Student Guide


This section will provide information on the following:

What is eMajor?

eMajor delivers flexible, online degree programs through multiple USG institutions since 2012. The purpose of eMajor is to provide quality, innovative, high-demand courses and programs through traditional institutions. Developed and maintained by committed faculty and dedicated instructional design professionals, each course is consistent in quality, design, and accessibility standards and taught by University System of Georgia instructors. A cornerstone of eMajor is the inclusion of prior learning assessments in several programs, shortening time to degree.

What is Credit for Prior Learning?

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is a process through which students identify areas of relevant learning from their past experiences, demonstrate that learning through appropriate documentation, and submit their materials so that they can be assessed and possibly awarded academic credit relative to specific course objectives.  Students can earn appropriate credit in their work towards a degree for verifiable college-level learning acquired through life or work experience, not for the experience itself. The maximum number of allowed CPL credit hours is dependent on the institution.

In addition to institutional options, eMajor offers credit for prior learning opportunities for courses in the BS in Organizational Leadership and BS in Criminal Justice eMajor collaborative programs. Criminal Justice eMajor partner institutions have also pre-evaluated Georgia’s POST training curriculum for applicable CPL credit in the BS in Criminal Justice program.

For more information, visit our Credit for Prior Learning page.

What are eMajor Online Courses Like?

eMajor courses are designed to expand a student’s educational experiences independent of time, location, and physical boundaries. eMajor courses are taught completely online; students are never required to meet face-to-face with their instructors. However, students will have plenty of opportunities to interact with instructors and fellow students in the virtual environment.

Each online eMajor course has a syllabus and schedule to follow. Just as in a course taught on campus, instructors specify the content to be covered, dates for exams and quizzes, individual and group assignments and other activities that students must complete by a specified date.

It is important to remember that these courses are not like independent study or self-paced courses. eMajor courses are very similar to traditional on-campus courses, with the exception that the courses are taught on the Internet; therefore, one cannot start and stop at any time. Students are part of a course, and coursemates will count on one another to be active contributors. eMajor offers two program models: a collaborative program and a single institution program. Depending on the program, courses may be collaborative and include students located throughout Georgia, in other states, and possibly from other countries, or courses may consist of students from a single institution.

All students must log into their eMajor course by a posted deadline, typically within the first week the course is available online. It is strongly recommended that students login on the first day of the course. Participation deadlines and other important dates can be found on the eMajor Course Calendar.

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