Berkeley College Online, like most reputable online schools, first started as an actual physical campus and continues to operate traditional campus degree programs. Berkeley College was first established in 1931 as a business school, and now offers many different Associate and Bachelor of Science as well as Bachelor of Business Administration programs.
The school is fully accredited through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and programs are recognized through the United States as well as internationally. Several of the programs offered are also fully recognized by licensing and credentialing bodies throughout the United States. The faculty is degreed professionals, most which are considered leaders within their field of expertise and hold a MBA, Master or Doctoral level degree within their specialization area. Since many of the online professors and instructors also teach on-campus courses, online students can be assured they are receiving the same high-level education that traditional in-class students obtain. Berkeley College Online works closely with the business community to ensure that classes and degrees are both practical and provide graduates with the skills needed to be competitive in today's dynamic workplace.
Courses through Berkeley College Online start on a quarterly basis, so students can enter into online programs at their convenience. All course material is available online 24-hours a day 365 days a year and can be accessed from any computer with Internet access. This makes an online education flexible enough even for those employed full time or need to be able to work from various locations. Online communication with instructors, class members and advisors also means that students do get to experience working as part of a class, even though they don't have to attend physical classes.
Students of Berkeley College Online have access to financial aid planners that help students obtain federal, state and institutional grants. Students completing online course are eligible for Pell, Supplemental and other federal grants as well as some specific state grants that may not require repayment. In the case that the student is not eligible for a federal or state grant or loan, low interest private loans, Berkeley matching scholarship grants, and privately supplied student aid are all available based on eligibility and student need. Typically, students must be taking a pre-set number of credits per term to qualify for loans and grants.
Online courses can be taken as part of a traditional degree program, or can include all courses required to complete the degree. Courses that are offered in a full online format include both associate and bachelor level degrees. Associate degrees online can be completed in approximately 18 months and online bachelor degree programs in about three years. Some associate degree programs include management, marketing, fashion marketing and management, financial services, international business and justice studies in criminal justice. Bachelor level programs include information systems management, health services management, business administration, human resource management and entrepreneurship.