FAQs - Online Experience
Can I really learn online?
Our online courses prepare you for educational and career advancement in a complex, competitive 21st century. Our courses are designed and delivered by Messiah College faculty who are experts in their respective fields. Student participation and engagement in the learning process is one of the greatest benefits of the Messiah College graduate programs. Students engage in online discussions with their peers and are encouraged to apply theory to practice. Many of our students find online learning to be a great match for their learning style and busy personal and work schedules. All of our courses are rigorous and meet the standards of excellence that have resulted in Messiah College being recognized as one of the best colleges in the northern United States by the U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review. Visit our page for information on our online experience or watch a video about Canvas, our learning Management System.
What kinds of learning activities will I be doing online?
Messiah's online courses are conducted as a personal, interactive learning community. While specifics vary, interaction among students and faculty is foundational to all courses. Messiah College utilizes Canvas, an online learning management system (LMS) to organize the courses. A wide variety of learning activities are used in order to give students numerous ways and opportunities to demonstrate their learning. The types of activities vary from program to program and may include research papers, group projects, video presentations, case studies, interactive web-based activities, simulations, and similar learning activities that are particularly well-suited to the online environment and adult learners.
How many hours per week can I expect to spend on my online course?
Every student and course is different, but generally you should expect to spend 10-15 hours per week on each online course.
Can I access my online courses when I’m traveling?
Yes. As long as you have internet access your online courses are available from anywhere in the world.
Do I have to purchase a computer?
All students will need to have reliable access to a sufficient computer to complete their course work. For more information visit our Tech Requirements page.