Gannon University Online Learning Frequently Asked Questions


What is it like to take classes online? Do I have to be online at certain times?
Online classes take place asynchronously—which means you can log on, get your assignments and course materials and complete coursework at any time of the day or night, as long as you meet the deadlines and requirements as set out by your instructor. You can communicate with your classmates and instructor via email and discussion boards. Discussion and interaction is a crucial part of any learning experience, so while you will be studying online, you won’t be studying alone.

What if I need help with an assignment or have a technical problem?
We’re here for you. Gannon University offers 24/7 technical support for online programs and you’ll also have access to an admissions advisor who can answer questions and provide support. In addition, your instructor is there to help you learn and is available by email. Don’t forget that your classmates can also be a valuable source of assistance and information.

How much time should I plan to spend on my coursework?
Most students spend about 12 to 17 hours a week per class, although the amount of time may vary according to your own study habits and abilities.

Will Gannon University accept transfer credit?
For the online Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration, transfer credits from other institutions are accepted at the discretion of the Program Director. Generally, a maximum of six credits may be accepted in as transfer for courses in which a student received at least a grade of “B” (3.0). For the online RN to BSN program, transfer credits are generally accepted, but are subject to an individualized transcript evaluation. Call your admissions advisor to discuss your particular situation.

Is Gannon University accredited? What about the individual programs?
Yes. Gannon University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools1. Gannon’s nursing programs, including the online RN to BSN, are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)2. The business school is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)3.

What are Gannon University’s rankings?
Gannon University has been recognized with several rankings. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Gannon a Top Regional University in the North Region in 2014. In addition, for the eighth consecutive year and in 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Gannon #11 on its list of Best Value Schools in the North Region.

Are there programs to help me pay for my education?
Yes. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. For specific details go to the Tuition and Financial Aid page. You may be able to get all or some of your tuition reimbursed through your employer; see the Employer Tuition Reimbursement page.

Are there programs for active duty or retired military to help pay for my education?
Yes. Gannon is a participating institution in the Yellow Ribbon Program. You may also be able to receive other benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Visit the Military page to find out more about your eligibility for education benefits to you and your dependents under this program.

Do I have to be Catholic to attend Gannon University?
No. Gannon is a Catholic university that offers a value-centered education in the Christian tradition to prepare students to be successful and responsible family members, citizens and professionals. Gannon welcomes students of all faiths and we believe that different perspectives, traditions and beliefs add to the educational experience for all.

When can I start one of the Gannon online programs?
The online programs at Gannon University run in an accelerated, year-round format that is designed to meet the needs of busy working professionals. Classes are starting soon, so please contact an admissions advisor at 877-497-5854

Do you have additional questions? Call us today at 877-497-5854 to speak with an admissions advisor, or request more information and we will contact you.

1 Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284–5000
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Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791
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Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), 11520 West 119th Street, Overland Park, KS 66213, (913) 339-9356