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Boston University - Online


Founded in 1839, Boston University (BU) is one of the largest independent universities in the nation as well as one of its leading research-based universities. In addition to its on-campus programs, the University offers a variety of online degree programs. Its online doctoral and master's degree programs are built on the University's strong foundation and are taught by the same outstanding faculty who bring the latest research directly to BU's on-campus students.

Points of Distinction

  • eLearning access anywhere and anytime
  • Access to student service support 24/7
  • Programs backed by a support staff who specialize in online education
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Areas of Study

Boston University Online currently offers several degree and certificate programs consisting of both graduate and undergraduate courses. Of particular interest are three programs which lead to graduate degrees:

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy: This program provides practicing physical therapy professionals the opportunity to earn their degree from a top-ranked physical therapy program without disrupting their career or family.
  • MS for Occupational Therapy: This program is designed to increase the ability of current practitioners to use the latest research and knowledge of health and social service systems to guide their clinical practice.
  • Master of Criminal Justice: This degree program is targeted for working criminal justice professionals wishing to advance their career. The program provides access to criminology studies and prepares students to teach in the area of criminal justice.


Each BU Online program has specific application requirements and procedures. Applicants should contact an Admissions Advisor using the University's toll-free number. After learning the program of interest, the Advisor will guide the applicant through the process.


The faculty is made up of experts who combine scholarly achievement with professional experience. Many of the University's instructors are internationally recognized for their pioneering research and contributions to their field.

Student Body

Students in the online graduate programs are mostly working professionals looking to increase their knowledge and advance their careers. BU itself serves more than 31,000 students, and BU Online has graduated over 250,000 students worldwide.

Student Life

BU Online students have remote access to a wealth of online resources. The Student Link is an online resource which affords access to information such as grades, class schedules, and financial aid. The Online Learning Portal is the center of the online learning experience, providing access to course information, quizzes, assignments and grades; and facilitating communication with instructors and fellow eLearners.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2015-16, National Center for Education Statistics, https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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