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Frequently Asked Questions

What must I do to be eligible for the program? 

Entering students must have completed the equivalent of two years of college courses elsewhere, equating to approximately 60 semester hours of study. These courses may come from any regionally-accredited institution. Most community college courses will satisfy this requirement.

Is an associate's degree required?

No, an associate’s degree is not required. Any combination of prior college coursework can be combined to comprise the 60 credits needed.

Are there prerequisites I need to meet before starting?

Your prior coursework must include courses from a range of disciplines. Minimum prerequisites include:

  • 6 semester hours from the humanities (e.g., literature, history, language, philosophy, religion, performing or visual arts);
  • 6 semester hours from the social sciences (e.g., psychology, political science, sociology, geography, anthropology);
  • 3 semester hours in the natural sciences (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics, geology, environmental science);
  • 3 semester hours of English composition; and
  • 3 semester hours of college-level math.

What majors are available?

Only one program is available; it is a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Is the degree the same that is available to full-time undergraduate students at Bentley University?

Graduates of the online program will earn a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bentley University with no specialization. Full-time undergraduate students must select a major area of study such as Accountancy, Finance, or Marketing. If you are interested in full-time undergraduate study, please visit Undergraduate Admission.  

What is the format of the program?

All courses are online and 8 weeks in length. Students take one course at a time with 5 sessions per year. A typical student, who does not skip any sessions, can complete the program in a little over 3 years. Once a year, students will come to campus for a 2 day on-campus experience. There will be an alternative online program for those who cannot attend this session.  

Can I take more than one course per term?

This is a part-time program designed for working professionals. In order to maintain a manageable workload, students take only one course in any given term.

What is the format of the courses?

Most of the work in a course can be completed at any time or place you choose during the week. Course materials such as videos and readings will be available online for completion whenever it is convenient for you.

There will be deadlines by which you will have to turn in assignments; most courses will have weekly deliverables. Examples include: problem sets, quizzes, papers, discussion board and blog posts, reflection papers and exams.

Approximately three times in each 8-week session, there will be a day and time when all students are expected to join together in a live online class session with the professor. These sessions allow for students to interact with each other as well as with the professor to discuss course topics. You can engage in these live sessions from any location worldwide, as long as you have a reliable internet connection and your computer has a microphone and camera available. These sessions will be recorded and available for viewing in the event you are not able to attend live.

What will coursework involve?

Coursework involves time spent reading the textbook, listening to online lectures, participating in group work, preparing individual graded and ungraded assignments, posting to discussion boards and blogs, participating in synchronized live lectures, attending weekly chats with instructors, and completing any other deliverables as required by the instructor.

I have been out of school for a few years. What resources are available to help with the transition?

You will have access to online library services, the Bentley Help Desk for technical difficulties, to your faculty, and an academic advisor.

How will I have access to my professors?

Professors will hold online office hours every week and will monitor communications from students and respond to questions promptly.

What are the technology requirements; do I need a specific type of computer and any peripheral equipment?

System Requirements:  

You must have an internet-connected PC or a Mac. A tablet (i.e., Surface or iPad) may be used in addition, but not as your only equipment.

Windows System Requirements

  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher
  • SABA compatible web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome)
  • Internet connection  (Broadband, DSL, FIOS)
  • ​CPU P500+ MHz; Memory 256+ MB; Disk Space 200+ MB

Macintosh System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.5.x or higher
  • SABA compatible web browser (Safari, Firefox, or Chrome)
  • Internet connection (Broadband, DSL, FIOS)
  • ​Intel PC (Video supported); Memory 384 MB

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office

Audio and Video Requirements

  • Sound card, Speakers (earbuds or headset)
  • Microphone, built-in or headset (recommended)
  • ​Webcam, built-in or external