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 MTSU Online Courses


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Distance Learning

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The Distance Education and Nontraditional Programs division of University College meets the unique needs of students whose access to higher education is often limited by family, work, and other responsibilities. Because courses are as close as your computer, you don’t have to travel to campus to meet class at a specific time. Advisors and faculty members find a variety of ways to provide a student-centered learning environment and to promote the success of nontraditional students.

Not all students respond favorably to online learning. Click on the link at right for a personalized assessment.

MTSU serves nontraditional and adult learners with a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, with the option of taking courses online, on-campus, or a combination of both.

MTSU offers the following types of online courses:

Hybrid Courses
Hybrid courses consist of a combination of online and on-ground instruction. Instruction is primarily conducted online with face-to-face meetings limited to a total of 15 hours for the semester. The number of on-ground meetings will vary depending upon the instructor's requirements. Hybrid programs provide a flexible course schedule along with an opportunity to meet with MTSU faculty and your peers in a face-to-face experience.

Accelerated Online Courses
These online courses are offered for eight weeks in Fall and Spring semesters. Students may only register for 9 hours in each part of the term (A1 or A2). Students can mix accelerated courses with full-term courses but cannot exceed 18 hours total for the semester. Students must register for the accelerated courses during regular registration. Students will not be allowed to add the A2 courses after late registration ends. Accelerated courses will not even exchange with full-term or RODP courses once the semester begins.

Synchronous Online Courses
Synchronous online classes meet online at the time/days of week specified in RaiderNet. Students will receive an email from the instructor regarding course access and should check their MTSU email accounts. A reliable computer with, at minimum, a DSL Internet (broadband) connection is needed to successfully access this course. Hardware requirements include headphones, ear buds, and speakers and may include a microphone and/or web cam. During the class, students can hear and/or see the professor and communication with the professor may take place through a microphone or text chat window.

Online General Education Courses
All MTSU degree programs require a minimum of 41 hours of general education courses. Some majors require specific general education courses. Review these online general education courses to see if they meet the requirements for your major.

RODP Courses
The Regents Online Degree Program (RODP) allows students to choose their "home campus" from among Tennessee's six state universities awarding bachelor's and master's degrees, its 13 community colleges providing associate's degrees, and 27 technology centers offering certificates and diplomas. The Regents online courses have been designed to be taught totally online in an interactive, asynchronous format. Admissions, instruction, advising, library services, and other forms of student assistance are available online.

Middle Tennessee State University and each of the colleges and universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) system work cooperatively to allow students to earn college degrees entirely online.Upon program completion, credentials will be awarded and conferred by the on-ground home campus selected even though the courses were taken online. The institutions and their programs are recognized by numerous national and regional accreditation associations.

MTSU offers the following online degrees:

Online Degree Programs

Earn your bachelor's degree online and create a course schedule that works around your life. Click on any of the available degree programs for more information.

Hybrid Degree Programs
Earn your bachelor's degree through a mixture of online and on-ground experiences. Hybrid degree programs consist of a combination of online and on-ground courses; some on-ground courses might possess online components. The number of on-ground courses will vary depending upon the individual program requirements. Our hybrid degree programs provide you with a flexible course schedule that works around your life but also provides an opportunity for you to meet with MTSU faculty and your peers in a face-to-face experience.


Other nontraditional and distance learning programs include the following:

Online Minors may be earned completely online; some include correspondence courses. The major advisor will explain which minors will work in your degree plan.

Degree Advancement Program allows students who earn an Associate of Applied Science (in participating schools) to transfer credits to MTSU toward completion of a Bachelor's of Science degree.

Teacher Education Programs are designed for current and future educators. If you are interested in teaching, this program is designed to allow earning your Alternative I or II Teacher Licensure.

Early College Program gives high school students the opportunity to earn college credit in their own school. MTSU offers dual enrollment and dual credit courses to qualified high school juniors and seniors.

Off Campus Programs offer undergraduate courses at several remote locations within the middle Tennessee region. In off-campus courses, students meet face-to-face with an MTSU instructor without having to physically be on MTSU's campus. The newest location is the Middle Tennessee Education Center in Shelbyville.

Evening School offers several degrees in the evening for students who cannot access the campus during the day. Evening classes begin after 4:30 p.m. Evening courses follow the regular academic calendar and tuition and fees schedule.

Correspondence Courses involve individual, independent instruction of a student by an instructor on a one-to-one basis. Typically, this will entail study at home, as well as the exchange of materials and evaluations through a mail/courier service.