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Bowling Green State University Online

Bowling Green State University opened in 1910 as a school for training teachers. From its humble beginnings with 304 students in its first year, BGSU has evolved over time into a thriving public university of more than 20,000 students, complete with graduate programs and online programs. BGSU even received recognition from U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 100 public universities and for excellence in first-year programs. Bowling Green State University Online gives students the convenience and flexibility to earn a degree at home, at their own pace, and with small class sizes to help ensure instructors are able to attend to all online students. The online programs are well-suited for nontraditional students, including working adults, stay-at-home parents, military students, and people whose careers require them to travel.

Programs Offered

Bowling Green State University Online delivers its programs through the Blackboard online learning system. Online courses follow the university’s semester schedules, beginning and ending in the same way traditional courses would on campus. Online courses may be either Web-based or Web-centric, meaning that some courses will not require students to set foot on campus, while others are blended and will require some face-to-face class time. Bowling Green State University Online offers degree completion programs for undergraduates, including Bachelor of Science degrees in fire administration, advanced technological education, technology — quality systems, and nursing (RN to BSN). Other undergraduate programs are the Bachelor of Liberal Studies and the Associate of Arts, offered online through BGSU Firelands. The school also offers a wide range of online graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in technology management. Finally, the school offers online certificates and endorsements.


BGSU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and is authorized to offer full degree programs online. The university has maintained its accreditation since 1916.


BGSU Online has different admissions processes depending on the type of student seeking to enroll, and students can contact the university’s admission department to determine which category best describes them. Nontraditional students seeking an undergraduate degree completion program should contact the Non-Traditional and Transfer Student Services department to get further guidance on transfer credit evaluation and other factors. Undergraduate transfer students who have attempted 12 or more hours of college course work before applying to BGSU will follow different procedures than those seeking online graduate degrees. In general, transfer students must submit transcripts from all institutions of higher education they have attended.

Those applying to an online graduate program must have previously earned a bachelor’s degree, must submit two official transcripts from all institutions attended, must meet all specifics for the particular graduate program’s standardized testing (e.g. GRE, GMAT), and must submit three letters of recommendation. New undergraduate students will need to have earned a high school degree or its equivalent, and submit their transcripts and official ACT or SAT test results. For further admissions information for online students, see here.

Admissions Contact

Bowling Green State University Online
Office of Admissions
110 McFall Center
Bowling Green, OH 43403-0085
1-866-CHOOSE BGSU (246-6732) (Toll-free)
419-372-BGSU (2478)

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