Leading the Way in Online Education
At the University of Colorado Denver, we are committed to building the future of higher education for students worldwide through accessible, flexible online programs that fit your lifestyle. Since launching our first online course in 1996, the university has grown to offer dozens of fully online degrees and certificates that are empowering students to make a difference in Colorado and beyond.
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. CU Denver 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.
CU Denver 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 Online Learning at CU Denver?
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 CU Denver student, you’ll be connected to a dynamic network of University of Colorado Denver 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 Denver diploma as our on-campus students.
Build the Skills Employers Demand
Our 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 online CU Denver 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 CU Denver 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 Denver 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.
Regional accreditation like the one granted by the HLC is also regarded as the most prestigious and prominent type of accreditation. Learn more about HLC accreditation at the University of Colorado Denver.
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 Denver.
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
The CU Denver Business School has 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.