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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long will it take to complete my degree and how much will it cost me?

Programs

Standard Completion
Timeframe

Maximum Completion Timeframe

Associate

2 years

3 years

Bachelor’s

4 years

6 years

Master’s

2 years

3 years

*Average time to completion for an undergraduate studentis calculated at 48 months or 4 years. It is expected the average student will complete 10 courses per year with 40 courses required to earn a Bachelor’s degree. This assumes no transfer credit was applied. Where transfer credit is accepted, the time to completion would be reduced by the amount of transfer credit thus reducing the overall program cost.

**Average time to completion for an Associate’s degree is calculated at 24 months or 2 years. It is expected the average student will complete 10 courses per year with 20 courses required to earn an Associate degree. This assumes no transfer credit was applied. Where transfer credit is accepted, the time to completion would be reduced by the amount of transfer credit thus reducing the overall program cost.

The average complete program cost for a Bachelor’s degree would be $14,352 * plus any applicable fees. The average complete program cost for an Associate degree would be $7,176** plus any applicable fees.

*Average time to completion for a graduate student is calculated at 24 months or 2 years. It is expected the average graduate student will complete 6 courses per year with 12 courses required to earn a Master’s degree. This assumes no transfer credit was applied. Where transfer credit is accepted, the time to completion would be reduced by the amount of transfer credit thus reducing the overall program cost.

The average complete program cost for a Master’s degree would be $11,976* plus any applicable fees.

What are the admission requirements to enroll with BU?

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

We accept new students each month (beginning in January 2019). We do not require the MAT, GRE, or similar graduate entrance exams because those tests measure what you have already learned rather than your capacity to learn new things, problem solve, and persist with challenging tasks.

  • Successful completion of the High School Diploma or equivalent, such as GED.
  • English Language ability TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent test score for non-native English speakers.
  • Copy of a valid government issued ID required for identity verification
  • Official transcripts from High school and all previously attended colleges or universities
Graduate Admission Requirements
  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree from an appropriately accredited institution.
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities.
  • English Language ability, such as TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent test score for non-native English speakers.
  • Copy of a valid government issued ID required for identity verification
International Students

International students interested in earning their degree with BU follow the same two-step admissions process by filling in the online application.

Instruction at BU is provided in English, and the University does not provide English as a Second Language services. Applicants for whom English is a second language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®) and have their official TOEFL® score report sent to the Office of Registrar under separate cover. Alternatives to the TOEFL, such as IELTS are acceptable. See the school catalog for details.

  • Applicants must receive a TOEFL score of 500 on the paper-based test or 61 on the Internet-Based test (IBT).
  • Alternatively, an applicant may enroll in the University’s EN111 Composition I course online as a non-degree student. The University will accept a grade of C or better as proof of English proficiency in lieu of the TOEFL score.

Applicants with transcripts not in English must be evaluated by an appropriate third party and translated into English or evaluated by a trained transcript evaluator fluent in the language on the transcript. In this case, the evaluator must have expertise in the educational practices of the country of origin and include an English translation of the review.

International students who do not have US government photo identification will need to produce two forms of alternative photo identification during proctored examinations in order to verify identity. International students must also pay a one-time registration fee of $200.00

What type of support will I be given while a student at BU?

These student advisors mentor students and provide academic advising support as students develop and personalize their study and degree plans. They are the first point of contact for helping students successfully complete their programs and resolving issues involving their program of study or any other schooling related issues students may have. Student Advisors are required by University policy to answer student inquiries within 24 hours during the work-week and within 48 hours on the weekend.

How much time should I plan to spend on a course?

A typical student who had no background in the course material would spend an average of 135 hours of student work to successfully demonstrate achievement of all learning objectives in a single course.

Are you an online university, or will I have to attend scheduled classes?

Bottega University (BU) is an accredited online university that allows students to complete their degree programs virtually. Our programs do not have residency requirements, and students can earn their degrees 100% online.

Students access textbook chapters, course materials, quizzes, projects, and exams through our user-friendly learning management system. Proctored exams can be taken at home. Classes are available to students 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

Will you accept transfer credits?

An applicant who wishes to receive a transfer and/or equivalent credit evaluation prior to enrollment must provide official college transcripts and training certificates. Transfer credit evaluations will not be performed using unofficial transcripts. After a student enrolls in the University, there is no charge for a transfer credit evaluation. The transfer credit evaluation serves as a guide for determining the remaining coursework required for the student to complete his/her desired program of study.

Course content and instructional quality varies across institutions and, because of this, BU does not consider grade points for work completed at other colleges or universities. Therefore, transfer credit neither raises nor lowers a student’s grade point average. Only grades of C- or better will be considered for undergraduate credit and B- or better for graduate credit. In addition, the University has established the following limits on the maximum credits that are allowed for transfer into the degree programs.

Maximum Transfer Credits that May Be Awarded from All Sources

  • Associate Degree up to 45 credits (15 courses)*
  • Bachelor’s Degree up to 90 credits (30 courses)*
  • Master’s Degree up to 18 credits (6 courses)**

Computer and technology courses must have been taken within the last five years.

Will credits earned at your university be accepted at other universities?

The transferability of credits you earn at BU is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree you earn is also at the complete discretion of the institution in which you may seek to transfer. If the credits that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending BU to determine if your credits will transfer.

Do you offer career counseling?

Our career services team will assist you with employment preparation skills.

How much is tuition?

UNDERGRADUATE MONTHLY TUITION

$897 per term made in three installments of $299 per month for students enrolled in a degree program. $300 per course for non-degree seeking students.

GRADUATE MONTHLY TUITION

$1497 per term made in three installments $499 per month for students enrolled in a degree program. $1000 per course for non-degree seeking students.

For both undergraduate and graduate programs, there is a $50/term technology fee assessed.

How many courses may I enroll in at a time?

BU’s policy allows students to register for up to four courses in a term, however, with Academic Dean approval a student may take additional courses.

How long are courses at BU (terms)?

Standard BU terms are 12 weeks long. For each term, courses begin at 9:00 am on Mondays and courses end on Fridays at midnight Mountain Standard Time.

What are the technology requirements to enroll at BU?

BU requires the following technical specifications to ensure that students can successfully take proctored examinations and complete their coursework.
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  • Computer that runs at least Windows 10 or higher or Mac OS X, with at least 4GB of RAM (8 GB recommended)

  • Webcam (resolution at least 640 x 480 with 1280×720 recommended)

  • Computer microphone (Many webcams have built in microphones.)

  • Computer speakers or headphones

  • Adobe PDF reader

  • Microsoft Office, including, as a minimum: PowerPoint, Word, and Excel

  • Google Chrome web browser (most current version) with Adobe Flash Player installed. Adobe Flash Player is a free download from adobe.com.

  • Reliable high-speed Internet connection of at least 10-15 Mbps.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that these requirements are met. If you use technology that does not meet these requirements, it is possible that you will not be able to complete some course material. Failure to complete a course due to technology that does not meet these specifications will result in a failing grade and possible academic probation.

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