FAQs

  1. Are the online programs accredited?
  2. If I earn my degree through the online program, will my degree be from Mount Mercy?
  3. How long will it take to finish the degree?
  4. When can I enter the program?
  5. Is there an application fee?
  6. How many credits can I transfer?
  7. Will I have face-to-face meetings with my professor?
  8. How are the online courses structured?
  9. How much interaction will students have with the instructor and other students?
  10. What is the time commitment for the program per week?
  11. What are the technical requirements for online learning?
  12. What states are Mount Mercy University authorized to offer online degree programs in?

Are the online programs accredited?

Yes. The online programs at Mount Mercy University are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

If I earn my degree through the online program, will my degree be from Mount Mercy?

Yes. Upon successful completion of your program of study, you will earn your degree and become an alumnus of Mount Mercy University. Though accelerated in delivery format, the online course content and curriculum is equivalent to the university’s traditional semester-length programs.

How long will it take to finish the degree?

It depends on the number of transfer credits accepted and the number of courses that are needed to meet graduation requirements. When you meet with your personal academic advisor, you will discuss the specific academic plan and timeline for your program.

When can I enter the program?

For undergraduate students, you can start the program at the beginning of any five-week session. There are nine possible start dates each year. Click here to view a listing of available courses.

Graduate students entering the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program may enter the program in August (Block 1) or February (Block 5).

Graduate students entering the Master of Business Administration (MBA) may enter the program in August, November, January, February,  April and June.

Is there an application fee?

No, we do not charge an application fee.

How many credits can I transfer?

Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate students may transfer up to 63 credit hours from a two-year institution and up to 93 credit hours from a four-year institution. Students who have earned an associate degree in an approved major from an Iowa community college may transfer up to 75 credit hours from a two-year institution.

Mount Mercy University accepts credit through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), or through the Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) portfolio documentation. Qualifying students may transfer up to 30 APEL credits and 60 CLEP credits into our degree programs.

Graduate Students
Graduate students in the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program have the potential to transfer up to 9 graduate level credit hours.

Will I have face-to-face meetings with my professor?

Our instructors deliver their online courses entirely via the Internet, with no required face-to-face meetings. However, students can visit the campus and meet with professors during office hours if they wish. Our instructors are also accessible by phone and email.

How are the online courses structured?

Classes are offered in 5- and 10-week sessions. Classes are asynchronous, so students are not required to log in at a certain day or time. However, there are weekly deadlines that keep students engaged and on track with their course progress. Typical coursework includes interacting with fellow students and the instructor through discussion forums, submitting written assignments, project-based work (both group and individual), and online quizzes and exams. Course content is delivered through a variety of formats, such as written lectures and readings, PowerPoints with audio, instructor video recordings, etc.

How much interaction will students have with the instructor and other students?

Online learners interact frequently with their fellow students through discussion forums and group projects. The online instructors engage with students through the discussion forums and provide regular feedback on assignments and grades. Instructors may also host online office hours or supplemental video sessions that students can participate in if desired.

What is the time commitment for the program per week?

Due to the “condensed” nature of the online courses (earning 3 credits in 5 or 10-week sessions), students can expect to commit 22-27 hours per week in a 5-week course or 10-14 hours per week in a 10-week course. These expectations will vary by instructor and course topic.

What are the technical requirements for online learning?

We recommend that every student’s computer meet the following technical requirements for best performance:

  • Operating system – Windows XP or Mac OS X 10.4 (or higher)
  • Memory – 512 MB
  • CPU – 1.6 GHz
  • Free disk space – 256 MB or more
  • Other – Soundcard and speakers (microphone recommended)
  • Browser – Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or higher (IE 6.0+ or Safari 1.2+ will also work)
  • Browser settings – Java, JavaScript and cookies enabled; popup blocker disabled
  • Internet connection – DSL or broadband strongly recommended (56k or greater will work)
  • Productivity software – MS Office (Open Office is a free alternative)

What states are Mount Mercy University authorized to offer online degree programs in?

See the State Authorization page.