Online Learning

Is online study right for me?

"e-Learning has the power to increase information retention rates by up to 60%," according to a recent study by The Research Institute of America.

What’s it Like to Earn Your Graduate Degree Online?

Online courses offer a convenient, yet rigorous style of learning that allows you to structure your education to suit your schedule while keeping you on pace toward achieving your educational goals. As an online graduate student, you will have access to your classroom at any time and can view your assignments, syllabus and course resources from any computer with internet capability.

Our online courses offer the same┬árigorous, high-quality content and expert instruction as the courses held on-campus at the University of San Diego. Instructors facilitate courses through engaging multimedia presentations and provide prompt feedback to questions within a 24 to 48-hour timeframe. When you learn online, you gain the flexibility to structure your education around your schedule. As an online student, you’ll interact with instructors and classmates from around the world through weekly discussion forums, chats and email correspondence.

Technical Requirements for Online Courses in Blackboard

  • High-speed internet connection strongly encouraged (DSL or better)
  • Browser: Firefox is the recommended browser for use with Blackboard on both the Mac and PC. The Final Release Channel version of Firefox (Currently version 11.0) is listed as certified or compatible with Blackboard.
  • Safari (Mac), Internet Explorer (Windows), and Chrome (Mac/Windows) are also supported browsers. Blackboard lists the most current browser compatibility information on its site, here.
  • Microsoft Office
  • See system requirements for Cyber Security programs here.

Student Support

At USD, your success is our success, which is why we are committed to supporting you every step of the way. Read about the resources available to support students in our graduate degree programs.