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Finish Faster - From Diploma to Master's

27 accelerated programs that provide flexibility and convenience

Beal University is a private university based in Bangor, Maine that has been preparing students for in-demand professions for over 130 years. Our accelerated degree programs are designed to be adaptable, flexible, and agile so that individuals can gain the education they need quickly to get to the job they want sooner.

Earn your degree sooner.

If you need a degree to advance your career or begin a new one, our accelerated learning options provide you with maximum flexibility so you don’t have to compromise on your other commitments.

8-week course modules will allow you to complete your studies faster and get into the workforce sooner. Six mini semesters will provide for year round study. That way you’ll complete your degree much faster than at a traditional college and graduate quickly with the education you deserve.

Choose from 27 accelerated degree programs across six fields of study. Select the program that aligns with your interests and professional goals. Learn from industry experts, hone your skills in hands-on environments and gain the experience future employers are looking for.

Learn online, on your schedule.

Our accelerated programs are 100% online (with some on-campus/hybrid exceptions) giving you flexibility and freedom to complete your education from anywhere** with minimal disruption to your current lifestyle or schedule. Group projects, discussion questions and integrative assignments create an interactive curriculum that provides the same high-quality education as a traditional learning experience. Plus, our expert instructors and staff provide personalized instruction and one-on-one attention when you need it.

We’re committed to your success.

Beal University provides you with assistance and encouragement every step of the way, including academic advising, career guidance, special needs and disability accommodation, peer tutoring and other learning resources. Plus, you’ll have full access to our university library, bookstore, computer resources and more. Our team is committed to your academic and professional success! In an independent survey of student satisfaction gave Beal high marks for our instructors (96%), facilities and equipment (99%) and our online learning experience (88%)!

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27 Accelerated Programs

Beal University offers 27 accelerated programs across 6 fields of study. Online learning allows you to study when and where** you want. You finish faster and put your education to work immediately.

Next Start Date July 1st


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Beal University

Beal University is a private, career-focused university based in Bangor, Maine that has been educating capable professionals for over 130 years. Our accelerated degree programs are recognized for producing graduates that are ready to thrive in their chosen fields. We provide students with one-on-one attention and the learning options they need to start down a rewarding career path. Beal also serves nursing students in southwestern Maine at a satellite location in Wilton, ME.

Founded in 1891

130+ years of career-focused education.

Year-Round Classes

Accelerated programs to complete your degree faster.

2 Locations

Take courses at our Bangor or Wilton locations, or online.

An Accredited

Beal University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The ACCSC is an accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education. This means Beal University meets specific criteria for educational quality and other standards for higher-education institutions. Accreditation also allows Beal to transfer credits from other accredited schools and to be able to offer federal financial aid to eligible students.

Why Choose

Beal University?

At Beal we understand the unique challenges students face when pursuing or advancing their careers. Our accelerated degree programs are designed to fit your busy schedule and help you earn your degree faster. Additionally, we’re committed to providing you one-on-one attention to help you succeed.

Accelerated Degree Programs

Our terms are only 8 weeks long and classes run year-round, enabling you to complete your degree faster.

Flexible Schedules

Take classes during the day or evening. Classes are offered in-person, online or in a hybrid format (partly on-campus and online).

Supportive Community

Our small setting creates a tight-knit community to help you thrive academically and professionally.

Transfer Credits

Beal has articulation agreements with many local high schools. Plus, we accept up to 75% transfer credits earned at other accredited schools into our degree programs.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are in demand by employers. Our degree programs are aligned with job opportunities in the local area and beyond.



Your success is our main goal. Beal University’s financial aid advisors will assist you in applying for a wide range of funding options, such as federal grants and loans, veteran benefits and Maine State grant assistance for students who are eligible. We will discuss funding options with you to determine what you might qualify for and guide you through the application process.

Available programs to those who qualify:

  • Federal Pell Grant Program
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity
  • Grant (SEOG)
  • Maine State Grant
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Plus Loans
  • Veterans’ Educational Benefits (GI Bill®)
  • The Maine Loan
  • Scholarships



All Beal University students – including those in our online programs – have full access to our campus resources. Discover a supportive network of student services, career development, online university library, and more. Meet one-on-one with academic advisors, career advisors, tutors and other staff to help you along any stage of your journey at Beal.

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We Prepare You for

a Successful Career

When you graduate from Beal University you’ll enter the workforce confidently, knowing that your skills are highly valuable in today’s economy. By conducting careful research into employment trends and gaps, Beal has established career-focused programs that ensure our students are fully trained, skilled and ready to thrive in their fields.

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