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Online Degrees

Online degrees at College of DuPage give you the flexibility of completing your educational goals while still making time to keep up with your work schedule and other at-home obligations. Earn an Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Arts or certificate online when it is most convenient for you. 

Benefits of Earning Your Online Degree

Online degrees and certificates offer you increased flexibility and convenience compared to traditional in-person courses including the: 

  • Ability to apply online for admission.
  • Affordable cost of tuition. COD has one of the lowest tuition rates in the state of Illinois and is one of the most affordable community colleges in the United States. Both the technology fee and out-of-district fee often added to earning an online degree are currently being waived, making the cost of earning an online degree the same as a traditional in-person degree. 
  • Seamless transfer of credits. If you are returning to college, you can transfer credits you have previously earned at another higher education institution or you can take a credit by proficiency examination. A credit by proficiency examination gives students the opportunity to gain credit for knowledge acquired through an occupation or life experience related to specific COD courses.
  • Access to placement tests. Eligible students can take proctored placement tests remotely for certain courses through the Virtual Testing Center
  • Online tutoring support services. The Learning Commons offers a variety of course-based tutoring, math, writing, reading, and speech assistance through one-on-one or small-group video appointments and drop-in sessions.
  • Opportunity to maintain work-life balance, all while keeping money in your pocket. With online degrees, you'll save on gas, wear and tear on your vehicle and you'll spend less time traveling to and from campus so you can have more time to focus on your studies.

Online Degree and Certificate Programs

In addition to an in-person format, the following degrees and certificates are currently available online:

Associate in Arts

The Associate in Arts degree represents the first two years of study for students who plan to transfer and pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree.


  • English 1101   
  • English 1102
  • Speech 1100

Life Science

  • Biology 1100 

Physical Science

  • Earth Science 1140
  • Chemistry 1105 


  • Math 1218 
  • Math 1533 
  • Math 1635  
  • Math 2231


  • English 1130 
  • English 1150 
  • History 1110 

Fine Arts

  • Humanities 1101 
  • Music 1100
  • Theater 1100 

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Political Science 1100  
  • Psychology 1100 
  • Sociology 1100 

Human Relations

  • Anthropology 1000 
  • Philosophy 1100 

Global and Multicultural

  • Art 1100 
  • Religion 1100 
  • Philosophy 1110 

Contemporary Life Skills

  • Accounting 2140 
  • Business 1100 
  • Criminal Justice 1100 
  • Education 1100 

Accounting, Associate in Applied Science

The Accounting Associate in Applied Science degree is designed to provide the theoretical and practical background necessary for supervisory and administrative careers in accounting and accounting-related areas.

First Semester

  • English 1101 
  • Math 1218
  • Business 1100
  • Accounting 2140
  • Economics 2201 

Second Semester

  • Biology 1100 or Earth Science 1140
  • Accounting 2150
  • Office Technology Information 1200
  • Computer and Information Science 1150
  • Economics 2202  

Library and Information Technology, Associate in Applied Science

The Library and Information Technology Associate in Applied Science degree prepares students for paraprofessional levels of library service.

First Semester

  • English 1101
  • Math 1218 
  • Library 1101 
  • Library 1104 
  • Computer and Information Science 1150 

Second Semester

  • Speech 1100 
  • Biology 1100 or Earth Science 1140
  • Library 1103  
  • Library 2200 - Currently not available online. 
  • Library 1105  

Management, Associate in Applied Science

The Management Associate in Applied Science degree prepares students for management and supervisory careers in business and industry.

First Semester

  • English 1101  
  • Math 1218  
  • Business 1100 
  • Economics 2201
  • Computer and Information Science 1150  

Second Semester

  • Computer and Information Science 1221  
  • Management 2210 
  • Marketing 2210  
  • Philosophy 1114 
  • Speech 1100  

Administrative Support Essentials, Certificate 

The Administrative Support Essentials certificate provides additional opportunity for administrative professionals and progresses into the Administrative Support Specialist certificate and degree.

46 Credits

  • Office Technology Information 1100 or Office Technology Information 1105
  • Office Technology Information 1110
  • Office Technology Information 1130
  • Office Technology Information 1200
  • Office Technology Information 1203
  • Office Technology Information 1210
  • Office Technology Information 1215
  • Office Technology Information 1250
  • Office Technology Information 2600
  • Computer and Information Science 1221

Long-Term Care Administration, Certificate

The Long-Term Care Administration certificate prepares students for a variety of administrative and management positions in agencies providing long-term health care.

19 Credits

  • English 1101  
  • Long-Term Care Administration 1130   
  • Long-Term Care Administration 1140  
  • Long-Term Care Administration 1160 
  • Accounting 2140  
  • Management 2240  

Online Degree Formats

COD offers several different types of online class formats, but only online (NET) and virtual classroom meetings (VCM) are offered for online degrees. Both NET and VCM course formats are offered every semester. 

Online (NET) courses are taught completely online following instructor timelines and learning outcomes. Students interact mostly through discussion boards and written messages and all assignments are submitted online. 

Virtual Classroom Meeting (VCM) courses meet completely online in real time at specified days and times using video chat software. All assignments are submitted online. This format is designed to allow students regular face-to-face contact in a virtual format.

Find an Online Course

COD's hybrid and online course search makes it easier for you to find non-traditional courses. Course descriptions, professors and sections are listed, but you will need to use Student Planning to register for classes after you have submitted your application for admission

Summer 2022 Hybrid and Online Course Search

Fall 2022 Hybrid and Online Course Search

Get Started Earning Your Online Degree

The first step to earning your degree is to follow the five steps to enrollment which includes applying for admission. If you have questions regarding the admissions process, contact Admissions and Outreach.


Frequently Asked Questions

Online courses are administered through Blackboard, the learning management system used at COD. You will find your course syllabus and calendar in Blackboard and you can access your assignments, tests and course discussions. You will be expected to log on to Blackboard frequently--every day in many cases and sometimes over the weekend.

Each course is different, but the majority of online courses are structured like traditional courses. Work must be completed by certain deadlines (you can't wait until the last week to do it all), which are usually spaced week-by-week. You will need to log on to look at new lecture material and to complete any assignments that the instructor has put on the site.

In many courses, you will also be responsible for participating in weekly discussions. These are done through online discussion boards, where you will be graded on your responses to questions and engagement with other students.

The SmarterMeasure Self-Assessment Tool can help determine if online learning is a right fit for you.

The majority of online courses at COD are delivered entirely online and will not necessitate students coming to campus. However, there are some online courses that will require you to come to campus for placement testing or for proctored exams or to outside locations for clinical practicums.

You can complete your work any time of day or night that you want. This is part of what makes online classes so great for working adults.

You will have to meet weekly deadlines. This means that you will have to keep pace and ensure that you are completing work regularly so that you will not miss deadlines and fall behind in the course.

Many of the things that will make you successful in an online class are the same things that make you successful in a traditional class: completing course reading assignments, asking questions, watching lectures and studying on a regular schedule.

Because online courses are student-centered, a lot of your success depends on your active participation. For each credit hour you are taking, you will need to spend three to four hours completing the requirements of the course.

While you may not be on campus, that doesn't mean you're completely isolated from the resources COD provides.

The Learning Commons offers both live and email assistance and tutoring services in math, writing, reading and speech. You can also contact tech support, faculty members and staff working in every department in the school, from registration to the library, if you need help.