Distance learning means you can complete college courses and earn a degree without having to visit campus regularly. Through distance learning, you can pursue your dream of earning a degree from wherever you are and around your busy schedule. Depending on the degree you choose, there are many distance formats available for completing your coursework, including online, blended and video streaming options.
Find out more about distance learning formats.
As a distance learning student, you will interact with the same college professors and meet the same learning standards as an on-campus student, as well as have access to the same UA resources. Just like the many generations of previous University of Alabama graduates, you will be invited to participate in graduation commencement ceremony and activities on campus alongside fellow students.
The simple answer is, you can be ready. Don't be afraid to ask for help! Your student services counselor can help you navigate through the administrative process and your professors will be an email away. There is never a shortage of people who are ready to help you. Whatever your circumstances, our support team has helped many people just like you earn a college degree.
Choosing a degree is a very personal choice. Some distance learning students know what career they want to pursue, but many are unsure. We can help. Our student services counselors can talk to you about UA's various degree program options and the resources available to help you determine which path is right for you.
Students enrolled in online or video courses have several options for completing tests. If proctoring is required, students must secure an approved proctor to administer the test.
Find out more about proctoring options and locations.
Distance learning students have many resources available to help them succeed in their studies. From online library resources to tutoring assistance and technical support, The University of Alabama provides the tools and personal attention students need to perform at their best.
Find out more about academic resources.
Distance applicants must meet general admission requirements as outlined below. Some programs, specifically Food and Nutrition and Mechanical Engineering, may have additional program admission requirements. Please consult with an Admissions Counselor before submitting application to either of these programs.
For additional information, visit the undergraduate admissions website.
Individual departments may have additional or higher admissions standards than the minimum requirements listed above.
For additional information, visit the Graduate School website.
If you are pursuing a bachelor's degree, you may continue to take classes until all your degree requirements are met. Master's students must complete degree requirements within six years. Doctoral students must complete degree requirements within seven to eight years depending on the discipline, and a specialist degree must be completed within six years.
After you complete the undergraduate admission application, request to have your transcripts from all colleges previously attended sent directly to Office of the University Registrar. When you have been admitted, those transcripts will be evaluated by your academic division to determine how many credits can be applied to UA degree requirements.
After you complete the graduate admission application, request to have your transcripts from all colleges previously attended sent directly to the Graduate School. Evaluation of transfer credit will not be made until after you have been admitted to the Graduate School.
After you have been admitted and your transcripts have been evaluated by your academic division, you will receive a copy of the transfer credit evaluation. The maximum number of allowable transfer credit hours that can be applied toward undergraduate degree completion is sixty-one (61).
For more information, visit the transfer credit for undergraduate degree programs website.
Graduate credit earned from a regionally accredited institution may be considered for transfer and applied towards the degree requirements, if approved by the department and the dean of the Graduate School.
For more information on transfer credit for graduate degree programs, contact the graduate school.
All military undergraduate applicants (including dependents), with the exception of Army applicants (GoArmyEd), must complete the regular online application for admissions. GoArmyEd applicants must apply via the GoArmyEd portal.
Find out more about military admissions.
Current tuition rates may be found at studentaccounts.ua.edu.
For more information on making payments or frequently asked Student Receivables questions, visit the Student Account Services FAQ website.
Tuition for distance learning and Gadsden students does not include course fees, facility fees, books, health services, athletic privileges, recreation or activity fees.
If you are having trouble with your online courses, contact the technical support team at 866-205-1011 or (205) 348-9157 or visit the online help desk. For additional information visit the Instructional Technology and Academic Support Services, Technical Support page.