Frequently Asked Questions
To aid you
in your decision and application processes, we have provided answers
to commonly asked questions regarding finances and classes. Please
contact the department if the provided responses fail to adequately
Are there any special scholarships or assistance programs
for veterans or children of deceased or disabled
Special scholarships are not offered for particular groups; however,
all MSTCO students are eligible to apply for the David
C. Leonard Scholarship.
What method of payment is acceptable?
You may pay by check, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, cash, or
any tuition rate discounts applicable?
sources of financial aid are available?
Graduate students are eligible to apply for the David
C. Leonard Scholarship. Other financial
aid sources are not available at this time as the MSTCO program is
designed as a part-time degree program
we do offer a deferred payment plan to students
who are reimbursed by their employers. With
the end of the
more information, contact George Hayhoe.
much does the program cost per credit/per course?
As of Fall 2012, tuition is
$810.00 per credit hour. Other fees may
is the difference in cost per credit/per course, if any, between the
(fall and spring)
Generally, no difference exists since
rates are based on credit hours. Tuition
increases, if any,
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How large are the classes?
TCO classes usually range from 12 to
20 students per course.
Do I have to complete a master's
Students take TCO 685, Project
Research, in lieu of preparing
a thesis. This
as the capstone
the MSTCO program and draws
on all the student's knowledge
and skills. For students who
intend to enter a doctoral
consult with Dr. Grady or Dr.
many times a week do the classes meet?
WebEx-based voice and video chats
are scheduled one day per
week (the time of day is adjusted
to meet work schedules and
will need to work on classwork
week; some of this
time may be
on your own,
How many weeks are in a term?
Fall and Spring semester
terms are 15 weeks, with
a 16th week
deliverables due). Summer
many terms in a year?
Mercer is on a semester
system and offers a Fall,
term for TCO
is currently very limited;
TCO 685 and a TCO 691 special topics elective are currently offered alternate summers. Discuss
your plans for scheduling
this course with Dr.
many hours per session?
meetings or small-team
by subject and task.
Classes currently earn
3 semester hours
time do classes start?
meetings are set
in the evenings
at a time
the globe from Tokyo
to Vermont usually
convene at 8:00 pm
many classes can I take?
One or two per
session. Most students
time, and many
so we advise careful
and time availability.
Students new to
with one course.
Please refer to
of courses available over the next two years.
Are there any breaks
between the fall
and spring semesters?
Yes, a break generally
occurs from the
second week in
week in January.
a brief Fall Break
and a week-long Spring
are typically scheduled. You can check
the academic calendar.
Must I come
to campus in Macon or Atlanta?
No. We do invite you to schedule a campus visit if you can. Additionally,
we encourage you to come for graduation if possible.
many students who enroll in the MSTCO program via distance learning
actually complete the program?
Thus far, our retention rate is about 90%. This is an approximate percentage,
since students may discontinue classes for a term or two before re-enrolling.
We try to determine during the Admissions process that you have the qualifications
as well as the motivation to succeed.
many students fail?
A few have decided to drop out because they did not have the time needed to
devote to the program, or it was not a good match with their experience and
background. We work with students to develop a realistic course completion
plan, and we provide regular feedback and advice. As a result, very few students
fail to make satisfactory progress.
What is the procedure for bringing an academic appeal?
The academic appeals procedure for graduate programs in the Mercer University School of Engineering can be downloaded here.
What is the procedure for resolving other types of grievances?
For all other grievance procedures, please refer to the Mercer University Student Handbook.
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