About Online Learning
Lewis University online courses and degree programs allow you to learn in a way that fits your learning style. Whether you are looking to complete a college degree, enroll in graduate coursework, or advance your knowledge with online courses, Lewis University is the right online option for you.
In addition to a classroom-based format, the following degrees are offered fully online:
- Aviation and Transportation, MS
- Business Administration (MBA)
- Business Administration, BS (Accelerated)
- Business Analytics, MS
- Computer Science, BA (Accelerated)
- Computer Science, MS
- Criminal Justice, B.A. (Accelerated)
- Criminal Justice, MS
- Cybersecurity, MS
- Data Science, MS
- Health Information Management, MS
- Healthcare Management, BS (Accelerated)
- Nursing, Bachelor's to BSN (Accelerated)
- Nursing, MSN
- Nursing, DNP
- Organizational Leadership, BA
- Organizational Leadership, MA
- Professional Studies, BA,
- Public Safety Administration, MS
How do online courses work?
Online courses at Lewis University are administered through Blackboard, a learning management system, where you will find your class syllabus and calendar and be able to access your assignments, tests, and course discussions. You will be expected to log on frequently to complete course work. Each course is different, but work must be completed by certain deadlines, usually spaced week by week. You will also be responsible for participating in weekly discussions through the online discussion board in Blackboard.
Will I need to come to campus?
The majority of online courses at Lewis University are delivered entirely online and will not necessitate students coming to campus. However, there are some online courses that will require you to come to campus for placement testing or for proctored exams.
Can I work at my own pace?
Yes, but there are deadlines for assignments in each course. You can complete work at any time, as long as you meet deadlines each week. This means you will have to keep pace and ensure you are completing work regularly in order not to fall behind in the course. Schedules and due dates for course work will be posted in your syllabus.
What if I need help?
While you may not be on campus, that doesn’t mean you’re not able to access resources the University provides. You can contact Service Desk for technology support, visit the Library online, or email your professor at any time. You can also visit lewisu.edu for other questions and inquiries.
QUICK TIPS before enrolling in an online course:
Online courses aren’t easier as they require active participation.
Online courses can be more work because you will largely work independently. Students can expect online courses to have the same rigor and expectations as face-to-face courses.
You will be expected to actively participate and discuss ideas covered in the course through discussion boards. Most online courses demand high level of participation as a part of the grade.
Online courses require time management skills and ample time investment.
Online courses may be convenient, but they have been designed to take about the same amount of time as you would spend if you were taking a traditional class.
For each credit hour, students should expect to spend an additional 2-3 hours a week doing homework, readings, and discussions. (For example, a 3-credit class would require 3 hours of class time, plus 6-9 hours of study, resulting in 9-12 hours weekly investment).
We also offer a variety of individual
online classes throughout our undergraduate, adult accelerated
undergraduate, and graduate programs.
If you are considering enrollment in an online course, take this Self-Assessment Survey.
Think you are ready to take an online course? Apply here.
Student Complaints & Appeals
Lewis University is committed to a policy of fair treatment of its students in their relationships with fellow students, faculty, staff and administrators. Students are encouraged to seek an informal resolution of a dispute directly with the faculty or individual(s) involved when possible. Dealing with concerns in the most direct and honest fashion should always be the first step toward resolution. Many problems are resolved when one makes an appointment with a faculty or staff member and communicates their concerns.
For matters where a resolution is not feasible, a student may make a formal appeal or complaint. Please be assured that no adverse action will be taken against a student who files a formal appeal or complaint.
For additional information on how to file a formal appeals/complaint, please click here.