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Competency-Based Programs (CB)

Competency-Based Programs (CB)

Faculty-supported, self-paced learning to earn your degree faster

What are Competency-Based programs? If you have previous experience, prefer to work more independently and want to control how fast or slow you complete courses, a Competency-Based program may be ideal for you. With faculty guidance, you’ll set your own pace in a flexible environment and leverage what you already know to earn your degree faster and for less. 

What’s unique about CB programs? You’re scheduled in 4 courses concurrently over a span of 16 weeks. CB programs encourage individual learning and provide an opportunity to engage with fellow students. You’ll also receive support and guidance from faculty in your courses and a dedicated faculty mentor in your program. 

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Traditional vs Competency-Based learning programs
TRADITIONAL CB
Duration
Duration
Duration
14-27 months (depending on program)
Duration
Less than a year
Pace
Pace
Pace
One 5-6 week course at a time
Pace
About 4 months to complete 4 courses, which can be taken one at a time.
Learning style
Learning style
Learning style
Traditional classroom led by instructors
Learning style
Self-paced, flexible learning with faculty guidance to prepare for competency assessments
Requirements
Requirements
Requirements
Admission requirements (differs depending on program)
Requirements
Relevant work experience and GPA minimums (differs depending on program)
Cost
Cost
Cost
$350-$698 per credit
Cost
$300 per credit (no additional fees)

How does CB work?

  1. Start your group of courses with the support of a faculty mentor.
  2. Take 3 to 4 courses at your own pace every 16-week period. Spend less time on material you know and more time on new subject matter.
  3. Once ready, faculty can unlock competency assessments so you can demonstrate what you know and how to apply it.

Competency-Based self-paced learning programs

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The Competency-Based programs (CB) faculty supported self-paced learning model allows students to complete their courses based on their ability to master a skill or competency on their own schedule under the guidance of faculty members. This method is tailored to meet different learning styles and can lead to more efficient student outcomes for students that are highly motivated and prefer more autonomy.

Competency-Based programs, or CB, can require more self-discipline than the traditional college class model because you have more autonomy while learning. Be prepared to work independently, managing your own time and organization during the term. 

CB allows students to consume content faster and around their own schedule during the course with the guidance of their faculty.  This allows you to complete your degree faster and in a manner that may fit your demanding work and life commitments better.