Online Learning Frequently Asked Questions

Online Learning Questions

Are policies and procedures for online courses the same as the on-ground Northeastern University courses?
The policies and procedures for online courses are the same as for on-ground courses (i.e. registering, withdrawing, course requirement fulfillment, etc.).
Does a degree earned online differ from a degree earned on-ground from Northeastern University?
A degree earned by taking online courses is a Northeastern University degree - there is no difference. Your diploma is exactly the same as that of an on-ground student.
How do internet-based distance learning courses work?
Course content (lectures, additional materials, discussions, assignments, etc.) is presented using an online learning system called Blackboard.
  • Course material is presented on a weekly basis and normally completed through the assigned readings, assignments, etc.
  • You interact with other students and the instructor via the discussion board and email. You may also collaborate on group projects through the web interface
  • Midterms and finals are usually taken online and, once started, must be completed in a set amount of time
  • You may be required to upload assignment files to NU Online
  • You do not need to log in to the course at any specific time during the week, but you do need to complete all your course work within the given time frame
  • One should plan on the workload being the same as a traditional on-ground course
Is the quality of online courses the same as campus-based courses?
Online courses are held to the same high standard as our campus-based courses, and are taught by experienced faculty with industry and professional experience. Questions are answered in a timely manner, and lively conversations are conducted on the course discussion boards. You will feel that you are part of a dynamic learning experience, just as in a traditional on-ground course.
Are College of Professional Studies online programs accredited?
All online programs and courses are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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