Cornerstone University's Professional & Graduate Studies division exists to empower the adult learner to influence the world by providing a distinctive and academically excellent education from a Christ-centered worldview. We're here to answer all your questions so that you can thrive as you pursue your degree. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive:
What if I haven't been in school for several years?
Whether you've been out of school for two or twenty years, our team of supportive staff and faculty recognize that the needs of adult students are different than those of recent high school graduates. To help you succeed in and out of the classroom, they'll walk with you each step of your academic journey.
We also offer a variety of helpful academic resources such as 24/7 online tutoring and free writing and excel workshops so you can brush up on your skills as you return to school.
What does an online degree program look like?
Our online programs allow you to complete assignments and lessons in a convenient and flexible format through Moodle, our online learning management system. Within Moodle, you're able to submit assignments, take advantage of helpful resources and engage with your class.
Much like in an on-campus program, you'll journey through your courses with a cohort of students and interact with approachable and valuable faculty members through discussion boards and video conferencing. Submit your assignments by their due dates and engage in the curriculum where and when it's convenient for you.
How will the class schedule be convenient for me?
Classes meet either on the same night of the week at one of our campus locations or 100% online through our learning management system. Our programs are built specifically to accommodate the working adult.
With the opportunity to learn in a way that fits your preferences, you can fit school into your already busy schedule.
What does the work outside of class look like?
In addition to attending class one night a week from 6-10 p.m. for on-campus programs, you'll also complete practical assignments that enhance your understanding of the course material. Such study time includes tasks such as meetings, assigned readings, investigating case studies, writing papers and collaborating on assignments with other cohort members.
How many students will be in my class?
Most classes are between eight and 16 students.
When can I begin taking classes?
Since degree programs at PGS are not semester based and start year-round, you can begin almost immediately! If you are pursuing a bachelor's degree and need additional elective credits, you have the option to start taking drop-in courses as electives even before your official program starts so you can start pursuing your goals on your time.
Your academic adviser can help you find and sign up for these drop-in courses once you are accepted.
How long will it take to complete my degree?
Most students complete their degree program between 19 and 21 months (excludes full associate and doctoral program). As a full-time student, you'll take one 5-8 week course at a time—as soon as you're done with one class, you'll move on to the next course in your program.
This lockstep model allows you to earn your degree quickly while still giving you the convenience you need to continue working, taking care of your family or fulfilling other responsibilities that you still need to meet.
What if I have to miss a night of class?
Attendance is essential for your success. However, there may be occasions in which an absence is unavoidable. For this reason, a student is allowed one absence per course.
How are my payments structured?
Tuition and all fees are due on or before the first night of class for each course.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, financial aid is available. In fact, over 69% of PGS students receive financial aid. As a full-time student, you may choose to apply for grants and loans. Once you submit your application for admission, your enrollment representative can provide you with financial aid forms.
How does my financial aid affect my payments?
If your financial aid forms are complete and have been processed, those funds will be applied to your payments as they are due. Students are required to pay for any tuition and fees not covered by financial aid.
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