Frequently Asked Questions
Still have questions? Feel free to contact Chris Lewis or Jon O’Neill in the Admissions Department.
How many units is the program?
36 units (9 classes total: 5 core classes and 4 electives)
Will you allow units to be transferred in?
The Program Director will determine if any units will be transferred in. A total of 8 equivalent graduate units will be considered for transfer. You will need to send a catalog description of the classes from the institution you received credit and an official transcript.
Is the program accredited?
Yes, we are fully accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges). This is one of the six regional associations that accredit public and private schools throughout the United States. The six regional accrediting associations are: the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Each accrediting association is responsible for accrediting educational institutions in a particular area of the United States and, in some cases, other geographic areas.
What is the cost?
$440 per semester unit / $1760 per class
$15,840 total, plus fees and books
Beginning Summer 2013:
$460 per semester unit/$1840 per class
$16,560 total, plus fees and books
What is the schedule like for students?
For online students, you will have due dates for assignments but you never have to be online at a certain time. Therefore, you can have class any day of the week and when it's convenient for you.
For onsite students, you will have class every Monday night from 6:00p.m.-10:00 p.m. This makes it convenient for working professionals, and knowing that the schedule is set provides opportunities for you to schedule other activities around classes in advance.
Where are the Regional Cohort Programs?
Irvine and Long Beach
When do classes start?
Classes begin four times per year: Spring (mid-late February), Summer (mid-late May), Fall I (mid-late August), and Fall II (mid-late November).
The Summer Intensive Classes are offered to ALL students from the end of June through the first week of August. Classes are Monday-Friday from 8-5.
On-site classes are offered on Monday evenings from 6-10 p.m.
All students have the opportunity to combine onsite and online courses throughout their time in the program. The result is a flexible and personalized hybrid combination of online and onsite courses, made to fit your needs.
Which semesters can new students enroll and when?
- Late August (Fall I)
- November (Fall II)
- Mid-Late February (Spring)
- June (Summer)
How can I apply?
You can apply online. See our application page for more details.
What if my GPA is below 2.75?
If your cumulative GPA in your undergraduate work is below a 2.75, you must write a petition letter to the Admissions Committee. This letter should explain why your GPA was below a 2.75, what you have done since graduating that has prepared you for graduate school, what you are doing now and hope to do in the future, and why you chose the Concordia MCAA program. Your petition letter should be 2-3 pages in length, must have a handwritten signature, and should be emailed or faxed to Chris Lewis or
Jon O’Neill. Students accepted with a petition letter will be fully accepted to the program.
What is considered full admission?
Full admission will be considered after submission of:
- A completed application
- Application fee ($50 for US Citizens and $125 for International students)
- An OFFICIAL copy of undergraduate transcripts from the school that you received your bachelors degree from. (You do not need the transcripts from any other school that you attended while earning your bachelors degree.)
If your undergraduate GPA is below a 2.75, you can still be fully admitted to the program by completing a Petition Letter and sending this letter to the MCAA Admissions Committee.
If you are transferring courses into the program, you must have taken graduate level courses at an accredited institution, and provide OFFICIAL transcripts and course descriptions for the classes that you wish to transfer. All of this must be sent to the MCAA Admissions Office.
If I am in the online program can I take any on-site classes?
If I am in the cohort classes can I take any online classes?
How long will it take me to complete the program?
If you take two classes per semester and three in the summer, it is possible to complete the online degree in approximately one year.
What is the maximum number of courses I can take per semester?
For the online program you may take up to two per semester and three in the summer.
For the onsite program you may take two courses per semester (if you choose to take a class online) and three in the summer.
What happens if I take a semester off?
You may stop out for one semester by notifying the program advisor. If a student stops out of the program for two or more consecutive terms, he or she may be subject to a new tuition rate.
What if I decide to take off more than one semester?
If you do not take classes for two semesters in a row, you would need to be re-admitted at the current tuition rate.
How much should I expect for the cost of books?
This will vary from course to course, but you can expect the cost to be no more than $1,000.
I haven't been in school for awhile and am not sure how much of a work load I can handle. I work full time and have other responsibilities. How many courses would you suggest I start with?
We would suggest starting out with one class the first semester and see how it goes. If you think you can handle more and want to finish at a faster pace, you can take two courses per term. It is ultimately your decision. Only you know the demands of your schedule.
Should I wait to apply for financial aid after I have been accepted?
Start the process now. However, you are not packaged for financial aid until you are accepted to a graduate program and enrolled in units. A completed Financial Aid file includes the Post-Baccalaureate Financial Aid Application and Stafford Loan Worksheet, FAFSA, acceptance to a graduate program, and being enrolled in units. The Financial Aid office is available at (949)-214-3077 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How many units must I be enrolled in to be eligible for loans?
As a Master's student, you must maintain a minimum of 4 units per semester to be eligible for federal aid (loans). One class is considered half time status and two classes are considered full time status.
What course will I start with?
Students should start with MCAA 510: Principles of Coaching and Leadership.
Are there any prerequisites I need to be aware of?
No, there are no prerequisites.
Do I need to take a test before entering the program?
No, we do not require the GRE.
How do I register for classes?
You will register online for all your classes through MyRecords. Once you are accepted you will receive detailed information on the steps to complete this process. Your academic advisor can also help you through the steps of this process.
What do I do if I have a HOLD?
HOLDS usually refer to:
- Outstanding balance (Student Accounts)
- Your OFFICIAL undergraduate transcript was not received by the Registrar's Office
HOLDS are posted on Banner Web, so it is strongly encouraged that you check MyRecords before you pre-enroll in your classes. Contact the office of your HOLD and take care of it immediately. HOLDS will prevent you from pre-enrolling in your classes. You may contact Edgar Lopez in Student Accounts at email@example.com or (949) 214-3073 regarding holds.
How do I drop a course?
You can drop a course online through MyRecords, or you can fill out an ADD/DROP form and fax it to your advisor.