Online Learning

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UB offers hundreds of online courses every semester. Immerse yourself in premier online courses that fit your schedule and your interests.

Whether you are completing your undergraduate program, pursuing a new career, or building a foundation for a graduate degree, our online classes help you reach your academic goals without putting your life on hold.

Benefits of taking online courses at UB

Flexible: Choose from fall, winter, spring and summer classes so you can make a schedule that works for you. Connect with classmates and instructors online from wherever you are.

Faculty: Our faculty amplify the College's academic and research strengths and support you from enrollment to graduation.

Affordable: A degree from UB isn’t just good for your mind, it’s also good for your wallet. When cost is a deciding factor in attending college, it’s hard to find a better value than UB.

Large College Opportunities, Small College Feel: With 29 departments, 16 academic programs and 23 centers and institutes, the College offers more academic options than any other unit on campus.  

Browse our online courses

Find online courses that will fit your schedule.

Online Courses: This Semester

Fall 2020 Online Courses

Online Courses: Next Semester

Winter 2021 Online Courses

Online Professional Development Courses (non-credit)

We offer a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take online and at your convenience. All courses are 100% online and open 24/7. The six-week or self-paced courses are offered in Excel, Access, Photoshop and Personal Improvement.

These Continuing and Professional Education non-credit classes are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. Our professional development courses are offered in collaboration with ed2go/cengage.

Online Learning FAQ's

Find answers to frequently asked questions about online courses offered through the College of Arts and Sciences.

Are online classes different from the in-person traditional classes?


The only difference between an online class and a traditional (seated) one is that the course work is completed online. As long as you have a computer and access to the internet, you may enroll in a class.


What are the costs for studying online?

Current tuition and fee rates can be found on the student accounts website by semester. 

How do I apply for admission to a department?

Please visit individual program pages for complete details regarding admission requirements and application procedures.

How do I register for online classes?

Students taking online courses register through the university’s HUB Student Center, same as in-person classes.

What is an online course like?

Courses are delivered on UBlearns via the Blackboard Learning System, an internet-based course management tool. Blackboard lets students and instructors participate in class activities online. The tool offers online storage for course materials, discussion boards, virtual chat, online quizzes, grades and more. You will need a computer with internet access in order to participate in live recitation sessions, etc.

How are assignments and exams completed and submitted for online students?

Individual instructors determine the submission of homework assignments and exams. Software to ensure exam integrity is routinely used.

How much interaction will I have with my instructor and classmates?

Our instructors welcome and encourage a high degree of engagement and feedback from online students. You will be able to communicate with your instructors and classmates via Zoom, Webex, email, discussion boards and forums.

As an online student, will I ever be required to come to campus?

You are welcome to visit UB anytime. You should check each course's syllabus or contact the department because some online courses may be hybrid courses which require an in-person requirement.

Can I take an online course without enrolling in a program?

Yes. Graduate students are permitted to register for graduate coursework as non-degree students for a maximum of 12 credits. Undergraduate non-degree (non-matriculated) students can take up to 30 credits of undergraduate coursework.

Information for non-degree seeking students

What courses and degrees do you offer completely online?

You may take any online course that you register for and is listed as online. The College of Arts and Sciences currently does not offer a 100% online degree.

Searching tips for the link above:

  1. Find the semester you are interested in enrolling.
  2. Under "Search Class Schedule" find "Department and Location"
  3. Use the pulldown to select "Virtual"
  4. Click "Go"


What are UB’s computer standards?


Contact Jay Stockslader, director of online learning.