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Distance Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much does each course cost?

A: Each 3 credit course costs $500/credit + $50 student services fee, totaling $1550. Students who take more than one course at a time only pay one $50 student services fee per term.

Q: Do these courses fulfill the pre-requisites listed on the PsyD application?

A: Yes! Several courses serve as pre-requisites for the MSPP PsyD in Clinical Psychology program.

Q: Are the courses transferable into any of the MSPP programs?

A: No. Courses cannot be transferred into an MSPP program, however they may be transferable to other institutions. Please contact the institution for their specific transfer policy.

Q: How long does it take to complete a course?

A: Each course is 8 weeks long, and is broken up into 8 weekly modules. Students are expected to complete one module a week, for a total of 8 weeks.

Q: Can I participate in the course at any time?

A: The MSPP Graduate Psychology Preparatory Courses are offered in an asynchronous format which means you can complete most of the course requirements at your own pace, provided you meet the weekly deadlines. For each week/module there will be several activities including readings, video lectures and assignments. Readings and lectures can be completed at any time during the week, however assignments must be turned in by the weekly deadline. A typical course calendar can be found below:

Due Date Calendar
Dates indicate final deadlines. Early submissions are acceptable.
Week Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
1 Course Opens     Discussion 1 Post Due     Assessment 1 Due
2 Discussion 1 Instructor Response   Assessment 1 Returned Discussion 2 Post Due     Assessment 2 Due
3 Discussion 2 Instructor Response     Discussion 3 Post Due   Assessment 2 Returned Assessment 3 Due
4 Discussion 3 Instructor Response     Discussion 4 Post Due   Assessment 3 Returned Assessment 4 Due
5 Discussion 4 Instructor Response     Discussion 5 Post Due   Assessment 4 Returned Assessment 5 Due
6 Discussion 5 Instructor Response     Discussion 6 Post Due   Assessment 5 Returned Assessment 6 Due
7 Discussion 6 Instructor Response     Discussion 7 Post Due   Assessment 6 Returned Assessment 7 Due
8 Discussion 7 Instructor Response     Discussion 8 Post Due   Assessment 7 Returned Assessment 8 Due
Course Evaluations Due
9 Discussion 8 Instructor Response         Assessment 8 Returned Last Day of Course
10             Final Grades Due
  Yellow=student due date
  Blue=instructor due date


Q: How often are courses offered?

A: The GPPC courses have an open and rolling registration with a start date every Monday. For applications received on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, students will most likely be able to start the course that Monday. For applications received on a Thursday or Friday, students will likely be enrolled for the following Monday. Upon receipt of your completed registration form, someone from the EdTech department will contact you regarding your course start date.

Q: Will I be taking the online course with other students?

A: Since the GPPC courses are self-paced, you will not likely be a part of an online cohort of students. Instead you will have frequent interaction with your course instructor as well as guided interaction with the course material. If another student enrolls at the same time you do, there may be an opportunity for peer to peer collaboration. This will be determined by the course instructor.

Q: Is there a limit to how many students can enroll in course?

A: Courses are limited to 10 students at a time, so that instructors can provide frequent interaction and ample feedback for each student. If a course meets maximum enrollment, applicants will be placed on a waitlist in the order in which they applied. Waitlist times will vary depending on the time of year, however it may be as short as one week.

Q: What is your refund policy?

A: If you submit a withdraw request before your scheduled start date, a full refund will be issued. Please note however that no refund can be issued after a student has opened the online course.

Q: Do I have to be very tech savvy in order to be successful in a GPPC course?

A: The GPPC courses are not limited to students with advanced technical skills, however students who enroll are expected to be comfortable with today’s educational technology. All of the course materials are web based, and require a secure internet connection. Please see the MSPP minimum technical requirements page for more information.

Q: I’ve never taken an online course before. Is this format right for me?

A: MSPP’s online courses are just as rigorous and engaging as the face-to-face courses, however the self-paced and intensive format may not be conducive to all learning styles. Please check out the quiz found to your right to see if online learning is right for you!

Updated 12/4/12

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