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With two campuses and over 33,000 students, Boston University is a major educational institution serving the needs of the community. There are twenty colleges and divisions comprising the university. U.S. News and World Report places Boston University 51st on its list of national universities. The online degree program, housed within the Office of Distance Learning, also receives high rankings by U.S. News, with the Graduate Computer Information Program ranking 14th and the Graduate Business Program ranking 66th. The online program focuses heavily on graduate education but does offer undergraduates with prior college credit the opportunity to complete their degree online.

Boston University Online Degrees

The Undergraduate Degree Completion Program (UDCP) is for people who have started, but failed to complete, their undergraduate education. Successful applicants must possess between 52 and 64 transferable college credit hours from a regionally accredited institution. Along with the hours requirement, applicants must have taken one college level course in both English composition and mathematics. There is an extensive course list, allowing students to complete their degree in 30 months.

There are numerous online degree opportunities for graduate students at Boston University. Students may pursue a Masters degree in Art Education, Criminal Justice, Music, Computer Information Systems, Banking, Business Continuity, Health Communication, Insurance Management, International Marketing, Social Work or Tax Law. Doctoral offerings in Musical Arts, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, round out the graduate degree programs.

Online courses have a seven-week schedule. Students must complete all coursework within the required period. The average course load is two courses per seven-week period. All programs have unique application procedures. To apply for any of the online degree programs, prospective applicants should contact an admissions representative in their area, or a representative within the prospective academic department, for guidance.


Boston University has received full accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) since 1929. Boston University Online is a member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).