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Your whole story is considered, not just your transcripts.

The Champlain College Online admissions process is designed to take into account your whole story. We are interested in your previous academic record, but knowing you have much more to bring to the table as a working adult, we'll also consider your current and previous work experiences, as well as your personal and professional goals.

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.

Essay Questions

The essay questions for graduate applicants are critically important as they provide insight into you, your goals, and your plan for success in our academic programs. They are also a demonstration of college-level writing ability. We learn more about prospective students through the essays than any other aspect of your application, so we encourage you to be thoughtful in your responses to the essay questions.

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. 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.


You will need to submit a copy of your professional resume, which should include both your current and previous employment and work experiences. Your resume should be mailed, emailed or faxed to Champlain College Online.

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.

Bachelor's Degree Requirement

If your bachelor's degree is not in business or management you may be required to successfully complete one or both of the following courses in addition to the 12 required courses. Successful completion is considered a grade of B or better in the course(s).

  • MGMT 525 Managing Organizational Risk
  • MBA-507: Survey of Accounting for Managers

Depending on which course(s) you are asked to take, the MBA program may be between 36 and 42 credits in total.

Do you already have a demonstrated proficiency in this area? Provide proof of one or more of the following with your admission package to be evaluated by our Program Director:

  • Previous college coursework in financial accounting
  • Professional certifications in financial accounting
  • On the job training

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 three areas:

  1. Digital forensic investigative techniques
  2. Computer crime laws
  3. Evidence acquisition and handling

Applicants who have not demonstrated requisite knowledge in their application but are otherwise admissible will be conditionally accepted and will be provided with options for demonstrating competence prior to beginning the program.

Pathway For Those Without An IT Background

For those interested in the MS in Digital Forensic Science, but who do not have a background in IT, we have created a pathway for you to gain the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue this degree.

Our program director has determined successful completion of specific undergraduate courses will prepare you for conditional admittance into the program. These courses are Networking Fundamentals and Intro to Operating SystemsRelational Database Design & SQL is strongly recommended, but not required. Please speak with your admission advisor regarding this pathway, as well as the conditional admittance policy for the MS in Digital Forensic Science.

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 Operations Admission Requirements

Related Work Experience Requirement

We expect that applicants have a minimum of 2 years work experience. Applicants with limited work experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 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 2 years 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. 

Your official transcripts should be sent by mail or electronically to Champlain College Online, directly from the administering institution, to the mailing address or email list below. All other admission materials (resume, proof of credentials, etc.) may be submitted by the applicant directly.

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 888-545-3459 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

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