• Frequently Asked Questions

    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.

    View current tuition rates and fees.

    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 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 admissions process, you’ll receive a comprehensive degree-evaluation that lays out how your courses and credits from previous colleges will transfer in.

    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.

    View more information about FAFSA.

    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 anytime.

    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 who 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.

    What do I need to do for admission consideration?

    To be considered for admission to the online degree program, you must demonstrate you have:

    • A GPA of 2.0 or higher from previous college work.
    • Two or more years of professional work experience
    • At least 40 transferable semester credits, which must include:
      • General psychology (for those students applying for the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology) 

    We’ll work with students through the admissions process and can do an informal review of transcripts to evaluate credit transfer.

    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.

    How does online learning work?

    All coursework is done entirely online through Canvas, Hamline’s learning management system (LMS). Canvas is an easy-to-use, cloud-based LMS that connects all the elements of a course in one simple place. Once you log into 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


    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 school work each week?

    For each class, students can expect to spend approximately 10-12 hours per week on readings and assignments and posting on discussions 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.

    Who is my advisor?

    Each student works with an online navigator, who serves as the main point of contact and primary resource for consultation and advice throughout your degree program. Your navigator will help you select courses, clarify university policies and procedures, address academic questions and problems, identify resources and support services, and assist with understanding degree requirements and the transfer credit process.

    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 adviser 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.