Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How is an accelerated adult degree completion program different from traditional education?

A. Adult students learn differently than traditional college students. The Center for Adult Learning and Leadership is designed with the adult student in mind.

  • You attend classes just one night a week and take just one class at a time
  • You will come to class on the same night of the week, in the same classroom, with the same classmates; no need to worry about schedule changes or where to find your classroom
  • Class sizes are small, allowing you to build relationships
  • Classes are held in a seminar format rather than lectures; student participation in encouraged and expected
  • You are graded on your ability to apply knowledge rather than your ability to memorize for a test

Q. How am I considered a full time student when I only attend class one night a week?

A. This is an accelerated collegiate program; we cover a semester’s worth of work in just 5 weeks. In a semester’s period of time, you will have earned 12-15 hours. That designates you a full time student according to federal financial aid standards.

Q. Is doing a semester’s amount of work in just 5 weeks very difficult?

A. This program was designed with the realization that adult learners are busy and have a great variety of responsibilities. It’s not easy; it shouldn’t be (it’s college). Our students, however, will tell you that it can be accomplished. Because you only attend class one night a week, you can use the additional time you would have been in class to study at a time and place that is most convenient for you.

Q. How long will it take me to get my degree?

A. Most of our students enter the program from other colleges or universities. We do our very best to take as many credits from your past educational institutions, as long as they are accredited colleges and you received a grade of “C” or above in the class. So it depends how many credits you will be transferring in to CCU in order to determine how long it will take you to graduate. During the application process, we will perform a complete transcript review for you and inform you exactly when you can graduate. On average, it takes between two and five years for our students to graduate.

Q. What if I only have a high school diploma or a GED?

A. You can be accepted into the College of Adult Learning with no college credits at all. You would begin your studies in our general education program, taking the necessary English, Literature, Science, History, Psychology, Philosophy and Communications classes, before continuing on to your professional studies.

Q. Do you offer an associate’s degree?

A. Yes, we do offer an associate’s degree in Christian Vocations, but we emphasize that for most career paths our students desire, a minimum of a Bachelor degree is highly recommended.

Q. Can I earn college credits for life experience?

A. Yes. Some students are eligible to earn Credits for Demonstrated Competency (CDCs). The director of the College of Adult Learning will meet with you regarding this to determine for which credits you may be eligible. While students are required to write an extensive paper to prove competency, many students have been successful with this process.

Q. What degree options do you offer in the College of Adult Learning?

A. Everyone who graduates from the College of Adult Learning graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies, plus one of two professional cores.

The two degree options are:

  • Bachelor of Science degree with a professional core in Business Management
  • Bachelor of Science degree with a professional core in Leadership and Ministry

Q. Is Cincinnati Christian University an accredited university?

A. Yes, academic excellence with a Christian worldview is the cornerstone of a CCU education. Since 1989, Cincinnati Christian University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, recognized by the US Department of Education as the regional accrediting association for Ohio. Since 1966, CCU has been accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, recognized by the Department of Education as a national accrediting association for Bible colleges. CCU’s accreditation makes its students eligible for federal financial aid and assures that its credits and degrees are widely recognized by employers and graduate schools

Q. Do you have staff that can help me work through the various financial forms and regulations? Can I receive scholarships and loans?

A. CCU has personnel in Student Financial Services who speak “financial aid” language; they will be happy to walk you through the process of learning how much money you may receive through grants or low interest loans. We also offer several grants through the College of Adult Learning which are determined annually.

Q. How much does it cost to attend?

A. The cost of the program is just over $12,000 a year, which includes tuition, books and fees. For more information, click here.

Q. Am I only allowed to take one class at a time? If I’d like to hurry up and finish my degree, how may I take mor

A. This is not an easy program. Yet if after taking a few classes and establishing a rhythm for this accelerated way of going to college, you believe you can be successful taking two classes at a time, you may choose to simply come an additional night a week or take an on-line course. You would need to see an academic adviser to choose either of these options.

Q. Where are you located?

A. The Center for Adult Learning and Leadership currently recruits for two locations. Our main campus is located near downtown Cincinnati, in the Price Hill community. Our second Ohio location is in the Springdale/Tri-County area at Vineyard Community Church.