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What to Expect

We understand the prospect of completing your degree online could be a bit daunting. However, the SIU College of Business is renowned for its student-centered learning environment. This is due to our dedicated faculty and staff who make student satisfaction a top priority. Our student services staff will work closely with you throughout the program to answer questions and provide guidance with your academic and professional growth.

Courses are team delivered by the instructor, teaching assistants and program managers.  You will receive weekly email communications, and we are committed to answering all your emails within 24 hours.


Who teaches the courses?
Do I have to take courses full-time?
Will I ever have to go to the SIU Carbondale campus?
How long are the courses?
Are online courses hard?
Are the online programs acredited?
Will I graduate with a degree or a certificate?
How long is the program?
What are the requirements to be accepted into the program?
Will the Accounting degree program allow me to sit for the CPA Exam?
If I don't have all 60 hours can I still apply?
Can I take these courses to finish a non-Accounting or Business and Administration degree?
Can I qualify for financial aid/scholarships?
How much does the program cost?
How do my classes transfer in?
What do I need to do to graduate?


WHO TEACHES THE COURSES?

Courses are team delivered by the instructor, teaching assistants and program managers.  Our faculty, which is the same faculty that teach on campus, understand the demands of the business world and integrate the newest business practices and technological advances into their curriculum.  

DO I HAVE TO TAKE COURSES FULL-TIME?

You may enroll in classes as a part-time or full-time student. Our program is flexible enough to change your status each semester. Also, with our 8-week format, you can enroll as a full-time student with four classes, or 12 credit hours, and only have to take two classes at a time!

WILL I EVER HAVE TO GO TO THE SIU CARBONDALE CAMPUS?

We would like to see you at graduation, but No, you do not need to come to campus. All you need to be “in class”, is your computer and a reliable high-speed internet connection.  From registration, courses, to career services, it is all on-line.

HOW LONG ARE THE COURSES?

Courses are delivered in an 8 week format.  “A” courses are the first 8 weeks of the normal semester (Aug – Oct and Jan – March), “B” courses are the second 8 weeks of the semester (Oct – Dec and Mar – May). 

ARE ONLINE COURSES HARD?

It depends – it’s not necessarily harder material, but often times, students need to learn how to focus on their online courses. Our courses are taught by the same faculty that teach the courses on-campus so they contain the same material.  In fact, faculty and students find that online courses are every bit as, if not more, demanding than face-to-face instruction.  You must be prepared to commit the requisite time and energy. When you graduate with an online degree from the SIU College of Business you can be confident that you have earned the same high quality education as the on-campus students. 

ARE THE ONLINE PROGRAMS ACCREDITED?

Yes, our online programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, which represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.  Only five percent of business schools in the world have been granted this designation. 

WILL I GRADUATE WITH A DEGREE OR A CERTIFICATE?

Successful completion of this program will result in a Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) in Business and Administration or Accounting.  Your degree will hold the same prestige as a degree earned on campus.  

HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?

Typically, the program should take 24 months to complete, over six semesters.  However, it can be completed in a minimum of 18 months. 

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BE ACCEPTED INTO THE PROGRAM?

Prior to starting the degree completion programs at SIU, students should have 60 college level, transferrable credit hours with at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, as calculated by the Articulation and Evaluation office.  This is about the equivalent of the first two years of a four year degree.  This includes students transferring from a community college, another university, or former SIU students returning to complete their bachelor’s degree.

WILL THE ACCOUNTING DEGREE PROGRAM ALLOW ME TO SIT FOR THE CPA EXAM?

Yes, after completion of the required courses along with meeting all of the Illinois Board of Examiners requirements you will be able to take the CPA exam.  If you already have your degree, you may be able to finish your required courses in just a few semesters.  To review the requirements follow this link

If I DON'T HAVE ALL 60 HOURS CAN I STILL APPLY?

Yes – you can always apply. We are happy to work with you to plan your courses with concurrent enrollment in our programs and the lower level courses. We are happy to provide unofficial transcript evaluations prior to application to help you make the decision.  See Undergraduate Admissions.

CAN I TAKE THESE COURSES TO FINISH A NON-ACCOUNTING OR BUSINESS & ADMINISTRATION DEGREE?

Yes – but please note that not all the courses you need to finish your degree may be offered online. Our advisement staff are happy to assist you in planning how to finish your degree.

CAN I QUALIFY FOR FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIPS?

All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid and scholarships. The first step is apply for financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Students should apply as soon after January 1 for that year’s fall semester as possible, for the Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility financial aid programs.

Our online students are encouraged to apply for scholarships, too! Use the scholarship search at scholarships.siu.edu to see all the different scholarships we have available. The application period is generally November – January for the upcoming fall and spring academic year.

Visit the SIU Financial Aid website for more information at fao.siu.edu.

HOW MUCH DOES THE PROGRAM COST?

Tuition for online programs is the same as for on-campus, in-state rates. We lock in tuition rates for four years, with continuous enrollment.  The tuition rate is a fixed semester rate of $322.60 per credit hour plus $75.37 per credit hour and $3.00 per semester for fees. Fees for the online programs are substantially less than for the on-campus programs! The total cost per credit hour is $397.97, plus $3.00 per semester. To find the exact cost, please visit: fao.siu.edu/cost and use the Registrar’s Tuition/Fee Calculator.

Some courses will require students to purchase textbooks, calculators, and/or other materials. The cost for textbooks for the BNAD program range from $1000 to $2000 (as of Spring 2013) depending on whether the student prefers new hard-cover texts, ebooks, used books, or rented books. Some custom books are required. Accounting costs?

Students must purchase and use Software Secure’s Remote Proctor. The proctor is used for all tests in each course in the program. The cost is approximately $250 plus an annual $50 (approximately) support fee.

HOW DO MY CLASSES TRANSFER IN?

After admission to the University, students’ transfer credit is evaluated for acceptance toward your program, including University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements. Credit accepted for transfer not applied to UCC requirements or to a specific degree program, will be considered general transfer credit (elective credit).

As part of the advisement process, your academic advisor will assist you in creating your educational plan for graduation, showing you how your transfer credit applied to your degree.

You may start reviewing how your credits will transfer into SIU from transfer.siu.edu

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO GRADUATE?

In order to graduate, students must complete all program requirements, University Core Curriculum requirements, and meet the GPA requirements as found in the Undergraduate Catalog (link to catalog). This may sould like a lot, but your academic advisor is here to help you plan your path to graduation! They help ensure you meet all the requirements for graduation, we recommend “checking in” with your advisor each semester.