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Online Classes

5 Key Benefits of Distance Learning

SDSU offers two dozen online degree options and minors to choose from in a wide variety of focuses.

These five benefits highlight why online learning is an excellent pathway to your Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's degree.


Distance learning allows students to earn a degree without living near a college campus. Online classes allow you the flexibility to complete coursework in your time, allowing you to prioritize career, family and other responsibilities that keep you busy. Whether watching a lecture or taking a quiz, you can complete assignments where they fit within your schedule. 

"Online learning has made obtaining my educational goals much easier. I am able to log on, check assignments and complete coursework when it works for me, even if it's 5 a.m."

- RN-to-BSN student Jennifer Enevoldsen

SD State Online courses also allow geographic flexibility. Traveling for work or vacation? Your digital classes are available anywhere you have wireless access.


SDSU is one of the most affordable universities in the United States. Programs including nursing, the Bachelor’s in Sociology and Master of Mass Communication—recognized for outstanding quality for a low cost. Online tuition varies depending on the academic level—undergraduate or graduate, and Great Plains IDEA courses are offered across multiple institutions.

SD State Online courses are eligible for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), some scholarships and most private student loan funding.


U.S. News & World Report and Best Colleges Online are among the organizations that highlight SDSU’s online programs as accessible, exceptional, high-quality and dynamic. The Bachelor’s in Geography and Master of Public Health are among the programs SDSU offers online that are awarded for academic program strength, university awards and school reputation.

SDSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Personal Growth

Knowledge gained through course material is just the beginning of your online learning experience. Distance students gain other important transferable skills, including time management, research, written communication, leadership and experience, utilizing a variety of technology used in education.


Your classmates include a diverse community of online students from all over the United States. These colleagues enter the online classroom with their unique career and life experiences that enhance discussion and learning.

“The faculty and fellow online students help create a thriving learning environment."

- Online MMC student Jennifer Floyd

Our current and past online students foster professional networks and lifelong friendships with their peers. You will also have support and interaction with SDSU staff, instructors and professors.

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