Cairn Online

Walk a different path – wherever you are.

In a world full of online program options, it can be difficult to know which college or university is just right for you.

Some schools hang their hats on their rock bottom tuition rate; others market how fast you can move through their program. And while you certainly want to find a school that is affordable and flexible to fit your busy schedule (we are both!), those aren’t the only factors to consider. Whether on-campus or online, a college education is always an investment—into yourself, your family, and your church.

Cairn Online is a distinctly biblical, Christ-centered education. All of our programs—from pastoral ministry to psychology—offer you professional preparation for your career and equip you to think critically about all of life from a biblical worldview. It’s an education that can be completed on your own time, wherever you choose to complete it: the army base, the mission field, or your kitchen table.

Wherever you’re going or wherever you are,
we invite you to walk a different path with us.

Cairn Online - A Cairn University education wherever you are

With all of the uncertainty in the world right now, we understand that the decision to start your bachelor’s degree is a difficult one. Committing to a four-year degree may even seem a little scary. But if you don’t start now, when?

Whatever you do, don’t press pause. This isn’t a time to stand in fear; it’s a time to act. This degree is your next step, and we want to help you keep moving toward that goal. Cairn Online offers an affordable and flexible college option that you can complete right where you’re at. 

Know that Cairn Online is right for you? Apply today!

Why choose online education at Cairn?

Flexibility to Learn Anywhere, Anytime
Complete coursework anywhere, anytime, through our asynchronous course design, coupled with the accountability and camaraderie of weekly course requirements.

Biblical Worldview Integration
No matter what your intended career path or field of study, Cairn is committed to helping professionals think about their current and future work through a biblical worldview lens.

High-Quality, Varied Instruction
Take classes via our eLearning online learning platform, granting you access to quality video instruction (tightly integrated with reflection and assessment) enhanced by interactive learning activities.

Committed Faculty Mentors
Our online courses are taught by faculty committed to professional and spiritual mentorship, walking alongside students as they grow spiritually, intellectually, and professionally.

Robust Academic Support Services
Online students receive the same robust support as on-campus students through the Masland Library’s extensive online resources, disability services and mentorship via the Academic Resource Center, synchronous and asynchronous feedback from the Cairn Writing Lab, and more.

NC SARAAccreditation
Cairn University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). Cairn has also been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which regionally oversees postsecondary online education.

I started Cairn’s program last year and have found the online experience to be excellent. The courses have been challenging in a positive way so that I am excited whenever we begin a new course. I appreciate the flexibility online learning offers and the opportunity I have to learn at an institution like Cairn. Cairn encourages rigor in academia, while incorporating a Christian worldview.

Celeste S.
MS in Education

I enjoy online learning just as much as I do being in the classroom. The teachers are just as accessible as they are when a course is taken on campus. I appreciate the opportunity to learn online. Otherwise, finishing my degree may not be an option.

Monica C.

Readiness & Requirements

Earning college credit by taking distance courses is convenient and flexible, but passion for online learning, tenacity, and a willingness to work hard are essential along with responsible study habits and the ability to learn independently. Taking an online course requires self-motivated, self-disciplined, and organized students. While most of the learning takes place asynchronously (not needing to be online at a particular time), the online course study requires independent learning and strict adherence to a structured schedule with weekly deadlines. So you may want to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Can I devote 10–12 hours a week for each 14-week online class or 20-24 hours for each 7-week online class?
  • Do I have a reliable high-speed internet connection?
  • Can I access, view and upload files to an online system?
  • Am I proficient in using a web browser and downloading files?

If you answered Yes to the above questions, you may find that online learning is the best learning environment for you.

When it comes to skills, an online student needs to know how to perform primarily only five tasks:

  • Viewing instructional content and videos
  • Uploading assignments

  • Participating in a forum

  • Taking a quiz

  • Viewing grades and feedback

Step-by-step tutorials are available for students on eLearning.


Technology Requirements

Technology plays an important role in successfully completing online courses at Cairn University, but most individuals with a reliable desktop or laptop computer already have all the necessary equipment and software to succeed. As you consider online learning at Cairn, you will need to complete assignments, download course materials, and work on other tasks. With this in mind, you will be expected to have access to the following hardware and software:

Hardware & Peripherals

The student must have access to a desktop computer or laptop (PC or Mac) with the following minimum specifications in order to succeed in the online courses:

  • Intel i3 processor or AMD equivalent
  • 4GB RAM
  • 160GB hard drive
  • High-speed internet connection of 25 Mbps (check your speed here)
  • 1200×800 resolution monitor
  • Webcam (built-in or external)
  • DVD drive (optional)
  • Inkjet or laser printer (optional)

Important Note: While most of the course activities may work, Chromebooks and mobile tablets are not fully supported for Cairn online courses. Students are still required to have a regular computer with the minimum requirements above.

To check your computer specifications, see this procedure.

Software & Applications:

The student must have the following operating systems and applications:

  • Windows 10 or later OR Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra)
  • Microsoft Office 2007 (PC) or Office 2008 (MAC)
  • One of the following browsers: Google Chrome (recommended), Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari
  • Adobe Reader DC
  • Ability to add plug-ins to your browser
  • Local administrative privileges to the computer (for required software installations)
  • A Cairn University Gmail account, which you must check throughout the week

In addition, please check your syllabi for any course-specific software and/or technology requirements. Please note that as technology changes and improves, hardware and software requirements may as well, as we strive to maintain the highest standards for online instruction and learning.

See also these FAQs about online learning at Cairn. If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact or (215) 702-4554 or “live help” (green button) on the bottom left on any eLearning page. For additional requirements for a particular course, please contact your instructor.

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