Is the GRE or other test score required?
No. At this time, we do not require a GRE score.
How do I know if Concordia University-Portland offers quality online programs?
Concordia University-Portland’s online degree programs, including the Doctorate of Education degrees and Master of Education degrees, are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Affiliated with the Concordia University System, including 10 campuses located throughout the United States, Concordia University-Portland was founded more than 100 years ago and is regionally accredited by the NWCCU.
How do I register for classes?
As soon as an admission decision is made, your advisor will contact you to register for your first class. For late applicants, you may be enrolled immediately following admission to the university.
Can I afford a master’s or doctorate degree?
Concordia University-Portland offers numerous choices, such as school-based scholarships, grants and federal financial aid, monthly payments, and military benefits to those candidates who qualify. You might also qualify for a combination of options and other offers. We will provide you with an Enrollment Specialist who will discuss all your funding options and other questions you may have. Also, please check with your employer to see if tuition reimbursement is offered.
Should I wait to start my graduate degree?
It depends. If you are waiting for life to slow down, the answer is “no,” because your personal and professional life will go on whether or not you are in school. Receiving your graduate degree will need to be one of your many priorities – but it doesn’t need to be your only priority during your studies. Investing in yourself and your career is the best return on investment you can receive! We also help you get started by streamlining the admissions process for our online students.
May I apply to a Master of Education program even though I am not working in a classroom?
Yes. Even though some of the graduate education programs of Concordia University-Portland require previous classroom experience, many MEd students are not working in a classroom at the time they apply.
I am worried that I will not be able to learn online. How does online learning work?
Many first-time online students have the same concern. There will be some adjustments needed compared to traditional in-class learning; however, we’ve found that after the first two weeks, students are usually comfortable with online learning and enjoy its benefits and flexibility. Concordia University-Portland also offers outstanding student-focused support: you will have access to technical support and Student Services teams, and an Enrollment Specialist who will be with you until you graduate.
I am not very tech savvy. Should I still consider online education?
Yes, online instruction is provided in a user-friendly format, based on proven, reliable technology. You should have a basic comfort level with computers and will need to be familiar with the most commonly used web browsers (including Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari) and be able to use Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint to complete written assignments. In addition, you should be open to learning how to use any new technologies that your instructor chooses to use in his/her course.
I have a very full schedule and work full time. How many hours will I need to study to excel in the program?
Every online degree program offered by Concordia University-Portland is designed for working professionals. The majority of students have an extremely busy schedule, which is why there is never a preset time that you have to be in class. The classroom works around your schedule; it is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Based on student polls, the average time spent working in a course is 15-20 hours (maximum of 27 hours) a week, which includes reading, posting on the Learning Management System, and normally submitting one assignment weekly.
Can I get accepted if my grade point average (GPA) is below the program requirements?
Depending on the program to which you are applying, conditional admission may be provided to students who do not meet the GPA requirements; however, additional material and documentation will be required. GPA requirements vary by program. Please contact an Enrollment Specialist to discuss admission into your degree program of interest.
When do classes start?
Depending on the program to which you are applying, there are normally six or more starts per year. The sooner you start, the faster you can complete your master’s degree and reach your career goals.
How many students are in a course?
Online classes have between 6-18 students, with the average being about 15 students.
Do you offer monthly payment plans?
Yes. Some programs offer an automatic monthly payment plan to students who have a balance due on their student account that is not covered by financial aid. In order to avoid account delinquency, students choosing to utilize the payment plan must enroll in the plan before the first day of the term. The installment payments occur monthly during the length of the student’s academic term. A payment plan enrollment fee of $35.00 per term will be assessed. Payments can be made with any major credit card or E-Check. A 2.75% convenience fee will be charged to credit/debit card payments.