Distance learning means earning your degree without having to visit campus every day. Some distance students earn their bachelor’s after many years away from school. Others earn a master’s or other advanced degree. Whatever your circumstances, our support team has helped thousands of people, just like you, earn new degrees to enhance their lives.

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How to Take Classes – The Formats

Depending on your degree, you will use one or more of the following formats to complete your coursework:

Online Courses

You will interact with professors and complete lessons through Blackboard, a secure internet site. This system has easy-to-use tools that allow instructors and students to engage around course content, as well as submit and evaluate class work.

Video Streaming

UA Online offers course video streaming online. Lectures are recorded as they occur and streamed via the internet the same day. Students complete the same course requirements as on-campus students and may take proctored exams through a variety of convenient options.

Gadsden Education and Research Center

Established in 1946, The University of Alabama’s Gadsden Education and Research Center is an off-campus program serving residents of northeast Alabama, southeast Tennessee and northwest Georgia. The Center supports degrees in Education and Library Information.


Some degree programs are offered using a combination of the formats listed above. While online classes offer flexibility and convenience, many students also enjoy face-to-face time with their professors and peers. See each program’s page for information about its course delivery types.

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