Wentworth Online Questions

How is online learning different than on-campus learning at Wentworth?

The main differences are location and time. You do not have to travel to campus and can participate wherever an internet connection is available.  Furthermore, you are not bound by a certain time. You can learn 24-7, whenever it is most convenient for you.

What is the difference between synchronous and asynchronous learning?

Synchronous online classes require students and instructors to be online, logged into the course Learning Management System at the same time.  Asynchronous online classes are just the opposite; the instructor posts course materials to the Learning Management System and students can access those materials as well as participate in course discussions when it is most convenient for them.  Online courses at Wentworth are offered in both synchronous and asynchronous formats.

How is participation in an online course different than on-campus?

You will have many opportunities to interact with both your instructor and fellow students in an online course. The main difference, of course, is that you will do so virtually rather than in an on-campus classroom.  For instance, in some courses you will participate in online discussion groups where you will interact regularly with your instructor and other students in the course.

What is a Learning Management System?

A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software application that is used for the delivery of online education courses. Quite simply, the LMS is the virtual classroom. At Wentworth our LMS is Blackboard Learn.  You will log in to Blackboard Learn to find your course assignments, participate in classroom discussions, download course materials, and much more.

What computer skills should I have to take an online course?

If you are able to send and receive email, and are adept at utilizing the internet then you have the basic skills necessary to take an online course.

How do I apply for admission to an online program at Wentworth?

The admissions process for online students is the same as for on-campus students at Wentworth.  Prospective students must complete the Application online in order to be considered for acceptance.

How much does tuition cost at Wentworth?

Refer to the tuition page to learn more about Wentworth's tuition rates. Please note that there is no difference in tuition rate for online vs. on-campus programming at Wentworth.

Can I transfer credits into an online program?

For the Bachelor of Science in Project Management program you may transfer up to 80 prior college and/or work experience credits.  For the Master of Science in Construction Management students may transfer up to six graduate credits.  Wentworth does not accept transfer credits for its certificate programs, however. 

Are Wentworth's online courses accredited?

Wentworth’s online courses hold the same accreditation as our on-campus programming.  We hold regional accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  Additionally, our Bachelor of Science in Project Management holds programmatic accreditation through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). 

Am I eligible to receive Financial Aid for online programming?

You are eligible to apply for Financial Aid, providing you are enrolled in a degree program and are taking at least 6 credits per semester.

Please note: You are not eligible to receive Financial Aid if you are enrolled in a non-credit certificate program.  

You can apply for financial aid online utilizing FAFSA. Every student at Wentworth is assigned a student financial aid counselor through the Financial Aid department (housed in the Student Service Center). If you have questions concerning aid, visit the Student Service Center website or call 617-989-4020.

When may I begin an online course?

Online courses follow the same academic calendar as our on-campus courses, with start times in the fall, spring, and summer.

How do I register for an online course?

Registering for an online course at Wentworth is done in the same way as our on-campus courses.  Visit our Advising section to learn more.

I have been out of school for a long time. Will I fit in?

We enroll students from a wide range of age groups, with most students being in their 20's, 30's and 40's. It is not unusual, however for students in their 50's and 60's to be enrolled. Age is not viewed as a limitation and, in fact, the life and work experience you bring to the classroom is viewed as an asset, both for your learning and the learning of your fellow classmates. The most important element for success at any age is your desire and motivation to succeed.

What type of computer do I need?

Please refer to the Technical Requirements section of our web site for complete details.