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Updated January 6, 2020

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MassBay Course Formats and Definitions for Spring 2021

With the health and safety of our community as the driving factor, in early June the decision was made to offer all fall classes at MassBay remote or online. Each class is marked as “remote” or “online” in the Course Offerings. Note, there are a handful of “blended” courses in our automotive, biotechnology, and health sciences programs that have on-campus laboratory components. Please review the details of our Campus Safety Plans for students enrolled in blended courses.

Remote — Remote classes are held at scheduled class times each week (synchronous delivery) using free video conference technology. The proportion and use of video conferencing will vary from course to course. Course materials will be delivered through a learning management system such as Blackboard.

Online — Online classes do not meet at a specific date and time each week (asynchronous delivery). Students are required to engage weekly with the material in Blackboard, the MassBay learning management system, and stay on track with submitting assignments. Assignments may include videos, recorded lectures, discussion boards, tests, and quizzes and can be completed any time before the assigned deadline (usually weekly).

Blended — Students in blended courses will have scheduled lab meetings on campus and receive a portion of the course instruction remotely or online. The proportion of online or remote instruction will vary from course to course. Blended courses are limited to specific classes in the Automotive, Biotechnology and Health Sciences programs.


Financial aid and scholarships are available for students enrolled in Fall classes. Please direct any questions to MassBay’s Admissions Office at 781-239-2500 or

Online ONLY classes: The classes listed below have been online before COVID-19 and will remain online.


Why Choose MassBay for Your Online Class?

MassBay has been offering online courses for more than a decade.

Highly qualified professors, outstanding programs, and readily available support counselors

More than 100 courses, six associate degrees, and two certificate programs to choose from

MassBay is the most affordable higher education option in MetroWest.

Transferable credits
MassBay Online credits can be used toward most bachelor’s degree programs. Massachusetts Bay Community College is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). SARA is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories of the United States. It establishes national standards for the interstate offering of distance education courses and programs.

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MassBay Online Courses


Online Associate Degree Programs

Business Administration (Associate in Science)

General Business (Associate in Science)

See Business Programs →

Paralegal Studies (Associate in Science)

See Legal Studies Programs →

General Studies (Associate in Arts)

Liberal Arts (Associate in Arts)

Liberal Arts: Psychology/Sociology (Associate in Arts)

See Humanities and Social Sciences Programs

General Studies (Associate in Science)

See STEM Science Programs →

Online Certificate Programs



See Business Programs →

Paralegal Studies

See Legal Studies Programs →

Hybrid Certificate Programs

Hybrid programs combine online with in-person classes. Please consult the course schedule to find out more.

Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

See STEM Engineering Programs →

Cyber Security

See STEM Computer Science Programs →
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Office of Online Learning

Wellesley Hills

Phone: 781-239-2581


Academic Advising Office

Wellesley Hills & Framingham

Phone: 781-239-2775