I. Is the Holy Apostles Online Learning program accredited?
Holy Apostles College and Seminary, including our online learning program, is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and by the State of Connecticut Board of Higher Education.
II. Is there a residence requirement for the Holy Apostles Online Learning program?
There is no residency requirement for the Holy Apostles online program. The Associate of Arts program can be completed entirely online within three years of matriculating into the program. The Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts programs can be completed entirely online within six years of matriculating into the program.
III. What degrees does the Holy Apostles Online Learning program offer?
Our Online Learning programs include both undergraduate and graduate studies. Students enrolled in our program can earn entirely online a Master’s degree in Philosophy, a Master’s degree in Theology, or a Master’s degree in Theology with a concentration in Bioethics. Students can pursue undergraduate studies and receive an undergraduate degree 100%. Students cannot earn an M.Div online.
IV. Can a student receive a double major in the undergraduate programs or a dual degree in the graduate Philosophy and Theology through the Holy Apostles Online Learning program?
A student can double major in any of the current undergraduate majors offered at Holy Apostles simply by taking at least ten courses in each of two major fields. The coursework for the graduate philosophy and theology programs, however, do not converge and so students cannot work toward both degrees simultaneously. Students can choose to complete one master’s program and then return for the second.
V. How many classes or credits must I take to earn my M.A. at Holy Apostles?
For the A.A., students need a total of 60 credit hours. For the B.A., students need a total of 120 credit hours. For the M.A., students need a total of 36 credit hours. M.A. coursework includes 2 co-requisite courses, 4 program core courses, 4 concentration core courses and 2 electives.
VI. Do I have to take the co-requisite courses if I have a B.A. in philosophy or theology?
A student entering our M.A. in Theology program with a B.A in Theology from a Catholic institution is exempt from the Introduction to Theology co-requisite course if he has a Thomistic background as provided by his transcript and/or syllabi. A student entering our M.A. in Theology with a B.A. in Philosophy from a Catholic institution is exempt the Philosophy for Theologians co-requisite course if he has a Thomistic background as provided by his transcript and/or syllabi. A student entering our M.A. in Theology with a double-major of Philosophy and Theology from a Catholic institution is exempt from both co-requisite courses he has a Thomistic background as provided by his transcript and/or syllabi.
A student entering our M.A. in Philosophy program with a B.A. in Philosophy from a Catholic institution is exempt from both co-requisite courses, Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, and Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, if he has a Thomisitc background as provided by his transcript and/or syllabi.
A student who is exempt from one or both of the co-requisites in either of these programs simply takes an additional elective course or two for a total of 36 hours.
VII. Do you accept transfer students?
Yes. For the A.A., students may transfer up to 30 credit hours (45 per an Articulation Agreement). For the B.A., students may transfer up to 60 credit hours. For the M.A., students may transfer up to 6 credit hours. Transferred credits must come from another regionally accredited graduate program provided that the credits were not applied to an earned degree. Approval for these credits must be granted by the Academic Dean, whose decision is final.
VIII. Do you accept credits from programs with courses recommended by the American Council of Education (ACE)?
Yes, it is the policy of Holy Apostles College & Seminary to accept credits that have been recommended by ACE that meet the normative criteria for transfer of credit.
IX. What is the enrollment policy for the Online Learning program at Holy Apostles, and how are the semesters set up?
The online program has a rolling admissions policy. We offer three full semesters of course work per year divided up over sixteen-week sessions. Our sessions run in the Fall, Spring and Summer. A student interested in the DL program can enroll in one class as an in-process student while a completed application is on file.
X. What are the admission requirements?
Potential students must have an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited school, and earned at least a 3.0 GPA. GRE scores are not required.
XI. Is your program open to residents outside of North America?
Yes. We regularly enroll students from Asia, Australia, and Europe in our programs. Please note that all funds must be paid in United States Dollars.
XII. Do you make accommodations for students with disabilities?
Yes. The college has a process in place to accommodate for students with disabilities. Students in need of this kind of accommodation may submit, along with their application, a Disabilities Accommodation Form with documentation of the disability.
XIII. How much does it cost to study at Holy Apostles?
Current tuition for a three-credit graduate course is reasonable compared to other private schools. Please see our Tuition & Financial Aid page for details. Some courses require DVD lectures, others CD lectures, while others utilize text and Internet-based resources. This information is available with our registration materials that are made available before each semester.
XIV. How many semester terms do you offer?
We offer three semester terms per year. Each is fifteen weeks long: Fall, Spring, and Summer.
XV. What are the computer requirements?
Some courses require DVD lectures, so students will need a DVD-compatible player for such courses. Others require CD lectures, and would also require a CD-compatible player. A reliable high-speed Internet connection is necessary, as students will need to access all courses which reside on Populi.
Most any computer system that is three years old or newer should work fine.
A printer is not strictly required, but is highly recommended so that students can print out syllabi, emails, and discussion forum conversations. It is also recommended that students have a good word processor installed on their computer, such as Microsoft Word or OpenOffice Writer.
Some courses offer the opportunity for synchronous engagement through Skype, WebEx, or other video conferencing software like Google Hangouts. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these products in those classes that offer them as options for synchronous engagement.
XVI. Where can I locate my course syllabus and required books/materials?
A course syllabus is made available before the start of the semester registration period. All required books and materials will be listed on the course syllabus. You may find a listing of the current semester’s syllabi by visiting Syllabi & Required Books
XVII. How quickly do faculty respond to student emails?
The Faculty Response Policy, effective October 15, 2013, reads as follows: All faculty will respond to emails from students within 48 hours of receipt. If faculty plan to be away from their email for longer than that period, they should notify their students of their absence and post an out-of-office message on their email providing a reasonable time frame in which a response may be expected.
XVIII. How do I contact the state board of education in the state in which I currently reside in order to register a complaint against Holy Apostles should the need ever arise?
Holy Apostles College & Seminary is currently completing a two-year effort to ensure that the college is authorized to operate in every state in which its students reside. Should you exhaust the grievance procedures at the college itself in your pursuit of a redress against the institution, you are invited to submit your complaints directly to the Office of Higher Education within the state in which you reside. Please visit WCET’s page at http://wcet.wiche.edu/advance/state-approval-complaint to find the information for the state in which you reside.
- Example: Holy Apostles College & Seminary is currently filing paperwork to be authorized to operate in the State of Maryland. Residents of the State of Maryland who wish to submit a complaint may use the following contact information: Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202. Please see the Student Complain Process for the State of Maryland located at: http://www.mhec.state.md.us/higherEd/acadAff/MHECStudentComplaintProcess.