Frequently Asked Questions

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1. How long will it take me to finish the degree?

2. How are the courses delivered?

3. Can I complete the course assignments around my work schedule?

4. What are the admissions requirements?

5. How much does the program cost?

6. Is there financial aid available?

7. How do I apply?

8. Is the program fully accredited?

9. Will my professional standards commission recognize the degree?

10. Can you tell me more about Valdosta State University?

1. How long will it take me to finish the degree?

The program is designed so that students who take two courses per semester including summers can finish in two years.  All degree programs in the Graduate School at Valdosta State University must be completed within seven years.

2. How are the courses delivered?

Valdosta State University uses BlazeVIEW to provide the online learning environment for the courses in the program.  The minimum technical requirements are listed on eLearning's site.

3. Can I complete the course assignments around my work schedule?

Some courses are entirely asynchronous, allowing students to complete the assignments on their own schedule as long as they meet regular deadlines.  Some courses require some (typically once every two to three weeks) synchronous interaction with the instructor and/or other students after 5:00 p.m. weeknights, but all the courses are designed to be compatible with the schedule of educators working full time.

4. What are the admissions requirements?

See the Admissions page.

5. How much does the program cost?

The tuition you are charged depends on how many courses you take. The cost for fall 2013 is $789.00 per course, plus a $48.00 technology fee. Students at VSU who are in completely online programs are charged at the e-rate. Tuition/fees do not include the cost of books or supplemental materials. Learn more on the Tuition and Fees page.

6. Is there financial aid available?

The Office of Financial Aid's website has a wealth of information on applying for funding sources. For graduate students, student loans are the primary source of financial aid. For a general list of possible financial aid sources, please visit Financial Aid for Graduate Students.

7. How do I apply?

Application materials are accepted electronically and administered through the VSU Graduate School.  Click here to apply: Graduate Admissions

8. Is the program fully accredited?

Yes.  The M.A. in English Studies for Language Arts Teachers is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

Valdosta State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees. VSU is also a member of the Administrative Committee on Graduate Studies (ACGS), University System of Georgia, Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS).

For further questions about the accreditation of VSU, contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500.

9. Will my professional standards commission recognize the degree?

Yes. The program has worked closely with the Professional Standards Commission to ensure that our degree meets their requirements.

10. Can you tell me more about Valdosta State University?

Valdosta State University is a premier regional residential university of approximately 13,000 students located in beautiful South Georgia near the Florida border.  Established in 1906, VSU offers 73 undergraduate degrees, 59 graduate degrees and a variety of online graduate programs including master’s level education, education specialist’s degrees, and a Doctor of Public Administration.

For more information on VSU, click here: President's Greeting