Online Bachelor Degree Completion Program Overviews

Individuals who have previously completed a significant amount of undergraduate work can enroll in an online bachelor's degree completion program in their field of interest.

About Online Bachelor's Degree Completion Programs

Many colleges offer online bachelor's degree completion programs that can give students a convenient and flexible opportunity to complete a degree in a variety of liberal arts and science fields. Programs may be delivered entirely online, but some courses require on-site laboratory or practicum requirements.

Admission Requirements

Typically, any students holding an associate's degree or at least 56-70 transferable credits (depending on the school) can apply to an online bachelor's degree completion program, although it is important to note that some programs only admit applicant who meet a minimum GPA requirement. Common application materials include:

  • Proof of high school graduation
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation


There are few restrictions on majors when taking an online bachelor's degree completion program, so students have a variety of options. The time it takes to complete a major online depends on the number of credits a student has previously accumulated. Students may pursue the following types of majors online:

  • Nursing
  • Business
  • Technology studies
  • Communication studies
  • Liberal arts and sciences

Online Learning

Some colleges offer flexible training programs, with students working strictly online or taking some evening or weekend classes. In this way, coursework is completed online, while any required on-site learning experiences can be completed during evening or weekend classes. Some programs, such as those in nursing, may conduct classes online but require clinical experiences at an approved facility.

Most colleges make it easy for a student to complete an online bachelor's degree program. Courses utilize online platforms that support learning and facilitate communication, including:

  • Chat rooms
  • Interactive videos
  • Bulletin boards
  • Email
  • Blogs
  • Message boards

In an online bachelor's degree completion program, associate's degree-holders can extend their education by taking courses that utilize web-based course material delivery systems. For some programs, hands-on training is also required.

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