Online Bachelor’s Degree Completion Application

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How to apply to Hamline’s online degree completion program

At Hamline, we love all kinds of transfer students, including those who need the flexibility and convenience of online learning. We’ve designed our Online Bachelor’s Degree Completion program for motivated students hoping to finish what they started. Whether you’re transferring from a community college to earn your degree or returning to college after time away, Hamline’s program is tailored to meet your needs.

To apply to Hamline’s online bachelor’s degree completion program, we ask that you have a minimum of 24 transferrable semester credits from your previous institution. You can verify your eligible transfer credits by completing our form to have your unofficial transcripts evaluated by us. Applicants can also transfer up to 64 credits of college-level coursework from high school, including 20 credits from AP or IB programs. Visit transferring credits for more information.

The Online Bachelor’s Degree Completion program is intended for transfer students seeking a fully online college education that’s academically equivalent to in-person coursework. Looking for an on-campus experience instead? Visit the transfer student application page.

Follow our online degree completion application checklist below to see what you’ll need to apply, and let us help you reach your goals. If you’re ever feeling stuck, contact us at

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Priority application deadlines

We accept applications year-round on a rolling basis, but if you’d like to enter a specific term, we do offer priority admission.

Admission term Deadline Start date
Fall  August 1, 2023 August 28, 2023
Spring  December 1, 2023 January 2, 2024
Summer April 1, 2024 April 29, 2024

Application checklist for our online bachelor’s degree completion program

Going back to college is a big step forward. We’ve streamlined the application process so that everything can be done online. Go through the step-by-step list below to apply to our degree completion program—and feel good that you’re moving toward the future you envision.

Admission criteria for business, psychology and organizational leadership majors

  • Two or more years of work experience
  • At least 24 transferable semester credits with a 2.0 GPA or higher 
  • If applying to the Bachelor of Arts in psychology: transferable general psychology course
  • If applying to the Bachelor in Business Administration: no prerequisite

Admission criteria for paraprofessionals majoring in education

  • You must be employed in an educational setting where you can complete most of your clinical experience hours (priority will be given to those employed as paraprofessionals in school settings)
  • 32 completed college credits or an earned associate's degree (those without an associate's degree or 32 credits can petition for admission to the program, but must meet with an advisor to create an individualized plan for completion)
  • Recommendation from school or district staff who can verify employment and support to complete clinical experience hours

What do we look for?

At Hamline, we’re seeking bold, passionate, and purpose-driven students who want to make an impact. We evaluate previous academic work, the information provided in your personal statement regarding goals for completing your degree, and work experience.

Hamline doesn’t discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Diversity strengthens us, bringing new and unique perspectives to our community. We welcome applicants from nontraditional backgrounds, first-generation students, and military students or veterans.