Courses and Programs

Course Numbering

Courses at Lindenwood are numbered sequentially.

  • 01000-09999: Preparatory coursework, with credit hours not counting toward the cumulative total number of credit hours required to earn a bachelor’s degree

  • 10000-19999: Introductory courses open to all students, normally not having prerequisites

  • 20000-29999: Specialized courses open to all students

  • 30000-39999: Advanced courses having prerequisites

  • 40000-49999: Senior level courses having prerequisites

  • 50000-79999: Master’s, Thesis, EdS, EdD, and graduate workshops

  • 80000-99999: Doctoral level courses and graduate workshops

Course Offering Frequency

The schedule of course offerings is dependent on student enrollment and availability of qualified instructors. The university reserves the right to cancel any course when enrollment is below minimum requirements or a qualified instructor is not available.

Due to the cohort approach to the trimester program, once a cohort is enrolled and the first cluster starts, it is unlikely that any of the subsequent clusters for the cohort will be cancelled.

Course Types

The trimester program offers Master’s degrees consisting of 50000 through 60000-level courses. Each term students will enroll in a cluster of two interrelated courses for a total of six credit hours. A highly qualified instructor will teach the classes for eight hours one Saturday each month, and students will also complete weekly online assignments. Co-curricular employment is an integral learning component of the program. Academic attendance will be recorded for the one Saturday a month meeting and the online component. Academic attendance for the online portion is defined as actively participating in the weekly online discussions. Simply logging into an online class without active participation does not constitute academic attendance.

Online courses

8 CFR § 214.2(f)(6)(i)(G) For F­1 students enrolled in classes for credit or classroom hours, no more than the equivalent of one class or three credits per session, term, semester, trimester, or quarter may be counted toward the full course of study requirement if the class is taken on­line or through distance education and does not require the student's physical attendance for classes, examination or other purposes integral to completion of the class. An on­line or distance education course is a course that is offered principally through the use of television, audio, or computer transmission including open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, microwave, or satellite, audio conferencing, or computer conferencing.

Hybrid Courses

A hybrid course is a method of instruction in which the predominance (more than 75 percent) of the course is taught using a learning management system platform. Time in the classroom is reduced but not eliminated.

Student Requirements for Online and Hybrid Courses


  • Computer with 2.58 GHZ or higher processor speed and at least two GB RAM.

  • Webcam or camera on a mobile device.

Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 and newer.

  • Mac OSX 10.6 and newer.

  • Linux - chromeOS.


  • High-speed Internet connection (six Mbps or higher).


  • Microsoft Office 2010 or newer.

  • The latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader or Preview to open and view .pdf documents.

  • The latest version of Java.

Mobile Operating Systems (Optional)

  • iOS 7 and newer.

  • Android 4.2 and newer.


Attendance in an online course is based on submission of one or more academic activities, such as discussion board participation, quiz, exam, paper, or other graded assignment. Logging into a course, submitting the institutional ethics agreement, or submitting an introductory video does not constitute academic attendance. 

Curriculum Practical Training (CPT)

CPT is special work authorization for international students. It allows them to participate in internships or work off of campus as long as they are enrolled in an internship course for that term.

  • CPT is term based, meaning that it is only authorized for the term that the student is taking the internship course.
  • Students must have CPT added to their I-20 if they are receiving compensation or participating in a paid internship opportunity. If they are non-paid / volunteer internships then CPT does not need to be authorized on their I-20.
  • CPT will only be authorized for part-time while the term is in session.
    • Undergraduate / Graduate semester students:
      • During the fall and spring semesters students can only work part-time.
      • Semester students can work full-time during the summer session.
    • Graduate (MBA, MSA, MA, MS) – 5 term:
      • Can be authorized for more than one term at a time.
      • Must be enrolled in an internship course for each term.
    • Graduate – IT (formerly Trimester):
      • Can be authorized for full-time.
      • Can be authorized for one calendar year, with renewal forms submitted by term to verify the employment.
  • See Co-curricular Employment for International Studentsfor more information.

Student Authentication and Video Content

Lindenwood takes academic integrity very seriously; therefore compliance with student authentication requirements is a condition of enrollment in all online and hybrid courses. As per the Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110–315), student authentication is defined as “processes to establish that the student who registers for a distance education course or program is the same student who participates in and completes the program and receives the academic credit. Institutional authentication requirements include an ethics agreement, introductory video, end-of-course survey, and course specific methods, including but not limited to live or video proctoring, authentication technology, video assignments, videoconferences, and/or extensive writing assignments. The methods of student authentication incorporated into a particular course can be found in its syllabus. Any costs associated with authentication are disclosed prior to enrollment via fees included in course schedules.

To facilitate authentication measures, students must have ready access to a webcam or camera on a mobile device. Students who enroll in online or hybrid courses must also have a current photo, confirmed by a valid form of identification, within Lindenwood's student information system.

Students who fail to comply with authentication requirements may be withdrawn from the course at the discretion of the dean. Students withdrawn from a course are subject to university withdrawal policies and other consequences if the change moves them from full-time to part-time status.