Leading the Way in Online Education
The mission of UCCS Online is to extend the resources of UCCS by providing high-quality online educational, training, and professional development opportunities to the community, state, nation, and world. We're proud to have offered online courses for nearly three decades, as we understand access is a key factor in achieving a degree.
Accessible Education for Every Learner
We believe that every student should have the opportunity to earn a degree they’re passionate about — regardless of where they live. UCCS Online brings the same world-class undergraduate, graduate, doctorate, and certificate programs from our campus straight to your home. Whether you’re an adult learner, a career changer, a working parent, or a first-time student, you can earn a life-changing degree that fits into your busy life.
Our flexible courses are thoughtfully designed to make online learning fun, collaborative, and available to everyone. From innovative technologies and hands-on projects to engaging discussions and career-focused coursework, we are committed to empowering you through education.
UCCS Online students come from diverse backgrounds but have a common goal: earning a high-quality degree that can make a difference in their future. When you’re ready to take the next step toward building a better life and a lasting career, we’re here to help you find an affordable online degree program that meets your goals.
Why Should You Choose UCCS Online?
All of our degree programs are built to be fully remote, so you can learn from anywhere in the world and take your courses at a time that works for you.
From enrollment, through your courses, and to graduation, you’ll receive the personalized attention and guidance you need to turn your goals into a reality.
As a UCCS Online student, you’ll be connected to a dynamic network of over 480,000 University of Colorado alumni around the world.
When you earn your degree online, you’ll get the same world-class education and receive the same University of Colorado diploma as our on-campus students.
Build the Skills Employers Demand
Our University of Colorado online degrees are designed with your future in mind. We offer a wide range of fully online degrees and certificates in business, healthcare, education, criminal justice, social science, STEM, and more to help guide your career.
During your UCCS Online program, you will learn from and interact with active industry professionals, leaders, researchers, and subject-matter experts who are currently shaping their areas of expertise. Through an applied curriculum, collaborative projects, and experiential learning opportunities, you’ll be able to ask questions, get feedback, and build your knowledge alongside a diverse range of faculty and classmates.
Whether you’re looking to advance to a new role, land your dream job, or develop in-demand skills, a UCCS Online degree can make you more competitive in today’s job market and help you establish your career path.
Accreditation and Authorization
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the NCA is one of six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Regional agencies provide accreditation at the institution-wide level, ensuring excellence in higher education across all University of Colorado programs. Institutions must meet specific criteria to be granted and maintain accreditation from the HLC. The initial accreditation process can take several years and is based on a system of peer review.
Why is accreditation important for students?
- It offers quality assurance for the institution as a whole, including mission, finances, resources, and administration, which gives students and employers peace of mind about the credibility and validity of the institution.
- It can make transferring credits easier, as most regionally accredited institutions only accept transfer credits from other regionally accredited institutions.
- It affects students’ ability to receive federal financial aid for their education and may even impact some private forms of aid as well like scholarships.
- Accreditation verifies that institutions are creating an environment that fosters positive academic outcomes that impact student success after graduation.
State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) creates a state-level reciprocity process for online and distance education. Institutions participating in SARA are authorized through SARA to deliver online education to students living in other SARA-member states. Additionally, institutions can engage in a limited number of activities related to online and distance education.
Currently, students located in any state may now enroll in all online courses, programs, certificates, or degrees offered by the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
UCCS College of Business earned accreditation by AACSB at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools, with less than five percent of the world’s business programs obtaining AACSB accreditation.
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
UCCS College of Nursing and Health Sciences programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the national accreditation agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing.