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General Information

The University of Minnesota offers quality certificate, undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional level coursework in flexible, accessible formats:

Fully online--All course work can be completed online. For programs that require a practicum/rotation, as long as students can complete these in their own community, the program is still considered online.

Primarily online--At least 80% of instruction in the entire program is online. Intensive, but short, period of face-to-face course work may be required (e.g., two weeks summer session). No required course in the program should necessitate that students travel to a classroom location weekly.

Partially online or hybrid--Between 50% and 80% of the instruction in the entire program is online.

For Faculty and Staff

U of M faculty and staff members who would like support for their online educational efforts should contact the Center for Educational Innovation.

Getting Started

First Steps

We're here to help you get from point A to B in your educational journey, and we understand that it can seem difficult to know where to start. The following steps are designed to guide you through the selection and registration process.

Step 1: Decide what you want to do.

Step 2: Browse the offerings.

Step 3: Register or apply.

  • New U of M students seeking a degree: Contact the program listed on the website to get specific advising to confirm that you meet the admissions qualifications.
  • Current U of M degree students: You may register for these classes via the web just as you would for face-to-face classes.
  • Credit course students: Find the credit course you want and follow these registration steps (see below).
  • Noncredit course studentsSelect the noncredit offering you want and click on the link to enroll. For many offerings you can enroll and pay directly online. For some classes, you will be given instructions on how to mail or phone in your registration.

If you'd like more individualized guidance, contact our support center at 1-800-991-8636 or online@umn.edu.

Technical Requirements

You will need a computer, a high-speed internet connection, a newer version of a web browser, and access to common tools and software like word processors, email, etc. Some courses may have other software or technology requirements as well. Before class begins, you can visit the course site and the system will help you set up your browser for the software the instructor is using.

Credit Course Registration

For U of M enrolled students: Registration times vary by campus, but is usually the same time as classroom-based course registration. Check the website for your particular campus for details.

For non-U of M enrolled students: Generally, you can enroll as a non-degree seeking student up until the first day of class, pending course availability.

If you are a U of M student taking an online credit course from your campus:
Register via the MyU portal, the same way you do for your classroom-based courses.

If you are a U of M student taking an online credit course from a different U of M campus:

  • Check with an adviser before taking courses at another campus to ensure the course will meet your general education and/or major requirements.
  • Fill out a copy of the multi-institutional form, and have it processed by your home campus. You will need to consult with your college adviser and financial aid office to complete the application. If you are planning to take online courses from more than one U of M campus you will need to fill out a separate form for each campus.
  • Students currently enrolled on one campus should check with an adviser before taking courses at another campus to ensure the course will meet their general education and/or major requirements.

If you are a non-U of M student taking an online credit course:
To register for a course, follow the links below for the campus offering the course.

  • Twin Cities: Follow the instructions on One Stop for non-degree students.
  • Crookston: Contact the Admissions office at umclearn@umn.edu or 218-281-8681 to determine eligibility and space availability.
  • Duluth: Follow the instructions on the Continuing Education website.
  • Morris: Follow the Morris online learning instructions for non-U of M students. 

Transferring Credits

Transferring Credits as a Current U of M Student

It is possible to take a course from another U of M campus. However, the credits may not count if you are near graduation, have already transferred many other credits from a different institution, or the course may not apply to your major. You should speak to your adviser before registering for any course.

To take an online course offered by another U of M campus, you will need to fill out a multi-institutional form and have it processed by your home U of M campus in order to enroll.

Please note: A separate form must be completed for every semester you choose to take a course from a campus other than your home campus. If you choose to take online courses from more than one U of M campus, you must fill out a form for each campus from which you are taking courses, even if those courses are taken in the same semester.

The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

You can take online U of M courses to satisfy the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum is a collaborative effort among two- and four-year public colleges and universities in Minnesota to help students transfer their work in general education. Completion of a defined transfer curriculum at one institution enables a student to receive credit for such work upon admission to any other participating institution. This transfer curriculum consists of ten areas of competency and completion of these is certified at the sending institution.

Find out more about the specific requirements at U of M campuses: Twin Cities, Crookston, Duluth, and Morris.

Transferring Credits as a Non-U of M Student

If you would like to know if a U of M online course will apply to a degree outside of the U of M, please contact the institution to which you would like to transfer the credits.

If you have taken previous credits and would like to know if they will transfer into an online U of M program, please contact the U of M department that administers that degree.

Additional Information

More information about seamless transfer in Minnesota higher education can be found on the Minnesota Transfer website.

You can also visit the nation-wide Transferology network to explore your transfer options.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for University of Minnesota degrees and certificates varies depending on the college and campus. Generally, the cost of taking an online course is tuition plus college and online fees. Visit your program's individual web page to learn more about tuition and fees for that program. To calculate your fees, contact One Stop for the campus offering the degree program: Twin Cities; CrookstonDuluthMorris.

In most cases, all online students pay in-state tuition. However, any student admitted to a traditional degree program as an out-of-state student who is taking at least one classroom-based course during the same semester will pay out-of-state tuition. Your campus One Stop can provide you with exact figures.

Financial Aid

Eligibility for financial aid is dependent on your personal circumstances as well as the program you're interested in. You can get more specific information from the financial aid office associated with the program to which you are applying.

Financial aid does not have restrictions about online courses except for those labeled as extended term courses (nine-months long, usually offered through the College of Continuing Education). Before registering for an online course, contact your campus One Stop to see how your financial aid package may be affected by the courses you plan to take: Twin CitiesCrookstonDuluthMorris.

Professional Licensing Boards

Requirements for licensure vary from one profession to another and from state to state. If you are interested in professional licensure, please check with the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice.

WIOA - Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is a comprehensive federal program designed to assist underemployed or unemployed citizens with tuition and fees for WIOA-approved educational programs, certificates, and degrees. The University of Minnesota has received WIOA certification for many of its online bachelor, master, and certificate programs. After selecting a WIOA-approved program, contact your nearest Minnesota Workforce Center to request WIOA support for your career retraining. Let them know about the online programs that you feel would be a good fit with your career objectives.

WIOA-approved Programs (Online and Hybrid)

Bachelor's Degrees

  • Accounting
  • Applied Studies (degree completion)
  • Applied Health 
  • Business Management
  • Communication
  • Health Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Manufacturing Management 
  • Manufacturing Management - Quality Management 
  • Manufacturing Operations Management (hybrid)
  • Marketing
  • Medical Lab Sciences (hybrid)

Baccalaureate and Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

  • Applied Business
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Manufacturing Operations Management (hybrid)

Master's Degrees

  • Occupational Therapy (hybrid)

Professional Development  

  • Human Resource Test Prep

Student Resources

U of M Resources

  • Technology Help - Available by phone, email, online, or in person.
  • Hardware and Softwate InformationComputer and Device Support can connect you with discounted hardware, software, and cell phone options.
  • U of M Support - Online specialists can be reached via email, phone, or chat; 1-800-991-UofM.
  • University Libraries - Information about distance learning, as well as services to online students affiliated with each campus: Duluth, Crookston, Morris, and the Twin Cities.
  • University of Minnesota Libraries - Online tutorials and workshops.
  • The U of M Learning Platform - Academic applications (e.g. Moodle, myLibrary, podcasts). Students access the Learning Platform via the myU portal (login required).

Tips and Training

Complaint Resolution

University of Minnesota students enrolled in online and distance courses should attempt to resolve complaints by following the University’s complaint process as specified for each campus. If you wish to file a complaint about the University with its accreditor regarding issues of institutional quality, you may do so by contacting the Higher Learning Commission.

If you are residing outside Minnesota while attending the University of Minnesota, and you are not satisfied with the resolution of your complaint, you may contact the Minnesota Office of Higher Education for assistance: Betsy Talbot, Minnesota Office of Higher Education, 1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55108; 651-259-3965; Betsy.Talbot@state.mn.us