Online college degrees and programs

Online tools to support your individual learning style

As a NU online student, you will have access to interactive tools that support your individual learning style. Online courses include video lectures, audio recordings, readings, interactive presentations, assignments, quizzes and exams. Throughout your program, you’ll collaborate with professors and classmates, working together to create a strong community within the online classroom.

Going beyond the walls of a physical classroom, online courses use resources and communication tools that enhance learning, such as:

  • Thematic discussion — Dialogue, discuss and debate with your comrades and the monitor as you wish, day and night. An integral part of the online learning experience, these discussions allow you to articulate your understanding of course content while learning from your peers.
  • Interactive learning tools — Learning objects and interactive elements engage students in active participation. Videos, 3D environments, blogs and e-books are all used in the online classroom environment. Interactive flashcards, pre-tests and quizzes allow students to practice their knowledge. Voice-over PowerPoint presentations, recorded lectures, and resource links provide rich additional materials that can be accessed throughout the course.
  • Course notebook – Track your academic progress, review your exam and discussion board grades, and keep track of your course feedback in one easy-to-access place
  • Advertisement — Instructors post important dates, reminders, reviews, and other critical information online.

One-on-one interaction with instructors and classmates

Do you enjoy asking questions, receiving personalized feedback, and chatting with your peers and instructors? Whether you are outgoing and require frequent interaction with others or are more reserved and prefer less interaction, National’s online course structure offers the flexibility to meet your needs.

Through group projects, threads, emails, and online conversations, you develop and strengthen your writing, critical thinking, and teamwork skills. Collaborative communication is a core element of National University’s online degree programs.

Online, faculty members are accessible every day. They regularly monitor and participate in class discussions, and video chat allows you and your instructor to talk in real time, almost as if you were sitting face to face.

Experienced online faculty

Recognizing that the nature of teaching and learning is different in the online classroom, National University’s distinguished faculty members skillfully design all courses to provide a balance of presentation and content. Faculty members are trained in online teaching, which enhances their teaching skills and deepens their understanding of the online student experience.

Helping you succeed online

Whether you’re unfamiliar with online learning or you’re a subject matter expert, our instructors, counselors and student services staff work with you every step of the way to help you succeed.

Our advisors know you by name

Single point of contact, your online adviser assists you from the beginning of your university course until you obtain your diploma. Counselors do all the legwork, helping you find the right instructor, credential analyst, or financial aid counselor. You can contact an advisor at any time and they will respond to you within 24 to 48 hours.

Student support

The National University offers unparalleled support for students. Technical support and other student assistance is available by email or phone. National University’s Student Concierge Services is your one-stop-shop for answers, with trained advocates in various areas such as financial aid, credentials, admissions, and graduation.


The National University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Accreditation is especially crucial to a student’s success, as it means having access to the appropriate technology, resources, and student services to deliver a high-caliber online learning experience. Learn why it’s important to attend an accredited college from our Vice Provost for Academic Services, Dr. Joseph Hoey.

Flexibility in education

NU is dedicated to meeting the needs of hardworking adults through a holistic and human approach to education. Our online degree programs are delivered in a rich and interactive learning environment, and our achievable four-week courses are backed by the academic, emotional, professional, financial, and family support needed to succeed in the fast-paced world of business. ‘today. This means our students have the support they need to stay on track, finish faster, and achieve their personal and professional goals.

Additional implications of the ONE

  • Accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Accredited by the National Council on Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for educator preparation programs
  • Approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
  • Accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • National University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, Master of Science in Nursing Program, and Postgraduate APRN Certificate Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791
  • Designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE IAE) for the Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance program
  • Approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) for offering the Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies, Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies, and Paralegal Specialist certificates
  • Approved by the Association of Commercial Diving Educators (ACDE) for offering the Professional Certificate in Marine Technology
  • Accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) for offering the Master in Public Health (probationary status)
  • Accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) for offering the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia
  • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT) for the BS Radiation Therapy program
  • Approved by the Nevada State Board of Education
  • Certified by the Society of Human Resource Management for the Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
  • Member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • Member of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS)
  • Member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) through its American Language and Intercultural Studies program

Why Choose National University

  • Four week course
  • More than 75 degree programs
  • Online or on site
  • Registration all year round
  • military friendly

We’re proud to be a veteran-founded nonprofit based in San Diego. Since 1971, our mission has been to provide accessible and attainable higher education for adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the United States and around the world, with more than 200,000 alumni worldwide.

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“There is no way I would have had the impact or the difference that I am making without the support, confidence and education provided to me.”

-Amber P., MHA, Class of 2017

NU Online College Degree Programs FAQs

Yes. The National University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Accreditation is especially crucial to a student’s success, as it means having access to the appropriate technology, resources, and student services to deliver a high-caliber online learning experience.

Our goal is to make transferring to NU as seamless as possible, whether you are coming from a community college or have credits from another university. As a transfer-friendly school, we have articulation agreements with over 110 community colleges and participate in the CCC-ADT program, so you get the credit you deserve.

Taking an online course is engaging, informative, and fun. Our online courses offer assignments such as lectures, readings, multimedia presentations and quizzes, as well as real-time chat, discussion threads, electronic textbooks, an assignment Dropbox and a bulletin board. Students can access their class schedules, grades, and academic and financial aid information through the Student Web Portal.

As of May 2020, here are the minimum system requirements to successfully access your courses on the Blackboard Learn platform.

Windows users
• Recommended operating system: Windows 8, 10
• Supported OS: Windows 7
• Secure high-speed Internet connection (eg: DSL, cable, etc.)
• Sound card and speakers
• Screen resolution: 1280 X 1024 or better
• Recommended browsers: Firefox, Chrome
• Supported browsers: Chrome 75+, Edge (Chromium), Firefox 57+
• Headset with microphone using USB/wired connection

MAC users
• Recommended operating system: OS X 10.14
• Supported OS: OS X 10.12+
• Secure high-speed Internet connection (eg: DSL, cable, etc.)
• Sound card and speakers
• Screen resolution: 1280 X 1024 or better
• Recommended browsers: Firefox 57+, Safari 12+
• Headset with microphone using USB/wired connection

Mobile users
• Recommended OS: Android 9+, IOS 12+ Supported OS: Android 5+, IOS 11+, IPAD OS, Chromebook
• Recommended browsers: Chrome, Edge, Safari
• Secure high-speed cellular service, mobile hotspot or Wi-Fi connection
• Headset with microphone

An online degree has as much credibility as a degree earned at a traditional college or university. National University’s online degrees are fully accredited and recognized by employers as valuable and desirable qualifications.

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