2023-2024 Catalog 
    Apr 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Distance Education

Distance Education Degree Options

Distance Education Certificate Options

Distance Education provides students educational opportunities outside of the regular classroom setting. Distance Education instructors and learners interact synchronously or asynchronously at a distance, employing technology to facilitate and/or enhance the educational experience. Distance learning responds to the needs and goals of students for flexible, accessible courses, programs, and certificates, and includes course offerings via methods of online synchronous, online asynchronous, and hyflex. Student support services, learning resources, technical, and administrative support are provided for all forms of distance learning.  Students who participate in distance education courses are required to have computer and Internet access. Before the start of an online course, students will be provided instructions on how to access the course within the universities’ learning management system, as well as information on other campus services. All newly-matriculated students participating in an online degree program/certificate will have access to an Online Orientation.

Please note, international students enrolled in distance education (online) programs are not eligible for F-1 student status at UMFK.

Instruction Mode 


Online Synchronous 

These classes never meet in person. The course does have set meeting times when the faculty and staff meet in real time using Zoom or another online environment.

Online Asynchronous

A course section where 100% of course activity and class meetings are completed asynchronously (i.e., not in real time) online with no required online meeting times.


A single course section that allows students to attend class meetings in the classroom, calling in via Zoom during class meeting times, or watching a recording of the class meetings.

Distance Education Degree Options

Associate of Arts in General Studies with a concentration in:

Criminal Justice (AA, On campus or online)   

General Studies (AA, On campus or online)  

Human Services (AA, On campus or online)  

Bachelor of Arts and Science

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BAS, On campus or online)  

Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Allied Health Concentration (BAS, On campus or online)  

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Business Management (BS, Degree Completion Program, online only)  

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Nursing RN to BSN Track (BSN, Online only)  

Master of Science (MS)

Nursing (MS, Online only)  

RN to MSN Bridge Program (MS, Online only)  

RN to MSN Bridge Program (MS, Online only) Degree earned at USM  

Distance Education Certificate Options

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate (On campus or online)  

Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician - Community (MHRT/C) Certificate (Online only)   

Graduate Certificate

Nurse Practitioner; Post-Master’s Certificate (Online only) ​