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Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our webpages or contact Student and Academic Services to learn about program offerings, graduate school logistics (class times, financial aid, etc.), and university information.

What is the program curriculum?

Program information is available on each program's website or through the program director. The program website lists faculty program director contact information. Prospective students can connect with faculty Program Directors to learn how the program may align with individual academic backgrounds and future educational and career goals.

What are my career options with my graduate degree from Duquesne's School of Education?

Visit the program website and connect with the faculty Program Director to discuss your academic background and how Duquesne's program can help your meet educational and career goals.

How long will it take to finish the program?

Program lengths vary. Students can study full-time or part-time. Full-time study is 6 credits or more and part-time study is less than 6 credits. Program lengths vary dependent on the student's pace, student advisor recommendations, and the sequence of course offerings.

How long do I have to complete the programs?

Students in the master's programs must complete all course work within 6 years or less from the initial registration date. Students in the doctoral programs have 8 years or less to complete all course work from the initial registration date. The completion of program guidelines is listed in the Statute of Limitations.

Are summer classes required?

While summer study is optional for a majority of the programs, certain programs require summer study. Summer class schedules vary.

How do classes fit with my schedule?

A majority of the classes during the academic (fall/spring) year are offered in the evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. There are some classes in the late afternoon and certain programs have field work, student teaching, and/or clinical work that may be during the work day.

Are there online classes?

A majority of programs are campus-based and may have select online courses. Certain programs are offered entirely online. Online classes are asynchronous and synchronous. Synchronous online classes are typically offered in the evening.

Where do I find class schedules?

A majority of programs are campus-based and may have select online courses. Certain programs are offered entirely online. Online classes are asynchronous and synchronous. Synchronous online classes are typically offered in the evening.

Where do I find class schedules?

The Class Schedules section of the registrar's website has both a PDF document and a search engine with class times sorted by course name and course number. Some program websites include course lists.

What type of financial aid/awards are available?

Generally, Graduate School of Education students have opportunities to receive discounts and loans as well as apply for graduate assitantships. To learn more of financial aid and award offerings available to Graduate School of Education students, visit our school's Scholarship and Aid page.

How can I secure a graduate assistantship?

Each granting department has specific application guidelines. Applicants apply to the individual department. In most cases, it is best for a student to be accepted by the Graduate School of Education before applying to assistantships. Students can apply for multiple assistantships. Graduate Assistantship postings change often, so keep visiting the graduate assistantship webpages. Visit our school's Scholarship and Aid page to learn more of these opportunities.

How do I apply?

There is a general Graduate School of Education application and each program has additional program application requirements. All applicants must first complete the online Graduate School of Education application. After completing this on-line application, submit program specific application materials.

What to do after receiving an acceptance letter...

The acceptance letter will include advisor contact information and a student identification number. Those interested in attending should contact their advisor to determine course schedules and other specifics in regard to program curriculum. To enroll, make the non-refundable $250 deposit, which is credited toward tuition. To make the deposit, go to the website and enter your student identification number and birthdate. Typically within a couple days you will receive an email with multi-pass information that will allow you to activate your own individual DORI account (Duquesne Online Resources and Information) to access on-line scheduling, student account information, and more.