Private, Christian college in South Carolina

Located in South Carolina, Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused learning community dedicated to transforming lives.

Professors provide one-on-one mentoring outside the classroom at Southern Wesleyan University

The faith-filled community at SWU is comprised of students, faculty and staff who are passionate about learning and growing, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Eclipse Over SWU - August 21, 2017

Whether you come for a campus visit, fine arts program, or athletic event, SWU seeks to provide educational and cultural opportunities not just to our campus community but to the greater community around us.

Program Format

Programs Built for Busy Adults

Adult and Graduate Programs are geared toward the way adults learn, with active participation, learning outside the classroom, and an emphasis on applying what you're learning to your professional situation. Graduates of Southern Wesleyan University have been successful in their fields as they have applied practical knowledge and skills developed while enrolled. Our goal is to ensure our programs prepare and set our students up for success in their fields.

To make sure everyone is involved and engaged, most courses use a workshop-style format that is designed to generate class-wide discussions about ideas and allow you to evaluate the subject matter based on your practical experiences. With this format, teachers are no longer lecturers but facilitators who can offer new theories and perspectives for discussion.

Class Formats

At Southern Wesleyan University, we offer two primary program formats for our adult students: online format and hybrid format. Southern Wesleyan University reserves the right to modify course delivery based on enrollment volume. This could include changing from a hybrid format to a fully online format. Our desire is to provide a rich academic experience throughout your degree program.

Online format

Many programs are offered in a fully online format, with all courses offered through an online learning management system. As an online student, you will earn the same degree as you would in the physical classroom. Courses are taught in a flexible virtual classroom experience, designed to be both engaging and challenging. Students have access to an incredible array of learning resources and can complete their online degrees around their own schedule.

Want to see what an online course might look like? Take a sneak peak at Canvas, our learning management system. You can view a Canvas orientation course as an example of what the real online experience might be like.

Hybrid format

What exactly does “hybrid” mean? Our hybrid format blends both traditional classroom instruction with the flexibility of online learning. Many courses throughout the hybrid format will meet on-site at your local SWU learning center location, with some online learning elements as well. These on-site classes meet one night per week. Blended in with on-site courses, the hybrid format allows the student the opportunity to take several fully online courses. These courses are built around weekly modules, allowing the student to complete instruction and coursework around a busy schedule.

Hybrid format courses may move to an online format based on student volume and faculty scheduling.

M.ED. in Administration and Supervision — On-site format

The Master of Education in Administration and Supervision program is only offered as a fully on-site program with no online courses. This on-site format is best suited for the curriculum and pacing of this program.

Academic Term Calendars

The academic year is divided into three 15-week academic terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (May-July). Within each term, courses are divided into 7-week sub-terms.

Undergraduate Term Schedule

For undergraduate programs (associate and bachelor's programs), courses are offered in three 7-week sub-terms each term. Full-time students generally take one course per sub-term. For online students, all courses are online. For hybrid programs, the A and B sub-terms are generally offered in the classroom, and the C sub-term courses are offered online.


Graduate Term Schedule

For graduate programs (master's level programs), courses are offered in two 7-week sub-terms each term. As the academic rigor of a graduate program is significantly greater than the rigor of an undergraduate program, it is better for our graduate students to focus on one class at a time, providing the opportunity for greater success. 


Time Commitment 

In-person classes meet one evening per week for three hours. Additionally, students should expect to allocate approximately 13-16 hours per week to their studies and projects; however, the amount of time may vary from course to course depending on the goals of the particular curriculum. There are no classes scheduled around certain holidays.

Class attendance is mandatory for both online and hybrid format students. Because much of your learning occurs through in-class discussions with other students, attendance at each is critical for the classes to flow smoothly.

Online program attendance is required to help students stay on track for meeting course goals and learning outcomes. Attendance for online programs is measured by participation in the course and the submission of designated assignments by their due dates.


You'll know exactly what to expect for each course and for each week. Every course uses a syllabus that outlines the weekly assignments and projects, the overall goals of the course, and the steps you'll take to fulfill the goals.


Students are able to purchase books and other course materials through SWU’s online bookstore. To accommodate cost and book format preferences, multiple options for textbooks are available to students (new, used, rent, e-books).

Additional Information

Class Representatives
Because clear communication makes everyone's life easier, some classes have a representative to ensure everyone stays informed. Learn more.

Learning Teams
Learning teams may be used to help facilitate the learning process in some courses. Participating on a learning team offers you the chance to discuss the material and work on various team projects. Learn more.