Online and Distance Education

Carolina has a growing selection of online graduate and undergraduate programs for academic credit. The University’s professional schools and Center for Continuing Education also offer a limited selection of distance programs in other formats for special populations, as well as a broad range of noncredit distance education programs.

Degrees, certificates and courses

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  • Two doctoral degrees, nine master’s degrees, eight certificates
  • 1,050 students enrolled in online certificates and degrees as of fall 2016.
  • 1,827 undergraduate online course enrollments as of fall 2016.

Online programs - graduate level

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Kenan-Flagler Business School

Master of Business Administration

Master of Accounting

School of Government

Master of Public Administration

School of Media and Journalism

Certificate in Technology and Communication

Master of Arts in Technology and Communication

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

Online programs - undergraduate level

College of Arts and Sciences

UNC Core Certificate (active duty military and veterans)

Friday Center for Continuing Education

Carolina Courses Online

Self-paced Courses

Programs at other UNC institutions

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

NC-SARA approval

UNC-Chapel Hill distance education programs are approved by the state of North Carolina to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education.

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an 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 and administered by four regional education compacts.

State Authorization and Student Complaints about Delivery of Distance Education

Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act includes regulations regarding the delivery of distance education to out-of-state residents. The United States Department of Education requires that institutions comply with any applicable state approval or licensure requirements in each state to which distance education instruction is delivered.

Students have the right to file a complaint against an institution when these requirements are not followed or regarding the loss of tuition and fees as a result of unfair business practices. Institutions must provide both current and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accrediting body and the appropriate state agency for handling complaints in a student’s resident state.

UNC-Chapel Hill is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees and certificates.

If you have a complaint about UNC-Chapel Hill distance education programs and the issue could not be resolved internally, read more and learn about options and resources related to student complaints about delivery of distance education.


Facts & Figures

  • 2doctoral degrees
  • 9master's degrees
  • 19online degrees and certificates
  • 8certificates
  • 1,050students enrolled in online certificates and degrees (fall 2016)
  • 1,827undergraduate online course enrollments as of the fall of 2016