VO: What’s it like to earn an online degree at the University of Minnesota? Let's find out.

First of all, it's convenient. Most of our classes are offered asynchronously, meaning you can log in at any time to learn the material. All of your assignments can be completed and submitted online.

Is an online degree a real U of M degree?

Absolutely. A U of M degree earned online is the same as a degree earned on campus. You'll get the same content, rigorous instruction, and often the same professors as an on campus course. Plus, you'll get access to knowledgeable advisors who can help you plan your degree.

How do I know if an online degree is right for me?

If you are self-motivated and can manage your time independently, an online degree is a great choice. Many of our online students successfully balance a job, school and other responsibilities.

What is an online course like?

An online course at the U of M is a media rich experience that has been carefully curated to be delivered online. We have instructional designers who have deep experience building an online course that is engaging, challenging and interactive.

How will I communicate with other students and faculty?

You'll have access to discussion boards either in real time or when you're available. You may also have virtual meetings with the whole class, in small groups, or with your professor during office hours.

How will I learn the material?

Your course materials may include lectures - either recorded or delivered live, videos - original or hand-selected to enhance the subject matter, supplemental material - articles, journals, papers, images, or online textbooks, and projects - these may be individual or small group.

What tools will I need?

A laptop, tablet or phone with a reliable internet connection, a dedicated space to study and work and an optional pair of headphones. You can also choose to download the course delivery app to your mobile device, but that's not required.

What support or resources are available?

Depending on your home campus, you'll have access to U of M library assets, career guidance, tech support, disability resources, online tutoring help and mental health services.

When you earn an online degree from the University of Minnesota, you're in control. In most courses, you can learn the material on your own schedule day or night, so you can manage your time and priorities in a way that works for you.

Want to learn more? Email us at online@umn.edu.