Will my courses be self-paced, or will I have to be online for classes at a specific day and time?

It depends. Some courses are live and others are asynchronous. Most courses follow ODU's regular semester schedule, but some programs have courses on an accelerated schedule (for example, courses in the online MBA are eight weeks long). Our faculty work with instructional designers at main campus to develop courses in the best format for the subject matter. 

A handful of programs designed for military personnel can be completed via portable media (like CD-ROM), so servicemembers can continue their education while deployed. 

Can I register and start classes at any time?

No, ODU has specific course registration periods. Most courses follow ODU's regular semester schedule, but some programs have courses on an accelerated schedule. 

You also need to be accepted to ODU in order to register for classes. For some graduate certificates, you can apply as a non-degree seeking student. If you are pursuing a full graduate degree, you can apply to ODU as a non-degree student and take up to three courses after acceptance while you apply to a full graduate program. Click here for application deadlines.

How much do online courses cost for students outside Virginia?

Out-of-state tuition for online courses is only a few dollars more than in-state tuition. Please visit our Cost page for all the details.

Will my diploma say "online"?

No. Our online programs are taught by on-campus faculty, and our courses are just as rigorous whether you take them online or face-to-face. Your diploma will say that you earned your degree from Old Dominion University, period.