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Program Format

Programs Built for Busy Adults

SWU Online programs are geared toward the way adults learn, with active participation 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.

Online Class Format

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.

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.


Master's and Doctoral Term Schedule

For master's and doctoral level programs, courses are offered in two 7-week sub-terms each term. As the academic rigor of these programs are 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

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.

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).

Southern Wesleyan University reserves the right to modify course delivery based on enrollment volume. This could include changing from a face-to-face format to a fully online format. Our desire is to provide a rich academic experience throughout your degree program.