Prospective Online Student FAQs
You may have many questions regarding online education at Duquesne University and what you need to do to get started. Below are the top questions we often get asked.
How do I apply to an online program?
Once you decide which program is the best fit for you, you can apply here. You will be asked to create an account if you have not already. Please choose the option for Graduate if you are applying for a graduate program or choose Accelerated Online Bachelor's for the online bachelor's degree option. Check with the program you have chosen for additional application requirements (undergraduate program listing and graduate program listing).
What will my classes be like?
Your classes will be engaging, interactive, and participatory! You will be part of a community of learners involved in coursework, collaboration, and learning with your peers and from your professors about the course's content. Read more about the characteristics of our online courses - Online Student Experience.
Will I be able to get help with technical issues and my learning?
Duquesne University is committed to student success! You will have writing and learning support, a help desk, an academic advisor, and others to help you stay focused on your learning. You will have easy access to many support services right within your online course site. Visit our technology page for more information.
Will I have to be online at specific times?
Occasionally, but not for all your courses. Some of your professors will ask students to attend a live webinar session as part of the course's instructions. These times will be posted when you register for the course, and the sessions will be archived and available to you.
How will I access my online courses?
Online courses at Duquesne are taught through the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS). You'll get a password protected account that allows you to access your courses on a computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device. View Navigating Your Online Courses to get a feel for Blackboard.
How will I take exams in my online course?
Except for unique situations, you can take your exams anywhere you have an Internet connection and are able to log-in to your course site. For some of your exams, you will be asked to use our online exam proctoring service. Not all courses have formal exams. You will find our professors use many forms of assessment, such as papers, projects, and webinar presentations to evaluate your performance and learning.
When I graduate will my diploma say Duquesne University Online?
Your diploma will say Duquesne University, and you will join 93,000 other Duquesne University alumni! You will be invited to join Duquesne's Alumni Association, network with fellow graduates, participate in one of the many nation-wide alumni events, receive Duquesne's alumni magazine, and proudly wear a Duquesne class ring and our blue and red colors!