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On this page you’ll find a collection of tools and resources designed to give you a fresh perspective on earning a degree from one of Massachusetts’ online colleges. Begin with our snapshot of the Massachusetts postsecondary education system as a whole and the state’s past and present online education efforts.

From there, go to our ranked profiles of the top online colleges in Massachusetts, sorted by affordability. Explore our directory of scholarships available to both online and offline students in Massachusetts, our list of the state’s most important higher education resources or even our complete database of online colleges nationwide.


Postsecondary Education in Massachusetts

Between 2008 and 2014, the average tuition inflation-adjusted rate at four-year public schools in Massachusetts rose 21.8%.

Massachusetts raised its local and state grant spending per college student by over 10% between 2011-12, nearly three times the average national spending increase of 3%.

At over $11,000, the average tuition rate at four-year public universities in Massachusetts today is significantly higher than the $9,139 national average.

Massachusetts enrollment rates jumped 22% across all public higher education institutions between 2002 and 2012, the average growth rate for all fifty states was 19% over the same period.


Online Education in Massachusetts

NCES Report

According to a recent NCES report, in fall 2012, 5.9% of students enrolled in Title IV institutions in Massachusetts (30,930 students) were in exclusively online programs.

  • 47.4% of those students were undergraduates
  • 33.2% were in public 4-year institutions
  • 42.5% were in private not-for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 4.2% were in private for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 56.9% were living in Massachusetts
  • 38.4% were living elsewhere in the United States

Massachusetts Colleges Online (MCO) is a consortium through which 15 community colleges and 9 state colleges combine online coursework offerings and make them available to all students enrolled in their network.


Most Affordable Online Colleges in Massachusetts

Below you’ll find the very best online colleges in Massachusetts, sorted by affordability. These rankings identify the fully online programs in a school’s catalogue, explain how the school’s online interface works and spotlight the recognition a school has received for its online initiatives.

Want to know what it takes to make our rankings? Check out our distinct approach.

Salem State University

1
Salem State University
Salem
N/A
$910

An Online Education at Salem State University

Salem State’s online courses are delivered through the school’s eLearning page, a web-based interface built on the Canvas platform. Prospective students can review SSU's platform with a demo course. Online tools such as Elluminate, GoTo Meeting, and Skype ensure a highly interactive learning environment. All of SSU’s online courses, whether graduate, undergraduate, certificate or solo courses, are equivalent to the school’s face-to-face courses in quality and interaction.

The undergraduate level degree tracks are designed specifically to attract students from the Massachusetts Community College System. Those interested in learning the details of participating in an online course may visit Portland Community College's Online Learning Orientation.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • BS in Fire Science Administration
  • BLS in Intercultural Communications

Via the School of Continuing Studies, any students who hold an associate’s degree are able to pursue their bachelor’s degree in a various different formats, including online, off-campus, accelerated cohort and individualized programs where students have the ability to take advantage of all of SSU’s different course formats.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MEd Library Media Studies

Depending on how many courses a student takes each semester, one can earn their master’s degree in library media studies within two to two and a half years.

Contact Information

352 Lafayette St
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 542-6000

Westfield State University

2
Westfield State University
Westfield
N/A
$1,450

An Online Education at Westfield State University

People Learning and Teaching Online, or Plato, is WSU’s online learning interface. By logging in to their myWestfield personal account, students gain access to a variety of services including registration, advising, email, course chat, course announcements, library access and free online tutoring.

Any Massachusetts community college graduate, or anyone who has completed the Mass transfer compact, the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education allows students complete their bachelor’s degree entirely online.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Business Management, B.A.
  • Criminal Justice, B.S.
  • History, B.A.
  • Liberal Studies, B.A.
  • Psychology, B.A.
  • Sociology, B.A.

Via the online learning platform ed2go, students can also take non-credit courses. Also partnering with ed2go is WSU’s Gatlin Online Career Training Course, which offers a wide range of highly interactive courses and industry Certificate Programs that students can take completely via the internet.

Contact Information

577 Western Ave
Westfield, MA 01086-1630
(413) 572-5300


Acclaim for online programs

  • #58 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs

National Graduate School of Quality Management

3
National Graduate School of Quality Management
Falmouth
$291
$6,992

An Online Education at National Graduate School of Quality Management

Designed to accommodate the schedules of adult working students, online accelerated degree and certificate programs can be taken via the NGS Portal, NGS’s web-based learning management system. In most NGS online programs, students complete projects related to coursework that demonstrate measurable, palpable progress in their performance. Most online courses incorporate independent study that requires weekly updates to the course professor and submission of assignments online and webinar interaction.

At this time, NGS’s online programs and courses are not available to Massachusetts residents, or in Massachusetts at all.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science degree completion in Quality Systems Management

This bachelor’s program is designed to act as a “bridge” to those students who hold an associate’s degree and wish to earn an accelerated bachelor’s degree. Additionally, NGS accepts up 60 to 75 transfer credits (from a regionally accredited college or university). An Experiential Learning Portfolio can also be compiled, assembling a student’s work experiences, training, volunteer experience and other non-academic activities that might qualify as college level credit which can be put towards a degree.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Quality Systems Management (accelerated)

Approximately 400 hours are expected to be spent on a class project for the master’s degree. Online courses are scheduled similarly to classroom classes in that they follow the class cohort model in order to foster a community between the working adult professionals who make up the student body.

In addition to full-time accelerated degrees, several accelerated certificate programs can be taken online as well.

Contact Information

186 Jones Road
Falmouth, MA 02540-2958
(800) 838-2580

Fitchburg State University

4
Fitchburg State University
Fitchburg
$293
$7,032

An Online Education at Fitchburg State University

Students and teachers participating in FSU’ online courses and programs take advantage of the user-friendly interface Blackboard Collaborate to conduct coursework and assessments. Teachers are able to share files, give web tours and share basically any desktop item with the class through this online tool.
Once logged in, students have access to a wealth of online tools, including Elluminate and other programs that facilitate the interactions of a traditional classroom setting online.

Blackboard Collaborate support and training resources make it easy to navigate the program. A demo course can be viewed by those interested in learning more about how the Collaborate works.

Through the Online Student Resource Center, students have access to academic advising, tech support, career and counseling services and the offices of student development, disability services and financial aid.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • RN to BSN
  • Business Administration: Management Concentration

Most online courses follow the asynchronous learning formats, in that they allow students to access and complete coursework at any time of day, while assignments and activities may have weekly deadlines set by the instructor.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • MBA in Human Resources with Management Concentration
  • MBA with Management Concentration
  • MS in Forensic Nursing

Certificates in various subject areas can be completed online in addition to the undergraduate and graduate level programs.

Contact Information

160 Pearl St
Fitchburg, MA 01420-2697
(978) 345-2151


Acclaim for online programs

  • #125 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #126 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs

Nichols College

5
Nichols College
Dudley
$300
$7,200

An Online Education at Nichols College

The MyNichols login provides access to all online courses delivered through a combination of Moodle Learning House, MoodleRooms, and WebCT at NC. The Graduate and Professional Studies division of Nichols College hosts undergraduate programs online through the eLearning web engine, in the format of webinars, discussion boards, independent assignments and more.

Through a partnership with two of Massachusett’s well known community colleges (Quinsigamond Community College and Mount Wachusett Community College), students can earn their bachelor’s degree from Nichols via enrollment in their school’s Business Administration Transfer Program, prior the start of the associate’s program’s second semester of the second year. Final year courses are then able to be taken entirely online.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration:
    • Criminal Justice Management
    • Finance
    • Marketing
    • General Business

A 4 + 1 MBA Program provides undergraduate students the chance to earn an accelerated master's with only one additional year of coursework.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

Also offered through the Graduate and Professional Studies division are certificates in advanced critical thinking and decision making, employee benefits, operations management and more.

Contact Information

Center Rd
Dudley, MA 01571-5000
(508) 213-1560


Acclaim for online programs

  • Ranked on GetEducated.com as “Best Buy Online MBA”
  • Ranked on GetEducated.com as “Best Buy Online Master of Science in Organizational Leadership”

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

6
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
North Dartmouth
$304
$7,296

An Online Education at University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

Online degrees from UMD are obtained through the school’s University Extension. Students’ myCourses login provides them access to the Blackboard Learn course management system, where online courses are conducted through a wide array of tools such as live virtual classroom sessions, discussion boards, videos and podcasts, wikis and blogs.

Online courses may have live chats or fully live classes using UMass Dartmouth’s live classroom technology, however instructors typically record each event for students who are unable to attend. The online learning app, iClickers may also be required for students to use as a wireless response system to questions posted by online instructors.

Most online classes last one complete semester, however a few summer courses can be completed in just five or seven weeks. The curriculum is accelerated in these courses, not shortened; students should expect to spend more time per week on shorter courses.

Financial aid is available for online students who qualify.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts degree completion program
  • Bachelor of Science in General Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree completion program

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Science in Computer Science

UMass Dartmouth students can take full advantage of the U$save program, which offers discounted computer and electronics equipment to students.

Contact Information

285 Old Westport Rd
North Dartmouth, MA 02747-2300
(508) 999-8000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #55 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #69 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Programs

Endicott College

7
Endicott College
Beverly
$335
$8,040

An Online Education at Endicott College

Endicott College’s Learning Management System is called GullNet. The platform hosts all course materials and communication tools, including lectures, class notes, presentations, syllabi, assignments, proctored exams and assignment and reading logs. Students interact in virtual work study groups, class forums and instructor office hours using message boards and chat sessions.

The Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies conducts online courses following the asynchronous model, so students may access and complete coursework at any time of day. Most courses are five or six weeks long. Endicott's Assessment of Prior Learning enables students to earn college credit from related professional work or earlier study. Students that qualify for prior learning credits are typically at least 24 years of age and have a minimum of two years of significant, full-time work experience.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Managements
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies - Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

A tuition discount for the tuition costs related to the completion of a bachelor’s degree of 10% is available to the alumni of Endicott’s two year programs. Alumni can visit the Alumni Bachelor Completion program page to learn more.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration

The BCBA® Certificate Option - Online is available for professionals currently holding an undergraduate or graduate degree in Special Education, Psychology or related fields who wish to be certified by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.

Contact Information

376 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 927-0585

Assumption College

8
Assumption College
Worcester
$335
$8,040

An Online Education at Assumption College

Assumption offers its online courses through the Blackboard learning management system, in addition to two response systems, Turning Technologies “clickers” and Poll Everywhere. By using the online chat and web conferencing tools provided by Blackboard, students and instructors can extend class discussions beyond the limits of regular scheduled class meeting times. As an electronic teaching tool, Assumption utilizes Blackboard as part of the College’s “Green” initiative and incorporates digital learning into it's campus-based coursework as well.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of the Arts in Humanities
  • Bachelor of the Arts in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies
  • Bachelor of Business Administration

The Continuing and Career Education (CCE) accepts up to 75 transfer credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities, while also allowing up to 30 credits from prior learning and approved standardized testing to be applied to bachelor degrees.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling

Assumption also offers an online program to earn a Certificate in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling.

Contact Information

500 Salisbury St
Worcester, MA 01609-1296
(508) 767-7000

Fisher College

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Fisher College
Boston
$342
$8,208

An Online Education at Fisher College

The Division of Accelerated and Professional Studies at Fisher College (DAPS) uses Blackboard to deliver its online courses. Most Fisher Online courses follow a six or eight-week long term. Courses are designed for individuals with busy schedules, so students can access their online classrooms at any time of day. Students should expect to spend at least ten to fifteen hours per week on each of their online courses. All online students have full access to the school’s library resources.

Online students may qualify for financial aid and can apply to reduce their credit loads by taking CLEP and AP proficiency exams for transfer credit.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Services
  • Bachelor of Science in Management: Health Information Management Concentration
  • Bachelor of Science in Management: Leadership Concentration
  • Bachelor of Science in Management: Computer Information Systems Concentration

Certificates, professional training, and associates degrees are also available.

Fisher encourages online students to take advantage of their cohort as a learning community. It's easy to reach out to participate in virtual study groups and projects, student email addresses are posted on each course’s website.

Contact Information

118 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 236-8800


Acclaim for online programs

  • Ranked by OnlineU as “Best Value” for Bachelor of Humanities in 2015

University of Massachusetts – Lowell

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University of Massachusetts – Lowell
Lowell
$365
$8,760

An Online Education at University of Massachusetts – Lowell

The Division of Online Learning and Continuing Education at UMass Lowell uses Blackboard to deliver online, blended, and "web-enhanced" courses. Prospective online students are encouraged to test drive UMass' platform. Online courses offer a unique feature called Chat Hours, which provide an opportunity for instructors and students to communicate in a real-time environment. Participation is not mandatory, however it is highly recommended. Chats are archived for students aren't able to attend a scheduled live chat session.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology: Business Minor

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Information Technology
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Security Studies: Cyber Security Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Security Studies: Homeland Defense Concentration
  • Master of Education in Reading and Language

Continuing education certificate programs are also available. They are typucally short-term, credit programs of study that are designed to run at a student's own pace. Numerous scholarships and financial aid opportunities are available to online students that qualify.

Contact Information

1 University Ave
Lowell, MA 01854-5104
(978) 934-4000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #211 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #97 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online MBA
  • #78 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #68 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • Ranked Best Online College for Criminal Justice, Information Technology and MBA Programs by GetEducated.com
  • Ranked Top Online School for Online Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice by TheBestColleges.com
  • Winner of several Sloan-C Awards for Excellence in Online Education

University of Massachusetts – Amherst

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University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Amherst
$365
$8,760

An Online Education at University of Massachusetts – Amherst

UMass Online utilizes Blackboard to present online courses through the Continuing & Professional Education system. For those trying to decide if UMass Amherst Online is the right fit, the school provides a “Try a Class” demo. To gain access to tools such as SPIRE, UMass Email and online library resources, students simply activate their Student OIT account.

Additional online classroom features include tutorials, video lectures, in-browser exams and web conferencing tools. UMass faculty and adjunct professors also use collaborative projects and assignments to keep students engaged in their virtual classroom communities.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is currently not accepting applications or registrations for online courses, degrees or certificate programs from residents of Alabama, Arkansas and Kansas.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • RN to BSN
  • Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in:
    • Accounting
    • Finance
    • Hospitality and Tourism Management
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Operations and Information Management

An undergraduate degree completion program called University Without Walls provides students the opportunity to complete their bachelor of arts or science in numerous subject areas.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Engineering Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Accounting
  • Master of Public Health
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Science: Clinical Nurse Leader

Online certificates and training can also be obtained through Amherst’s Continuing and Professional Education online program options.

Contact Information

374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-0111


Acclaim for online programs

  • #12 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs
  • #78 on U.S News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • #15 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs

Northeastern University Global Network

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Northeastern University Global Network
Boston
$369
$8,856

An Online Education at Northeastern University Global Network

Over forty undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered fully-online through NUGN. An online course demo can be viewed on the school’s website. Course content, including discussions, lectures, assignments and additional materials, are delivered using the online learning management system Blackboard.

Students can expect to collaborate with their classmates on group projects through the Blackboard web interface. Although students will typically be required to complete their coursework within a set time frame, most instructors do not require students to log in at any specific time during the week.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in English
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Operations Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication
  • Bachelor of Science in Political Science

Students attending a local community college have the option to easily transfer into the NUGN system to complete their full four-year degree.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science of Applied Nutrition
  • Master of Science in Commerce and Economic Development
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations
  • Master of Arts in Homeland Security
  • Master of Science in Nonprofit Management
  • Master of Sports Leadership

Certificates and fast-track options are also available via the online delivery format through the College of Professional Studies.

Contact Information

360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 373-2000

Northeastern University

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Northeastern University
Boston
$369
$8,856

An Online Education at Northeastern University

Online courses at NU are delivered using the online learning management system Blackboard. Courses are asynchronous, so students can complete their weekly work according to their own schedules. An online class demo shows how on a typical online course works; from their course dashboard, students can access all course materials and quickly review new announcements, upcoming deadlines and fresh discussion threads. Online students also gain access to SmarThinking, the online tutoring program and specialized video conferencing software.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting
  • Bachelor of Science in Leadership
  • Bachelor of Science in Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs
  • Bachelor of Science in English
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication

Students attending a local community college have the option to easily transfer into the NU system to apply toward their full four-year degree.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Global Studies and International Affairs
  • Master of Science in Nutrition
  • Master of Science in Respiratory Care
  • Master of Science in Commerce and Economic Development
  • Master of Professional Studies in Graphic Information Technology
  • Master of Science in Corporate and Organizational Communication
  • Master of Science in Human Services

Certificates and fast-track options are also available via the online delivery format through the Online and Graduate Professional Degree Program.

Contact Information

360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115-5005
(617) 373-2000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #36 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs
  • #17 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Business Programs (excluding MBA)

Anna Maria College

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Anna Maria College
Paxton
$375
$9,000

An Online Education at Anna Maria College

Students attend online classes at AMC by accessing the virtual classroom through the College’s learning management system called Engage. While the programs are asynchronous, some instructors require their students to turn in assignments on set due dates or to log-in to the virtual classroom a few times per week. Some courses only require a submission once a week while others may have several due dates throughout the week. In some cases, students can complete an online program in less time than its campus-based equivalent.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • B.S. in Fire Science
  • B.S. in EMS Administration
  • R.N. to B.S.N. in Nursing
  • B.S. in Business Administration

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Public Administration

Several types of support are offered for online students including application and enrollment assistance, 24/7 tech support, writing labs and academic advising. For those who qualify, financial aid is available.

Due to state regulations, Anna Maria College’s online programs are no longer accepting applications from residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi or Wisconsin.

Contact Information

50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, MA 01612-1198
(508) 849-3300

MCPHS University

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MCPHS University
Boston
$380
$9,120

An Online Education at MCPHS University

MCPHS hosts coursework for its online undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs on the Blackboard learning management system. Designed specifically for students holding a previously earned degree, courses at MCPHS online are designed to streamline the virtual learning experience. Students and instructors communicate through discussion boards, chats and live-conferencing sessions.

Course participation requirements will vary, but students can expect to spend nine to twelve hours per week for each 3-credit course they're enrolled in.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene Completion
  • Bachelor of Science in DMS Completion
  • Nursing Completion (RN to BSN)

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science in Dental Hygiene
  • Master of Healthcare Administration
  • Master of Health Sciences
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Patient Safety
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Regulatory Affairs and Health Policy

The MCPHS Online Career Coach is an online tool that gives students the ability to explore potential career opportunities related to their MCPHS Online degree.

Contact Information

179 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115-5896
(617) 732-2800


Acclaim for online programs

  • #58 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs

Becker College

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Becker College
Worcester
$400
$9,600

An Online Education at Becker College

BC's Center for Accelerated and Professional Studies hosts online coursework using the learning management program Canvas. Currently, Becker College offers just one online undergraduate degree program. Students can earn their B.S. in Business Administration by completing eighteen five-week core management courses. Faculty members all are experienced in business and finance worlds so the learning is designed to be highly applicable to real work environments. Students collaborate on work simulations, team projects and case-study debate sessions. This intensely interactive approach is designed to help BSBA students develop the necessary leadership, adaptability, and managerial skills necessary for the modern business work environment.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

A Certificate in Project Management can also be completed online through Becker. BC also offers Portfolio. This class assesses non-classroom learning by developing a portfolio that compiles life experience and professional training. Through this assessment, which is created with the help of the student’s academic advisor, students can earn up to 48 credits through the portfolio process.

Academic advisors help students with any course or academic related question or issues, including assessing transfer credits, updating credit evaluations, and assisting with course planning.

Contact Information

61 Sever St
Worcester, MA 01609-2165
(877) 523-2537

Bay Path College

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Bay Path College
Longmeadow
$400
$9,600

An Online Education at Bay Path College

Through the The American Women’s College, one of the many schools that make up Bay Path College, students can complete their undergraduate degree completely online. Each year, AWC runs 6 six-week sessions for online students. One or two accelerated courses are offered per session. Each course is worth three or four credits, so students can easily earn the 120 credits necessary to graduate and complete their degree within four years.

These accelerated courses are designed to help students earn their degree faster. Course content includes multi-media materials, such as video lectures and live web conferencing. Each course is organized into weekly assignments that are laid out in each course’s syllabus. An online orientation is provided to help students familiarize themselves with the system.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Services
  • Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies

Numerous support services are made available to online students including online tutors, who are available 24/7, online discussions with faculty when needed, and the option to schedule an online appointment with an instructor for one-on-one help.

Contact Information

588 Longmeadow Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106
(413) 565-1000


Acclaim for online programs

  • #184 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor Programs

Lesley University

18
Lesley University
Cambridge
$430
$10,320

An Online Education at Lesley University

LU uses Blackboard to deliver coursework for their online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Through a myLesely login, students can review course materials, complete coursework and communicate with their classmates and instructors. A demo class offers an inside look at the structure and design of an online course. Here potential students can see how the syllabus, announcements, rubrics and weekly sessions are organized, and how discussion boards, blogs, journals, groups and other tools are used to enrich the online learning environment.

Online students who are eligible can receive school-based scholarships in addition to financial aid.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Educational Technology
  • Individually Designed Program for Educators
  • Mathematics in Education
  • Science in Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction Elementary Education Generalist

Various certificate programs in education can also be attained completely online through LU. Several bachelor’s degree completion programs can be done entirely online as well. Students may take online courses without being accepted into a program.

Contact Information

29 Everett St
Cambridge, MA 02138-2790
(617) 868-9600

University of Massachusetts – Boston

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University of Massachusetts – Boston
Boston
$499
$11,966

An Online Education at University of Massachusetts – Boston

UMass Boston uses the BLS Vista Learning Management System to deliver online coursework. Wimba Classroom is sometimes used to enhance an normally asynchronous course by providing the opportunity to meet online in real time. A course demo that illustrates this can be viewed on the school’s website. Other interactive learning tools include tutorials, audio lectures, video conferencing, assignment archives, chat rooms, annotation tools and exam portals. Instructors lead online discussions, answer questions via email, and personally evaluate each student’s assignment.

Some courses may require prerequisite college credit. Students are permitted to enroll in courses before being formally admitted to a degree program, but enrollment does not necessarily equal acceptance into a degree program.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs
  • RN-to-BSN

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics
  • Master of Arts in Science in a Changing World
  • MEd in School Counseling
  • MS in Family Therapy
  • MS in Gerontology
  • MEd Vision Studies
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

UMassOnline.net enables students to access all online courses and programs offered by the University of Massachusetts System.

UMass-Boston is not currently accepting students for online study who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, or Minnesota, due to regulations in those states. Massachusetts residency is not a requirement for any of the fully online programs.

Contact Information

100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393
(617) 287-5000

Western New England University

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Western New England University
Springfield
N/A
$31,200

An Online Education at Western New England University

WNEU students and their classmates and professors interact online through Kodiak, the name WNEU gave to its Desire2Learn online course delivery software in honor of the school’s mascot, the Golden Bear. Via their Kodiak portal, students receive lectures, emails, assignments, grades and instructor feedback. Students also participate in discussion forums and live chats through the service. An online tutorial can be on the school’s website demonstrates the dashboard organizes class discussions, post assignments, calendars and grades.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Business Administration

The online BBA is a part-time degree completion program designed for students already holding an associate’s degree or who have approximately 60 undergraduate credits and are seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree. Any candidates interested in this program must transfer in at least 30 credits before being considered for admission, however up to 90 credits total are permitted to be transferred.

With two traditional fall and spring semesters and two accelerated summer sessions, this degree can be earned in as few as one or two years.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Masters in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Master of Arts in Communications: Public Relations
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Engineering Management

Online students share access to the University's D'Amour Library, which houses an extensive collection of print and electronic books and journals.

Contact Information

1215 Wilbraham Rd
Springfield, MA 01119-2684
(413) 782-3111


Acclaim for online programs

  • #126 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs
  • #74 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #45 on U.S. News and World and Report’s Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs

New England College of Business and Finance

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New England College of Business and Finance
Boston
$1,300
$52,000

An Online Education at New England College of Business and Finance

The online business programs offered at this school are facilitated through the Canvas learning management system. Prior to the start of an online program, students participate in an orientation webinar that introduces them to the course and teaches them how to navigate the system.

The week-long discussion boards are asynchronous, allowing students to participate in the topic-related conversation at their own convenience. Breakout rooms embedded in the course allow small groups of students to collaborate on projects and work together on assignments.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Digital Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science in International Business

NECB also offers online bachelor degree completion programs to students who have already taken some college-level coursework. Up to 75% of the program (90 credit hours) may be transferred into the College of Business. These students are also exempt from taking placement exams outlined in the College's transfer policy. With accelerated courses and an 8-week format, the completion degree candidates have the possibility of completing their undergraduate degree within just one year.

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Master of Science in Business Ethics and Compliance
  • Master of Healthcare Management
  • Master of Human Resource Management

The New England College of Business and Finance is accredited through the NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges).

Contact Information

10 High St Ste 204
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 951-2350


Acclaim for online programs

  • #131 on U.S News and World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #126 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs
  • #61 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #125 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs


Scholarships and Financial Aid in Massachusetts

Big Y Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $2,000 See Scholarship

Big Y Foods, Inc., provides annual scholarships of $2,000 to students in Western, Central, or Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Award categories are: High School Senior; Community College; Undergraduate; Graduate; and Nontraditional Student. Selection is based on academic and personal achievements, and community service.

Dean’s Scholarship

Deadline: January 1, 2016
Scholarship Amount $16,000 See Scholarship

The top 25 percent of incoming freshmen at Northeastern University are considered for competitive merit scholarships, among which the Dean’s Scholarship is one of the most prestigious. Selection is based on academic achievement. Award amount is $16,000.

Diana and Leon Feffer Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $8,000 See Scholarship

Administered by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, the Diana and Leon Feffer Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors in western Massachusetts. Selection is based on high school GPA, class rank, and SAT/ACT scores. Award is up to $8,000.

First National Bank of Amherst Centennial Education Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $8,000 See Scholarship

This scholarship is available to graduating seniors at Amherst Regional High School, Hopkins Academy, Northampton High School, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Selection is competitive and is based on academic record, including GPA and class rank.

George I. Alden Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

The George I. Alden Scholarship is available to community college students transferring to Babson College. Selection and amount of the award are based on the financial need of applicants.

James L. Shriver Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $8,000 See Scholarship

The James L. Shriver scholarship is available to students from western Massachusetts who are enrolled in a technical career program. Selection is based on academic performance. Funds are provided by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

Margaret J. Hyland Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $8,000 See Scholarship

The Margaret J. Hyland Scholarship is available to University of Massachusetts students who have been residents of Holyoke for ten or more years. Preference is given to students of Roman Catholic faith. Selection is competitive and is based on academic record.

National Scholars Award

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $20,000 See Scholarship

Available to National Merit or Achievement finalists who are entering Boston University as freshmen. Selection is competitive. Amount of the award is $20,000 per year for up to 4 years.

Presidential Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $20,000 See Scholarship

Boston University distributes the Presidential Scholarship to the most academically talented incoming freshmen each year. Alongside academic achievement, applicants must demonstrate a record of outstanding leadership in their schools and communities. Award is $20,000 per year for up to 4 years.

Urban Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount Amount varies See Scholarship

The Urban Scholarship is for freshmen at Lesley University. Applicants must have participated in and be recommended by an approved Urban Scholars partner organization, and must have financial need. Award is a 50% tuition discount and free textbooks for 4 years.

William A. and Vinnie E. Dexter Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $8,000 See Scholarship

This scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors/college freshmen in western Massachusetts. Competitive selection is based on academic record, including high school GPA, class rank, and SAT/ACT scores. Funds are administered by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.


Higher Education Resources in Massachusetts