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Online and Distance Education

You can be a Tar Heel from all over the world through a growing selection of online graduate programs and undergraduate classes, as well as a variety of additional distance ed credit or noncredit offerings from professional schools or UNC-Chapel Hill Digital and Lifelong Learning.

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Of the public, for the public – in North Carolina and beyond

At its core, and fundamental to its future, Carolina is “of the public, for the public.” Historically, distance and continuing education has been a foundational part of this mission, serving as the “Gateway to Carolina” for the community. Looking ahead, this service mindset drives UNC-Chapel Hill’s planning via its strategic plan, Carolina Next: Innovations for Public Good.

Online and distance education look very different than they did even one year ago, but they are still ultimately about the students. We’re working to extend Carolina learning opportunities to those who might not otherwise have access, removing barriers to a great education. Along the way, we’re bringing the best of current standards and emerging trends to our online offerings.

We hope you’ll join us.

Facts & Figures

  • 18online degree programs
  • 66,750enrollments in online courses (2019-2020 academic year)
  • 4,315sections offered online (2019-2020 academic year)
  • 46departments/programs with online courses (2019-2020 academic year)
  • 539instructors teaching online courses (2019-2020 academic year)

Graduate Level Online Programs

Eshelman School of Pharmacy

Graduate School

Kenan-Flagler Business School

School of Government

School of Media and Journalism

School of Information and Library Science

School of Public Health

  • Certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management
  • Certificate in Core Public Health Concepts
  • Certificate in Field Epidemiology
  • Certificate in Global Health
  • Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing
  • Certificate in Public Health Leadership
  • Executive DrPH in Health Leadership
  • Master’s in Health Administration in Public Health Policy and Management
  • Master’s in Public Health in Public Health Leadership
  • Master’s in Public Health in Public Health Policy and Management

Allied Health Sciences

  • Master of Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Master’s in Radiologic Science
  • Transitional Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy

Programs at other UNC institutions

Visit for current information about all online academic programs offered through the University of North Carolina System.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is a voluntary agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council (NC-SARA) and administered by four regional education compacts.

North Carolina is a member state of SARA, through the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). UNC-Chapel Hill is a participating institution of SARA and authorized to offer distance education courses and programs to students located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.