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What are the computer requirements for participation in an online program?

Students must have access to a working computer, reliable internet connection, and an updated internet browser is necessary. Below is a link to a browser test provided by It's Learning. Once the test is completed it is possible to use the 24/7 tech support for any questions about the results.

Minimum Bandwidth - 56 k/bits or higher

Browser - It's Learning is tested in the most common browsers which, right now, are the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Safari.

Operating System - No specific operating system is required

Screen Resolution - Minimum 1024 x 768

What degrees are offered online?

Associate Degrees:

  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice

Bachelor's Degrees:

  • Management
  • Management, Markeitng Concentration
  • Management, Finance Concentration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice, Security Concentration

When do online classes begin?

Online terms begin every eight (8) weeks. There are six (6) terms each year: Fall I & II, Spring I & II, and Summer I & II.

How many online courses should I take per term?

We recommend that each student enroll in two online courses per term. However, it is up to your discretion whether you would like to enroll in one or more classes.

As an online student, what kind of support can I expect?

Our classes are small and our dedicated faculty are available for assistance throughought the duration of each term. Students should not hesitate to contact their instructors for help.

Tech support is available 24/7 online or via phone at 877-312-2846.

Library services are available 24/7. Students can remotely access the on campus library databases and other library resources. During staffed library hours the Bay State College librarians are available to assist students via chat, phone or in person.

Is there a tutoring service available for online students?

Yes. SmartThinking provides real-time, live tutors 24/7 as well as an online writing lab for help with essays and written assignments.

Are the online programs accredited?

Yes. Bay State College is accredited by NEASC, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

I have an extremely busy work and home life. Is this program for me?

The most successful online learners are dedicated, excited self-starters. In most cases you will be able to complete your work on your schedule, but you will need to make sure to stay organized, participate in regular online discussions, and meet weekly deadlines.

How much does an online class cost?

Online classes are $325 per credit (most courses are 3 credits). There is a $75 technology fee per class.

How much time will I need to dedicate to my online classes each week?

We suggest that you allow for 10-15 hours per week for each class you are enrolled in.

I'm interested in pursuing my degree online. How do I get started?

Simply contact one of our admissions representatives at 617-217-9000.

Who teaches my online classes?

Most of our online classes are taught by the same professors who teach classroom courses at our Boston and Taunton, MA campus locations.

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Do you offer study abroad programs?


Yes.  Bay State College is a partner of the Suffolk University Study Abroad and Syracuse University Study Abroad programs. Through these programs students can customize their study abroad experiences to best match their academic, career and travel interests. Full-year, semester and summer programs are offered. Language skills are not required for most locations prior to your departure but will be a part of your studies when you arrive.