Boston University is located on a 133 acre campus in Boston, MA. There are approximately 32,000 students at Boston University and 2,500 of those are part of their distance learning program. Tuition for Boston University for the 2010-2011 school year for full time students is $39,314 per year. Part time students pay $1228 per credit and distance learning students pay the same fee as on-campus students.
Most of the online courses operate on a seven week schedule and begin in January, March, May, July, and November. Students can apply for the online program at any time during the year. Boston University created its online learning program in 2001 and now offers over 35 programs. In addition to the degree programs, students can enroll in individual classes, Certificate programs, or Professional courses.
For the undergraduate level, the online program offers a few classes as well as a unique Undergraduate Degree Completion Program that can be done completely online. The program is designed for students who have completed at least half of a bachelor’s degree program and would like to complete their degree in a flexible and competitive online format. The Undergraduate Degree Completion Program should take about 30 months to complete and students should have should have completed 52-64 transferable credits from a regionally accredited institution.
Boston University Online offers several graduate level degrees ranging from the Arts to Science and Occupational Therapy. Classes start throughout the year and programs can generally be completed in 18-36 months. There are also three unique doctoral programs offered through Boston University Online. Doctoral of Musical Arts, Music Education, Doctoral of Occupational Therapy, and Transitional Doctorate in Physical Therapy degrees enable students to continue their education and further their careers from their own location.
Certificate programs are ideal for students who don’t want to commit to a complete degree program or are seeking to update their professional skills. Certificates are available in several disciplines such as Asian Religions and Healing, Informational Technology, and Digital Forensics.
Boston University’s Center for Professional Education offers non-credit professional training programs online that are designed to meet the training needs of some of the most prestigious of organizations. From Management Accounting to Fundraising, these programs are designed to help enhance a student’s career from the comfort of their home or office.
According to Jay Halfond, dean of Metropolitan College and Extended Education at Boston University, 92 percent of the distance learners at the school are very satisfied with the program. A non-profit that promotes online learning, The Sloan Consortium, has given the University their Award for Excellence in Institution-wide Online Education for their distance learning program.
Boston University has a long history of high quality and world-renowned education programs and their distance learning programs are no different. On the cutting edge of technology, online students can except to get the same valuable education as campus students with a schedule that works for their lifestyles.