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Find a program that fits your needs.

Choose from a wide range of liberal education courses or accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  Through BSU Extended Learning, you’ll find the same quality of excellent academic instruction as offered in our traditional on-campus courses.  Plus, Extended Learning is convenient, flexible and accessible.

Combine course formats that work best for you:

Online courses can be completed over the Internet on your personal computer, office computer or wherever you have online access.  E-mail, chat rooms and news groups are major components of an online course in addition to the readings and assignments. Desire2Learn software makes it easy to adapt to online learning.  Tutorials will help you get started.  

Interactive Television Courses (ITV) are live, interactive sessions delivered over a closed-circuit TV to a selection of classrooms on designated campuses.  You choose the designated campus location that is most convenient for you.  ITV allows you to interact with your instructor and students from remote locations.  ITV encourages an exchange of ideas, questions and discussions among students much like a traditional classroom.

Extension courses are Bemidji State University courses offered on another campus to reach students who otherwise would not have access to a four-year program.

Special offerings:  Extended Learning offers some of its courses, including workshops and conferences, at sites beyond the BSU main campus.

The class schedule provides a listing of current Extended Learning courses.

Go 2 +2 to earn a four-year degree

All online undergraduate programs are transfer or degree completion programs.  We call them 2+2 for short because you start with your two-year associate of arts degree or the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).  Then you transfer to BSU to complete the second two years to earn your bachelor’s degree.

Most students complete one-third to one-half of the required credits for a four-year degree before enrolling in a 2 +2 program.

If you have no college credits or need more credits, it’s best to complete your first two years of study as a traditional BSU student.  Or you can earn your AA degree online or in-person at a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities community college before transferring to BSU.  For online AA degree programs, see

In some cases, you can begin a bachelor’s degree program without a fully completed AA degree or MnTC by completing online liberal education courses offered by BSU.  To learn about which liberal education courses are offered online, check out the course schedule.

Still more questions?  

>View Frequently Asked Questions about Extended Learning.