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College of Continuing Studies
Division of Academic Outreach

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Founded in 1831, the University of Alabama has been selected repeatedly as one of the top fifty public universities in the country. By using technology and flexible formats, the Division of Academic Outreach provides diverse and convenient academic programs to students pursuing educational and personal development.

Distance Learning Program

The Division of Academic Outreach accommodates distance and adult learners who are limited by time, geography, work schedules, or personal obligations. Degrees and courses are available via the Internet, videotape, and video-conferencing.

Delivery Media

Academic Outreach delivers high school and college courses over the Internet directly to the student's computer. Students are instructed through a secure Internet site, and they interact with their professors and complete lessons through the online course-management system. Courses are offered either through a semester-based format or a six-month term format.

Through Independent Study, students may select their hours of study and work at their own pace to complete courses through written correspondence. With certain stipulations, the undergraduate courses may be used to complete a maximum of 25 percent of the work leading to the bachelor's degree. Nine of the last 18 hours required for a degree may be taken by written correspondence, provided that all residence requirements have been met.

Academic Outreach delivers undergraduate and graduate courses via videotape to students who cannot attend classes on campus. Courses are filmed as they occur, and videotapes are mailed to students the same week. Students take proctored exams at convenient locations. Video courses are semester based, with enrollment typically occurring during August, January, and May.

The Intercampus Interactive Telecommunication System (IITS) is a network of conference rooms connected to Vianet, a statewide videoconferencing network. Approximately 120 sites throughout Alabama are equipped with cameras, monitors, and other devices that allow teachers and students to interact as if they were in the same room. Courses are semester based, with enrollment typically occurring during August, January, and May.

Programs of Study

The University of Alabama offers the following programs through distance learning: B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration (general business), B.A. or B.S. in interdisciplinary studies (requires a three-day, on-campus orientation), B.S. in human environmental sciences (family financial planning and counseling), B.S. in human environmental sciences (general studies), B.S. in human environmental sciences (restaurant and hospitality management), B.S. in mechanical engineering (available in Dothan, Alabama), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to B.S.N.), M.S. in operations management, M.S. in aerospace engineering, M.A. in health studies (health promotion), M.S. in human environmental sciences (food and nutrition), M.S. in human environmental sciences (general studies), M.S. in human environmental sciences (interactive technology), Master of Library and Information Sciences, M.S. in nurs ing case management, M.A. in rehabilitation counseling (Alabama only), Master of Law and Taxation, and Ed.S. in Counseling.

Special Programs

The External Degree Program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate distance learning program. Students may apply previously earned academic credits transferred from regionally accredited colleges or earned through national tests such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), independent study, out-of-class learning contracts, correspondence studies, classroom work, and demonstrated prior learning toward a B.A. or a B.S. in interdisciplinary studies.

Applicants must have high school diplomas or minimum General Educational Development (GED) equivalency scores of 50, be 25 years of age or older, and have educational goals that are attainable through the program. As with most of the University's distance programs, applicants need not be Alabama residents.

Credit Options

Applicability of credit toward an undergraduate degree refers to the prerogative of the respective academic divisions to count specific credit toward a student's degree requirements. A maximum of 64 semester hours of two-year college credit may be applied toward graduation requirements. At the graduate level, a maximum of 12 semester hours of work taken as a nondegree student may be applied to the credit-hour requirements for a degree. Responsibility rests with the student to observe the limitations imposed on credit hours, course work, and transfer of credit. Procedures and forms are furnished upon request.


Approximately 180 full-time and 10 part-time faculty members are involved in these programs. Of this group, 99 percent of the full-time faculty members and 90 percent of the part-time faculty members have doctoral or other terminal degrees.


Admission policies and procedures for degree programs and courses offered through Academic Outreach vary. Students are responsible for reading and understanding admissions polices and procedures for the degree program and courses they plan to enroll in. For more information, students should visit the Web site at and click on the Prospective Student tab.

The Division of Academic Outreach provides services to assist students with the admission process, registration, advising and schedule building, and financial aid. Students should contact Nina Smith for assistance (telephone: 205-348-0089 or 800-452-5971 (toll-free); e-mail: [email protected] or [email protected]).

Tuition and Fees

Tuition varies by program and format. Students should visit the Division of Academic Outreach Web site at for current tuition rates.

Financial Aid

Loans are administered through the Office of Student Financial Services. Academic Outreach offers several scholarships for adult students each academic year. Applications are generally available in the fall semester, and the deadline is usually in early January.


Students may obtain information on admission and registration by contacting the Division of Academic Outreach.


Division of Academic Outreach
College of Continuing Studies
The University of Alabama
Box 870388
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0388
Phone: 205-348-0089
800-467-0227 (toll-free)
Fax: 205-348-0249
E-mail: [email protected]
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