Mount St. Joseph University offers courses throughout the calendar year. The time frame in which classes are taught is variable and flexible to meet students’ needs. Classes may be scheduled for standard semester sessions, accelerated evening, online, or summer sessions. All classes conform to the requirements for contact hours.

Course Timeframe Formats

Standard Format – Courses meet one, two or three times per week for a 16-week semester.

Accelerated Format – Accelerated study at the Mount is an intense learning experience that offers the opportunity to complete a course in a shorter timeframe than the standard format. Instructors follow a different teaching methodology with fewer class contact hours and more independent study. Accelerated courses are offered over several terms including the summer. Each course requires attendance at five to eight class sessions. Each course requires a preassignment that must be completed before the first class meeting. The completed preassignment and extensive independent studies between each class meeting are integral to this format.

Course Delivery Formats

Face-to-Face Format - Face-to-Face (F2F) courses meet in a classroom in regularly scheduled sessions throughout the semester.

In*Sync—In*Sync courses include a combination of asynchronous and synchronous learning. With this format, a student will not only work on their own schedule to meet deadlines for assignments but also will attend scheduled virtual class sessions. Delivered through Blackboard, the content for this delivery format is highly structured.

Blended - Blended courses integrate best practices of face-to-face and online course formats in a planned, pedagogically sound manner. Participation, course content, and student engagement will occur both online and in the scheduled in-person class sessions. This course format is recommended for students who are independent learners and comfortable using online tools. 

Online - Online courses have no face-to-face component. Some courses may require proctored exams. This course format is recommended for students who are independent learners and comfortable using online tools.