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Distance Education

Distance or online education provides students with the opportunity to take the same classes offered on campus through different delivery methods. Any currently enrolled Mason student can take an online course. There is no separate application process. Registration and financial aid work in the same way for online and face-to-face courses.

Many distance education courses may be completed at home, while stationed abroad, or when traveling. For students who work, intern, commute, or even live on campus, online courses offer an active and collaborative learning environment while allowing for greater scheduling flexibility.

Online Courses

Hundreds of undergraduate and graduate courses are offered online each semester, including summer. Classes are delivered as fully (100%) online or hybrid online (51-99% of scheduled class time is online). Course interactions can take place synchronously (same time, different locations) or asynchronously (different times, different locations).

Mason Core: For undergraduate students, Mason offers online course options for most Mason Core requirements [excluding ENGH 100 Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core) and Synthesis/Capstone]. Offerings vary by semester. Contact your advisor each semester to plan your course schedule.

For a full list of online courses, see the website.

Online Programs

Mason currently offers over 50 fully online or hybrid programs, including bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, graduate certificates, and undergraduate certificates and minors.

For a full list of online programs, visit the website.