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BU Online Distance Education programs

About Boston University Online

Boston University Online is a unique collaboration between the Office of Distance Education and faculty members throughout the many Schools and Colleges that comprise Boston University.

As part of Boston University Extended Education, the office consists of a team of instructional designers, video producers, and support staff who specialize in online education. The Office serves as a resource for Schools and Colleges that seek to develop online programs, and works closely with faculty to ensure that the Boston University Online experience is of the high caliber for which Boston University is regarded throughout the world.

The faculty and staff who design and create Boston University Online programs share a philosophy that your computer is a unique and powerful educational tool. We seek to maximize the capabilities of today’s technologies in order to engage the full learning potential of each student. To do so, we strive to create an exciting and interactive online instructional environment that incorporates simulations, video, audio, multimedia, and group activities such as discussion boards.

An online degree from Boston University represents achievement of a high academic standard. Our programs are accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., one of six nationally recognized accrediting agencies.

In addition to academic rigor, a vital component of all Boston University Online programs is the availability of outstanding Student Services. The Office of Distance Education assures that Boston University Online students receive prompt and attentive assistance throughout their learning experience, from application and registration to technical support to graduation details.

Boston University is proud to be a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), one of six regional accrediting organizations in the United States, and has been accredited by NEASC since 1929.  More information on BU’s accreditation can be found here.

Boston University Online is an active member in the online education community. We are member of, and participate regularly with, the following associations:

  • Educause
  • European Association for International Education
  • University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)
  • The Sloan Consortium
  • United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

Please feel free to contact the Office of Distance Education to learn more about creating or enrolling in Boston University Online programs.