Frequently Asked Questions



Q. Does the online format provide the same quality of education offered by a traditional campus?

A. Yes. Numerous studies have proven that distance learners perform as well or better than their on-campus counterparts. The No Significant Difference Phenomenon (2001, IDECC, fifth edition), by Thomas L. Russell, cites 355 research reports, papers and summaries dating back to 1928 that found no significant difference between distance learning and in-class learning. Where a difference was identified, it generally favored the distance-learning student. Visit the book's companion website for additional information.

Q. Will my diploma specify "online" degree?

A. No. You will receive an official, traditional diploma from Philadelphia University. Both your diploma and University transcript will be exactly the same kind as those of students who earn their degrees on campus.

Q. Do you offer the same curricula and degrees as on campus?

A. Yes. The same content and rigorous academic standards apply in both environments.

Q. Is financial aid available?

A. Yes. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Visit the Financial Aid section of this website for additional information.

Q. Is Philadelphia University accredited?

A. Yes. Philadelphia University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. As part of the accreditation process, an evaluation team visits our campus every 10 years to assess the extent to which we are meeting the 14 Standards for Accreditation established by the Commission. In between these visits, the University submits a Periodic Review Report to the Commission.

For more information, please visit the Middle States Commission on Higher Education site.

Q. How long is the program?

A. Philadelphia University Online offers eight-week accelerated modules six times per year. Typically, students take two courses per module. Depending on the number of credits being transferred, and on how many courses taken per module, a bachelor's degree can be completed in two to three years.

Q. How many credits and courses can I take within each eight-week module?

A. Typically, students take two courses per module. Depending on your personal schedule and responsibilities, you may be able to handle more than two courses per module. If you are considering enrolling in more than two courses at one time, we strongly encourage you to discuss this with one of our academic advisors.

Q. Do you accept transfer credits or grant credits based on work experience and certifications?

A. Yes. Philadelphia University Online accepts transfer credits from accredited universities. Credits based on work experience or professional certifications are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Q. How much does the program cost?

A. Tuition varies by degree program and type. Please visit our tuition page for additional information.

Q. When do I start the program?

A. There are six start dates per year within the months of January, March, April, June, August and October.

Q. Whom do I speak with if I have more questions or want to apply?

A. For all undergraduate programs please call 855-865-5565 and for all graduate programs email or visit the http://www.philau/graduate to find out more information.