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Q. How much do courses/degree programs cost?

A. The cost of a five (5) quarter unit course in the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration Program programs is $390 or $78 per unit. The price of the bachelor’s programs will vary based upon the number of units transferred in. The estimated maximum cost would be $14,040.

The cost of a five (5) quarter unit course in the Master of Arts in Expressive Arts Therapy, Marriage Family Therapy, Sport Counseling, and Transpersonal Psychology programs, either online or on-site, is $1200 or $240 per unit. The price of the master’s programs will vary based upon the number of units transferred in and/or the number of required units in the program of choice.

The cost of a five (5) quarter unit course in the Master of Arts in Information Technology, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Accounting programs, either online or on-site, is $600 or $120 per unit. The price of the master’s programs will vary based upon the number of units transferred in and/or the number of required units in the program of choice.

The cost of a five (5) quarter unit course in the Doctor of Business Administration programs is $600 or $120 per unit.
The price of the doctoral programs will vary based upon the number of units transferred in and/or the number of required units in the program of choice.

The cost of a five (5) quarter unit course in the Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy, Sport Psychology, and Transpersonal Psychology programs is $1200 or $240 per unit.

The cost of a five (5) quarter unit course in the Certificate in Accounting, Advertising, Communication, Executive Leadership Coaching, Family Leadership Coaching, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Hospitality Management, Information Technology, Integrative Nursing Care, International Business, Marketing, and Web Design programs is $600 or $120 per unit.

Q. How long does it typically take to finish a degree program?

A. Typically, it takes about two to four years to complete or finish a degree. The length, of course, varies with the students’ choice in creating a schedule that works for his or her lifestyle and other commitments.

Q. What does the school have available in the way of grants, stipends, student workers etc. What kind of federal funding is available?

A. Students can call Mission Federal or SDUIS. Before students apply online for the loan they must submit an application along with the $60 application fee to the registrar’s office. Students who apply for loans without having submitted these materials will not be considered by SDUIS. If the loan is approved, a credit account is set up for the student and tuition and fees are applied to that credit for the duration of the program. Registration will not be accepted for an upcoming quarter from students with a balance from the current quarter until the balance is cleared.

With our current approved status, we cannot participate in any Federal or U.S. Government loan programs. Furthermore, as a small, young university, we are not yet able to offer any means of university funded financial support to our students. Please contact SDUIS for more information about financial assistance.

SDUIS offers an in-house Student Loan: Complete an application form along with $35.00 application fee (if you apply for the program with co-borrower, the application fee will be $70.00). Payment method can be by cash, check, or credit card. Upon completion and approval of a SDUIS loan application. There is no annual fee and the interest rate is only 8.00% APR. We will give you approval or denial within a reasonable amount of time.

If you have any financial assistance questions, please feel free to contact me at business@sduis.edu

Q. Is the school American Psychological Associations (APA) approved?

A. In order for a school to be APA approved they must first be WASC accredited. However, even once SDUIS becomes accredited we will not be seeking APA approval.

SDUIS will not participate in APA approval for the following reasons: our foundation is of a humanistic, holistic, and applied nature with emphasis on a balanced approach to everything we do. APA strictly focuses on clinical research and also mandates all faculty-members to be APA approved. Such mandates would narrow our scope and philosophy. While research and clinical work are an important part in all of our programs, we also emphasize the human and applied aspects. APA approval has no bearing in sitting for the licensing exam, the validity of your degree, or for your ability to become a successful practitioner in California. Please check with your State licensing board for the licensing requirements.

Q. What credits can I transfer from my past studies? How many credits can I transfer for each program?

A. Only credits that have not been used as part of a completed degree program can be transferred into a SDUIS program. The maximum number of transferable units for the BA program is 145-quarter units, for the MA programs 10-quarter units, and for the Doctoral programs the allowance is 45-quarter units.

Q. If I was to enroll in the distance learning format how much coursework would I have to be in residency for?

A. Residency refers to classes taken while enrolled at SDUIS. For online degrees, residency can also mean classes taken physically at our San Diego campus. Distance Learning students enrolled in Psychology Programs will be required to complete the following courses in the classroom setting. These courses must be completed at SDUIS and cannot be transferred from another university. The specific courses are as follows:

CPS 605– Clinical Counseling Skills Training
CPS 611– Advanced Clinical Skills Training
CPS 702– Group Therapy: Theory & Practice

To fit the individual lifestyles of our students all of these courses are offered as intensives in the Winter and Summer Quarters, and can be completed in six days. They are also conveniently scheduled so that you can come to San Diego during the best weather months! International students on F-1 Visa must complete at least 50% of the courses on campus each quarter and are allowed to complete 50% online.

Q. How does the distance learning format work? How many times a week do I need to go on-line? How long do courses last? Is the price the same?

A. On-line courses are 5 units and last a period of six weeks unless otherwise noted on the schedule. There are two consecutive online sessions in a quarter. You are asked to log on a minimum of five times a week and to participate actively in discussions and exchanges. Instruction and assignments are posted at the beginning of each week. The student then does the work off-line at his or her own pace and convenience and the work is reviewed by the class instructor on-line along with group discussions. The tuition for the distance learning format is the same as for classes taken in residency.

Q. What is your campus like?
A. SDUIS is now centrally located in Historic Old Town, in San Diego, California. Our Spanish style building with a courtyard and water fountain is a few blocks from the San Diego Trolley Transit Center, 150 Old Town landmarks, and tourist shops. We are near the intersection of I-8 and I-5, about a ten-minute drive north of downtown San Diego and Historic Gaslamp District, and also a short drive to most San Diego destinations, including San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Sea World, and the San Diego Airport, among others. The campus offers fifteen classrooms, along with the school administrative offices, Carl Rogers Library and computer labs. There are several hotels, apartment complexes, and restaurants to meet the needs of local students attending residential classes and out of town students here for summer intensives.

Q. What do your psychology graduates typically go into after completing their degrees?

A. Our psychology graduates tend to go into the fields of Counseling, Psychotherapy, Private Practice, and Consulting. Many students are already in the helping field bringing to the classroom their professional experience.

Q. How is the admissions process at the University? Is acceptance into the school difficult? When can I start?

A. The application process, like the University, is humanistically oriented with a minimal amount of tasks. The prospective student meets with an admissions officer either in person or on-line, and the officer will provide the student with an Admissions Packet. After the applicant completes the written personal statement, receives two letters of recommendation, and obtains transcripts of previous college work, a final admissions interview is scheduled. When accepted, the student and University will sign an agreement that outlines all costs for their chosen program, program requirements, and refund policies. It is possible to take courses before the admissions process is complete as an extension student and later apply those credits to the degree program.

Q. What is the workload like?

A. Coursework at SDUIS is rigorous and challenging, courses are taken in a small class setting with an emphasis on investigation and dialogue. The faculty strives to create a highly supportive environment and to put the students in a position to succeed and have personal needs met. Our instructors are caring individuals who work daily in the areas that they teach. Students will find a personalized and flexible program of study at SDUIS.

Q. Would it be possible to contact a current student for information?

A. We strongly encourage potential students to get in touch with their future peers to get an idea of their opinions about SDUIS. For this reason we provide student contact lists available to those who request them. Many of our students have volunteered to talk with potential students because they believe in SDUIS and the education they are receiving here.

Q. What can I use a certification for? How does sitting for licensure work with a state approved school?

A. We are fully approved by the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners and the Board of Psychology to provide coursework for licensure as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a licensed Psychologist in the State of California. Certification is not to be confused with licensure; rather, it is to denote an extended course of study in a particular area. This program is usually attractive to professionals who have already received a degree/licensure, or people who are just beginning to explore their educational avenues and have a personal interest in a certification program.