Take an Online Class or Earn an Online Associate's Degree or Certificate
You are among the thousands of students who have elected to pursue studies online at Montgomery College. Through our distance education programs, you can take online courses and even earn your associate's degree or certificate completely online.
Our robust support system for online learners includes online counseling, online advising, and online tutorials, and our distance education students can come to any of our campuses to use the academic learning centers, libraries, advising services, and more. These are just a few of the reasons we were named by Guide to Online School as the #1-ranked Best Online Community Collegesnew window in Maryland for 2020 and also by BestCollege.com's list of Best Online Community Collegesnew window in 2018.
"By being able to learn in an online environment, it allows [students] to choose when they want to learn and where they want to learn, and that flexibility helps create opportunity for students."
If this is your first online class, welcome aboard. We'd like to tell you a few things about getting started, what to expect, finding resources, orientation options, and much more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Online Learning Right for Me?
Online learning requires active pursuit of education. No one will be sending you anything to get started and keep up. Like with any course, you'll need to stay disciplined and on track throughout the semester in order to succeed. Our Online Learning Pre-Assessment Tool will help you determine your level of readiness for taking online courses. This easy, informative quiz takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete and will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses so you can become a more successful online student.
Can I Earn an Associate's Degree Online?
Yes. You can complete one of seven associate's degrees fully online at Montgomery College: Business, Computer Science and Technologies, Criminal Justice (AA and AAS), General Studies, and Early Childhood Education Technology. The online programs follow the same curriculum as the traditional degree programs and are taught by expert faculty trained in online learning. In addition, MC offers two fully-online certificate programs: Hospitality and Supervision and Leadership and Women's and Gender Studies.
How Much Does It Cost?
Tuition for online and blended courses is exactly the same as for regular on-campus courses at MC, and you can apply for financial aid. See current tuition ratesnew window and information on how to apply for financial aidnew window.See All Online Learning FAQs
The Office of E-Learning, Innovation, and Teaching Excellence (ELITE) serves MC's online learners and distance education students. Our office is open M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.