Lynn University

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Institute for Distance Learning
Boca Raton, Florida

Founded in 1962 and located in Boca Raton, Florida, Lynn University is a private coeducational institution whose primary purposes are education; the preservation, discovery, dissemination, and creative application of knowledge; and the preparation of its graduates with the academic foundation for lifelong learning. Service, scholarly activity that includes research, and ongoing professional development allow the faculty, in conjunction with the entire University community, to fulfill its purposes: facilitating student-centered learning and fostering the intellectual life of the University.

Distance Learning Program

Lynn University offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs to students who are unable to participate in a traditional classroom-based environment at the main campus. The aim of the University is to be a global institution for the twenty-first century, where learners can access higher learning opportunities, independent of time schedules and geographical limitations.

The Institute for Distance Learning (IDL) is designed for mature, self-directed learners, using technology and flexible delivery methods. IDL's design and delivery of all programs places a high value on the prior skills and knowledge that mature learners bring to their educational experience.

Lynn University is approved by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; telephone: 404-679-4501) to offer complete distance learning degree programs via the Web.

Delivery Media

Internet technology encourages interactions between faculty members and students, students and other students, and students and resources (books, journals, electronic library services, and the Internet). Courses are delivered using Blackboard, a student-friendly platform that affords students the opportunity to complete assignments and engage in various discussions at convenient times and locations. Distance learning courses are delivered in an accelerated format, with six 8-week class terms per academic year. Students may begin their studies during any of the terms.

Programs of Study

The Ph.D. program in global leadership offers a specialization in corporate and organizational management. Other graduate degree programs are offered in administration, with specializations in criminal justice and in emergency planning and administration; business administration, with specializations in aviation management, financial valuation and investment management, hospitality management, international business, and marketing; and in educational leadership, with specializations in higher education administration, school administration, and school administration with ESOL endorsement.

Undergraduate degree programs include business administration, criminal justice administration, and psychology.

In addition, select undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses are available via the Web. Students can find the course schedule at

Credit Options

Most online courses are 3 credits each. Courses with labs are 4 credits. Courses offered with less than 3 credits are identified in the Academic Catalog, which can be found online at

Lynn University accepts transfer credits from most other regionally accredited schools. Specific information about transfer credits may be found in the catalog. Credits earned in the online program are combined with credits earned on campus to complete a degree.


The faculty members at Lynn University are highly qualified and committed to providing high-quality instruction and learning opportunities for self-directed learners. Along with excellent academic credentials, the faculty members are primarily practitioners in their fields of expertise, thus providing the theoretical context for the practical applications of the subject matter.


To enroll in an undergraduate degree program, students must have earned a high school diploma or GED. A student's credit hours are earned through instruction (distance learning or traditional classroom), transfer credits from an accredited college or university, military service course credits (DANTES), Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) or a similar state training facility, professional training or certification as recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE) or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and/or a student's professional experience or experiential learning.

Attendees of foreign schools are required to submit an International Transcript Evaluation and course equivalency report. International students whose first language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of at least 550 (213 on the computer-based test).

Graduate students must have earned a college diploma from a regionally accredited or internationally listed college or university. Applicants whose undergraduate grade point average (GPA) was less than 3.0 must also submit the appropriate entrance examination score from the GRE, GMAT, or MAT. All graduate degree program applicants must submit two recommendation letters, a resume, and a statement of professional goals. Other admission requirements vary by degree program and are outlined in the Academic Catalog.

In addition, online students enrolled in the Ph.D. program have a required campus residency of four on-campus immersions consisting of three to five days each and a fifth day for the defense of the dissertation. These immersions are associated with a program orientation and the research core: RES 700Q, RES 702Q, RES 704Q, RES 900Q, and RES 902 (dissertation defense). Students who are unable to meet this enrollment requirement may develop an alternative plan with their program coordinator.

Tuition and Fees

All new students pay a one-time nonrefundable $50 application fee. The tuition fees and registration fees follow the pricing established for the respective colleges and noncredit programs. For the 2006–07 academic year, the fees were as follows: undergraduate, $270 per credit hour; graduate, $525 per credit hour; and doctoral, $735 per credit hour. Noncredit tuition varies with the individual courses. There is a registration fee of $30 at the beginning of each term enrolled, and an experiential portfolio administration fee is $75 per credit hour. More information and specific details regarding fees are available in the Academic Catalog on the University's Web site.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to qualified Lynn students. For specific information, students should e-mail the Financial Aid Office at [email protected] or call the office at 561-237-7190.


Students may apply online or download a printable application at To obtain an application by mail, students should call the Admissions Office at 800-888-LYNN (5966) (toll-free in the United States) or 561-237-7900 (outside the U.S.).


Mary L. Tebes, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Distance Learning
Lynn University
3601 North Military Trail
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
Phone: 561-237-7902
Fax: 561-237-7537
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site:

Jennifer Lawless
Instructional Designer, Institute for Distance Learning
Lynn University
3601 North Military Trail
Boca Raton, Florida 33431
Phone: 561-237-7939
Fax: 561-237-7537 E-mail: jlawless@lynnedu
Web site:

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