Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs


Q:Is a master’s degree program online as effective as on campus? Q:Is a master’s degree program online as effective as on campus?
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Yes! More than 5.6 million students took at least one course online during the fall 2009 term, which has grown by nearly one million students over the last year, according to the 2010 Sloan Consortium and Babson Survey Research Group study. The University Alliance is the largest facilitator of e-learning in the nation, having assisted in the registration of more than 450,000 enrollments to date. Dominican University’s online master’s degree in education programs offer state-of-the-art study materials utilizing video, CD-ROM, audio and textbook formats which are convenient for your individual lifestyle and educational needs.

Q:What is the difference between Dominican University and the University Alliance? Q:What is the difference between Dominican University and the University Alliance?
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Dominican University handles all academic issues including grades, assignments, testing and academic advising. The University Alliance assists with enrollment/reenrollment, provides program technology/support and handles distribution of all educational materials including books, study guides, online classroom and CD-ROM lectures. Merging state-of-the-art technology with the highest educational standards, the University Alliance Online works with regionally accredited colleges and universities to connect professionals, via the Internet, with associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as certificate and continuing professional education programs

Q:What if I need help with my course work? Q:What if I need help with my course work?
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It’s easy to get help. You will have a close working relationship with your professor and program representative at all times. Also, when you are accepted into a program, you will be assigned a Dominican University academic advisor. If you have a specific question about a course, you can contact your academic advisor by toll-free phone, fax, email or regular mail. You will be able to discuss your program progress and any questions you may have. Any non-academic or technical questions can be addressed by your University Alliance program representative and technical support staff.

Q:Can I complete all of the required course work online? Q:Can I complete all of the required course work online?
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Yes. Dominican’s online Master of Arts in Education courses offered are available via the Internet. You will never have to step foot on campus — unless you wish to walk with your graduating class!

Q:How long will it take me to earn my master’s degree? Q:How long will it take me to earn my master’s degree?
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Students typically complete all degree requirements in 18 months.

Q:Will I be earning a master’s degree from an accredited university? Q:Will I be earning a master’s degree from an accredited university?
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Yes. Dominican University is accredited and consistently ranked among the top 20 regional universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. Dominican’s online education faculty members are nationally recognized as prominent and innovative leaders in adult online education.

Q:What is accreditation? Q:What is accreditation?
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Accreditation means that an institution of higher education has met the criteria reflecting the qualities of a sound educational program, as delineated by the United States Department of Education.

Q:Will I have to take exams? Q:Will I have to take exams?
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Your grade will be based on assignments evaluated by faculty. These assignments may be in the form of papers, case studies, Individual Development Plans (IDPs) and examinations. The evaluation process will be conducted in the same media formats in which the course is presented. It will not be necessary to travel to a testing location or make arrangements for private proctoring of any examinations.

Q:When do I need to start the program? Q:When do I need to start the program?
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You can enroll at any time and begin your studies six convenient times during the year. Call now before the enrollment deadline passes for the upcoming term.

Q:Will my actual degree reflect that it was earned online? Q:Will my actual degree reflect that it was earned online?
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No. There is no distinction made on the degree. Your Master of Arts in Education degree is awarded by Dominican University based on competency and successfully meeting academic requirements, not upon geographic location or residency.

Q:Will my credits from other schools transfer? Q:Will my credits from other schools transfer?
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Yes, if certain conditions are met and the transfer course is accepted by the master’s degree faculty advisor.

Q:What kind of computer do I have to use? Q:What kind of computer do I have to use?
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Our courses and programs are available via the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be accessed using a web browser, a computer with a current Windows® or Mac operating system, and an Internet connection.

Q:What are the minimum system requirements? Q:What are the minimum system requirements?
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Click here for more information.

Q:Is financial aid available? Q:Is financial aid available?
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Yes. Dominican University accepts numerous financial aid programs, including all government financial aid. For more information, click on Tuition & Financial Aid.

Q:How do I buy my books? Q:How do I buy my books?
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For each course in which you enroll, you will purchase your books and materials through your program representative. Your representative knows which textbook(s), study guides and lecture CD-ROMs are needed for your course(s). Your University Alliance program representative is available at all times to effectively guide you through the enrollment process and to answer any questions you may have.

Q:Can I pay for my courses with employer tuition assistance? Q:Can I pay for my courses with employer tuition assistance?
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Yes. Employer tuition assistance is accepted. Because Dominican University is renowned and accredited, employers recognize their degrees and may provide employee tuition reimbursement. Please direct questions regarding your employer’s tuition assistance policy to your personnel or human resources director, or call your University Alliance program representative.

Q:If I earn my degree online, may I attend the graduation ceremony on campus? Q:If I earn my degree online, may I attend the graduation ceremony on campus?
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Yes. Dominican University welcomes you to take part in graduation ceremonies on campus once you have completed your degree. In fact, you have an open invitation to visit Dominican’s main campus anytime you wish. You may feel free to contact your academic advisor for the specific details and dates of your graduation ceremony.

Q:How do I get started? Q:How do I get started?
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From your first phone call or email contact to the University Alliance, you will be assigned a program representative who will guide and support you throughout your courses. Our program representatives are ready and willing to help you through every step you take toward earning your academic degree and achieving your personal and professional goals. They are equipped to answer your questions, assist you in completing the application materials, guide you through the enrollment process, help with your selection of course materials and get you comfortably settled into your online master’s in education degree program.

Q:Where can I find state-specific agency information to send student complaints/concerns? Q:Where can I find state-specific agency information to send student complaints/concerns?
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State agency contact information for student complaints: Click here to see a list of state agency contact information sorted by geographic location.

Q:Where can I review the textbooks and materials required for my course? Q:Where can I review the textbooks and materials required for my course?
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Students can review course textbooks and all required materials on this website. Click here to search for your books for the upcoming term.

Q:I have a disability; how do I request special accommodations? Q:I have a disability; how do I request special accommodations?
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If you have a disability that requires a special accommodation in order to participate in an online course, you must identify yourself as a person with a disability and request an accommodation from the University. Please contact an enrollment representative to initiate the identification process. Your enrollment representative will provide further details about the process for receiving special accommodations from the University.