Online Community


What is community learning? A cluster of students (10 to 25) begin, experience, and complete an academic degree together, thus forming a learning community.

What are the advantages of community learning? 

  • Online learning can be lonely and frustrating without classmates who are experiencing the same journey.
  • Community-based learning promotes a supportive and socially interactive learning environment to facilitate the building of meaningful and long-lasting relationships, and to empower students to stay the course through graduation.
  • There is a primary instructor who acts as the group’s advisor, mentor, and lead professor.

How frequently do online degrees start? Online degrees launch every four months.

What if I need to take a temporary leave of absence? Because Nyack’s online programs are launching every four months, if a student needs to take a temporary leave, s/he can get back on course with a later group.

What is the duration of each online degree? The duration is 16 to 32 months, depending on the program.

How long is each course? Classes are generally 5 to 6 weeks in length, but can last as long as 15 weeks.  Classes are normally taken one at a time and are prescribed in order to keep students on track to finish the program.

Is there an on-campus residency requirement? Most of the online degrees do not have an on-campus residency requirement.

Are there any online synchronous (real time) class meetings? Certain programs require a few synchronous class meeting times. Some degrees offer optional online synchronous sessions to provide a time to connect with faculty and peers, ask questions, or explore course material in a deeper way.


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