Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to the How to Apply section below. Admissions are on a rolling basis, with classes beginning in late August, early January and early May for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters, respectively. After submitting the required materials, you will hear from Graduate Studies regarding the status of your application.

This is a fully online program. We do not have required meeting times for classes (that is, where students must log into the system at a particular point in time). Students may log in at times that are most convenient to them in order to complete assignments, participate in discussions, or work on other course tasks. Students are not required to visit our physical campus.

Students are encouraged to develop a comprehensive understanding of the subject matter, combining their work experiences, course instruction, assigned readings, and discussions with classmates. In the online environment, faculty-led discussion boards are used in many of the courses to facilitate interaction between students and faculty. JSU uses the Canvas Learning Management System. New technology now allows students to participate in conference calls, virtual lectures, and to make presentations to their online peers.

Students may earn up to six hours of elective credit for professional, post-baccalaureate work experience. Eligible students apply for work experience credit during their first semester of enrollment.

It is recommended that students select electives that complement their career goals. For example, for students interested in management positions, they should select some graduate business classes. Students working in the education area should select some graduate education classes. Elective options are flexible so that the degree steers the student towards his or her career goals.

Jacksonville State University's current tuition rate for graduate distance education classes may be found on the University Bursar's page. Each course in our program is a three credit hour course.