Learn more about the programs.
Learn more about the programs.
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Find out what it takes to become a student.
To view specific admission requirements by program click here.
Specific deadlines are published on our academic calendar.
Applications are processed on a rolling basis, which means the admissions committee will begin the review of your application soon after it is complete and all supporting documentation has been received. You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible rather than wait for the published deadline to avoid any unexpected delays in tracking down official transcripts or requesting letters of recommendation.
If you do not meet all the admission requirements (for example, if your undergraduate GPA is below the stated minimum for the program) and would like ask for an exception, please allow extra time. You may be asked to provide additional support materials such as an essay as part of your application package to demonstrate your readiness to succeed in a graduate degree program.
Depending on your unique situation, you may be asked to provide additional support materials such as an essay as part of your application package to demonstrate your readiness to succeed in a graduate degree program.
In order to maximize learning and effectively meet all program requirements, it is expected that candidates will have access to a classroom. An Enrollment Advisor can help address any questions regarding access requirements.
Understand the tuition, fees and intricacies of financial aid.
Students in our online programs will not pay any additional student fees such as health services, student association fees, etc. and are also not required to pay a deposit upon registration.
Visit USD’s Financial Aid webpage for a list of deadlines, requirements and instructions for applying for financial aid.
Note: only federal financial aid loans are available; no need-based or merit-based scholarships or grants from USD will be available.
Students requesting to withdraw after the third day of the semester must withdraw by week five of the course. Students will receive a grade of “W” and no refund will be provided.
USD provides support services throughout the entire program.
When you enroll, you will be assigned a personal Program Coordinator who will serve as your concierge, counselor and go-to person for all questions and concerns related to your program. You will also be provided access to our online Student Support Center, a helpful website of information specific to your degree program, and Degree Works, a portal that will help you track your progress toward graduation.
Online courses are designed to be both rigorous and flexible for working professionals.
Course assignments are asynchronous, which means you don’t need to log in on a specific day and time, but rather have the flexibility to complete your coursework on your time. Assignments are typically due every Monday, which gives you the weekend to work on coursework if you work during the week.
Our courses are administered through Blackboard. When you first login you will find all the information you’ll need to successfully complete the class, such as announcements, the syllabus, the course calendar, course materials, assignments, and exams.
Coursework, quizzes, and presentations are delivered via multiple formats, and students have ample opportunity to communicate with their instructor and one another within the Blackboard environment.
The following week’s lesson is typically posted three days prior to the start of the week, giving you the chance to get a head start on the assignments if your schedule permits.
Technical Support – Online learners have helpdesk technical support access that is responsive and effective.
Program Advisor – Your Program Advisor will be your first point of contact for administrative support once you are admitted. In addition, a step-by-step guidance will be provided to prepare you for your first course.
Online Orientation Course – When you enroll in one of our online degree programs, you’ll be required to complete an Online Orientation Course prior to the beginning of your first class. This Orientation Course will help familiarize you with the technology as well as set your expectations for the coursework ahead.