Frequently Asked Questions

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Please contact Elizabeth Martin in the Office of Financial Aid at 726-2905 for detailed information regarding your available aid. Please know that you must be admitted to the program and have submitted your FAFSA prior to receiving aid. Visit the website of the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Will you accept my transfer credit?

Most non-technical and non-remedial courses from regionally accredited schools will transfer to your degree. If you have earned an Associate of Arts degree (A.A) or Associate of Science degree (A.S.) from a state community college with a GPA of 2.0 or better, you can enter the completer degree programs and may be able to earn your bachelor's degree in approximately two years. In the completer degree program, you enter with Junior status and need only to successfully complete the 68 required credit hours to graduate.

If you have not yet received your two-year degree, transfer credit will only be considered if earned at a regionally accredited institution for academic credit and a grade of C- or better was earned. For example, we cannot accept credit for vocational/technical classes found in some short certificate or applied science degree programs. A maximum of 64 hours can transfer to Samford University.

While an official decision regarding the treatment of your transfer credit will not occur until after you have been accepted into Professional Studies, our program Director, Dr. Marci Johns, or Associate Director, Bryan Gill, will be happy to review your unofficial transcript with you to determine which courses are likely to transfer. Please contact Dr. Johns or Mr. Gill at 205-726-2898 to schedule a meeting.

How long will it take me to graduate?

Professional Studies programs offer courses in accelerated 7-week terms in the fall and spring  semesters, one 3-week term in January, and two 5-week terms in the summer. A typical full-time load is 2 courses (6 hours) per term or 4 courses per semester (12 hours). Students taking a full load are able to earn 33 hours in a year (12 in Fall A & B, 3 in January, 12 in Spring A & B, 6 in Summer I & II). If you have already earned a qualifying associate degree, you may be able to complete earn your bachelor's degree in less than two years.

Do you accept CLEP credit?

Yes, for the 2016-2017 academic year, we are happy to accept qualifying CLEP credit. Please see the Samford University catalog for specific information on the CLEP program.

Does my work experience count for credit towards my degree?

No, while Samford does not accept work experience as credit, we are happy to accept CLEP credit that exemplifies your prior knowledge. 

Do you offer online courses or programs?

Yes, the major requirements for the B.S. in Criminal Justice are fully online. We also offer a plethora of online and hybrid courses in other degree programs: B.A. in Organizational Leadership, B.A. in Liberal Studies, and B.S. in Youth Studies. Many of our on-campus courses utilize Moodle, our learning management system, to fulfill course instructional hour requirements. 

However, we frequently hear from our students that the sense of community they feel from studying and learning in the on-campus classroom, the networking opportunities, and the personal relationships they build with instructors from the face-to-face experience are what they value most about evening classes.

Do I have to submit test scores such as SAT or ACT?

No, we do not require standardized test scores for admission. Please visit our Admission Information page to learn more about admission requirements to Professional Studies programs.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Please contact our program Associate Director, Mr. Bryan Gill at bdgill@samford.edu for general questions, application questions, and to learn if the program is right for you. If you are ready to meet with an advisor to review your program of study and/or your existing college credit, please contact our program Director, Dr. Marci Johns, at mjohns1@samford.edu. Dr. Johns and Mr. Gill may both be reached by calling 205-72-2898.

Are scholarships available for students in Professional Studies Programs at Samford?

Because our courses are offered at a significantly reduced rate compared to the traditional day program, generally no scholarships are awarded to Professional Studies students through Samford University. However, some students have been successful in earning small scholarships offered through corporations or professional associations or non-profit groups. Be careful! Many scams exist on the Internet for those seeking scholarships. Visit this U.S. News and World Report site for some legitimate and helpful advice on finding scholarships.

I am a veteran. What benefits are available to me?

Samford is a Yellow Ribbon school and in some cases, eligible students can receive up to 100% tuition benefits. General information regarding education benefits for veterans can be found on the Samford Student Records website. Samford's VA Certifying Official is Sandra Wilson. Michelle can be reached via email swilson6@samford.edu or by phone at 205-726-2911.

How is Professional Studies different from the "day program" at Samford?

Many of the same faculty members teach courses in both programs. The primary difference is that because Professional Studies students tend to work during the day, they avail themselves of fewer university resources and can therefore enjoy a reduced tuition rate. Because of this, it is not possible to take courses in both the day and evening - at this time.

How do I register for classes?

You will register for your classes using the Banner Student system. Download the Banner Self-Service Registration Instructions.