. 

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    • What exactly is a “cohort?”  What do their names mean?

      The B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology Online Program is offered via a cohort model, which means that most students begin and end the program with the same group, or cohort, of students, proceeding together at the same pace. 

      Cohort names are based upon the starting semester, for example:

      • Cohort Fall 2021 begins in Fall 2021
      • Cohort Spring 2022 begins in Spring 2022
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    • How often do cohorts start?

      There are two starts throughout the year:  Fall (August), and Spring (January).

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    • What are the basic requirements I must fulfill to be considered for admission?
      1. You must have successfully completed an Associate’s Degree OR have at least 60 transferable college credits
      2. You must complete the required pre-requisite courses: SOCY 101, SOCY 230, and MATH 130.
      3. You must have at least a 2.0 overall GPA
      4. After applying, you must send in copies of all official transcripts from any higher education institutions previously attended.
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    • What kind of structure are the learning modules offered in? How many modules should I expect there to be in each class?

      Each course is offered for the full 14 week semester length.  You should expect to complete readings, online videos, and other activities, along with approximately 2-3 assignments per week.  The online courses are very structured, and have specific due dates for all assignments.

      After completing and submitting an assignment, you can expect feedback (and a grade) from your professor within 5-6 days.  We understand our students are working adults, so we are very accommodating when students request additional time for assignments – just be sure to ask in advance!

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    • What are the major differences between the face-to-face program and the online program?

      Overall, the online and face-to-face programs are fairly similar.  That said, there are some differences:

      • Cost
        • There is a small difference in cost between the 100% online program and the face-to-face program. (See our answer regarding tuition for more details.)
      • Scheduling and pacing
        • Online B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology courses are mostly asynchronous but may require certain times online.  Besides the possibility of evening (EST) Zoom sessions, you will not be required to be online at any other specific time (which is great for working professionals).
        • The B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology Online Program follows a cohort model, meaning you will proceed through the program with the same group of students (though we are willing to be flexible if you have any specific scheduling needs).
      • Delivery format
        • The B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology Online Program is 100% online, and you are never required to come to campus (though you are certainly welcome)!  The face-to-face program requires in-person meetings at specific times each week.
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  • Interactive and Graphic Design Online FAQ
    Questions Specific to BDes Interactive and Graphic Design Online Program
    • Are there prerequisites for the program?  Is there anything I can take in advance to help prepare?

      Since the Online Interactive and Graphic Design Program is a degree-completion program, it is designed for students who have either completed an Associate's degree or have at least 60 total transferrable credits.

      The following prerequisite courses or their transfer equivalent must also be completed before beginning the program: 

      • DESN 240 Typography I
      • DESN 144 Digital Theory
      • ART 142 Drawing 2D
      • ART 242 Drawing 3D

      You will also need an overall GPA of at least 2.0 for admission into the program.

      To find out if your previous coursework will transfer, take a look at the Transfer Equivalency Page.

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    • How long will it take me to complete the whole program?

      Most students can expect to complete the program in about two (2) academic years, part-time with 2-3 courses per semester.  Depending on your previous coursework, your actual program length may vary.  Once you have confirmed your acceptance, you can contact your Academic Advisor for more information on your academic plan and program length.

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    • How many credits is the program? What courses are required for completion?

      The online Interactive and Graphic Design program is a 120-credit degree-completion program (including transferred credits).  

      Required Major Courses:

      • DESN 244 Typography II
      • DESN 246 Intro to Sequence, Motion and Visual Communication
      • DESN 247 Intro to Web, Experience and Interaction Design
      • DESN 307 Visual Communication Design History
      • DESN 344: Visual Communication and Graphic Design I
      • ART 493 Portfolio
      • 9 credits focused in Graphic Design
      • 9 credits focused in Interactive Design
      • 15 credits of electives in Design
      • 9 credits of electives in Art History

      After applying, a transfer evaluation will be conducted to identify how many general education credits you will need to take to fulfill degree requirements

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    • Are there any certain times that I am required to be online?

      Our Interactive and Graphic Design Online Program courses are typically asynchronous; in other words, you will typically not be required to be online at a particular time.  Should a course ever have anything set at a specific time your professor would let you know ahead of time.

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    • What exactly is a “cohort?” What do their names mean?

      The Interactive and Graphic Design Online Program is offered via a cohort model, which means that most students begin and end the program with the same group, or cohort, of students, proceeding together at the same pace. 

      Cohort names are based upon the starting semester, for example:

      • Cohort Spring 2021 begins in Spring 2021
      • Cohort Fall 2021 begins in Fall 2021
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    • How often do cohorts start?

      There are two starts throughout the year:  Fall (August) and Spring (January).

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    • What are the basic requirements I must fulfill to be considered for admission?
      1. You must have successfully completed an Associate’s Degree OR have at least 60 transferable college credits
      2. Completion of the DESN 240, DESN 144, ART 142, and ART 242 required pre-requisite courses
      3. You must have at least a 2.0 overall previous GPA
      4. After applying, you must send in copies of all official transcripts from any higher education institutions previously attended.
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    • When can I apply? How far in advance should I apply?

      The Interactive and Graphic Design Online Program has rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time throughout the year.  We highly recommend you apply as early as possible, as cohorts sometimes fill up several months in advance.

      If you do not see your preferred term listed on the application, please email OnlinePrograms@millersville.edu or give us a call at (717) 871-7200 letting us know what you prefer, and we will let you know if it would be possible to accommodate you.

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    • What kind of structure are the learning modules offered in?  How many modules should I expect there to be in each class?

      Each course is offered for the full 14-week semester length.  You should expect to complete readings, online videos, and other activities, along with approximately 2-3 assignments per week.  The online courses are very structured, and have specific due dates for all assignments.

      After completing and submitting an assignment, you can typically expect feedback (and a grade) from your professor within 5-6 days.  We understand our students are working adults, so we are very accommodating when students request additional time for assignments – just be sure to ask in advance!

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    • What are the major differences between the face-to-face program and the online program?

      Overall, the online and face-to-face programs are fairly similar.  That said, there are some differences:

      • Cost
        • There is a small difference in cost between the 100% online program and the face-to-face program. (See our answer regarding tuition for more details.)
      • Scheduling and pacing
        • Online Interactive and Graphic Design courses are typically asynchronous.  You will typically not be required to be online at any specific time (which is great for working professionals), although there are specific assignments and deadlines to follow.
        • The Interactive and Graphic Design Online Program follows a cohort model, meaning you will proceed through the program with the same group of students (though we are willing to be flexible if you have any specific scheduling needs).
      • Delivery format
        • The Interactive and Graphic Design Online Program is 100% online, and you are never required to come to campus (though you are certainly welcome)!  The face-to-face program requires in-person meetings at specific times each week.
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    • What are possible career opportunities after completing the Interactive and graphic design Online Program?

      Millersville’s design students have worked at internationally renowned companies like Apple, Intel, and Code and Theory, as well as local companies like Hershey, Auntie Anne’s and Infantree. 

      Potential careers for BDES graduates include: 

      • Graphic Designer 
      • Print Designer 
      • Interactive Designer 
      • User Experience Professional 
      • Motion Designer 
      • Web Designer 
      • Publication Designer  

      Our Career services office also offers assistance in preparation for interviews and potential careers.

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  • RN-to-BSN (Nursing) Online FAQ
    Questions specific to the RN-to-BSN Online Program.

    • Can I begin the program before I’ve earned my RN license?

      Yes!  So long as you have successfully completed your Associate’s or Diploma in Nursing program, you can start in the program with the 300-level Upper Division Nursing courses (which comprise the first four courses of the sequence) before you have your active RN license.

      *An active RN license will be required for your 400-level Upper Division Nursing courses so we do still recommend sitting for your RN license as soon as possible.

      If you are still working on your Associate’s or Diploma, you will not be able to start your Nursing major courses in advance before completing your ASN or ADN program; however, you can get a head start on any general education courses you may need. 

      You can also apply for early acceptance before you have completed your Associate's or Diploma in Nursing program!  Once you are in your final semester, you can fill out the application and submit current official transcripts for an early acceptan

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    • Are there prerequisites for the program?  Is there anything I can take in advance to help prepare?

      There are not any specific pre-requisites for the online RN to BSN program, aside from completion of your Associate’s degree or Diploma in Nursing program. There are a number of courses that you can take in advance that will help to meet your general education requirements.

      To view all requirements for the program, check out our Program Fact Sheet. To find out if your previous coursework will help cover any requirements, take a look at the Transfer Equivalency Page.

      If you have any specific advisement questions, you can reach the Nursing Department at (717) 871-4274.

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    • What are the major differences between the face-to-face program and the
      online program?

      Overall, the online and face-to-face programs are fairly similar; in fact, their curricula are essentially identical.  That said, there are some differences:

      • Cost
        • There is a small difference in cost between the 100% online program and the face-to-face program. (See our answer regarding tuition below for more details.)
      • Scheduling and pacing
        • Our online Nursing courses are offered in an accelerated, 7-week format (sometimes called "mini-mesters"), two per semester, one after the other.  Only online Nursing courses follow this format (other online and face-to-face courses last the typical 15-week semester).
        • Furthermore, online Nursing courses are strictly asynchronous, meaning you will never be required to be online at any specific time (which is great for busy nurses).
        • The RN-to-BSN Online Program follows a cohort model, meaning you will proceed through the program with the same group of students (though we are willing to be flexible if you have any specific scheduling needs).
      • Delivery format
        • The RN-to-BSN Online Program is 100% online, and you are never required to come to campus (though you are certainly welcome)!  The face-to-face program does include some online components, but requires in-person meetings at specific times each week.
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    • Are there any times that I am required to be online?

      No, our online RN-to-BSN major courses are strictly asynchronous; you are never required to be online at a particular time.  Should a course ever have anything set at a specific time (a video presentation, for example), it will always be strictly optional and would not affect your grade.

      *If a general education or elective course would require a specific online time the professor will let you know.  You can also choose to register for specific general education or elective courses which are strictly asynchronous.

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    • What exactly is a “cohort?”  What do their names mean?

      The RN-to-BSN Online Program is offered via a cohort model, which means that most students begin and end the program with the same group, or cohort, of students, proceeding together at the same pace through the major courses. 

      Cohorts names are based upon the starting semester, for example:

      • Cohort Spring 2021 A begins in Spring 2021, in the first half, or module, of the semester (known as module “A”).
      • Cohort Fall 2021 B begins in Fall 2021, in the second module (module “B”), halfway through the semester.
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    • How often do cohorts start?

      There are six starts throughout the year:  two in Fall (August-Fall A and October-Fall B), two in the Spring term (January-Spring A and March-Spring B), and two in Summer (May-Summer A and June/July-Summer B).  

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    • Is your program accredited?

      Yes.  Our baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Millersville University are all accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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    • What are the basic requirements I must fulfill to be considered for admission?
      In order to be accepted into the online RN to BSN program, you must meet the following requirements:
      1. Successful completion of an RN program (ASN or Diploma in Nursing)*
      2. Minimum GPA of 2.0. 

      *We do also offer early acceptance to students in the final semester of the RN program.

      You can begin the program before having your RN license but will need an active RN license to be eligible to complete the 400- and 500-level Upper Division Nursing courses.
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    • What kind of structure are the learning modules offered in?  How many modules should I expect there to be in each class?

      Each nursing major course is offered in 7 modules – one per week.  You should expect to complete readings, online videos, and other activities, along with approximately 2-3 assignments per week.  The online courses are very structured, and have specific due dates for all assignments.

      After completing and submitting an assignment, you can expect feedback (and a grade) from your professor within 5-6 days.  We understand our students are working adults, so we are very accommodating when students request additional time for assignments – just be sure to ask in advance!

      *Please note, any required general education or elective courses typically run the full 14 weeks of the semester.

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    • What kind of assignments and learning activities should I expect?

      Each course’s assignments are tailored to meet the outcomes of the course, and you can expect to engage in a variety of assignments.  Some common assignments include (and are certainly not limited to):

      • Posting on discussion boards and responding to peers,
      • Creating patient educational materials,
      • Utilizing spreadsheets,
      • Uploading videos (don’t worry, we have tutorials for this!),
      • Writing formal papers, and
      • Taking quizzes or exams (though keep in mind that some courses do not have any tests).

      Some common learning activities include:

      • Completing readings,
      • Viewing and assessing videos,
      • Executing web searches,
      • Participating in interactive discussions,
      • And more.

      We are very proud of the courses we have developed for the RN-to-BSN Online Program and are confident that they provide excellent opportunities for student engagement and learning.  Each module is structured in the same way, so you will always know where to look for information in your courses.

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    • Will the assignments be meaningful in my workplace?

      Part of the MU Department of Nursing’s philosophy is recognizing the unique experience and knowledge our students bring to the classroom, whether it be online or face-to-face.  We believe that your educational experience should enhance your work and professional life.  To that end, many of our assignments are structured so that you can use them in your workplace.

      For example, in our Nursing Research class, we encourage you to talk with your nursing management about what issues they would like more evidence about.  And in our Health Policy & Nursing Issues class, you will write a patient care exemplar that can become part of your portfolio to be used when applying for promotion or clinical ladder steps.

      Is there a clinical component to the program?  If so, what is it like?
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      Two courses in the program do have a clinical component, at 28 hours each.  With that said, they are quite flexible, and not nearly as demanding as clinicals in many Associate’s programs (it may be fairer to think of them more as practicum than your typical clinicals):

       

      • In NURS 421 (Population-Based Health), you will find ways to be engaged in a community of interest. You will complete a focused assessment of that community in order to identify its unique needs. Other options you might choose include participating in a community health fair, attending a town council or school board meeting, etc.  Your faculty will assist you in finding the right experiences to meet the course objectives, as well as your own objectives.

       

      • In NURS 478 (Transformational Leadership), your capstone course, you will self-identify your objectives for the experience and then seek opportunities to meet your stated objectives.  Interested in nursing informatics?  You could choose to shadow an informatics specialist.  Want to learn more about budgeting?  You could schedule an appointment with a nurse administrator to review a unit budget.  And so on.  There are many ways these clinical hours can be met, and again, the faculty are happy to discuss your ideas and thoughts!
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    • I already have a bachelor’s degree in another field.  What courses will I need to take?

      For students who already have a bachelor’s degree, only our nine nursing courses (31 credits) and statistics are required.  If you have taken statistics (of any type) previously, you will only need our nine nursing courses!

      Nursing Upper Division (31 s.h.)

      • NURS 320 Conceptual Basis of Professional Nursing Practice (3)
        • Must be taken before any other Nursing courses.
      • NURS 330 Ethics of Healthcare Innovations (3)
      • NURS 340 Environmental Factors Affecting Health Status (3)
      • NURS 360 Assessment and Diversity (D) (4)
      • NURS 421 Population-Based Nursing (W) (5)
      • NURS 428 Nursing Research (W) (3)
      • NURS 438 Health Policy and Issues in Nursing (3)
      • NURS 504 Informatics & Technology in Nursing Practice (3)
      • NURS 478 Transforming Health Care through Leadership in Nursing (W) (4)
        • Must be taken as final Nursing course.

      Required Related Courses (if not already completed in previous degrees)

      • MATH 234 Statistics for Healthcare (4)
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    • How long will it take me to complete the whole program?

      Most students can expect to complete the program in about two (2) academic years, part-time.  Depending on your previous coursework, you may be able to complete the program in as little as 18 months.

      For students especially determined to complete the online RN to BSN program as quickly as possible, "accelerated" (full-time) options are available; while these accelerated plans are obviously demanding, they can virtually cut completion time in half.

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    • what is the wehrheim scholarship?

      Millersville University recently received more than $4 million from the estate of Liselotte Wehrheim '74 in further support of her endowment for non-traditional undergraduate students pursing a BSN degree.  Specifically, Ms. Wehrheim's scholarship supports students who are facing circumstances making it difficult to complete their BSN degree.  We know that most of our students are dealing with many competing demands on their time — work, school, families and more — and we are thrilled to be able to use these funds to help as many students as we can!  To apply to receive funds from the Liselotte R. Wehrheim Scholarship in Nursing, simply complete the brief application found at this link.  All students who are over the age of 25 and complete the application will be able to receive funds.  Special consideration for additional funds will be given to those students who are facing significant hardships, such as caring for an ailing family member, loss of job, etc.

      Please complete the scholarship interest form to apply for these funds.

      WEHRHEIM SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION 

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    • Is there an RN-to-MSN option?

      Yes!  We are now offering an RN-to-MSN track with the online RN-to-BSN program.  BSN students can take up to four MSN level courses (13 credits) during their BSN program.  The MSN courses replace existing BSN courses, so there is no change in the overall number of credits/courses needed to obtain your BSN!  You also do not have to go directly into the MSN program after completing your BSN with this track – you can take some time off and when you return*, you will be still be able to complete your MSN at the accelerated rate!

      When you take MSN courses as a BSN student, you are paying for those graduate courses at the BSN/undergraduate tuition rate.  Taking these graduate courses at the BSN level also allows you to complete your MSN at Millersville in as few at 24 credits (depending on the MSN track).  No matter which MSN track you choose, taking these courses as a BSN will still be an advantage!  

      The MSN level courses are offered over a full semester instead of the typical 7 weeks as with the BSN level courses.  This means that there may be some semesters when you are taking two nursing courses at the same for part of the semester.  The nursing faculty will be aware of this and will work with you if you need extra time during those periods.  

      RN-to-MSN track courses:

      • NURS 506 Nursing for Sustainable Health (3 credits)
        • Taken in place of NURS 340 Environmental Factors Affecting Health (3 credits)
      • NURS 508 Advanced Clinical Knowledge (4 credits)
        • Taken instead of NURS 360 Assessment and Diversity (4 credits)
      • NURS 503 Advanced Practice Professional Issues and Health Policy (3 credits)
        • Taken instead of NURS 438 Health Policy and Nursing Issues
      • NURS 504 Nursing Informatics and Healthcare Technology (3 credits) will continue to be required as normal

      *You will still need to complete an application for the MSN program after completing your BSN.  All applications will be reviewed by the Nursing faculty.  As long as you maintain a 3.0 or higher and there are no other academic or professional issues, your transition to the MU MSN Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership, or School Nursing program will be relatively seamless.

      View the FAQ's page for the RN to MSN track for more information!

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  • Social Work Online FAQ
    Questions specific to the BASW (Social Work) Online Program.
    • Are there prerequisites for the program?  Is there anything I can take in advance to help prepare?

      Since the Social Work Online Program is a degree-completion program, it is required that students have completed either an Associate’s degree OR at least 60 transferable college credits before starting. 

      **Students who have already completed another Bachelor's degree are not eligible for this program**

      Additionally, completion of the below prerequisite courses is required before beginning the program:

      • SOWK 102 – Modern Social Welfare Dilemmas (C or higher final grade)
      • SOWK 203 – Human Behavior and the Social Environment (C or higher final grade)

      The following courses are recommended to have been completed before beginning the Social Work Online Program, but are not required (they can be taken online as a part of the program*):

      • BIOL 204 – Human Biology
      • PSYC 100 – General Psychology
      • Any one of the following*:
        • GOVT 111 – Intro to American Government
        • GOVT 112 – State & Local Government
      • Any one of the following:
        • SOCY 101 – Intro to Sociology
        • SOCY 210 – Sociology of the Family
        • SOCY 211 – Social Problems

      *At this time, there are no government courses offered online at Millersville.  This requirement is recommended to be completed at another school and transferred into the program.  All other required courses will be available online.

      There are also a number of other courses that you can take in advance that will help to meet your general education requirements.  To find out if your previous coursework will help cover any requirements, take a look at the Transfer Equivalency Page.

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      Is your program accredited?

      Yes.  Our Social Work programs are accredited through the Council in Social Work Education (CSWE).  You may visit their website at: https://www.cswe.org/

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      Is the program 100% online?

      Yes.  Our Social Work Online Program is completed 100% online.  All courses required for the program can be taken completely online.  While our online students do have access to on-campus resources, they will not be required to come to campus at any point during the program.

      *The field work and service learning hours are completed in-person outside of class.  These hours can be completed locally so students are not required to travel to Millersville to complete these requirements.

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      How long will it take me to complete the whole program?

      Most students can expect to complete the program in about two (2) academic years, part-time.  Depending on your previous coursework, your program length may vary.

      You can review our Sample Schedule for the online Social Work program for more information on what your schedule will look like.

      Once you have confirmed your acceptance, you can also contact your Program Advisor for more information on your specific academic plan and anticipated program length.

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      How many credits is the program?

      The Social Work Online Program consists of 120 total credits, which does include transfer credits.  

      • 60 credits total, consisting of the following:
        • 45 credits of Social Work major courses
        • 15 credits of the following:
          • Social Work electives
          • Open electives
          • General education courses  

      Program Required Courses:

      • SOWK 201- Social Welfare Policy & Economics (3 credits)
      • SOWK 301- Social Work Practice I (3 credits)
      • SOWK 302 - Social Work Practice II (3 credits)
      • SOWK 303 - Social Welfare & the Law (3 credits)
      • SOWK 322 - Information Literacy for Social Work Research and Practice (3 credits)
      • SOWK 323 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (3 credits)
      • SOWK 350 - Encounters in Human Diversity (3 credits)
      • SOWK 401 - Field Instruction I (6 credits)
      • SOWK 402 - Field Instruction II (6 credits)
      • SOWK 403 - Social Work Practice III (3 credits)
      • SOWK 430 - Social Work Research (3 credits)
      • SOWK 431 - Social Work Statistics (3 credits)
      • ENGL 312 or ENGL 316 - Advanced Writing (3 credits)
      • SOWK Electives, Open Electives and General Education Courses (15 credits)


      *The total number of credits needed to complete the program will depend on each student’s specific amount of transfer credits.

      After applying, a transfer evaluation will be conducted to identify how many general education credits you will need to take to fulfill degree requirements.

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      Are there any certain times that I am required to be online?

      Some professors may hold set Zoom sessions (like Skype) in order to speak with the class as a whole.  These Zoom sessions are typically held in the evenings (EST) in order to accommodate working students.  If a course will hold Zoom sessions your professors will let you know ahead of time.

      You will also follow a course syllabus for required due dates but outside of Zoom sessions students are able to log into classes when best fits their schedule.

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      What exactly is a “cohort?” What do their names mean?

      The MU Social Work Online Program is offered via a cohort model, which means that most students begin and end the program with the same group, or cohort, of students, proceeding together at the same pace through major courses. 

      Cohort names are based upon the starting semester, for example:

      • Cohort Fall 2021 begins in Fall 2021
      • Cohort Spring 2022 begins in Spring 2022
      • Cohort Summer 2022 begins in Summer 2022
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      How often do cohorts start?

      There are three starts throughout the year:  Fall (August), Spring (January), and Summer (May).

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      What are the Service Learning and Field Education requirements?

      Field Learning is the signature pedagogy in social work.  It represents the central form of instruction and learning in which students are socialized to perform the role of the practitioner.  This experiential component of the social work program begins with student observations of social agencies and continues with volunteer community service experiences and other experiential learning in subsequent courses and throughout the students’ academic career.

      Service Learning:

      Service Learning opportunities will be available throughout your program of study.

      Field Education:

      Field Education will be completed during the final semester of the program to provide students with social work practical experience directly in the field

      • SOWK 401 and SOWK 402 together will consist of 450 total hours of fieldwork experience to further integrate students into the profession of social work.
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      What are the basic requirements I must fulfill to be considered for admission?
      1. You must have successfully completed an Associate’s Degree OR have at least 60 transferable college credits
      2. You must complete the required pre-requisite courses, SOWK 102 and SOWK 203 (with a C or higher final grade)
      3. You must have at least a 2.0 overall GPA
      4. After applying, you must send in copies of all official transcripts from all higher education institutions previously attended.

      **Please note that since this is a degree completion program, students who have already completed another full Bachelor's degree are not eligible for this program.

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      What kind of structure are the learning modules offered in?  How many modules should I expect there to be in each class?

      Each course is offered for the full 14 week semester length.  You should expect to complete readings, online videos, and other activities, along with approximately 2-3 assignments per week.  The online courses are very structured, and have specific due dates for all assignments.

      After completing and submitting an assignment, you can expect feedback (and a grade) from your professor within 5-6 days.  We understand our students are working adults, so we are very accommodating when students request additional time for assignments – just be sure to ask in advance!

      I am interested in the MSW Program you offer. Is there any kind of “bridge” into the MSW?
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      Once you have completed your BSW (Bachelor’s in Social Work), you will be eligible to apply for and gain acceptance into the MSW (Master’s in Social Work) or dual MSW/MSEM programs.  A Bachelor’s program does need to be completed prior to beginning the Master’s program.

      You can find more information on our MSW, MSW/MSEM, and DSW (Doctoral) programs at https://www.millersville.edu/socialwork/.

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  • Writing Studies Online FAQ
    Questions Specific to Writing Studies Online
    • Are there prerequisites for the program?  Is there anything I can take in advance to help prepare?

      Since the Online Writing Studies Program is a degree-completion program, it is designed for students who have either completed an Associate's degree or have at least 60 total transferrable credits.

      You will also need an overall GPA of at least 2.0 for admission into the program.

      To find out if your previous coursework will transfer, take a look at the Transfer Equivalency Page.

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    • How long will it take me to complete the whole program?

      Most students can expect to complete the program in about two (2) academic years, part-time with 2-3 courses per semester.  Depending on your previous coursework, your actual program length may vary.  Once you have confirmed your acceptance, you can contact your Academic Advisor for more information on your academic plan and program length.

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    • How many credits is the program? What courses are required for completion?

      The online Writing Studies program is a 120-credit degree-completion program (including transferred credits). 

      Required Major Courses:

      • ENGL 242 - Reading Our World
      • ENGL 274 - Craft of Writing
      • ENGL 280 - Intro to Rhetoric for Writers
      • ENGL 312 - Technical Writing
      • ENGL 316 - Business Writing
      • ENGL 317 - Editing for Publication
      • ENGL 318 - Web Writing & Content Management
      • ENGL 319 - Science Writing
      • ENGL 340 - Rhetorical Analysis
      • ENGL 342 - Reading and Writing for Civic Change
      • ENGL 466 - Special Topics in Writing Studies
      • ENGL 472 - Digital Portfolio
      • ENGL 498 - Independent Study

      After applying, a transfer evaluation will be conducted to identify how many general education credits you will need to take to fulfill degree requirements

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    • Are there any certain times that I am required to be online?

      Our Writing Studies Online Program courses are typically asynchronous; in other words, you will typically not be required to be online at a particular time.  Should a course ever have anything set at a specific time your professor would let you know ahead of time.

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    • What exactly is a “cohort?” What do their names mean?

      The Writing Studies Online Program is offered via a cohort model, which means that most students begin and end the program with the same group, or cohort, of students, proceeding together at the same pace. 

      Cohort names are based upon the starting semester, for example:

      • Cohort Spring 2021 begins in Spring 2021
      • Cohort Fall 2021 begins in Fall 2021
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    • How often do cohorts start?

      There are two starts throughout the year:  Fall (August) and Spring (January).

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    • What are the basic requirements I must fulfill to be considered for admission?
      1. You must have successfully completed an Associate’s Degree OR have at least 60 transferable college credits
      2. You must have at least a 2.0 overall previous GPA
      3. After applying, you must send in copies of all official transcripts from any higher education institutions previously attended.
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    • When can I apply? How far in advance should I apply?

      The Writing Studies Online Program has rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time throughout the year.  We highly recommend you apply as early as possible, as cohorts sometimes fill up several months in advance.

      If you do not see your preferred term listed on the application, please email OnlinePrograms@millersville.edu or give us a call at (717) 871-7200 letting us know what you prefer, and we will let you know if it would be possible to accommodate you.

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    • What kind of structure are the learning modules offered in?  How many modules should I expect there to be in each class?

      Each course is offered for the full 14-week semester length.  You should expect to complete readings, online videos, and other activities, along with approximately 2-3 assignments per week.  The online courses are very structured, and have specific due dates for all assignments.

      After completing and submitting an assignment, you can typically expect feedback (and a grade) from your professor within 5-6 days.  We understand our students are working adults, so we are very accommodating when students request additional time for assignments – just be sure to ask in advance!

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    • What are the major differences between the face-to-face program and the online program?

      Overall, the online and face-to-face programs are fairly similar.  That said, there are some differences:

      • Cost
        • There is a small difference in cost between the 100% online program and the face-to-face program. (See our answer regarding tuition for more details.)
      • Scheduling and pacing
        • Online Writing Studies courses are typically asynchronous.  You will typically not be required to be online at any specific time (which is great for working professionals), although there are specific assignments and deadlines to follow.
        • The Writing Studies Online Program follows a cohort model, meaning you will proceed through the program with the same group of students (though we are willing to be flexible if you have any specific scheduling needs).
      • Delivery format
        • The Writing Studies Online Program is 100% online, and you are never required to come to campus (though you are certainly welcome)!  The face-to-face program requires in-person meetings at specific times each week.
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    • What are possible career opportunities after completing the writing studies Online Program?

      Some examples of career opportunities for our Writing Studies graduates are:

      • Technology Industry
      • Videogame Industry
      • Content Management
      • Publishing
      • Blogging
      • Teaching English [Internationally]
      • Business
      • Marketing
      • Advertising
      • Law
      • Copywriting
      • Reviewing
      • Editing
      • Usability Testing
      • Feature Writing
      • Author
      • Playwright
      • Screenwriter
      • Technical Writer
      • Social Media Writer
      • Corporate Blogger
      • Grant and Proposal writer

      Our Career services office also offers assistance in preparation for interviews and potential careers.

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