FAQs About Online/Remote Learning

Duquesne University is committed to providing students with the best online learning experience possible--and the support to help them succeed. Duquesne has more than 20 years of experience in facilitating online learning, offering the nation’s first online PhD in Nursing. We now offer 20 programs entirely online, earning national rankings from US News and World Report and other respected organizations.

Our online courses combine Duquesne’s innovative spirit with more than 140 years of academic excellence. And because of our established online infrastructure, students can access many of our academic resources and student services like our library, tutoring and advisement, virtually.

Below are answers to questions we have received from prospective and accepted students and parents. If you would like to discuss further, please email admissions@duq.edu or schedule an appointment with an admissions counselor.


Is there an orientation to online coursework?

Yes. Every student can complete a 3-part orientation course called Essentials in Online Learning at Duquesne. Each of the 3 modules helps prepare students for success in the online learning environment. The topics of the modules include Duquesne Resources, Online Learning Skills and Getting Started with Blackboard.

Will I learn the same information and achieve the same course objectives if my class is online?

Yes, online courses are designed to help you develop new knowledge, skills and abilities and have the same course level learning objectives as face-to-face courses. You will log into your Blackboard course site frequently to interact with your instructor and classmates, and you'll complete assignments, activities, and assessments just like you would in a face-to-face course.

What format are online courses offered in? I've heard the words "asynchronous" and "synchronous," what do those mean?

Online courses at Duquesne are offered in both the synchronous and asynchronous format. Students may expect to take a blend of both types of courses. The format of each course will be determined by the academic program and instructor and will be clearly marked on the official university schedule.

Courses offered synchronously have scheduled class meeting times during the week. These real-time meetings are held virtually using Zoom. The instructor and students interact using video, screen-sharing and other methods to support learning.

Asynchronous courses do not have scheduled meeting times during each week. The instructor creates lessons using pre-recorded lectures and other materials to support instruction. Asynchronous courses often feature real-time virtual meetings at various points throughout the course.

I'd like to see what Duquesne's online courses are like.

You can view a tour of Blackboard led by one of our students. There you'll see what a course looks like as well as available resources. Duquesne professors are also dedicated to ensuring students succeed. This video shows a professor's prospective of online instruction. More information can be found about the online course experience on our Online Campus website.

Do professors who teach online have office hours?

Yes, instructors offer virtual office hours using Zoom. They can also be reached by email and, when needed, via telephone by appointment. The course syllabus indicates the scheduled times and methods for office hours as well as other options to connect with the instructor.

Is online tutoring available?

Schools and academic programs may have tutoring support available and specific recommendations, so be sure to work with your academic advisor or program coordinator to determine what is available and recommended for your program of study. Online tutoring is also available through the Michael P. Weber Learning Skills Center.

Do online students have access to library resources? 

Duquesne's Gumberg Library offers its full slate of services and resources to online students. Librarians are readily available through a variety of methods such as text, live chat, phone and email to assist students with their research needs.

Do online students have access to technical support?

Duquesne's CTS Help Desk provides comprehensive support to online students. Help Desk consultants are available through several methods including text, live chat, phone and email to assist students with their technical needs.

Can students successfully complete their academic requirements and stay on track in their degree program while studying remotely?

By successfully completing a course, whether offered face-to-face or remotely, students can stay on track with the requirements of their degree program. When questions arise about course material or assignments, students should touch base with their instructor immediately. For questions concerning progress within a program, students should reach out to their academic advisor. Duquesne's academic advisors are well-prepared to assist students with all matters concerning their degree completion and are available face-to-face or online for consultation.

Will taking online courses impact my likelihood to be accepted into an advanced degree program?

Your official academic transcript will not indicate the course delivery format of any particular course.

What are the benefits to students beginning their first year of college at Duquesne University?

The Spiritan Tradition, which impacts every aspect of the learning and living experience at Duquesne makes a 4-year education at Duquesne University unique-whether on campus or online. Our exceptional faculty in partnership with dedicated campus staff and technical experts work hard to prepare a learning experience for all students that fulfills Duquesne's tradition of excellence.

Starting out in an academic program at Duquesne is an important and valuable experience for students. You'll establish a connection with your academic advisor, begin to make connections with your classmates, and begin to become part of the Duquesne University community. These relationships will endure for many years to follow, so we encourage you to begin to cultivate them at the onset of your college experience.

If classes are online, will there be a change in tuition?

There will not be revised tuition based upon the delivery format.  

Rev. 21 December 2020