Earn a master's degree, a graduate certificate or academic credit in individual courses in a way that works for you. Unlike other online degree programs, CU Boulder’s distance education courses allow you to watch classes live, actively participate in classes from afar and even attend lectures on campus where possible.

You will have the same access to faculty, class peers and staff support. More importantly, you will receive a rigorous, high-quality education and the same diploma earned by residential CU Boulder students. Continue your education and professional development on your terms. 

How Distance Education Works

Connect to the vibrant Boulder campus from anywhere to participate live in the classroom. Take advantage of real-time lectures and personal interaction with professors through a suite of online delivery options, customizing your degree to fit your schedule. You will interact with CU Boulder's nationally and internationally recognized faculty, who have built a global reputation for outstanding teaching, research and creative work across more than 150 academic fields.

Why Distance Education?

Getting Started with Distance Education

Whether you are looking to attain a full degree, a graduate certificate, or credit in an individual course, CU Boulder provides online students with the same opportunities and resources as on-campus students pursuing the same goals, but with the flexibility you need. Getting started is easy.
Step 1: Browse the distance degrees and certificates available on our program's page.
Step 2: Find courses available using the university class search.
Step 3: Apply to the program of your choice. 
Step 4: Register for classes