Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about the MSTCM Program

To aid you in your decision and application processes, we have provided answers to commonly asked questions regarding finances and classes. Please contact Dr. Pam Estes Brewer if you have additional questions.


What is the cost of the MSTCM program?

Tuition for the program is $700 per credit hour or $2100 per course. 

Are there any special scholarships or assistance programs for veterans or children of deceased or disabled veterans?

Special scholarships are not offered for particular groups; however, all MSTCM students are eligible to apply for the David C. Leonard Scholarship.

What method of payment is acceptable?

You may pay by check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or company reimbursement.

Are any tuition rate discounts applicable?


What sources of financial aid are available?

Graduate students are eligible to apply for the David C. Leonard Scholarship. Other financial aid sources are not available at this time for the MSTCM program.

We do offer a deferred payment plan to students who are reimbursed by their employers. With this plan you defer payment until the end of the semester.

How much does the program cost per credit/per course?

As of July 2016, tuition is $2,100.00 per course. A technology fee of $51 per course is also assessed by the University.

What is the difference in cost per course, if any, between the regular terms (fall and spring) and the summer term?

Generally, no difference exists since rates are based on credit hours.


How large are the classes?

TCO classes usually range from 7 to 12 students per course.

Do I have to complete a master's thesis?

Students take TCO 685, Project Research, in lieu of preparing a thesis. This collaborative, real-world project serves as the capstone for the MSTCM program and draws on all the student's knowledge and skills.

How many times a week do the classes meet?

WebEx-based voice and video chats are scheduled for 90 minutes one day per week (the time of day is adjusted to meet work schedules and time zones). Students are also required to participate in asynchronous activities that include a minimum of 60 minutes spent on the following activities:

  • Posting original contributions, reading other students' contributions, and responding to other students' posts

  • Listening to assigned podcasts

  • Watching assigned videocasts

In addition to the 150 minutes of direct instruction time each week, students are expected to spend a minimum of 300 additional minutes per week completing reading and writing assignments.

How many weeks are in a term?

Fall and Spring semester terms are 15 weeks, with a 16th week for exams (final class deliverables due). Summer terms are 10 weeks.

How many terms in a year?

Mercer is on a semester system and offers a Fall, Spring, and Summer term each year. Summer term offerings are very limited; TCO 685 and a TCO 691 special topics elective are currently offered alternate summers. Discuss your plans for scheduling this course with Dr. Brewer.

How many hours per course?

All courses currently earn 3 semester hours credit.

What time do classes start?

Synchronous class meetings are set in the evenings at a time when students can be available. For example, chat sessions with students spanning the globe from India to Georgia usually convene at 8:00 pm Eastern Time.

How many classes can I take?

One or two per session. Most students are working full time, and many have families, so we advise careful consideration of your workload and time availability. Students new to the program probably should begin with one course. Please refer to the listing of courses available over the next two years.

Are there any breaks between the fall and spring semesters?

Yes, a break generally occurs from the second week in December to the first week in January. Additionally, a brief Fall Break and a week-long Spring Break are typically scheduled. You can check the academic calendar.

Must I come to campus in Macon or Atlanta?

No. We do invite you to schedule a campus visit if you can. Additionally, we encourage you to come for graduation if possible.

How many students who enroll in the MSTCM program via distance learning actually complete the program?

Thus far, our retention rate is about 90%. This is an approximate percentage, since students may discontinue classes for a term or two before re-enrolling. We try to determine during the Admissions process that you have the qualifications as well as the motivation to succeed.

Do many students fail?

A few have decided to drop out because they did not have the time needed to devote to the program, or it was not a good match with their experience and background. We work with students to develop a realistic course completion plan, and we provide regular feedback and advice. As a result, very few students fail to make satisfactory progress.


What is the procedure for bringing an academic appeal or for resolving other types of grievances?

The procedures for academic appeals and for resolving all other types of grievances is described in the Mercer University Student Handbook.


If you have any other questions, please contact Dr. Pam Estes Brewer.