FAQs

FAQs

Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions

What are the admissions requirements for St. Bonaventure University Online graduate programs?
Online Master of Business Administration admissions requirements
  • A completed application and résumé
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • NO GRE OR GMAT REQUIRED for applicants with a 3.3 GPA or 3.0 GPA with 2 years of relevant work experience (as determined by the program director)
Online Master of Science in Business Analytics admissions requirements
  • A completed application and résumé
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • NO GRE OR GMAT REQUIRED
Online Master of Science in Cybersecurity admissions requirements
  • A completed application and résumé
  • A baccalaureate degree in computer science, cybersecurity or a similar field from an accredited college or university OR relevant work experience in the field OR successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • NO GRE OR GMAT REQUIRED
Online Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity admissions requirements
  • A completed application and résumé
  • A baccalaureate degree in from an accredited college or university 
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • No GRE OR GMAT REQUIRED
Online Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) admissions requirements
  • A completed application
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Transcripts from all colleges attended
  • An essay describing what attracted you to the Integrated Marketing Communications field and why you want to pursue a degree at St. Bonaventure University (500-750 words)
  • NO GRE OR GMAT REQUIRED
Online Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership (MSL) admissions requirements
  • A completed application
  • A short essay stating your goals for engaging in such a learning experience
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • A current résumé that shows at least three years of working experience
  • NO GRE OR GMAT REQUIRED
Online Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling admissions requirements
  • A completed application
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
  • A Personal Statement/Writing Sample
    • This takes the form of your responses to the questions presented in our MSED Counseling writing sample. (Please complete the linked form and submit to graduate admissions).
  • Two Recommendations
    • Who describe suitability for graduate study, your interest in the counseling field, your professional work, etc. Typically, recommendations come from professors, supervisors, professional peers or community leaders. We provide the School of Graduate Studies Recommendation Form for your convenience; it is not required that your endorsers use this form.
  • Interview
    • Once your application file is complete (or in some cases nearly complete), the counseling department will schedule you for an interview with a member of the counseling faculty.
  • NO GRE OR GMAT REQUIRED
Online Masters in School Counseling admissions requirements
  • A completed application
  • Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended
  • A Personal Statement/Writing Sample
    • This takes the form of your responses to the questions presented in our MSED Counseling writing sample. (Please complete the linked form and submit to graduate admissions).
  • Two Recommendations
    • Who describe suitability for graduate study, your interest in the counseling field, your professional work, etc. Typically, recommendations come from professors, supervisors, professional peers or community leaders. We provide the School of Graduate Studies Recommendation Form for your convenience; it is not required that your endorsers use this form.
  • Interview
    • Once your application file is complete (or in some cases nearly complete), the counseling department will schedule you for an interview with a member of the counseling faculty.
  • NO GRE OR GMAT REQUIRED
How are courses delivered at St. Bonaventure University Online?

All online courses are taught using the Moodle Learning Management System. Your professors will use Moodle to post lecture content, facilitate class discussions, distribute assignments and more. All courses can be completed 100% online, and you attend at your convenience and around what fits with your schedule.

Students enrolled in the Cybersecurity, IMC, MBA, MSBA and MSL programs are not required to ever be on campus. Students enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs are required to attend two 4-day residency sessions as a part of their curriculum.

Please contact us for more information on those residencies.

What support do you offer online students?

Technical Assistance

We know that as an online student you may be working on coursework anytime and anyplace. Our 24x7 Help Center is always available to assist you with any technical questions you may have via phone at 888-998-6010 or a help desk ticket.

Online Student Success Coach

Upon enrollment, you are partnered with your very own Student Success Coach who walks alongside you to make sure you have the tools, information and resources you need to succeed.

Library Services

Our team of reference librarians is ready to assist you with all of your reference needs. For more information, visit our library guide for graduate online learners.

What is the cost of a St. Bonaventure University Online Graduate Education?
When do I pay my bill?

Payment for Graduate level courses are due before each course begins. Billing will be sent out with a specific due date; however; deferments are permitted for courses starting at a later date. Because of the Federal Guidelines for the Direct Student Loan Program, you may be billed in August or December for the entire fall or spring semester. This is to permit processing and disbursement of loan funds.

How is financial aid awarded?

Graduate level financial aid is based in part on financial need. In order for SBU to determine your need, you must complete the FAFSA (the same process you may have experienced for undergraduate financial aid). The Federal code number for St. Bonaventure is 00281. Your online Enrollment Advisor will walk you through the process of applying for financial aid.

How many starts are available for online programs?

Similar to our ground programs, we have fall, spring and summer terms, each of which has 2 start dates per term. For more information, click here to view our academic calendars.

What career assistance does St. Bonaventure offer to students?

St. Bonaventure's Career and Professional Readiness Center (CPRC) assists all students—on campus and online—with the career development process. We're pleased to provide professional development opportunities to enhance your marketability and support your future career success. 

Through the CPRC you can:

  • Prepare and practice interviews through Big Interview, a virtual interviewing platform 
  • Receive resume and cover letter support with samples that are specific to your degree/field
  • Learn how to negotiate your salary, create or improve your LinkedIn profile, or talk about challenging topics in an interview
  • Gain unlimited access to Handshake, a premier career management system, which provides access to internship opportunities, job openings, and networking opportunities with alumni
  • Schedule an appointment with an SBU career counselor for one-on-one consultation 
     

"McKernan loves “every second” of her job as assistant marketing manager at Godiva Chocolatier, where managing social media is a large part of her workday. Pursuing her master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications ignited her interest in social media as brand marketing. “At Godiva I was given the opportunity to run, develop and execute content for their social media platforms,” she said. That’s a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of a 23-year-old, and McKernan thanks St. Bonaventure for helping her meet that challenge.  “The background of the whole mission of showing forgiveness and trying to move past (conflict) and work with others is something that I’ve since strived for every day,” she said. "

Michelle McKernan
Associate Brand Manager at Labatt USA
Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications