St. John's University: Distance Learning Programs In-Depth

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Distance Learning Programs
College of Professional Studies

Queens, New York

Distance Learning Program

Online degree programs at St. John's meet the academic needs of working adults who want to advance professionally while managing family and job commitments. The convenience and flexibility of distance learning allows students to acquire either an undergraduate or graduate degree on their own time and at their own pace.

All of St. John's University's online degree programs are accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and authorized by the New York State Department of Education. St. John's is a member of SLOAN-C, a consortium of institutions and organizations committed to high-quality online education.

Delivery Media

St. John's Web-based courses offer students a unique and interactive educational experience at any time and from any location that is convenient for their busy lives. Online classes require access to a computer with Internet access and word-processing programs. Courseware tools (currently WebCT) turn a student's home or office computer into a virtual classroom. For more information about the system requirements for the distance learning courses, students should go online to

Students study texts and online resources, complete assignments, and actively engage with their instructors and classmates via "threaded" discussions and chats—all at times that are convenient to their own demanding schedules. Using the latest technology, distance-learning students enjoy the outstanding education that has distinguished St. John's for more than 135 years.

Programs of Study

A college degree can help students advance in their current field or launch a new career. Through St. John's accredited online degree programs, students can accomplish their educational goals while balancing work and family. Students enroll in classes that fit around their busy schedules and learn where they want at their own pace. St. John's offers the following two-year and four-year degree programs: Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies, Associate of Science in Business, Associate of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Bachelor of Science in Administrative Studies, and the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Adult students find St. John's associate degree programs the perfect place to start. Students can enroll in any of the three programs and gain a solid foundation of liberal arts credits that can be applied toward the University's bachelor's degree programs. In addition, the Associate of Science in Criminal Justice program satisfies the education requirements of the New York City Police Department and many other police departments; it also is the first step toward earning the Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice.

One of America's leading Catholic universities, St. John's University offers world-class academics, high-tech resources, caring faculty members, and a tradition of service rooted in its Vincentian mission. Founded in 1870, St. John's has prepared more than 140,000 graduates for leadership in the arts, the sciences, business, education, government, law, medicine, pharmacy, and technology—virtually every field that touches everyone's lives.

Students can now enjoy the St. John's experience through the convenience and flexibility of online learning. The distance learning program allows students to earn their degree completely online. Classes are small, highly interactive, and taught by the same renowned professors who teach the University's on-campus courses. All classes within a program of study, whether online or on campus, are available to the student.

Students also have access to a wide range of online services, including admissions, registration, financial aid, academic advisement, and career advisement. The undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the New York State Department of Education, AACSB International–The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the American Chemical Society, the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, the American Psychology Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the American Library Association, among others.

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program provides a superb, multidisciplinary education. Similar to all of St. John's online programs, it is ideal for working adults pursuing a college degree while working full time. Instead of choosing the traditional, single academic major, the liberal studies program explores a variety of areas. Courses focus on the humanities, the social sciences, science and mathematics, and a minor area—including one of the many career areas offered, such as administrative studies, business, computer science, criminal justice, health services, journalism, or paralegal studies.

The Bachelor of Science in Administrative Studies program prepares students for administrative and managerial jobs in today's technologically oriented workplace. With a solid grounding in writing, critical thinking, and office software systems and a basic understanding of the business world, program graduates are prepared for professional-level positions in both the private and public sectors of the economy.

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program offers a unique opportunity for students to prepare for a challenging career in this developing field. It may also serve as preparation for further academic and professional study. Students who have successfully completed training courses at the New York City Police, Correction, Transit, or Housing Police Academy or at the Nassau County or New York State Police Academy may be entitled to receive credit toward a Bachelor of Science degree.

Student Services

A full range of University services are available online, including library access, technology support, registration, financial aid, online advisement, career guidance, news, events, alumni news, and updates.


All courses are developed and taught by St. John's University's acclaimed faculty members—scholars who enjoy international reputations both as scholars and practitioners in business, education, law enforcement, and the social sciences.


Admission to St. John's is selective, based on academic performance, achievement on standardized tests, letters of recommendation, and other factors that reflect a student's interests, motivation, and potential. The application is free, and students can apply quickly and easily at Applicants for the online degree program must include an essay or personal statement. In addition, students who have not been enrolled in school for a semester or more should include a written statement outlining their activities.

Tuition and Fees

For the most up-to-date information on tuition and fees, prospective students should visit the Web site at

Financial Aid

Financing is available for eligible applicants through University grants and scholarships, government financial aid, employer-sponsored reimbursement programs (students should check with their employer), scholarships for uniformed police officers, and military personnel benefits.


Pam Dalton
Director of Online Advisement and Assistant Dean
St. John's University
Phone: 718-990-5979
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site:


Students can apply quickly and easily via St. John's secure Web site at

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