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We are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Yes, we currently offer a Master of Education degree for working teachers with two tracks - "Effective Teaching and Instructional Leadership" and "Teaching English as a Second Language" - and undergraduate degree completion programs in Business Administration, Health Services Leadership, and Organizational Leadership, and Psychology.
Yes, students at enrolled at a BVU Graduate & Professional Studies location may enroll in any online undergraduate course to supplement their face-to-face program.
BVU Graduate & Professional Studies programs run by terms, not semesters.
Each term is 8 weeks long. All terms begin on a Monday and run through the last Sunday of the 8 week period.
Term 1: Sep/Oct, Term 2: Nov/Dec, Term 3: Jan/Feb, Term 4: Mar/Apr, Term 5: May/Jun, Term 6: Jul/Aug
The terms follow the academic year, not the calendar year. See the term schedule for specific dates.
No. Your degree will from Buena Vista University, and as a BVU student you will receive the same diploma whether you get your degree online, at one of the Graduate & Professional Studies locations, or at the residential campus.
Visit the appropriate program page for specific Admissions requirements.
For the most current tuition costs, please see the Tuition & Costs page.
Undergraduate: Admissions to our online undergraduate programs are reviewed on a rolling basis. To ensure acceptance, be sure to have a completed application submitted at least two weeks prior to a term start.
Graduate: Admissions to the graduate program are reviewed approximately every four weeks. Applications must be completed and received at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the term in which you want to begin.
Undergraduate: Students lacking prerequisites for the Business Administration degree completion will be required to attain those courses before entrance into the program. Our program provides 16 locations around Iowa where we operate offices and provide face-to-face courses. One of our locations may help you to complete required pre-requisites.
You can apply online. Mail all of your required items (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) to:
Online Admissions Office
Buena Vista University
610 W. Fourth Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588
There is no application fee.
The $80.00 technology fee provides access to all required software, including the Microsoft Office Professional Suite, SPSS and the latest plug-ins used for courses, plus access to 24/7 technical support. This is a one time fee covering two years, charged to your account upon acceptance.
The estimated cost of each text book is between $80.00 and $150.00. Books are available to order online through the BVU Bookstore and can be delivered directly to your home.
Undergraduate: You will be notified of your acceptance usually within one week after receipt of your application.
Graduate: You will be notified immediately after the review process has been completed. Applications are typically reviewed during the second and fifth week of an academic term.
Yes. Transfer of credits is limited as follows:
Undergraduate: Students are required to complete a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year (baccalaureate) institution and a minimum of 30 credits from BVU, therefore, a maximum of 98 credits will be applied toward the degree, of which no more than 68 may be from a two-year college.
Graduate: Candidates for the Master of Education degree may transfer up to 6 hours of previous graduate credit with approval from the Graduate Education program.
Eligibility for Financial assistance in the form of loans is determined by the Financial Assistance Office after completing the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA (this link will open a new browser window).
What is the deadline to file for financial aid?
Financial Aid information should be completed as soon as possible. Please indicate that your SAR (Student Aid Report) should be sent to Buena Vista University.
BVU's SAR code is 001847.
Students may begin a program during any of the 6 terms each year. Check the Term Schedule.
No. Each course is divided up into 8-weekly workshops. The workshops begin on Monday and end on Sunday. Within each workshop there will be due dates to keep you on track.
The courses are group-paced: you can work ahead a little bit, but not so much that you'll lose the rest of the class.
There are no set times that you will need to be online. However, your instructor may have optional chat times and within your group you may set times to be online.
Undergraduate: Students should expect to spend between 12-15 hours a week per class.
Graduate: Students should expect to spend between 15-18 hours a week.
These time-on-task estimates will vary from student to student, but they are based on the amount of time you would typically spend in class and work on assignments outside of class for a traditional, face-to-face semester course.
Undergraduate students may take up to two classes per term. Graduate students may take only one class per term and up to two classes during Term 6 (July-August).
The course schedule is set up so that students may enter the program during any term and should be able to complete within two years as long as they maintain an appropriate load. When you enroll in the program, your advisor will develop a plan of study based on your needs and the schedule to keep you on track for achieving your goals in the desired time frame.
Undergraduate: Students would need to complete 10 courses per year to complete the program in 2 years, depending on transfer credit.
Graduate: Students would need to complete 5 courses per year to finish a degree within two years. The schedule does provide for taking courses in only 5 out of 6 terms, if desired.
No, there are not breaks during the term. There will be a Holiday break after Term 2, at the end of the calendar year.
All books for online courses can be ordered online through Buena Vista University's Lehnus Campus Bookstore operated by Follett, Inc. Books ordered from the BVU Lehnus Campus Bookstore are kept in stock for all BVU courses, and they ship the same business day if orders are received before 3 PM CST. You usually will get your books within 2-3 business days of placing an order. (If you choose to order from other online bookstores, you may not get your books on time. Remember, online book sellers do not necessarily keep books in stock, especially textbooks, so you may have to wait more than a week to get your books.)
Master of Education students enrolled in the Effective Teaching and Instructional Leadership Track need to complete 30 credit hours. Master of Education students enrolled in the Teaching English as a Second Language Track need to complete 31 credit hours.
Yes. All of the classes are online and there is not a campus requirement.
You can complete your degree in less than two years if you maintain continuous enrollment.
During terms 1-5, you can take one course per term and during term 6, you can take 2 courses (if available), which is a maximum of 6-7 courses per year.
All requirements submitted in fulfillment of the master of education degree must be completed within a period of eight years.
No. Instead of a thesis, you will complete a capstone portfolio.
Q: Is one required to have an education degree and teaching license to apply for the school counseling program?
This program is open to both education and non-ed majors, and emphasizes the practical application of counseling and guidance techniques and theories in K-12 schools.
Recent changes in Iowa licensure statutes make this program of study accessible to individuals graduating with a baccalaureate degree in any field of study. An additional Exceptional Learner or equivalent special education course and a Classroom Management course are required for candidates without teacher certification. They may be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level at any accredited institution.
Q: Is distance learning part of your program delivery?
Yes! Our Master of Science Degree in School Guidance and Counseling is offered over the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) at selected sites across Iowa. ICN sessions, web-based instruction, and weekend sessions during the semesters, combined with summer courses on campus, enable you to pursue a master's degree while being employed as a teacher, social worker, counselor, etc.
Q: What are the admissions requirements to enroll in the Graduate Program at BVU?
Q: How do I apply for admission to the Graduate Program at BVU?
For your convenience, apply online or print the application forms and mail them to the Graduate Program Office. You may also obtain an application packet by contacting the Graduate Program Office in writing at Buena Vista University, Master of Science in Education Program, 610 West Fourth Street, Storm Lake, Iowa 50588; by phone at 1-800-383-2821, ext. 2162; or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Q: When is the application deadline?
The Graduate Program Office must receive all application materials by April 15 in order for the applicant to be considered for entry into the program beginning the summer term of that year. The admissions committee will send notification to the applicant of the decision no later than April 25.
Q: Can I transfer graduate credit from another school's graduate program?
Course credit may be transferred into BVU's graduate program after the applicant has been accepted. No more than nine semester hours of credit may be transferred into the program for a master's degree. Transfer credit must consist of coursework that has been obtained from an accredited graduate program within the past eight years and must be reviewed and approved by the Assistant Dean of Education and Graduate Studies. Only coursework with a grade of "B" or above may be transferred.
If you would like to have coursework evaluated for transfer credit, you must submit official transcripts and the course descriptions for evalutation to the Graduate Program Office. You will be notified in writing of the decision.
Q: How do I get a schedule of classes?
BVU's graduate program offers complete program information via the Internet. You will find more information about course offerings by following the link to Courses.
Q: How do I contact the Graduate Office at BVU?
Call the BVU Graduate Program Office at 1-800-383-2821, ext. 2162, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Q: Am I eligible for school counseling licensure from BVU if I already have my master's degree?
Yes, students who have already completed a master's degree may be eligible for licensure in the School Guidance and Counseling program. An analysis of your graduate transcript and course descriptions is necessary to determine the courses that are needed to obtain the license.
Q: Am I eligible for financial aid?
Yes, there are several potential sources for graduate education loans. Information about these loans may be obtained from BVU's Office of Financial Assistance at 800.383.2821, ext. 2164 or on this web site at the Tuition and Financial aid link
Q: Is student housing available for June courses on campus?
Yes, students who are too far away to commute may stay in the air-conditioned campus dorms in June for a nominal fee. Students need to bring their own linens and alarm clocks.