On-Campus/Hybrid Program

  • The fall 2020 semester includes two start dates, Monday, August 17 and Monday, August 31. All Graduate program start dates and formats can be found below under "Updated Graduate Fall 2020 Start Dates."
  • The On-Campus/Hybrid Programs Academic Calendars 2020-2021:
    August 17 start date
    August 31 start date

Fully Online Program

Semester Breakdown

All graduate students are strongly encouraged to view their fall semester schedule under the Schedule Tab in Student Planner. Fall semester options include:

  • 2020 Fall Online A 8 week
  • 2020 Fall Online B 8 week
  • 2020 Fall Online C 16 week
  • 2020 Fall On-Campus 16 week

The program start dates are listed below by school. Due to COVID and our commitment to safety, adjustment may be necessary. Please refer to this site periodically and/or check course start date and intended modality in Student Planner for the most up to date information.

Updated Graduate Fall 2020 Start Dates

  • School of Nursing

    Program Start Date Course Term Format Modality
    Accelerated BSN for Non-Nurse College Graduates 1 August 17 Combination of eight week and 16 week Online
    Accelerated Direct Entry MSN 1 August 17 Combination of eight week and 16 week Online
    MS in Nursing August 31 16 week Online
    Doctor of Nursing Practice August 31 16 week Online
    Nursing Certificates August 31 16 week Online
    1. Clinicals will begin August 31st for the Accelerated Nursing programs.

    All graduate nursing courses will be held online for the fall semester. Clinicals will take place in hospitals.

  • School of Health Sciences

    Program Start Date Course Term Format Modality
    MA in Counseling and Mental Health August 31 16 week Online
    MA in Applied Behavior Analysis August 31 Combination of eight week and 16 week Online
    MS in Occupational Therapy August 17 Two eight week Hybrid
    MS in Health Administration August 31 Two eight week Online
  • School of Arts and Sciences

    Program Start Date Course Term Format Modality
    MEd in Teaching Special Education August 31 Two eight week Online
    MEd in Student Success August 31 Two eight week Online
    EdD in Higher Education Leadership August 31 16 Week Online
  • School of Business and Communication

    Program Start Date Course Term Format Modality
    MA in Strategic Communication August 17 Two eight week Online
    MBA August 17 Two eight week Online

Classroom Experience

  • Academic classrooms will adhere to physical distancing guidelines.
  • In the case of classrooms with two points of egress, there will be an entrance door and an exit door.
  • In rooms with one egress, all students waiting for a class will not enter the class until the faculty member and all students have left the previous class.
  • Class surfaces, e.g. tables and keyboards, will be wiped down with disinfectant sprays and wipes.

Course Schedules

  • In-person classes will be held in an enhanced schedule, allowing for increased hours to accommodate the shorter time span of the term.
  • To accommodate the need for physical distancing, the time schedule of classes will be modified to decrease the number of students in a hallway at any one time.
  • There may be some changes to existing student schedules based on schedule modifications and classroom availability.

Course Delivery

  • Remote and face-to-face course delivery will be determined on a course-by-course basis.
  • There may be changes made during the semester that will alter the delivery approach.
    • Your professor will be your best resource for any changes during the semester.
  • Accommodations will be made for students and faculty who are not able to attend class in person.

Classroom Spaces

  • Based on the public health guidelines regulating social distancing, classrooms are being assessed and reconfigured to accommodate new (and lowered) room capacity.
  • It is anticipated that spaces previously not used for classroom meetings will be converted to classroom use as needed.