Online Degrees

When you participate in an online program at Chatham University, you’ll enjoy flexibility and convenience, without a sense of being on your own. Instead, you’re part of a vibrant cohort led by a passionate instructor committed to your success. Many online programs offer on-site visits or residencies designed to reinforce these relationships.
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Benefits of Online Education

Online education is becoming an increasingly popular option, and Chatham has been providing online education for nearly 20 years. Benefits include: 

  • Flexibility of participation means that you can take the course at your own pace.
  • Save time and money compared with the costs of commuting and parking. It can be better for the environment, too.
  • Online courses allow you to develop your technical skills.
  • There's often a wider range of networking opportunities compared with on-site programs.

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How It Works

Through Chatham’s online learning management system (LMS), Brightspace by D2L, students participate in interactive class activities and discussions held asynchronously in an online environment. The platform enables students to demonstrate knowledge gained through activities, as well as submit assignments and papers electronically. Throughout the course, grades and feedback from the instructor will be available through the grade book. Instructors often hold virtual office hours in which questions from students can be addressed.

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MyChatham is home to all the student forms you need, the campus directory, and a student news and events calendar. Here you can find course schedules, grades, and unofficial transcripts. It’s also how you can access the Jennie King Mellon Library’s catalogs, databases, and journal archives. You can access webmail and the Student Portal through myChatham, too.

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SARA-Approved Participating Institution

Due to federal regulation, all universities offering distance education programs and practicum experiences in states other than their own must receive authorization or be a SARA-approved institution. Chatham University is a SARA-approved institution and has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

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