Part-time and online degrees

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Take courses for general interest or work toward a degree with on-campus or online courses.

Part-time studies

  • Take one or two courses per term
  • Study online or on campus (daytime and/or evening courses)
  • Pursue courses for interest or work toward a degree

Online studies

  • Study part time (one or two courses) or full time (three to five courses)
  • Take courses for interest or work toward a degree
  • Over 240 courses in 40+ subject areas

Application and document deadlines

Term you wish to start   Application deadline Last day to submit transcripts, etc.

January – April 2021 (Winter term)
Applications open late June 2020.

Degree and Non-degree November 2, 2020 November 30, 2020
Post-degree November 20, 2020 December 11, 2020
Letter of Permission December 1, 2020 December 18, 2020

May – August 2021 (Spring term)
Applications open early November 2020.

Degree and Non-degree March 2, 2021 April 2, 2021
Post-degree March 29, 2021 April 12, 2021
Letter of Permission April 12, 2021 April 23, 2021

September – December 2021 (Fall term)
Applications open early March 2021.

Degree and Non-degree Deadlines for fall 2021 are not available yet.
Letter of Permission    

These deadlines apply to online and part-time studies (general interest courses or courses toward earning a degree), non-degree studies, post-degree studies, or letter of permission. Admission to the University does not guarantee enrolment in specific courses. Some courses are open only to students in a particular program.

How you apply depends on your background and goal

What does it cost study part-time or online?

Tuition for part-time students is charged on a per course basis. View the undergraduate fee schedule, select the term in which you're taking courses, and then click on the "per course fees" tab to view tuition amounts. If you take one or two on-campus courses, you will also be charged part-time incidental fees. Click on “incidental fees” for details.

Tuition for online degrees varies with the number of courses you take each term. View the undergraduate fee schedule for the term in which you're taking courses. If you're taking more than two courses, you are considered a full-time student. If you're enrolled in online courses only, you will not be charged any incidental fees.


If you have questions or would like more information, email or call 519-888-4567, ext. 43548.