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To sit for the CPA exam in Oregon, you must have acquired 225 total credit hours. After completing the 180-credit accounting degree program at EOU, you will need 45 more credit hours. You can choose to register for 45 more undergraduate credit hours, complete the Post-Baccalaureate Accounting certificate (48 credit hours) or enroll in the MBA program (45 credit hours).

Since some schools and programs require licensure, your next step would be to find a licensure program.

Additional fees for the summer residencies would include travel, room and board while in attendance at Fishtrap and on EOU’s campus, and these would be dependent on an individual’s choice of options.

There are only a few restrictions. The two minors chosen must be from separate fields. For example, two minors from Health and Human Performance may not be used to form an interdisciplinary studies major. The minor may also not be selected from the associate’s programs or certificate programs.

Your enrollment counselor is available for questions about applying to EOU Online and registering for your courses. Talk with your academic advisor to stay on track with your degree progress. A transcript team will ensure that you get the most credit possible for past college credit, and a tuition planner will assist you in completing financial aid paperwork and assessing the cost of your education. Also, do not forget that you have access to EOU campus resources such as student services, admissions, disability services, financial aid and student advocacy.

EOU provides excellent opportunities for transfer credits and financial aid. For your tuition cost, visit your program’s page. For information about costs and awards, visit the EOU Online Tuition & Aid page.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an advanced degree is usually required to be an economist. However, some organizations, plus the federal government, offer entry-level positions for those with a bachelor’s degree.

Yes, the bachelor’s degree in information technology management can be completed 100 percent online, because there are no on-campus requirements.

Yes, we will help you find and complete an internship that is local to you. Your capstone experience will work the same way.

Yes, the BAS in Business program can be completed 100 percent online. There are no on-campus requirements.

Yes, the bachelor’s in accounting can be completed 100 percent online, because there are no on-campus requirements.

Yes, this degree can be completed 100 percent online because there are no on-campus requirements.

Yes, the bachelor’s in business administration can be completed 100 percent online because there are no on-campus requirements.

Yes, the bachelor’s in computer science can be completed 100 percent online, because there are no on-campus requirements.

Yes, you can complete this program entirely online because there are no on-campus requirements. However, be aware that upper-division courses in the EMSA program are occasionally offered as on-site weekend hybrid courses in Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon and the Portland, Oregon region.

Yes, the bachelor’s in English/Writing program can be completed 100 percent online.

Yes, this degree can be completed 100 percent online, because there are no on-campus requirements.

Yes, the bachelor’s in psychology can be completed 100 percent online, because there are no on-campus requirements. This includes the senior capstone and any internships.

Yes, the bachelor’s in public administration can be completed 100 percent online, because there are no on-campus requirements. Eastern Oregon University’s online B.S./B.A. in public administration is one of the first of its kind.

Yes, you can complete this program entirely online because there are no on-campus requirements. However, be aware that upper-division courses in the FSA program are occasionally offered as on-site weekend hybrid courses in Eastern Oregon, Southern Oregon and the Portland, Oregon region.

If you have limited financial resources, and meet any of six deferral requirements, you may be eligible for a deferral. Provide the appropriate documentation as outlined in the Application for Fee Deferral.

Yes. Many professors will offer digital conference times using technologies such as live chat, video calls or phone calls. Check with your professors about how to schedule individual meetings.

Yes, but at least 25% of the Certificate credits must be from EOU.

Yes, the program accepts a maximum of 12 transfer credits, which must be approved based on alignment to M.S. program requirements.

Yes. The maximum number of transfer credits is 15.

Yes, but the maximum number of transfer credits is 15.

You may qualify if you are a citizen of, or have a bachelor’s degree from, one of many countries. See the EOU English Proficiency Policy for more information.

Yes. The Eastern Oregon Social Science Journal (EOSJ) presents achievements and research from undergraduates.

Coursework for the bachelor’s in communication studies incorporates many timely technologies such as social media, YouTube, Google, audiovisual recording and editing, web development and more.

After securing your online bachelor’s in business administration from EOU, you can work in many management positions. You might also work in marketing, accounting, global food systems and agribusiness.

To engage with online students, our program provides online video lectures and livestream presentations. You could also become a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.

Several options will satisfy the foreign language requirement. You can either complete 24 foreign language course credits, complete a second-year foreign language course sequence, complete any upper-division course that has a two-year language prerequisite or secure equivalency certification by the appropriate foreign language faculty. International students who are already fluent in another language will have already met the foreign language requirement.

Our economics faculty are well-versed in online teaching techniques. Two of their most popular tools are recorded Whiteboard lectures and video lectures. You will feel like you are actually in the classroom.

Admission requirements are available on each graduate program’s page. See a list of the online programs here.

If you have a passion for reading, writing and digital media, this degree is right for you. EOU’s English/Writing degree is a starting point for a variety of careers besides just teaching. In terms of transferable job skills, an English degree is one of the best options, even if you are undecided on a career path.

The interdisciplinary studies degree program is very popular at EOU, and is right for students who want to develop a variety of transferable skills in a personalized subject area. You can mix and match minors to tailor your degree program to a career or graduate program. You could also focus on advancement in your current career.

Admission requirements are available on each graduate program’s page. See a list of the online programs here

Your transcript team will help you determine which credits can transfer to EOU online. They will also take care of requesting and submitting your transcripts. You can also read more about transfer credits on the Transfer Pathways page.

The biggest difference is that sometimes you will complete work in an asynchronous environment (classes and events happen on a delay) and sometimes you will work in a synchronous environment (classes and events happen immediately). In the asynchronous environment, instead of showing up to a classroom at a designated time and day, you will frequently check Canvas or other online platforms for materials shared by your professor. You can ask questions via Canvas or email; and similarly, you will submit work online and await grading online instead of receiving graded work in the classroom. 


In a synchronous environment, you will have a scheduled, digital class meeting with live or immediate interactions. Be sure to take note of the type of online environment your individual professors will use, and adhere to all assignment deadlines.

This is a four-year program, though you can complete the program in as little as two years by transferring credits. Visit our Transfer Pathways page for more information about your transferring credits.

If you transfer the maximum number of credits, you can complete this program in two years.

If you transfer the maximum number of credits, you can complete this program in two years.

Each term is 11 weeks long.

Each term is 11 weeks long.

Each course term is 11 weeks long.

Each term is 11 weeks long.

Each term is 11 weeks long.

Each term is 11 weeks long.

Each term is 11 weeks long.

Each term is 11 weeks long.

Each term is 11 weeks long.

Each term is 11 weeks long.

Each term is 11 weeks long.

Each term is 11 weeks long.

Each term is 11 weeks long.

Each term is 11 weeks long.

Each term is 11 weeks.

Each term is 11 weeks long.

You will need 225 credit hours to sit for the CPA exam in Oregon.

You may qualify if you are a citizen of, or have a bachelor’s degree from one of many countries. See the EOU English Proficiency Policy for more information.

Congratulations! Your next step is to consult the Enrollment Checklist for new students. This checklist includes information about applying for financial aid, as well as creating your EOU email address. 

This depends on your individual program. Many online programs have a limit of 30 transfer credits, although some programs allow fewer transfer credits. The interdisciplinary studies degree allows you to transfer one full minor into the program. See a list of online programs and transfer credit allowances here.

Yes. The minor requires 30 credit hours in the degree program, with 10 credit hours from each concentration. You must complete 20 upper-division credit hours with a minimum of 10 credit hours from EOU.

Yes. You are required to start with a concentration or electives (a minimum of six credits) before moving into the teacher-researcher core. You have flexibility in the number of courses you take in a term. As you plan, you are strongly encouraged to take the teacher-researcher core courses in your final four terms.

The bachelor’s in health & human performance will open doors to many careers. With the degree, you can work in public health education, strength and conditioning coaching, personal training or corporate wellness. If you choose to pursue other certifications and/or graduate education, you could work as a nurse, dentist, chiropractor, physical therapist, occupational therapist, dietician or K–12 educator.

You must complete the online application and pay the non-refundable application fee. You can work with your support team to submit transcripts from prior education, ACT/SAT test scores and GED scores, if applicable. Graduate students might have additional application requirements such as a personal statement and letters of recommendation. Get more information about admission requirements here.

The faculty in health & human performance are highly qualified and committed to your success. Currently, each faculty member is tenure-track. You will work one-on-one with a faculty member throughout your degree program.

U.S. military spouses can also receive $1,000-$4,000 financial assistance with EOU’s programs. Spouses and children who use Transfer of Title benefits can receive assistance with the Yellow Ribbon Program. Dependents of U.S. military veterans can apply for the Veterans Dependent Tuition Waiver. Read more about military aid here.

EOU offers several means of assistance to U.S. military service members and veterans, in addition to their federal benefits. For those taking 100 percent of their coursework online and who have served in the National Guard or Reserves on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001, we offer the Active Duty Scholarship to cover all remaining tuition after other benefits are applied.

If also deployed overseas, service members may qualify for the Darlene Hooley Scholarship for Oregon National Guard and Reserves which offers up to $3,000 per year.

Tuition costs could be covered for those currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard or Reserves, or released from military service under honorable conditions. U.S. military veterans can also apply for the Veterans United Foundation Scholarship to help with costs not covered by the GI BillⓇ. Read more about military aid here.

After securing your online bachelor’s in economics from EOU, you can work in many positions, such as upper management, law, federal government and nonprofits. With more education, you can even be a CEO.

Graduates with a bachelor’s in information technology management can work as an IT manager; other potential job titles include IT project manager, chief technology officer, chief information officer or security specialist.

After obtaining your online bachelor’s in accounting from EOU, you can work in many positions, such as a CPA, auditor, controller, financial advisor, senior accountant, fiscal manager and more.

Depending on your experience and personal goals, you can pursue a variety of professional and technical careers in business with this degree. Some options include leadership roles in sales, technology, design and management.

Besides teaching, your degree can prepare you for administrative positions such as an early childhood program director or early childhood program administrator, an early childhood educational coordinator or an early childhood policy maker. Besides schools, you could work in mental health facilities, businesses, private programs or churches.

Many of our students go on to graduate school, law school or become teachers at the elementary or secondary level. You will also be prepared for careers in teaching, public service, consulting, research, museums, archives and libraries. You could even move into public administration, business or law.

After securing your online bachelor’s in psychology from EOU, you can work in in human and social services, schools or rehabilitation centers. This program is also great preparation for graduate study in psychology, after which you can work as a psychologist, forensic psychologist, clinical therapist, physician’s assistant and more.

After securing your online bachelor’s in communication studies from EOU, you can work in many fields depending on your personal interest. EOU alumni are currently working in website design, advertising, management, social media, journalism, human resources and more.

Continue teaching at the PK-12 level with enhanced knowledge and skills. You may also pursue a career as an: advanced instructional coach, lead teacher, academic specialist, curriculum coach, curriculum lead, district curriculum administrator or classroom curriculum consultant.

After securing your online degree, you can work in many positions, such as a leader in a non-profit, government service, lobbying, policy analysis or investigative reporting. You could also pursue advanced study to go into law, teaching, state legislature and more.

After securing your online bachelor’s in public administration from EOU, you can work in many positions, such as a city planner, manager for a nonprofit, county and regional planning, policy advisor, budget analyst, mayor or even a law student.

You could work in many career paths besides teaching because writing and communication skills are needed in many jobs. EOU alumni are currently working as lawyers, policy analysts, technical writers, editors, media designers, journalists and more.

EMT certification is not included with our degree program and is not a requirement for admission. However, students must have EMT certification or licensure as a condition of graduation.

Our FSA courses are those required by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training for Firefighter III & IV certification. Our curriculum also addresses the requisite knowledge and skills found in the current NFPA 1021, Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications.

The English program has many partnerships with non-profit organizations, independent publishers and K–12 schools. You might work as an online tutor for the EOU Writing Center, edit for a student-run journal called Oregon East, or complete an editorial internship.

This depends on how you enter the program. Students who enter the EMSA program with an associate degree will have the option to complete their bachelor’s degree as a B.A., B.S. or Bachelor of Applied Science depending on how they enter the program and their personal goals. If you do not have an associate degree, you can choose either the B.A. or B.S.

The Agency@EOU gives students an opportunity to help companies and organizations grow their businesses while giving students real-life experience that adds to their resume and helps them get jobs. Many business students also participate in the Invent Oregon prototype competition. The National Millennial Community is an organization addressing misconceptions about millennials by fostering productive dialogue and reflection along with professional development. Read more here.

For credit, you must earn a C- or better for all certificate coursework, or a minimum 2.00 GPA.

You are still eligible for the Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate; speak with your enrollment counselor or academic advisor for more information.

If you encounter a course restriction while attempting to register, it could be because of missing prerequisites, the wrong class status, missing degree declaration or other reason. In these cases, you must email the course instructor with the information at the bottom of this webpage.

Canvas is an online course management tool. Using the Canvas platform, your professor will create your online course with a series of modules containing materials such as the syllabus, course schedule, notes and assignments. You will submit your work and view your grades in Canvas, as well as communicate with your teacher and classmates. Read more about Canvas here.

An online education is more affordable than attending classes in-person; At EOU, the cost per credit hour for most online undergraduate courses is $252, while the cost per credit hour for on-campus, in-person courses is $448 for out-of-state residents. A cost differential will be applied to ACCT, BA and ECON prefix courses.

Once you have decided to apply to EOU online, we encourage you to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible. The 2020-2021 FAFSA is available online starting Oct. 1, 2019. The earlier you apply, the more financial aid you can receive. Visit the FAFSA website for more information.

In a Bachelor of Arts program, you will be required to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language. A Bachelor of Science program will not require foreign language proficiency but does require 12 additional credits in social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics. A Bachelor of Applied Science degree is a more specialized degree in a technical field; declaring a B.A.S. requires that you must have an Associate of Applied Science.

The Visiting Writers Series is a series of talks and lectures from established authors, up to a dozen per year. Recent author presentations include Carl Adamshick, “Curses”; Sandra Alcosser, “A Fish to Feed All Hunger”; Sherman Alexie, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian”; Christopher Buckley, “Thank You for Smoking”; Kerry Cohen, “Loose Girl: A Memoir of Promiscuity”; Jon Davis, “Preliminary Report”; Matthew Dickman, “Amigos”; Anthony Doerr, “About Grace”; Danielle Deulen, “Lovely Asunder”; Debra Earling, “Perma Red”; Scott Elliott, “Temple Grove: a Novel”; Molly Gloss, “The Jump-Off Creek”; Garrett Hongo, “Volcano: A Memoir of Hawai’i”; Marie Howe, “Magdalene”; Thomas Kennedy, “Copenhagen Quartet”; Keetje Kuipers, “Beautiful in the Mouth”; William Kittredge, “Hole in the Sky”; Melissa Kwasny, “The Nine Senses” and more.

After securing your online bachelor’s in computer science, you can work in many positions. You can work in computer networking, programming, support or systems. Other job titles might include information security, network administration or software development.

After securing your online bachelor’s in anthropology and sociology, you can work in many positions, such as an anthropologist, sociologist, community health specialist, government employee, archaeologist, law enforcement officer or forestry officer. You might also work in higher education or with nonprofits.

While most of EOU’s degree programs require a minimum grade of C- to pass with credit, the MBA program considers a C- unacceptable. B- is the lowest passing grade for an MBA course. This ensures that you are prepared to enter a competitive field after graduation and perform well.

There are opportunities in the MFA program to work with our award-winning literary magazines, “Basalt” and “Oregon East,” as well as with our affiliated presses, Lynx House Press and Lost Horse Press.

Firms, corporations or organizations employing graduates from our program include Pearson, Kendall Hunt Publishing, Pitsco Education, DEPCO LLC, Oregon Department of Education, multiple school districts, the InterMountain Education Service District in Oregon and more.

Although each year brings different authors to the MFA and its residencies, in the past we have worked with the late Ursula K. LeGuin, Luís Urrea, David James Duncan, William Kittredge and Cheryl Strayed to name a few.

In no particular order, EOU’s most popular online programs are the bachelor’s in business administration, bachelor’s in early childhood education, bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies, bachelor’s in fire services administration and bachelor’s in psychology.

You can transfer education from U.S. military experience, college-level exams, AAOT/ASOT (Associate of Arts/Science Oregon Transfer Degrees) and the Oregon transfer module. You could also get credit for prior work/life experience through APEL: Assessment of Experiential Learning.

EOU’s online degree in EMSA is perfect for EMTs or medics who want to move up in rank. However, if you are interested in nursing, an EMS sales representative, creating essential nursing resources or other management roles, our degree program is a great fit.

EOU’s online degree in FSA is perfect for fire officers who want to advance in rank, particularly senior fire officers. Most students in our program are transfer students.

Besides the convenience of studying from a time and place that work best for you, employers value skills that you develop from an online education: the initiative to complete tasks, the ability to work independently, digital composing skills, time management skills and organizational skills.

Yes, credit for AP exams varies by program. Scores below 3 will not be accepted. See the AP credit transfer table here.

Yes. Once you are accepted and create your EOU account, you can log in to Pierce Library online resources including databases, journals, articles, reference materials, special collections and more, plus chat with library staff members if you need assistance. View the Pierce Library homepage for more information.

Yes. Seniors in the communication studies program can register for an internship course-even if you are working online. A faculty member will guide and assess the internship in preparation for the senior capstone course.

Yes, you will still need to purchase the required course materials. However, it is a good practice to check with your professors to ensure materials are required before you buy them. Many books are available online.

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