Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions Eligibility

Our admissions team seeks to admit students who:

  • Demonstrate a solid academic foundation - a minimum 2.5 GPA is our recommendation, though exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for those who demonstrate a potential for academic success in other ways.

  • Possess an aptitude for success in an online learning environment.
  • Exhibit the ability to make a positive contribution to the Champlain College Online community.
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

The GMAT and/or GRE are NOT required for admission into a Champlain online graduate program.

The following list of application requirements must be completed and submitted to our admissions team before any student may be considered for acceptance to a Champlain College Online graduate degree or certificate program.

Online Application

The first step in applying to an online program at Champlain College is to begin your online application. You'll need to create an account and follow the step-by-step instructions.

College Transcripts

Official academic transcripts are required for any post-secondary coursework you have completed and all colleges and universities you have previously attended, whether or not a degree was conferred. For colleges and universities based in the United States, our admission team will work on your behalf to obtain those transcripts.

Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a recognized equivalency service. Learn more about our international student requirements below. Request that all transcripts be sent directly to Champlain College Online. For students who are still completing their undergraduate degree, we have a Provisional Admittance policy listed below that may apply to you.

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Related Work Experience Requirement

We expect that applicants have experience or current employment in the field they intend to study, with opportunities for applying new concepts and skills acquired throughout their graduate degree program. Applicants with limited relevant work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Bachelor's Degree Requirement

Graduate program applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least a 2.5 GPA or equivalent, preferably with a focus on the area they intend to study for their graduate work. Those without a bachelor's degree in disciplines related to their area of study, but who are currently working in the field are encouraged to apply; however, some preparatory coursework may be required.

Proof of English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in the English language is both required and necessary for academic success at Champlain College. If English is not your native language, you will be required to demonstrate proficiency. Learn more about our international student requirements below.

MBA Admission Requirements

Related Work Experience Requirement

If you are planning to complete the Health Care Administration Certificate for the MBA, you are expected to have a minimum of 2 years experience or current employment in a healthcare setting with opportunities to apply new skills in the healthcare field.

MS Digital Forensic Science Admission Requirements

Requisite Knowledge Requirement/Conditional Acceptance

In the application review process, all candidates for admission will be assessed for prior work experience and/or academic coursework that provides a solid foundation in the following areas:

  • Information Technology, including computer networks and operating systems
  • Digital forensic investigative techniques and laws

Acceptance to the program is limited to applicants who can demonstrate knowledge of at least one of the areas above. The number of required classes to complete the program is dependent on the demonstrated ability in these areas.


MS Healthcare Administration Admission Requirements

Related Work Experience Requirement

We expect applicants to have a minimum of 2 years of experience or current employment in a healthcare setting with opportunities for applying new skills. Applicants with limited work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

MS Information Security Admission Requirements

Related Work Experience Requirement

Due to the cybersecurity talent shortage, Champlain no longer requires applicants to have work experience in an IT or cybersecurity field. However, applicants who lack  experience in the field may need to complete additional requirements while in the program.

Related Bachelor's Degree Requirement

Applicants to the master's in information security program must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with at least a 2.5 GPA or equivalent. While a focus in information technology, computer science, cyber security or similar discipline is preferable, those who hold a bachelor's degree in another discipline are encouraged to apply. For those without an IT or Cybersecurity background completion of OPSC 500 will be required. For those with an IT background, but not cybersecurity, OPSC 500 may be suggested. 

MS Information Technology

Admission to this program is open to students from diverse backgrounds, including the several fields of information technology (IT) and career changers looking to combine their skills with IT. Students who demonstrate, through coursework and/or professional experience, sufficient IT knowledge and skills might not be required to complete CMIT-500,  those who similarly demonstrate sufficient digital forensics knowledge and skills might not be required to complete DFS-500.

The Champlain College Online admissions team will work on your behalf to obtain your college transcripts from colleges and universities based in the United States. Students who need transcripts from foreign colleges or universities should follow the procedure in the "Applicants Educated Abroad" section below. 

See the Graduate Application Requirements" section above for details on how to request your college transcripts. 

Mail: Champlain College Online, PO Box 670, Burlington, VT 05402


Fax: 802-419-5321

Students educated outside of the United States and Canada seeking admission to Champlain College Online will need to visit our International Admissions Requirements page to learn about our English proficiency requirement, as well as our international transcript evaluation process.

If you reside in the United States, please be aware that not all categories of Visas allow you or your children to take college courses, including online. Please confirm with the U.S. Department of State whether your Visa allows you to take online courses while you are living in the United States. If you are living outside of the United States you do not need a Visa to enroll in our online programs.

We look forward to welcoming back former Champlain College students! Whether you studied as an undergraduate student on the Champlain College campus or took Champlain College courses online, we are eager to talk to you about your next steps in returning to school. Keep in mind that if you have not taken online classes in over a year, you will need to reapply. Contact our admissions team or call 802-357-5188 to learn more.

At Champlain College Online, we strive to meet students where they are by providing access to higher education programs when students are ready, and have the academic foundation and requisite knowledge and experience to be successful. One way we do this is through our provisional admittance policy. We offer the pathway of "provisional admittance" to incoming students who are otherwise admissible, meaning they have met an academic program's admission requirements, but do not have a final transcript from their current institution denoting the conferral of a degree. Most of these students are finishing the final credits of their degree at an institution when they apply, and their degree may not be conferred by the time their classes begin at Champlain. 

Provisional admittance is not automatic, nor is it appropriate in all cases. In order to be considered for provisional admittance to Champlain, an applicant must:

  • Self-identify at the time of application as being in the last term of coursework at another institution.
  • Provide all official transcripts for past and current academic institutions at the time of application.
  • Have the current institution's registrar, or similar, provide a written statement and return it to Champlain College (via email, fax or USPS) that confirms:
    • The applicant is making good academic progress toward conferral.
    • The applicant is in good financial standing with the institution.
    • Date of expected degree conferral.
  • Satisfactorily complete their coursework prior to beginning an academic program at Champlain.

At Champlain College, provisional admits are "regular students" and, as such, are eligible for financial aid. However, students admitted provisionally must ensure that Champlain College receives their official transcripts, with degree conferral date, prior to the 5th week of class to ensure their standing in their current and future courses. Provisional admits whose final transcripts are not received prior to the 5th week of classes may be required to return any financial aid they have received to date for their Champlain College program.

Registrar written statement and transcripts should be sent to:

Mail: Champlain College Online, PO Box 670, Burlington, VT 05402


Fax: 802-419-5321

Champlain College Online reserves the right to review and rescind offers of admission if we learn of conduct occurring before or after the date of an offer letter, or changes in academic performance, that raise substantial issues about a prospective student’s character, integrity, or qualifications to become a member of the Champlain College Online community

Examples of conduct or academic issues that may lead the College to rescind an offer of admission include but are not limited to:

  • Academic Dishonesty, including but not limited to plagiarism, cheating, or other academic infractions.
  • Academic Performance, including but not limited to a significant drop in academic performance, failure to provide a final high school or college transcript with proof of graduation.
  • Conduct, including but not limited to questionable student conduct that may have a negative impact on the College community. Students who have accepted an offer of admission are expected to abide by the Champlain College Code of Conduct.

Decisions about reviewing or rescinding an offer of admission are made in the sole discretion of the Manager of Application Review & Transfer Credit. In the event of an alleged violation of standards outlined in the Code of Conduct, the Office of Student Conduct will assist in reviewing and/or deciding the matter.

Individuals who have had an offer of admission rescinded may appeal the decision to the Associate Vice President of Champlain College Online, who will make a final determination.

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