Friday, August 14, 2009

University of the Rockies Online

About University of the Rockies Online

How long will it take me to earn my degree?

At the University of the Rockies, you can finish your Master's degree in about 18-20 months or your Doctorate degree in just more than three years.

Classes run continuously, rather than in semesters. Typically, you take one course at a time and move on to the next course without a break. Opportunities to enroll and begin a course sequence in an online degree program are available frequently.

How do University of the Rockies' online classes work?

As an online student with University of the Rockies, your online classes take place in Blackboard, the University's online platform. Blackboard is an asynchronous environment, meaning that you can log in at any time at your convenience. You will communicate with your instructor and fellow students, read some assigned texts, post your assignments and comment on other students' assignments all through the Blackboard environment.

How many times do I need to log in to my online class?

Log in at least two separate times each week to meet University of the Rockies' minimum attendance requirement for each online class.

Do I have to log in at a specific time?

No, you get to choose when and where to log in, which allows you to fit your degree program into your busy schedule. Your online classroom takes place in an asynchronous environment, which means that all students are free to participate at their own pace, so long as they log in at least 2 times per week, and on separate days.

What assistance does University of the Rockies offer to students who need extra academic support?

If you are like most online students, then you are probably a working adult, and maybe it has been some time since you took a college-level class. Have no fear! University of the Rockies' online degree programs are specifically designed for adult learners. You will have your own personal Academic Advisor who will support you through the entire process, and to whom you can direct your questions. You will find your instructors very understanding, supportive, and easy to contact.

Is it true that I can get a degree for free?

Not at all. There is no such thing as a university education that is free of charge. Almost all students choose to apply for student loans, which do have to be re-paid. The idea that you can go to a graduate institution for free is a persistent misconception. Some students receive small grants and scholarships, but these are relatively rare and almost never cover the full cost of tuition.

Do I qualify for Financial Aid?

You will partner with a Financial Services Advisor to determine whether you can benefit from the various Financial Aid options offered. Financial Aid programs include the Federal Stafford Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized), Graduate PLUS Loans, Private Loans, Veterans Educational Benefits, and Military Tuition Assistance.

About University of the Rockies

What is the history of University of the Rockies?

University of the Rockies (UoR) was founded June 18, 1998 as the Colorado School of Professional Psychology (COSPP), to provide a professional graduate education in psychology to individuals who seek licensure as psychologists or practice in other arenas of the profession.

When COSPP was purchased by Bridgepoint Education in September, 2007, the name was changed to University of the Rockies. The School of Professional Psychology is now a School of University of the Rockies along with the School of Organizational Leadership.

Where is the University located?

University of the Rockies is located at 555 East Pikes Peak Avenue in Colorado Springs with vast, rolling plains to the east and Pikes Peak towering at 14,000 feet to the west. Magnificent red sandstone pinnacles at the base of the mountain have been dubbed appropriately, "Garden of the Gods."

The city itself — the second largest in Colorado — boasts something for everyone, from the arts buff to the nature lover. Gorgeous views of the Continental Divide can be seen from the Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway. The city is also home to the US Air Force Training Center and the US Olympic Training Center.

What academic programs does the University offer?

University of the Rockies grants the Master of Arts in Psychology degree with six different specializations. You may also earn the Doctor of Psychology degree with a specialization in Clinical Psychology, Non-Profit Management, Organizational Leadership, or Executive Coaching.

Is University of the Rockies an accredited school?

University of the Rockies is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( Regional accreditation is important to anyone seeking a degree, because it serves as the recognized standard used to identify quality in American higher education. Credits earned at one regionally accredited university or college can readily be transferred to another regionally accredited university or college.


University of the Rockies is a for-profit, independent Graduate School offering the Master of Arts in Psychology (MA) and the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degrees.

University of the Rockies® is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation by the commission provides assurance to prospective students that the University of the Rockies has been found to meet the commission's stated requirements and criteria.

For additional information about University of the Rockies accreditation, please contact:

The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60602 – 2504

University of the Rockies has also been granted Category I status as a degree granting institution by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE).

University of the Rockies is an associate member of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology.

University of the Rockies' Pain Management Program is certified by the American Academy of Pain Management.

University of the Rockies has been endorsed by the American Society of Pain Educators.

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