Online Business Studies Degree Completion FAQ
How long will it take me to finish my degree?
That depends on how many transferable credits you have when you begin the program and how many courses you take each semester. A minimum of 122 credit hours is required for graduation, so most people will have to take additional courses beyond the basic requirements for the BS Business Administration Business Studies, also known as the Business Studies Online program.
The program requires that you complete all common business courses (24 hrs) plus ISM 280 and ECO 250. The Business Studies concentration requires 21 additional hours of general management courses. To meet UNCG graduate requirements you will need a total of 122 credit hours, including General Education Core (GEC) requirements. Many of these courses can be transferred to UNCG and applied to your degree. The Business Studies Online program manager will work with you to identify ways to meet any needed GEC and pre-admission requirements through coursework at UNCG or elsewhere.
When can I begin my studies?
You can begin your studies in August of each year. You may also begin taking classes in January, however it may take you a little longer to take all of the required courses given class scheduling.
What kind of choices will I have in planning my schedule?
If you are a full-time student, you will have the option of enrolling in 12 hours of coursework each semester. If you work full-time and will be enrolling at UNCG part-time, we recommend that you take two courses per semester. .Some students will choose to take more depending upon circumstances. You have the freedom to choose your electives although not every elective course in the Undergraduate Bulletin will be offered through the ODC Program.
How do I find out which credits will transfer to UNCG?
The University Registrar's Office will evaluate lower level coursework (at the 100 and 200 level). Upper level coursework not currently equated in the system should be discussed with the Business Studies Online program manager. You will need to provide a course description and syllabus for the course(s) in question. You can visit the UNCG Adult and Student Transfer services Web site http://web.uncg.edu/reg/static/transfer/search.asp to get an idea about which of your upper level credits may transfer.
Do I have to go through the same application process that I would for on-campus degrees?
Yes. Refer to admissions procedures.
Are there any entrance examinations?
Not if you are an adult or transfer student who has completed 30 transferable hours of college coursework.
How much does the program cost?
Tuition and technology fees for NC residents are approximately $265.00 per course for 2008-09. If you're out of state, there is a different tuition structure. Click on Registration and Tuition for a full description of tuition and fees. Keep in mind that the one-time Orientation fee listed on that page does not apply to Business Studies Online students at the current time. Books and other supplies are extra. There is also a $6.00 registration fee per semester and a one-time orientation fee of $59.00. Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Will I ever have to come to campus?
No. All questions, details, materials, courses, and tests will be handled online, by email or by phone. You are always welcome to visit the campus and the ODC program manager in 389 Bryan School of Business & Economics.
Where can I find online electives and additional course requirements?
UNCG offers many online courses that will meet your needs. However, credits may also be transferred from other accredited universities and community colleges. Note, you may transfer a maximum of 64 semester hours from the community college. At least 50% of the business semester hours required for the degree must be earned at UNCG.
Who are my professors?
Bryan ODC program instructors are the same professors currently teaching at UNCG. They are among some of the best in their fields, have won distinguished teaching awards, and have an interest in working with adult students.
How do I contact my professor?
Virtual office hours are usually outlined at the beginning of each course. There are email and phone call options as well.
What kind of contact will I have with other online students?
Contact varies, depending on the course, but most professors require posting in a discussion forum, and timely student responses to those postings. Some courses also incorporate virtual teams and study groups, and you always have the option of forming your own virtual group.
What are the Online BS in Business Administration Technology Requirements?
Click on the following link to learn about the Technology Requirements
Do I have to "attend" class at a certain time?
Most often there are deadlines and assignment due dates to meet, but when you log on is up to you. In some courses you may be required to log in at a specified time to participate in a course activity.
Will I have someone at UNCG available to help me through the particulars of this process?
Absolutely. A good place to start is with Heather Schwartz, Bryan ODC program manager. She is available to meet with you Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm . You can reach her at 336-334-5708 or BAonline@uncg.edu.
Can I apply for financial aid?
Yes, as long as you are enrolled for at least 6 hours. Some scholarships are designated for adult students age 24 years and older. Loans and grants are also available by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (fafsa.ed.gov). For more information on financial aid, visit http://fia.uncg.edu/
Where do I buy books?
Course textbooks are available through online booksellers such as Barnes and Noble.com or at the UNCG Bookstore on campus. Some assigned course readings will be available online and through library reserves.
It's been a long time since I've taken classes. Will there be online research, study, writing, and computer assistance?
UNCG iCampus (http://web.uncg.edu/dcl/icampus/) provides tips and resources for succeeding online. As well, the university offers online writing sessions for admitted students.
Can I test-drive a course without being formally admitted to the program?
Yes. You may contact the Division of Continual Learning to register for a course. Keep in mind that any grades earned at UNCG will appear on your UNCG transcript.
Is there a limit to the number of hours that I may take as a visiting student?
Yes. The total number of hours a visiting student may take is limited to 21 with no restrictions on the number of semesters. However, as a non-degree seeking student, you may apply a maximum of nine credit hours toward a degree program at UNCG. The requirements for maintaining good academic standing are the same as our requirements for regularly admitted students.
I attended UNCG in the past. How do I re-enroll?
Returning students will need to complete the former student application (http://admissions.uncg.edu/apply-applications.php) via undergraduate admissions. After readmission to the university, returning students will need to see an academic advisor before registering for classes. Information will be sent prior to registration times. For more information, visit http://admissions.uncg.edu/students-former.php
For more information contact your advisor, Heather Schwartz Online Program Advisor.