Customize Your Online Program

The Road to a Degree

Finding Your Way to Academic Success

Stackable courses and credentials provide the flexibility to learn at your pace and customize your education to your interests. Choose a personalized road that fits your life and goals!

Non-credit Courses

Short-term classes help you gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills, or develop personal interests. These classes can provide foundational knowledge for a corresponding for-credit graduate course.

You can start these courses at any time and complete them at your own pace.

What's next?

  • Earn a non-credit certificate
  • Take a sequence of noncredit courses to earn a specialization certificate
  • Enroll in the for-credit graduate course

Non-credit Course List

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Other Online Platforms

** denotes courses that can stack into transcriptable certificates and/or degrees

Graduate Courses

  • For-credit graduate courses
  • Enroll as a non-degree student to explore a variety of degree programs
  • Begin in the Spring, Summer, or Fall

What's next?

  • Apply the credit toward a Graduate Certificate
  • Apply the credit toward a Graduate Degree Program
  • Transfer credit to another university

Explore graduate courses
Online courses open to non-degree enrollment can be filtered by semester and are listed by academic department in ACES.

Stackable Graduate Certificates

  • 12-credit hours, made up of 3 to 4 graduate courses
  • Designed around specific skills and competencies
  • Earn a transferable & stackable certificate

What's next?

  • Stack three graduate certificates toward an online master's degree

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Master's Degrees

  • 32 to 36-credit hours
  • Flexible and adaptable to fit your schedule
  • Fully online
  • Same rigor & same faculty you would have in the on-campus program
  • Applications are accepted throughout the year
  • Begin in the Spring, Summer, or Fall

Explore online master's degrees

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We're ready to get you started on a personalized path to personal and professional growth. Reach out to learn more.


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