Online Bachelor’s Degree FAQs
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The Online Bachelor’s Degree Completion program puts you on the fast track to earning your college degree in either business administration or psychology. We're a partner in your future, giving you access to support services that prepare you for the online experience and future professional success. Explore our FAQs and see whether this unique program might be your next best move.
If you don’t find the answer to your questions here, the Hamline team is here to help you explore your options and get your questions answered. Contact us by email at ODCAdmissions@hamline.edu or by calling 651-523-2900.
Frequently asked questions
We’ve compiled a list of the most common questions that students ask about our Online Bachelor’s Degree Completion program. Get a better understanding of how online learning works and what you’ll need to apply.
What do I need to do for admission consideration?
To be considered for admission, you must demonstrate that you have:
- A GPA of 2.0 or higher from previous college work
- Two or more years of professional work experience
- At least 24 transferable semester credits (which must include general psychology if you’re applying for the BA in psychology)
We’ll work with students through the admission process, and we can do an informal review of transcripts to evaluate credit transfer. For more information about admission criteria, visit the Apply page for this program.
My GPA is below a 2.0. Can I still be considered for the program?
We recognize that a GPA alone doesn't tell the whole story nor represent your ability to be successful in the classroom. Students with a GPA lower than 2.0 may be admitted, depending on the circumstances of their previous college experience.
I've been out of school for some time. Am I still eligible for admission consideration?
Yes. This program is specifically designed for working adults, many of whom may have been out of school for a while. You’ll be in classes with other professionals eager to finish the bachelor’s degree they started earlier in their lives.
How will my credits transfer in?
All students are required to complete a minimum of 56 credits at Hamline, including at least 16 semester credits within their major. Each major has a set of required courses that must be satisfied, either by taking courses through Hamline or transferring in qualifying courses. As part of the admission process, you’ll receive a comprehensive degree evaluation that lays out how your courses and credits from previous colleges will transfer in.
Can I get my transcripts reviewed before I apply?
Yes! If you are unsure whether you are eligible to enroll in Hamline’s online bachelor’s degree completion program, we can help! We will do an initial review of your transcripts before you apply.
How long will it take me to graduate?
This answer varies for each student. The program format is two eight-week sessions per term, six sessions per year. If a student took a full course load (four courses per term), they could complete up to 48 credits per year. A student transferring in with 60 credits (a completed AA) could finish the program in as little as 18 months taking two courses per session.
How flexible is it?
Courses are designed with your busy schedule in mind, providing the flexibility you need to study at the times most convenient to you. All of your course activities, assignments, and exams, however, must be completed by their respective due dates. Some courses may also contain online group work.
How much time can I expect to spend on schoolwork each week?
For each class, students can expect to spend approximately 10 to 12 hours per week on readings and assignments and posting on discussion boards. Students should consider the personal and professional obligations in their lives when making decisions about enrollment to make sure they are positioned for success.
What are the specific classes I will need to take and when?
The courses you will need to complete your degree will depend on the courses you transfer into the program from previous institutions attended. You’ll receive a comprehensive degree evaluation once you’re admitted, which will clearly lay out what courses you have left to complete at Hamline. Your Online Navigator will help determine a plan for the courses you’ll take as you move through the program.
Can I talk to an advisor to determine my classes for the upcoming term?
Absolutely. You’ll be in touch with your Online Navigator on a regular basis, who will help you figure out a degree plan to follow and make sure you’re on track to graduate. You can reach out to them whenever you have a question or need support.
Will I ever need to come to campus?
The program is a fully online program—you never have to physically visit the Hamline campus. Since students will be able to access their coursework 24/7, it allows you to learn from anywhere at any time.
How does online learning work?
Online courses offer many of the same benefits that on-campus courses can offer. You can participate in group discussions, chat one-on-one with your instructors, set up study groups, or interact in real time through video, text, or sharing. And you can do it all from the comfort of your home on your own schedule. Watch this video to learn more about the basics of taking an online course.
All coursework is done entirely online through Canvas, Hamline’s learning management system (LMS). Canvas is an easy-to-use system that connects all the elements of a course in one simple place. Once you log in to your classroom, you can access assignments and course materials, interact with faculty and peers, and participate in message boards.
Our courses are created in partnership with our faculty and our instructional designers and are tailored to the subject matter and course outcomes. We take the development of our online courses very seriously to ensure they provide the same quality content as you would expect on campus.
Our courses are:
- Fully online
- Academically equal to campus courses
- Interactive and dynamic
- Adult learner-centric
What are the computer and technology requirements?
All institutions use a learning management system to deliver online courses. Hamline uses Canvas, an exceptional, state-of-the-art system to deliver you the best experience possible no matter what device you are working from.
To learn more about the basic computer specifications and web browsers you need to be able to access the Canvas system, please visit:
How much will the program cost?
Your tuition is calculated at a per-credit rate of $480 or $1,920 for a four-credit course. That’s less than half the cost of tuition for a traditional program.
Is financial aid available?
Financial aid is available in the form of federal and state grants and low-interest student loans. Eligibility is determined based on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. Be sure to ask your current employer about tuition reimbursement; it’s a rising trend within the private sector.
Will there be a New Student Orientation?
Before your coursework begins, you’ll be part of a comprehensive online orientation session where you’ll be introduced to Hamline’s online learning platform, Canvas. You’ll also receive information about many of the online resources available to you.
Who will be my academic advisor?
Your Online Navigator will be your main point of contact and primary source for advice throughout your degree program. You’ll receive personalized support and help starting with new student orientation, registering for classes, clarifying university policies and procedures, addressing academic questions and problems, identifying resources and support services, and assisting with understanding degree requirements and the transfer credit process. Your Online Navigator will also provide regular support throughout your program to help you stay on track to graduation.
Will I have access to other student services?
As an online student, you’ll have access to:
- Library services
- Writing and Communications Center support
- Military and veteran student support
- Disability Resources Office support
- Technology support
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