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How does Online Learning Work?

Students will participate in their online courses using a learning management system called Blackboard, which serves as the “virtual classroom.” Professors will post the course syllabi, assignments, lectures, and announcements in Blackboard and students are usually expected to participate in online discussion boards several times per week based on readings and lecture topics. Some professors will present their lectures in a written format, while others might use audio or video recordings. Communication with professors and classmates occurs usually through Blackboard discussion boards or email, though students can arrange for phone and in some cases remote online sessions. Assignment, quizzes and tests are completed online.

Are online courses easier than on-campus ones?

This is a common misconception. Online courses are comparable to on-campus courses in terms of course content but often require more self-direction on the part of the student. This means that time management skills are very important and that the student might spend more time reading, writing and researching than he/she would for a traditional on-campus course that meets in person for several hours per week.

Do I ever have to come to campus?

As an online student you will not be required to come to campus, however, you are always welcomed to visit! Be sure to have your Storm Card (student ID) ready.

Does a student have to log in to class at a specific time?

Usually not. Courses are asynchronous, which means that students can log in at a time that is convenient for them as long as they meet the course requirements and participate in discussions as noted by the professor. Professors might try to arrange a synchronous virtual class meeting or student conference, however, they are mindful of your time and need for flexibility in arranging these and will work with you.

Am I eligible for a laptop as an online student?

Yes, if you enroll as a full-time student in the graduate Library Science program. There is a fee associated with laptop per semester of usage. Learn more about student laptops.

Do I have access to the same services as on campus students?

Yes! Online students have access to our library databases, writing assistance, academic advisement service and career services.

How much does it cost?

Tuition and fees for online courses are the same as tuition for on-campus courses.

Are online students eligible for scholarships and financial aid?

Yes! Online students are eligible for many of the same scholarships as on-campus students and are eligible to apply for federal aid. You can see an extensive list of St. John’s University offered scholarships for, graduate students. We also encourage students to apply for external scholarships.

Are online programs comparable in quality to on-campus programs?

Yes. The same faculty that teaches on-campus courses teaches online courses. We prepare our highly qualified staff to teach online to ensure that the rigor, quality, and workload for the online classes are comparable to the on-campus classes.

Are your programs accredited?

Yes, our online degree programs are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and registered with the New York State Education Department. Different programs will also have additional accreditation depending on the academic specialty.

Who do I contact with questions on Online Learning programs?

Graduate Admissions

The School of Education
Office of Graduate Admission
[email protected]

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Office of Graduate Admission
[email protected]

St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Office of Graduate Admission
[email protected]