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Looking for more information about Saint Louis University's School for Professional Studies? Learn more about what programs we offer, which one is right for you, why online education is beneficial, the differences between online and traditional courses, and more.

General FAQs

What degree programs are offered through SLU’s School for Professional Studies?

SLU's School for Professional Studies offers online bachelor's, master’s and certificates. Explore our online programs.

How are the online courses offered through SLU’s School for Professional Studies different from traditional courses?

Our courses feature the same high-quality curriculum, experienced faculty members and challenging environment as traditional classes at Saint Louis University, but are designed to be completed by adults who are maintaining part- or full-time employment.

With the convenience of totally online courses, you can earn your degree through a nationally recognized academic institution in a format tailored to your lifestyle.

What is the tuition rate for SLU’s School for Professional Studies?

When you graduate from the School for Professional Studies, you earn a degree from Saint Louis University but at half the cost of a traditional degree. Our reduced tuition is competitively priced with other adult programs in the area. We even offer several scholarships exclusively for adult students. See current tuition and fees.

Are SLU’s online degree programs accredited?

Yes. Saint Louis University's accredited adult degree programs are reviewed and evaluated by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The HLC has been the continual accrediting body of Saint Louis University since 1916. The accrediting body requires SLU to undergo any necessary improvements needed in its professional commitment to a mission of providing an exceptional education to students.


Benefits of an Online Education

What are the benefits of taking online classes?

Our online and accelerated degree programs offer classes specifically designed to benefit working adults. When you take an online class you can work toward your degree at a time and place that fits best with your schedule.

Classes are in a convenient eight-week term instead of a 16-week semester. With five eight-week terms throughout the year, you can start at a time that works for you.

How do I know if online programs are right for me?

While our programs are meant to accommodate the lifestyle of a nontraditional student, it is still a good idea to think about if the programs will work for you.

The best way to know if online programs are a good fit for your life is to ask yourself a few important questions before you begin, including:

  • What is my purpose for going back to school?
  • Am I looking for personal enrichment?
  • Do I want to increase my earning power?
  • Do I want to advance with my current job or change careers?
  • Would I like to be more of a role model for my family?
  • Can I commit the time and motivation to study on my own schedule?
  • Am I comfortable enrolling in a completely online program?
Is earning a degree online or through an accelerated program as good as attending on campus and getting a degree?

Yes, you are still getting a degree from Saint Louis University, which is ranked among the best universities in Missouri and the United States. Our online courses offer the same quality curriculum and experienced instructors as our on-campus classes.

Is a degree from SLU’s School for Professional Studies as beneficial as traditional degrees in helping me in my career?

Yes. Our degree programs feature applicable knowledge and skills that you can bring into the workplace. In fact, 90 percent of SLU graduates are either working or in graduate school six months after graduating. Among those, 95 percent are working in their chosen field.


Scheduling Courses

How long do I have to complete a degree program through the School for Professional Studies?

You must complete a minimum of one SPS course each semester in order to maintain an active status. You can review our continuous progress policy for more information.

How many courses should I take at once?
Students typically take one or two classes per term. There are six terms per year.


How quickly can I earn my degree by taking courses in this format?
The amount of time you spend at the School for Professional Studies greatly depends on if you are a transfer student or are just starting your degree. Your academic advisor can help you create a customized academic plan.



In the Classroom

What if I have a question about a lesson or an assignment?

For class-specific questions, your instructor should always be your first source of information. For broader questions, SLU offers tutoring, writing, library and technical support. If you can't find an answer to your question, you can contact your academic advisor or email, and someone from the School for Professional Studies will contact you as quickly as possible.

How are tests and assignments handled?

Tests and assignments are administered through Canvas, our online learning system.

What software and equipment are required to complete online and accelerated courses?
All you need to access your courses in our online programs is a computer with an Internet connection. However, you must meet a few requirements to guarantee full participation.