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Maryville University Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Have questions about Maryville University? Start here. Get all the answers to the most frequently asked questions about being a Maryville Online student.


And if you don’t see your question listed below, contact us and we can help you find the information you need.

Yes. Maryville University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). In addition, a number of our online degrees hold subject-specific accreditation from bodies like the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Maryville University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Yes. Maryville University is committed to helping you work through any technical issues you may encounter, so we offer comprehensive, 24/7 technical support. That way, you can utilize our dynamic online platform to achieve your education goals most effectively.

Yes. We have several master’s certificate options for our nursing programs.

We recommend 10-15 hours of work per week per 3-credit, 8-week course. We also recommend that students budget some extra time during their first term as they work to get acclimated with starting a new program.

While all students are welcome and encouraged to visit our campus whenever they are in the St. Louis area, our nursing programs do not have a campus visit requirement.

Yes! All graduates are invited and encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony, including online students. We would love to see you on stage at graduation.

No. Your degree will be identical to those earned on campus, and it will not mention that you completed the program online.

The average class size is 14 students. Class sizes are kept small to help ensure that instructors have time to respond to students in message, email, or other formats, even though classes themselves may be asynchronous.

You are able to take a step back from classes as needed. You can resume coursework with no re-application requirement as long as you return within a year.

Our online learning platform is intuitive and user-friendly. As long as you are able to use a word processor and operate an internet browser, you should be in great shape in terms of your computer skills. We also offer orientation sessions for our programs, so you can familiarize yourself with any new or specific processes and procedures prior to classes beginning.

No. For most of our degree programs, online students who are required to complete an experiential learning opportunity — such as clinicals — can do so at an approved location. This means you should be able to fulfill your experiential requirements at a location convenient to you.

Yes. Coursework for all programs is 100% online. However, some programs have experiential components like clinicals.

Class structures can vary from program to program. Your student support advisor can help walk you through your program’s format.

Absolutely. Courses will have milestones or work that needs to be completed each week, but it’s up to you when you want to log in and complete it during that week.

The Apple Distinguished School designation indicates that certain tech-focused programs at a college or university meet criteria around innovation, leadership, and academic excellence. Maryville first earned this title in 2016, and it has since been renewed in 2018-2021 and 2021-2024 — recognizing our Digital World program, which gives students the opportunity to personalize their education in an enhanced technological environment.

We’re here for you every step of the way, from the enrollment process through graduation. Your enrollment advisors and student support advisors are available throughout your degree program to assist you with any questions you may have.

This depends on several factors, including current level of education, transfer credits, how many credit hours you elect to take at a time, and program length. Be sure to talk with your enrollment or student support advisor when you’re ready to start thinking about the right plan for you.

Most coursework can be completed on your own time, whenever your schedule allows. However, some exceptions may include exams, assignment due dates, coordinated group work, and more. For any required login times, students will typically be notified in advance by their instructor.

Extremely. Our faculty members are committed to your success. That’s why you’ll find you have regular access to them through email and chat. They want you to succeed and will do their best to help you in any way they can.


Follow this link to start your application process. An enrollment advisor will follow up with you to help you continue the process when you are finished.

No. Maryville University does not require applicants to provide standardized placement test scores from the SAT, ACT, GMAT, or GRE.

No. There is currently no application fee to apply to any of Maryville’s online programs.

Yes. There are several ways students can receive financial assistance. For more information on financial aid, please visit our Financial Aid and Tuition page. Please note, international students are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Yes. You’ll have access to a personal enrollment advisor to assist in completing your file. You’ll also be able to get assistance from a student support advisor, who can help as you prepare to begin classes — and throughout your student journey to graduation.

Your cost will depend on a number of factors, such as your program, degree level, transfer credits, and financial situation. See our Financial Aid and Tuition page for more information.

Yes, you need all your official transcripts (including all military transcripts) for your application to be considered complete. However, transcripts needed may vary by degree level. Your enrollment advisor will be able to guide you through the process.

There are multiple start dates throughout the academic year. For your convenience, you can choose start dates during the spring, summer, and fall — whenever is convenient for you.

Each term has its own application deadline. Your enrollment advisor can provide more information, as they are there to support you through the entire application process.

Our graduate programs are open to international students. However, some programs have additional requirements for international students, such as language proficiency requirements. Your enrollment advisor will be able to guide you through those requirements during the admission process.

Note: Maryville’s online nursing programs require students with an international education background to have their BSN from a CCNE/ACEN accredited program for the MSN & BSN-DNP programs, and their MSN from a CCNE/ACEN accredited program for the Post-Master’s Certificate, DNP & DNP-NP programs. Please reach out to an enrollment advisor for more information.

Yes. Maryville University is proud to be named to the 2023-24 Military Friendly® Schools list, and we work hard to ensure that our active-duty and veteran students — as well as their spouses and families — can pursue an education with the resources they need.


Here, you can use your VA benefits, including those provided through the Yellow Ribbon Program and the Post-9/11 GI Bill. You also can apply credits you earned in the military toward your degree, access a closed-loop message board with other student-veterans, join the Veterans Service Organization, seek financial and disability assistance, and more. Learn more on our Military Admissions page.

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