Bachelor’s Degree Online Frequently Asked Questions


What are the benefits of the Online English Program?

The Online English Program does the following:

  • Enables learners to become active participants in dynamic, diverse, and interactive online learning communities;
  • Allows learners to complete coursework with more flexibility, while still adhering to the traditional semester timeframe;
  • Supports the integration of a variety of learning methods, including relevant independent studies and tutorials, multidisciplinary courses, or credit for prior learning assessment; and
  • Provides individualized academic advising by full-time faculty.

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Will I have to attend any classes on campus?

The Online English Program is designed to be completed entirely online. You will not be required to visit our campus located in Springfield, Illinois, but you will have the opportunity to participate in the graduation ceremony if you wish to do so. If you have not fulfilled all of your lower division general education requirements and the courses you need are not available online through UIS, it is possible you will need to obtain those courses elsewhere and they may not always be available online.

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Is this an accredited academic program?

Yes. The online English degree program is an academic program of the University of Illinois at Springfield, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Are there requirements to enter Online English Program?

Yes. See the Online Admission page of this website for more information.

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What if I do not have an Associate’s degree or have not fulfilled my general education requirements?

In order to complete your undergraduate degree with UIS, you will have to complete the general education requirements in compliance with Illinois standards. Most of the courses necessary to complete these lower division requirements will not be available online through UIS. But once accepted to the Online English program, our Online Coordinator will work with you to find courses so that you are able to meet all the requirements necessary to complete your degree.

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How long will it take to complete this program?

The length of time it will take to complete the online English degree depends upon many factors, such as:

  • The number of lower-division (freshman/sophomore) hours learners bring to UIS;
  • The number of upper-division hours (junior/senior) hours brought to the English program;
  • The number of semester hours taken in any one semester; and
  • Participation in the assessment of prior learning equivalency.

To discuss academic planning with regard to completion time, contact the Online English Program Coordinator. You will need at least 121 semester hours in order to graduate with your Bachelor of Arts in English degree.

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Will I have to pay out-of-state tuition if I don’t live in Illinois?

UIS has created a special tuition rate that applies only to online students called “electronic tuition,” or “E-tuition.” Both Illinois residents and non-residents who have applied to and been accepted as a degree-seeking student in an online program, who only take online courses, will be assessed this special rate. These students also are only assessed select student fees. For more specific information regarding tuition and fees, please see the Tuition and Fees page.

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Can I start the Online English Program any time of the year?

The UIS Online English Program admits students twice per year for the fall and spring semesters. The priority deadline for applying for the fall semester is March 15 and the deadline for applying for the spring semester is October 15. We do not admit students for the summer semester. For additional information on admissions requirements and deadlines, please see the Online English Program Admissions page.

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Is the Online English Program a part of the Illinois Online Network?

The University of Illinois at Springfield is proud to provide coursework through the Illinois Online Network (ION). ION was formed to provide Illinois citizens access to diverse higher education resources for baccalaureate programs, graduate study, and professional development. ION is a clearinghouse for every college and university in Illinois that offers even a single course online or by other distance learning media that is open to off-campus enrollment.

Through their membership in ION, local community colleges throughout the state provide ongoing access to networked personal computers, the electronic catalog, library resources, exam proctoring, and other support services to students enrolled in online course work through its providers.

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How can I use what I learn in this program?

The process of completing the Bachelor of Arts degree in English will assist learners to build a well-rounded baccalaureate degree that takes into account previous college-level learning, including lower-division courses and relevant life experience. This combination of learning experiences will help students to:

  • Develop skills that promote critical thinking and facilitate a life-long approach to learning;
  • Acquire knowledge that helps them advance in their careers and increase salaries;
  • Build a network of learning peers and colleagues to support ongoing personal and professional growth; and
  • Prepare for entering graduate studies.

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Is the Online English Program right for me?

Students have a good chance for success in the English Program if they are:

  • Self-directed, able to plan ahead, and meet deadlines;
  • Disciplined enough to learn without the structure of a classroom environment; and
  • Able to work independently by setting and meeting goals.

If you choose to participate in the Online English Program, you must be comfortable using networked information technologies, navigating the Internet, using e-mail, and learning from a distance.

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Do you offer a graduate degree (M.A.) in English online?

At this time we do not offer a graduate level degree in English online, and do not anticipate offering a completely online degree in the near future. We offer a blended program for the English Master’s degree (which would require attendance to campus for some courses, but not all), and would love to hear about your interest. Please contact the department chair for further details.

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