Frequently Asked Questions about MACU’s Online Degree Program

Will a college degree really make a difference in my career?

In our increasingly competitive marketplace, employers are placing greater value on education than ever before. Today, college graduates earn on average an income of 75 percent more than high school graduates. Over the course of a career, that means a college graduate will earn on average almost $1 million more than a high school graduate, while individuals with a master’s degree will earn on average an income of 110 percent more than high school graduates.What’s of even greater significance is the satisfaction you’ll receive from finally discovering what it is God has planned for you. The reward you’ll get from finally doing what you love each and every day will become one of the greatest motivating factors for completing your degree.

Is an online format comparable to the traditional residential, on campus format of classes?

Absolutely. Numerous studies have proven that distance learners perform as well or better than their on-campus counterparts. In fact, studies have suggested that where a difference was identified, it generally favored the online student. This is due in large part to the autonomy you receive from becoming an online student. You can work at your own pace and when it’s most convenient for you.And online degrees carry more weight in today’s market place than ever before. Many employers look very favorably on the fact that online students have the discipline to manage their own schedule and work simultaneously. Employers typically support online programs and their employees’ enrollment in Mid-Atlantic Christian University.

How fast can I complete my degree?

Degree completion time greatly depends on the chosen program and the amount of transfer credit you may have. For undergraduate programs, the more credits you transfer in, the faster you’ll complete your degree. You may be able to earn credits from professional training or by utilizing credit from previous college courses you have taken. Most degree completion students take just two years to finish a degree, but this may be longer if you’re taking a full undergraduate class-load.

What happens if I move to a new location?

MACU’s online degree program is so convenient it goes where you go! Move to a new town or state; take a vacation with your family. Wherever you go, MACU’s online degree program will be right there with you. If you’re worried about possibly missing an assignment, just get in touch with your professor. The one-on-one attention you’ll receive from the faculty will give you the flexibility to work when and where its most convenient for you.

When and how often do I have to be online for class?

When and how long you login during the week is completely up to you. Mid-Atlantic Christian University Online offers you the flexibility to complete assignments at your own pace, at a time convenient to you within each week. As long as you meet the deadlines and coursework specified by the professor for turning in assignments, you can complete your assignment at any time of the day or night. This level of flexibility allows you to fit school into your busy schedule, rather than attempting to fit your schedule around school, while at the same time providing enough structure to keep you on track to ensure successful completion.

What is the cost of attendance at MACU?

Our tuition is one of the lowest in our region. Recently, our online tuition decreased even further to make earning your degree more affordable than ever. To view current tuition rates and fees, click here.

How do I apply for admission?

You may either apply online, over the phone, or by submitting a paper application through the mail. Since every student has unique needs and questions, Dan Smith, your personal enrollment advisor will help you throughout the admissions process as well as enrollment in your first classes. To get started today, please call (888) 816-9636.

What are the admissions requirements for MACU Online?

Please visit the admission requirements page for the requirements specific to your program.

Where should I send my documents?

You can submit all your documents online via our online application. For help submitting the necessary documents, contact your personal enrollment advisor, Dan Smith at 888-816-9636 or at dan.smith@macuniversity.edu

What is the difference between online and residential class formats?

Online degree programs are completed at a distance from the MACU campus through a variety of venues, featuring primarily online instruction.Residential degree programs are primarily completed through participation in face-to-face courses on the MACU campus.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, there are a number of ways to finance your education. Learn about MACU’s financial aid process.

Does MACU Online accept transfer credit?

Yes, we accept transfer credits from regionally and nationally accredited institutions of higher learning. Visit our Transfer Students page to learn more. Be sure to send in all your official transcripts so that MACU may evaluate all potential credit and award you the maximum amount possible.

How long has MACU been in existence? Is it accredited?

MACU was originally founded in 1948 as Roanoke Bible College. In 1979, Roanoke was accredited by the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges (now renamed the Association for Biblical Higher Education). In 1999, Roanoke was accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In 2005 Eastern Christian College (ECC) in Bel Air, Maryland, closed. RBC received some funds, students, trustees, staff, library holdings and equipment from ECC. Mid-Atlantic holds the academic transcripts of ECC students and they are invited to participate in the activities of the University.In 1999, Roanoke was accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). In 2005 Eastern Christian College (ECC) in Bel Air, Maryland, closed. RBC received some funds, students, trustees, staff, library holdings and equipment from ECC. Mid-Atlantic holds the academic transcripts of ECC students and they are invited to participate in the activities of the University.

Will my actual diploma say “Online”?

No. All of our diplomas state “Mid-Atlantic Christian University” with no distinction between residential or online degree programs. MACU’s name is well respected in the business and especially the ministry community. You can be sure your degree will help you obtain the career and lifestyle you desire. To ensure that our programs provide the skills and expertise that are in high demand, we develop our curriculum based on the current needs of each industry they relate to. We then draw our faculty from among the leaders of that industry to provide the most valuable, real-world education possible. Our academic instruction is continually updated to reflect the latest proven concepts, methods and practices.

How do I get my books and course materials?

Visit our online bookstore to get all of the course material that you’ll need.

When is the next start date?

To check for the deadlines for this academic year, please check our academic calendar.

What should I do if I have a technical problem with my computer?

MACU offers a 24/7 online support center. We can assist you with a wide variety of technical problems that you may be having with connectivity and accessing any of the online platforms. If you’re having an issue with your computer, you can submit a ticket so that your issue can be reviewed by one of our IT professionals. For more information, visit our Online Support Center page.

What is Moodle?

Moodle is the online learning platform that MACU uses to offer online courses. The platform serves a variety of purposes, allowing professors to make announcements, post assignments, and interact with students and students to interact with each other. Moodle allows for a level of interaction between students and faculty that recreates the type of attention you’d receive in one of our traditional classes. To learn more about Moodle, and to sample what the environment looks like, contact Dan Smith at Dan.Smith@macuniversity.edu.

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