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NC-SARA Approved

Quincy College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

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Quincy College Online

Whether you are taking one course or interested in pursuing your degree fully online, Quincy College has the support, resources and faculty trained to teach online and help you achieve your academic goals. All faculty teaching online have been trained to use Canvas, our learning platform, and build out our online courses using the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric. Quincy College is a subscriber to Quality Matters, the international leader in high-quality course design. 

Whether you take classes online or on-campus, your success matters to us. As a member of our QC community you will receive support and guidance from the time you apply to your graduation by one of our academic advisors and our student success coaches.   

QC offers fully online degree and certificate programs. These academic programs are offered in flexible full or part-time pathways to help you reach your academic and professional goals.

Quality Matters at Quincy College

Quality Matters logoQuality Matters is a highly regarded program that encourages and recognizes quality online course design. Courses are internally and externally peer-reviewed based on the QM rubric. Quincy College is proud to be a member of the nationally acclaimed Quality Matters program. Our QM affiliation supports improving online course design through the use of ongoing QM professional development, and internal and external peer-reviews. For more information about Quality Matters, please visit:

Quincy College is SARA Approved

Sara Approved Logo: National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements | Approved InstitutionQuincy College has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. Students from 49 states (all but California), the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands can be accepted into our online classes and programs.

Quincy College has been approved by The Commonwealth of Massachusetts to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

What does it do?
The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories in the United States, which establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance education courses and programs. SARA is overseen by a national council (NC-SARA) and administered by four regional education compacts. What does it do? It simplifies the process of taking online courses for credit at an institution of higher education based in another state. Quincy College operates it’s distance education classes and programs under the provisions for out of state students set by SARA. Click here to view a list of participating state and territories>>


Online Courses & Programs

At Quincy College we recognize that taking courses on campus does not work for everyone. Taking online courses with us means that you can work toward a degree from the flexibility and convenience of anywhere at a time that works for you. All of our online courses are developed using the Quality Matters Higher Education Rubric to ensure the highest-quality course design in preparation for real-world success 

Taking online classes at QC also means that you receive support from our entire College community. From the personalized support of our advisors and tutoring services to the dedication from our faculty, librarians, the Learning Innovation Hub and IT support, we are here to help you throughout your educational journey to success. 

Quincy College currently offers 7-week, 10-week and 15-week online courses. These courses are available for enrolled Quincy College students and residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts only. We offer a diversity of courses within Liberal Arts, Professional Programs, and Natural & Health Science disciplines. Search current online course schedule>>

Search Online Courses

Click here to search current courses>> Use Online campus as the searching criteria when you look for online courses. All 7-week online courses have course codes ending in “OL”, all 15-week courses have course codes ending in “ON”.

If you are looking to take classes to transfer to another college or university or for your own personal interests and you are not looking to get a degree from Quincy College, you can register as a Non-Degree Seeking student. Please note that Non-Degree Seeking students are not eligible to receive Financial Aid; if you hope to use Financial Aid, please apply to one of our associate degree or certificate programs.

Continuing Education/Non-Credit Courses

The Workforce Development Department at Quincy College, offers a wide array of classes and customized programs to individuals in career transitions, those reentering the workforce, updating technical skills, or seeking knowledge enrichment. In conjunction with our educational partner MindEdge, we offer a wide array of online noncredit professional development and career advancement training courses many of which offer Continuing Ed. Units. Courses are affordable and flexible. Learn more>>


Students accepted into the fully online programs, part-time or full-time are required to take the SmarterMeasure – Learning Readiness Indicator (LRI). The LRI measures a student’s level of readiness to engage in an online academic program in a technology rich learning environment. The LRI is used for aligning fully online students with campus support services, advising, and is used in IDS 167 – First Year Seminar.


Contact our Admissions Office at or call (617) 984 – 1710 during our business hours.

Students interested in online learning should consider the following parameters when registering for online coursework:

  • Online courses have the same class requirements, “meeting time” requirements, deadlines, and learning outcomes as on-campus classes.
  • Online learning requires a weekly time commitment.
  • Online courses require students to use a Quincy College e-mail address, available to all registered students.

Online Class Models

In addition to on-campus classes, Quincy College offers three types of online learning experiences: Traditional Online, Blended Online, and Hybrid Courses.

Traditional Online Courses

Traditional online courses at Quincy College are 100% online and do not have a set class time in which you need to be at your computer. You will still engage with your instructors and peers, but instead of virtual or face-to-face discussions, you will participate in asynchronous online discussions and submit your assignments online.

This course experience works best for:

  • Independent, self-directed learners who like the flexibility to balance their own work-life-learn schedules.
  • Students who have effective time management skills to manage asynchronous online course expectations. Keep in mind that online courses do not have a set class time in which you need to be at your computer.
  • Students who like engaging with instructors and peers in asynchronous online discussions
  • Students who are comfortable submitting assignments with set deadlines online

Blended Online Courses

Blended online courses at Quincy College offer flexible ways of completing your coursework online without feeling isolated. We combine asynchronous (independent, online aspects of learning) with synchronous (mandatory, virtual/live) classroom experiences to maximize the benefits of both.

This course experience works best for:

  • Independent, self-directed learners who like the flexibility to balance their own work-life-learn schedules
  • Students who have effective time management skills to manage online course expectations
  • Students who have time to attend mandatory, scheduled virtual (live) class meetings online
  • Students who have technology, such as a webcam and microphone, to attend and participate in the mandatory and scheduled virtual (live) class meetings

Hybrid Courses

Hybrid courses at QC also provide flexibility for students since most course activities are done online. Students enrolled in hybrid courses have time to work independently online and enjoy time interacting face-to-face with the instructor and peers on campus. Students receive a schedule of their mandatory, on-campus classes. Please note that individual programs may require a different number of on-campus hours, but no less than six hours.

This course experience works best for:

  • Independent, self-directed learners who like the flexibility to balance their own work-life-learn schedules
  • Students who have effective time management skills to manage online course expectations
  • Students who have time to attend scheduled class meetings on campus

Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Online Learning

Synchronous learning involves students being in an online learning environment at the same time. During the mandatory, scheduled class, students interact with their instructor and other students in real time. Students and the instructor use tools such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams to meet for class. Students complete classwork and assessments, interact with instructional materials such as videos, articles, blogs, podcasts, etc. to prepare for class and complete assignments. Here at QC we use the Canvas Learning Management System to create and deliver our courses.

Asynchronous learning allows students to enter their online learning environment and complete coursework on their own time. Asynchronous learning doesn’t require students or instructors to be inside the learning environment together. Instruction and course materials are prepared ahead of time in the course within the Canvas Learning Management System. Students interact with their instructors and other students via online discussions and group activities, and submit assignments and assessments online.

For more information about our online course models, please contact the Learning Innovation Hub via email: or call: 617-405-5914.



Professional Licensure and Certification Requirements

For students that reside outside of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • Professional licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state. Licensure and certification in one state do not guarantee automatic licensure in another state. Quincy College offers courses and programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification in states outside of Massachusetts. Quincy College has not made a determination that its curriculum meets State educational requirements for licensure or certification in states outside of Massachusetts.
  • Students in programs that lead (or may lead) to out-of-state licensure or certification should speak to their Quincy College Academic Advisors and/or Deans about licensure requirements.
  • At this time, Quincy College cannot confirm if programs meet the prerequisites for professional licensure or certification outside of Massachusetts.
  • Out-of-state students should consult relevant associations, boards, agencies or governmental bodies within their states for licensure and/or certification information.

View the chart of online programs that may or may not require additional licensure outside of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For best in-document linking experience, please download “chart” to your desktop.

Online Student Complaint Policy and Procedure

At Quincy College, we attempt to resolve student complaints within our academic and administrative departments, as specified in Policy 6.14 Student Grievance Procedure (Policy Manual page 177) contained in the Quincy College Policy Manual. The QC Policy Manual can be located at  Note: Students with concerns about grades should first refer to Policy 5.14: Final Grade Appeal Process (Policy Manual page 147).  For all Sexual Misconduct related matters, please refer to the Policy 3.03: Quincy College Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures in Accordance with the Violence Against Women Act (Policy Manual page 62).

Students who have a grievance or complaints are encouraged to first address his/her grievance with the individual against whom the grievance exists. Online and distance education students who have a grievance or complaints may submit complaints to the College by completing this Complaint Form [PDF], and emailing it to After the student submits the Form, it will be forwarded to the appropriate academic or administrative department. The appropriate department will send an email response to the student informing that the grievance or complaint was received and is under review.

A student is encouraged to utilize the College’s internal complaint process.  If a student’s complaint is not satisfied at the institutional level, the student may file a complaint with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE):

For Massachusetts Residents and Online Students in Non-SARA Member States and Territories

If a student’s complaint is not resolved at the institutional level, the student may file a complaint with DHE by using the general complaint form. The DHE general complaint form should be used by students who are located in:

  • Massachusetts
  • Non-SARA Member States or Territories (e.g., California, Guam, etc.)

For Online Students Located in SARA Member States and Territories

After the student has exhausted the complaint procedures made available by Quincy College, if the student’s complaint has not been resolved, the student may file a complaint with the DHE by using the SARA complaint form. The DHE SARA complaint form should be used by students who are located in SARA member states and territories. This includes all students who are located in SARA member states and territories for the purposes of completing out-of-state learning placements, such as internships, practica, clinical experiences, etc., in SARA member states and territories outside Massachusetts.

Additional information from the DHE’s SARA complaint website is below:

The SARA complaint process is as follows:

  1. Students must first attempt to resolve their complaint using internal administrative procedures offered by the SARA institution.
  2. After all administrative remedies have been exhausted with the MA-SARA institution, the student may submit a SARA Complaint via the URL below.
  3. The Department shall send a copy of the complaint to the institution that is the subject of the complaint;
  4. Within 30 days of the date that the Department sends a copy of the complaint to the institution, the institution must provide a written response to the student and the Department.

Please note that complaints about student grades and student conduct violations are expressly excluded from the SARA complaint process. For information about the DHE’s SARA complaint process, please visit the DHE SARA website and its Complaint Policy and Process.


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