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Prospective Student FAQ

If you're like most people considering the next step in their education, you probably have questions about what is involved in attending Duquesne University. While we can't answer all of them here, the following questions are ones prospective adult students often ask us. As you read, keep a list of your specific questions that aren't included and any new ones that come to mind. Then, meet with an advisor to discuss your particular needs and concerns. There is another option as well. This basic information can assist you in evaluating your educational options, but we also invite you to attend an information session where you can get answers to your specific questions and interact with others who might become your classmates.

How long will it take to complete my degree?
Will credits transfer from business and technical schools?
Can I receive credit for lifelong learning experience?
Is there any other way in which I can receive credit without attending formal classes?
Will I have an advisor while I am in the program?
Is financial aid available?
What are the options for payment of tuition?
Is it possible to "drop out" of classes for a term?
Is there an admissions test?
I'm a little nervous about coming back to school or coming for the first time. Will I have difficulty with the demands and workload?
What support and academic services are available to me?
Math and English have never been strong subjects for me. Should I be concerned?
What if I have to miss a class because of work?

How long will it take to complete my degree?

It often depends on the other commitments in your life. The accelerated bachelor's degree can be completed in four years by taking two courses every Saturday or a regular schedule online. Each term is eight weeks long with five terms per academic year. If you have credits from other colleges or universities, it could take less time, depending on the number of those credits that transfer. Whatever your individual situation, you must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Duquesne in order to earn a bachelor's degree from the University.
Graduate degrees are 36 credits and can be completed in two years. Graduate courses are approximately 15 weeks in length. Two courses can be taken in each of the three terms offered each year.

Will credits transfer from business and technical schools?

Transfer credits are accepted from two- and four-year institutions that are regionally accredited. A "C" grade or better must be earned in order for a course to transfer.

Can I receive credit for lifelong learning experience?

The short answer is yes. There are lots of variations in how and how much. That is something you'll need to discuss with your advisor.

Is there any other way in which I can receive credit without attending formal classes?

There are a variety of ways to earn credit. You can take CLEP exams (College Level Examination Program) for designated courses. If you receive an adequate score, credit will be awarded. In addition, there are some classes offered through various companies that have been designated for credit by the American Council on Education. Students can also earn college credit from their military experience. A DD214 must be submitted for credit review.

Will I have an advisor while I am in the program?

Every step of the way! Advisors are assigned as you enter the program and continue to work with you until you complete your degree. Your advisor will assist you in selecting courses each term and answer any questions that arise. Advisors are available by phone, email, in person and via live chat.

Is financial aid available?

Provided you meet the specific guidelines for the various grant and loan programs, financial aid is available. For more information, please see www.duq.edu/financialaid or call 412.396.6607.

What are the options for payment of tuition?

If your company provides tuition reimbursement, a deferred billing plan is available. A payment plan is also available for students without corporate reimbursement.

Is it possible to "drop out" of classes for a term?

Because of work, family and other responsibilities, adults occasionally ask to skip a term. While graduate degrees must be completed within six years, you are not penalized for missing a term. One thing to keep in mind as you schedule is that a missed term may affect availability of required courses. Fortunately, there is enough flexibility built into this program that students should be able to get back on track.

Is there an admissions test?

SATs are not required for undergraduate admissions. GRE, GMAT and other similar tests are not required for application to graduate programs.

I'm a little nervous about coming back to school or coming for the first time. Will I have difficulty with the demands and workload?

To help ease the transition, all undergraduate students are required to take the Adult Transition Seminar. ATS is a course specially designed to prepare incoming adult students for the academic challenges they may encounter in Duquesne University's accelerated program. ATS provides adult students with enhanced skills in areas such as writing, time management and critical thinking.

What support and academic services are available to me?

We like this question because the answer is that there are lots of things available to you. Each student has an academic advisor available during class days. In addition to an advisor, students in some undergraduate courses have access to a teaching assistant. This is a graduate student or professional in that discipline who assists the faculty member in teaching part of the class, works with small groups in class, and provides optional study sessions. Students in the program also have access to our online resource center which features learning resources, class schedules, course catalog, student handbook, message board and more!

Math and English have never been strong subjects for me. Should I be concerned?

You're not alone. This is a fairly common issue. However, time and maturity have a way of improving our listening skills, our dedication to our studies, and a commitment to achieving our goals. The Adult Transition Seminar, coupled with dedicated faculty and teaching assistants, help students to succeed in challenging courses.

What if I have to miss a class because of work?

At Duquesne, faculty members understand that life happens. Communicating with your instructor, then, is the first step. Be sure to inform the affected instructor as soon as the schedule conflict arises. Also, make arrangements with a classmate to get missed notes and class assignments for any on-campus courses.