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Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I need to be online for this program?

You must be online sufficiently throughout each week to participate in threaded discussions and to complete all assignments by their designated deadlines. However, there is no prescribed amount of time or designated time that you will be required to be online because assignments and their deadlines will vary throughout each course.

Will I have to complete any part of my program at an APU campus location?

No. You can complete your degree entirely online. No campus visits or meetings are required.

How do I get started?

For more information on how to get started in an APU online graduate program, please contact one of our admissions counselors in the Office of Graduate Admissions at (626) 815-4570 or at

How long is a semester?

All courses are offered in accelerated nine-week sessions in fall and spring. For summer, the term lasts six weeks.

How many units do I take each term?

To be classified as a full-time graduate student, one must be enrolled in at least 9 total units over the span of a term (Fall, Spring, or Summer). Within each term, students take courses during two, nine-week sessions. For example, a full-time student may take 6 units during the nine-week Fall I session and 3 units during the nine-week Fall II session, for a total of 9 units over the term. Half-time students take at least 3–6 units every nine-week session. Most candidates are working adults and do not take classes full time. Academic advising will help you determine the ideal course load for your schedule.

How soon can I finish this program?

The physical education degree can be finished in 15 months with full-time enrollment. However, it can take longer. Academic advising is highly recommended and can be especially helpful in determining what works best for your personal schedule.

Note: This information is current for the 2013–14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.