How to Succeed as a Concordia University Texas Online Student

Going back to school can be intimidating. However, it may surprise you to hear that what most students find challenging about online learning isn’t the coursework itself; instead, it’s learning how to fit your studies into your already-full schedule.

At Concordia University Texas Online, we want to help you succeed with balancing school, work and life. All it takes is some planning and organization for you to make the most of your online education. To help, we’ve put together some strategies for staying on track to meeting your educational and career goals.

  1. Get to know your instructors: This may seem like a strange suggestion for online students like you, but connecting with your instructors is the best way to ensure that your work aligns with the expectations of your instructors. Our instructors are available throughout the course and want to help you succeed.
  2. Manage your time: Time management is perhaps the most important skill for online students to have. Because our online courses revolve around flexibility, you’ll need to be proactive when it comes to completing coursework and studying. Make a weekly schedule that works for both you and your family. This could mean setting aside a specific time each day to study, or bringing study materials with you to review when you have some free time.
  3. Stay organized: Because you have more freedom to create your own schedule with our online degree programs, you’ll have to keep yourself on track. This could mean keeping a calendar or planner with all important due dates, or devoting a binder to each course you take. There are also a variety of useful mobile apps designed for students. Furthermore, create a study environment that works for you. Whether this is an at-home office, your favorite coffee shop or a library, find a disruption-free study space that allows you to concentrate.
  4. Make time for yourself: Though it’s important to make your education a priority, you should also set aside time for yourself; go to dinner with friends or catch up on your favorite shows. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by your workload, especially if you have a full-time career while you are earning your degree online. One of the best ways to keep things in perspective is to spend time doing the things you enjoy.
  5. Get a support system: Make sure your family and friends know that you are going back to school. If they know your schedule is about to change, they can step up and help out when needed. Knowing that your family and friends are encouraging you to succeed can help you stay on track.
  6. Use your resources: If you are looking for more support as you complete your studies, your academic advisors and classmates are great places to start. Don’t hesitate to reach out and ask for help if you need it. Our online programs are designed to be interactive, which means that there are always options in terms of resources.
  7. Keep your goal in mind: Remember why you decided to go back to school. Whether you want to advance in your current career or begin a new one, your decision to continue your education will help you meet your personal and professional goals. Keep your goals in mind to help yourself stay motivated.

Getting Started: Our Admissions Process

Completing the online application is the first step of our admissions process. Please note that the application includes a $50 fee. Our admissions requirements include the following:

  • Undergraduate students: Minimum 2.0 GPA on all college-level coursework, or a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA if you have fewer than 12 transferable college credit hours. Our admissions committee will evaluate students who do not meet the requirements, meaning that you could still be eligible for provisional admission to the accelerated degree program.
  • Graduate students: For direct admission to the Master of Education program, applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. This applies to all completed undergraduate work. If you have completed 12 hours of undergraduate coursework, the minimum GPA requirement for those credits is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If your GPA does not meet these requirements, you will be asked to write an essay to be reviewed by the Graduate Education Committee.
  • For MBA students: A minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from the undergraduate degree-granting institution. Applicants with graduate-level coursework must submit transcripts that show their graduate-level coursework. Applicants who already hold a master’s degree will be accepted if they earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Using the MBA Essay Guidelines, applicants should submit the MBA admissions essay. Lastly, submit a one- to two-page summary of your professional work experience using the MBA Professional Work Experience Guidelines.

Find out more about our many online degree programs. Make the most of your continued education with a degree from Concordia.

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