Political Science Online: Frequently Asked Questions


Is EKU accredited?

EKU is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS*). This regional accrediting body is recognized by both the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA**) and the United States Department of Education (USDE). Regional accreditation is the highest level of accreditation available.

Does the tuition differ for in-state and out-of-state students?

No. All EKU Online students pay the same tuition regardless of residency status.

Is an online degree different from a traditional degree?

The only difference between this degree and a traditional degree is that the majority of the coursework is completed online. Upon graduation, you will hold a degree from Eastern Kentucky University, and you will have all the rights and privileges of traditional EKU alumni.

Will I be able to continue working while I earn my degree?

Yes! EKU’s 100 percent online program is a flexible, convenient way to meet your career goals. Courses start every 8 weeks and do not have specific meeting times. Since they are online, you will be able to study anytime, from anywhere. Your dedicated academic advisor will work with you to create a course plan that fits your work and family obligations.

Will I ever be required to come to campus?

No, online political science students are not required to visit campus. However, you are always welcome to visit the Richmond campus or any of EKU’s satellite campuses in Kentucky at any time.

Will my classes have set meeting times with the online format?

No. Because they are online, courses do not have specific meeting times. Coursework and assignments will have set completion dates and you will be able to work according to your schedule and study anytime, from anywhere.

What type of technology will I need to participate?

EKU uses the Blackboard Learning System, an internet-based course management system that provides a website for every class. Blackboard lets students and instructors participate in class activities online. The system offers online storage for course materials, discussion boards, virtual chat, online quizzes, grades and more.

You will need a computer with high bandwidth Internet access (not a dial-up connection), a Flash player and speakers. It is recommended that you use Mozilla Firefox as your primary browser when working with the system. Some courses will have additional requirements. The EKU tech support team is always available to answer any technical questions you may have.

Can I transfer into the program?

Eastern Kentucky University awards transfer credit for courses completed at regionally accredited colleges and universities. The EKU Student Outreach and Transition Office has online resources that can help you determine which credits may transfer. Use their Transfer Equivalency Course Search to look for matches among the courses we currently have on file. If your specific course is not on the list, it is still eligible for review. Please contact an enrollment advisor for more information about transferring credit.

What kind of student support is available?

EKU Online is dedicated to student success. Online students have access to blackboard support, online tutoring, and library resources. In addition, online students are always encouraged to reach out to their instructors regarding any needs they may have.