What's it Like to be an Online Student?
As an online student at St. Thomas, you'll connect with faculty, coursework and fellow students via our easy-to-use online learning platform. Coursework includes video lectures, podcasts, written assignments and student participation in online discussions and interactive collaborations. You’ll have opportunities to “meet” online with other students in real time, and catch up with other materials on the go. Online learning can result in more thoughtful, in-depth conversation, and you can anticipate fast faculty feedback, including virtual office hours.
WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?
The online LL.M. program is designed as a part-time program and should amount to about a half-time job. A good rule of thumb is that each 3-credit class should take 130-150 total hours to complete, including the readings, projects, time spent online, etc. This amount equates to approximately 18+ hours per week during the spring and fall semesters when students take two three-credit classes (6 credit hours at a time). During the summer, students take only one 2-credit class at a time, but over a shorter time period, so the workload should be about the same during the time a class is in session. The academic schedule has breaks built into the semester and also has breaks built in between semesters to allow for vacations and other commitments.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PART OF A COHORT?
A cohort is a set group of people who work together for the duration of their program; cohort groups encourage a dynamic, collaborative and supportive learning environment and promote cohesiveness. Our online cohorts are capped at 25 students.
WHAT TECHNOLOGY IS NEEDED?
Your computer should be able to run the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari. If your computer can run the latest version of popular browsers, it's powerful enough for a St. Thomas online course. If online streaming movie sites and interactive websites work correctly, then our courses will too.
High-speed Internet (i.e. - DSL or cable modem) is highly recommended for all online learners, and is required for any courses that include video or conferencing. You can test your speed online at sites like Speed Test. Recommended minimum speeds are 3 Mbps download (5+ preferred), 0.5 Mbps (500 Kbps) upload.