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Degrees & Certificates

Degrees

What degrees are available through the BYU-Idaho online degree program?

A list of available degree options may be found on BYU-Idaho’s Online Learning website.

What is the difference between a certificate, an associate, and a bachelor’s degree?

  • A certificate is 12–15 credits and focuses on one area of study.
  • An associate degree is 60 credits and includes general studies.
  • A bachelor’s degree is 120 credits and includes a major field of study as well as general studies.

What if I already have an associate degree?

Most associate degrees will transfer to BYU-Idaho; however, not all may count toward certain bachelor’s degree programs. Previous credits will be evaluated after a student has been admitted to BYU-Idaho and submits previous college transcripts.

Students will be notified once credits have been evaluated and may contact Online Advising at onlineadvising@byui.edu for help with planning their classes. Students who already have an associate degree from another institution are typically not advised to obtain another associate degree through BYU-Idaho.

What new degrees will be offered in the future?

Regularly check BYU-Idaho’s Online Learning website to view the most up-to-date online programs offered through the university.

What happens if I change my major after I start my degree program?

Majors are declared at the time a student starts the BYU-Idaho Online Degree Program. Students who wish to change their major should contact their BYU-Idaho academic advisor.

How can I receive help in deciding my major or field of study?

Majors are chosen when a student starts the BYU-Idaho Online Degree Program. Students can contact Pathway Advising for support in selecting a major and program.

How long does it take to complete a degree?

It depends on how many credits (or course hours) a student takes each semester. An associate degree is comprised of 60 credits, and a bachelor’s degree is 120. Most courses are worth two or three credits each.

A list of potential career opportunities can may be found by selecting an individual degree. For more information about a specific program and career opportunities, contact Pathway Advising.

Which online classes should I register for?

After students have been admitted to BYU-Idaho, and once any previous college transcripts have been evaluated, they may contact Online Advising at onlineadvising@byui.edu for help with planning their classes.



Certificates

Can I earn an associate and/or bachelor’s degree after I earn a certificate?

Of course. BYU-Idaho degrees and certificates are designed to be stackable within a given degree program. Students can choose from several different programs and earn a certificate, associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or all three. This approach helps students gain skills and improve employability at each step along their educational journey.

Am I required to get a certificate?

No, students are not required to earn a certificate. However, it is recommended. Earning a certificate provides a clear path for course selection and planning and allows students to build on skills and knowledge through a phased approach.

This approach also gives students marketable skills and credentials early-on in the degree-seeking process, allowing them to gain or improve employment faster.

How do I select my certificate?

Students who want to earn a BYU-Idaho certificate must formally declare the certificate with an advisor. Students within the United States and Canada should contact onlineadvising@byui.edu when declaring their certificate.

Students outside the United States should contact Pathway Advising when declaring their certificate.

Which online classes should I register for?

After students have been admitted to BYU-Idaho, and once any previous college transcripts have been evaluated, they may contact Online Advising at onlineadvising@byui.edu for help with planning their classes.

o A list of potential career opportunities may be found by viewing the available certificates and selecting an individual program. For more information about a specific program and career opportunities, contact Pathway Advising

How long does it take to complete a certificate program?

It depends on how many credits (or course hours) a student takes each semester. A certificate is comprised of 15–19 credits. Most courses are worth two or three credits each.



Applying to BYU-Idaho

After I complete PathwayConnect, am I automatically enrolled in BYU-Idaho’s online degree program?

No, PathwayConnect students must submit a formal application to begin a BYU-Idaho online program. For more information about applying to BYU-Idaho, visit BYU-Idaho online admissions.

What are the requirements for PathwayConnect students who want to pursue a BYU-Idaho online degree or certificate after PathwayConnect?

PathwayConnect students are eligible to apply to the BYU-Idaho Online Degree Program during their third and final semester of PathwayConnect. Students who desire to start the BYU-Idaho Online Degree Program after Pathway must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Complete PathwayConnect with a minimum “B” average (3.0 cumulative GPA).
  • Obtain an ecclesiastical endorsement from their bishop and stake president.
  • Commit to live the CES Honor Code.

How do I apply to the BYU-Idaho online degree program?

Click here for information about applying to the BYU-Idaho online degree program.

Where can I get help applying to the BYU-Idaho online degree program?

Contact BYU-Idaho Admissions for help with applying to the BYU-Idaho online degree program.

What is an ecclesiastical endorsement? Why do I need one?

An ecclesiastical endorsement is a certification from a student’s bishop that he/she is living in accordance with the CES Honor Code. This endorsement is required as a condition of enrollment to any Church-operated university.

After students submit an application to BYU-Idaho, they should schedule an interview with their bishop or branch president regarding the endorsement. The bishop or branch president may access a student’s endorsement by going to https://endorsement.byu.edu. Students will then need to schedule an endorsement interview with a member of their stake presidency.

My PathwayConnect GPA isn’t high enough to get in to the BYU-Idaho online degree program. What are my options?

Students whose PathwayConnect GPA isn’t high enough to get in to the BYU-Idaho Online Degree Program (minimum 3.0) may choose to retake one or more of their PathwayConnect courses in an effort to raise their GPA. Students can also consider applying to local colleges, universities, and trade schools.

Do I have to enroll in PathwayConnect if I already have an associate degree, or can I start the BYU-Idaho online degree program instead?

The only way for individuals to start the BYU-Idaho Online Degree Program without first going through PathwayConnect is if they previously obtained 15 or more credits at any Church college (BYU-Idaho, BYU, BYU-Hawaii, or LDS Business College).

What are the deadlines to apply to BYU-Idaho’s online degree program; and what happens if I miss the deadline?

For deadlines to apply to BYU-Idaho Online, visit BYU-Idaho Online Learning. If a student misses the deadline to apply, he/she may still be able to submit an application. Contact BYU-Idaho Admissions for more information.

How do I accept my offer of admission to BYU-Idaho?

A few weeks after applying to BYU-Idaho, students will receive an email with a link to view their admissions decision. There, they can accept or decline the offer.

If students do not receive an email, they may sign in to BeSmart.com to view the application progress and, if available, accept or decline their offer.

Can I apply to attend BYU-Idaho on campus?

Of course! However, students who attend BYU-Idaho on campus pay the full campus tuition rate and may be required to submit additional application materials, including:

  • Essays
  • TOEFL English proficiency assessment (for non-native English speakers)

We recommend that students from outside of the United States review requirements for international students.

PathwayConnect students interested in applying to come to campus should contact BYU-Idaho Admissions for details.



Trasferring Credits

Will my previously earned college credits transfer to BYU-Idaho and count toward a degree?

Possibly. Transfer credits from other schools or universities depend on a variety of factors. For more information about transfer credit, visit www.byui.edu/transfer-evaluation.

Will my PathwayConnect and institute course credits transfer to BYU-Idaho? Will they transfer to other colleges and universities?

  • BYU-Idaho: Yes, PathwayConnect credits will transfer directly to BYU-Idaho. While most institute credits transfer to BYU-Idaho, students should talk with their institute director to ensure the institute classes they are taking have a BYU-Idaho religion course equivalent. Students are also responsible for requesting that their local institutes send institute transcripts to BYU-Idaho.
  • Other Colleges & Universities: Each institution evaluates credits differently and accepts or rejects them according to their guidelines and policies. Students should contact each school they are considering and ask for more information about transferring course credits.


BYU-Idaho Tuition

What is the tuition rate for the BYU-Idaho online degree program?

Students who enter the BYU-Idaho Online Degree Program after PathwayConnect continue to pay the same tuition rate they paid during PathwayConnect. Tuition may increase annually.

  • Click here for tuition information for PathwayConnect's Standard version.
  • Click here for tuition information for PathwayConnect's L version.

Will I have to buy textbooks for courses in the BYU-Idaho online degree program?

Yes, for students who pay more than $45 per credit for PathwayConnect tuition, additional charges for textbooks and additional course fees may be required. Students can purchase textbooks through the University Store or other online retailers.

Students whose tuition costs $45 or less per credit will pay a flat-rate cost that equals ten percent of the student's total tuition for the semester. This cost covers all textbooks and course materials. For more information on this flat-rate cost, click here.

What is the tuition rate to attend BYU-Idaho on campus?

PathwayConnect students who attend BYU-Idaho on campus after PathwayConnect will pay the regular campus tuition rate. Students should also plan for textbook and course materials costs.

Does getting a certificate and/or associate degree cost more than a bachelor’s degree alone?

No, the credits required for a certificate or associate degree can all contribute toward a bachelor’s degree.



Transcripts & PathwayConnect Certificates

How do I get my PathwayConnect transcript sent to other colleges?

Students can request official PathwayConnect transcripts by signing in at pathway.lds.org. After signing in, students should select “Transcripts” from the drop-down menu next to their name.

Am I required to send in my previous university transcripts?

Yes, students are required to submit transcripts from all colleges and/or universities they previously attended in the United States. Students will need to contact each institution they attended to request that the transcripts be sent to BYU-Idaho. Students with transcripts from outside of the United States should contact Pathway Advising for additional help.

Contact BYU-Idaho Admissions for more information.

Where do I request my previous transcripts be sent?

Official transcripts must be sent either electronically to transcriptsubmit@byui.edu or in a sealed envelope to:

CES Admissions, A-41 ASB
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT, 84602

Am I required to submit high school (secondary school) transcripts?

No, PathwayConnect students are not required to submit transcripts from their high school (or equivalent).

How do I submit my institute transcripts to BYU-Idaho?

BYU-Idaho considers evaluation of transferrable institute course credits only with an official institute of religion transcript. Official transcripts can submitted via email or through the postal service.

By Email

  • Official transcripts must come directly from an ldschurch.org email address or sent by an institute instructor, secretary, or coordinator.
  • Emailed official transcripts should be sent to transcriptsubmit@byui.edu after final grades have been posted.
  • The emailed transcript should be in the CES Transcript format, not the Institute Report Card format.

By Mail

  • Mailed transcripts must be signed by an institute coordinator or an authorized representative and submitted in a sealed envelope.
  • Transcripts should be sent to:

    Brigham Young University-Idaho
    Admissions Office
    120 Kimball Building
    Rexburg, ID 83460-1615.

  • Multiple transcripts from the same institute can be sent in the same envelope.
  • Typical processing time is 2–6 weeks from the time the transcript is received until it is updated on the student’s BYU-Idaho transcript.

Institute courses will not appear on a student's unofficial BYU-Idaho transcript unless the student requests that the institute send the transcript to BYU-Idaho Admissions. This is done after the student completes PathwayConnect.

Any questions regarding the process of sending official transcripts to BYU-Idaho can be emailed to transfer@byui.edu.

How do I get a Pathway certificate after I finish the program?

Students who complete PathwayConnect are eligible to receive a Pathway Certificate. Students should contact their local Pathway missionaries for more information.

(Note: Students who completed PathwayConnect prior to January 2015 must request their PathwayConnect Certificate by completing the following form: http://www.byui.edu/graduation/pathway-application.)

Questions may be directed to Pathway Support.



Speak with an Advisor

How can I get help or advising about what I can/should do after I finish PathwayConnect?

Pathway Advising can help you understand your options after PathwayConnect. Some of the services Pathway Advising offers includes:

  • Advising students regarding their options after PathwayConnect
  • Providing students specific advising and council based on their geographical area
  • Serving as a link from PathwayConnect to the BYU-Idaho Online Degree Program
  • Informing students of additional academic resources, such as tutoring and disability services

If you need additional help, contact a Pathway advisor to set an appointment.



Other Options

What are my options after PathwayConnect?

Following the completion of PathwayConnect, students may apply to join the BYU-Idaho Online Degree Program; attend BYU-Idaho as an on-campus student; enroll in a local university, college, or trade school; seek employment; or pursue a variety of other desires.



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