Do I need previous coursework or experience for this degree?
This program is designed for students who have completed at least 60 transferable credit hours at the community college level or if you have completed an A.A. or A.S. degree. You are encouraged to complete any outstanding coursework before applying for admission to Colorado State University. Your previous transcripts will be evaluated to determine your academic status in relation to satisfying degree program requirements.
How much time will I need to dedicate weekly to my studies?
The amount of time you will spend weekly depends on the amount of coursework you commit to each semester as well as your learning and studying style. Although this degree offers flexibility, it still requires the same amount of work and time as an on-campus program. It is recommended to spend nine to twelve hours per week on a three-credit course.
How many credits can I transfer?
You can transfer a maximum of 64 credits from accredited community colleges or similar two-year institutions. Additional upper-division credits are also eligible for transfer consideration if they are from accredited four-year institutions. In some cases, credit from military, fire, and emergency service training may be transferred if that training carries a credit recommendation from the American Council on Education (ACE).
How long will it take me to finish the degree?
Since a minimum of 40 transfer credits are required for this program, you will have 60-80 remaining credit hours to complete at Colorado State University. This can be accomplished in two years, but most students take three to four to finish the program. Most F.E.S.A. students are working professionals who take an average of two courses each semester.
Will I receive an actual CSU diploma?
Yes, you will earn the same CSU diploma that an on-campus student earns. It will not say that the degree was online or distance.
Will there be interaction with other students and faculty?
Your interactions with the faculty depend on the specific course, but online courses do provide you with online office hours and email contact information as well as discussion board postings. You also collaborate on projects and exchange ideas with fellow classmates through email and discussion board postings.