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Welcome to UNM Online

Online students enjoy scheduling flexibility, deciding when and where learning takes place, and commuting less. 

Accelerated Online Programs offer online degrees at a flat tuition rate, regardless of residency.

Spring 2020 began January 20th. The second half of the semester begins March 23rd

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The Basics

Online Courses

UNM offers for-credit, academic courses taught online by faculty. In the Schedule of Online Courses, section-specific descriptions provided by instructors go beyond the information available in LoboWeb and the UNM Catalog.


The nature of online education allows UNM to deliver academic content beyond New Mexico’s borders. There are state and federal regulations in place to ensure students are protected and receive a quality education. Legal provides an overview of accreditation and compliance information critical for online students.

Degree Programs

Degree programs are fully and partially online. Online students, courses, and degrees are supported by UNM Online. Within each UNM Online degree program description, departmental contact information is located on the right side of the web page. Students inquire directly with the appropriate academic department for program admission requirements. 

Tuition and Fees

Online courses are assessed at institutional tuition rates plus an additional online course fee as follows: $100 for a 3-credit hour course; $70 for a 2-credit hour course; and $35 for a 1-credit hour course. For Accelerated Online Programs, tuition and fee rates are assessed differently.

Admission and Registration

Before registering, a student must apply to UNM. To register, students use their official UNM NetID and password to log into LoboWeb. UNM Information Technologies has instructions for establishing a student NetID and password.

The Online Environment

Types of Online Courses

Synchronous Online - Formerly named ITV for instructional television, an OSYNC course has regularly scheduled online meetings. To attend, students log into UNM Learn on regularly scheduled days and times. An OSYNC course is cross-listed with the lecture-source, known as the parent course. The lecture-sourced section is most often held in a classroom on Main Campus.

Asynchronous Online - Typically an online asynchronous course has no, or a very limited number of, scheduled meetings. Often for orientation, exams, labs, or presentations, the meetings may be virtual or require students to attend a physical location.

Course Cycle

An online course follows the university's semester cycle with firm start and end dates. The Spring, (January to May), and Fall, (August to December), semesters are for 16 weeks, while the Summer, (roughly June and July), is for 8 weeks.


Within each semester, part-of-term identifies the number of weeks a course is offered.

A full term course is offered for the entire semester. That is 16 weeks in Spring and Fall, and 8 weeks in the Summer.

First half or 1H courses are offered the first half of the semester, while second half or 2H courses are offered during the second half. In Spring and Fall, the instructional period for 1H and 2H courses is 8 weeks each. In the Summer, the instructional period for 1H and 2 H courses is 4 weeks each.

Intersession, (Late Starting), courses are offered in the Spring and Fall. While instructional periods vary, late starting courses are scheduled between the last Friday of the finishing term and the Sunday prior to the starting term.

Course Availability

An online course is available in UNM Learn starting at 12:00 a.m. on the first day of the part of term offered.

Course Information

The Schedule of Online Courses features the courses UNM Main Campus offers online. Descriptions include course information not available in LoboWeb or the UNM Catalog. Faculty supply the course details using a course information form. Students direct questions specific to a particular online course section to the instructor. Within UNM Online's Schedule of Online Courses, instructor email addresses are displayed at the end of each course description.


Online instructors sometimes require supervised exams, including for exams administered online. There are a number of proctoring methods instructors use to meet this requirement.


Learning Management System

Online courses are accessed through the Blackboard learning management system called UNM Learn. Students use tools such as email, discussion boards, web conferencing and other multimedia technologies to access course content and interact with instructors and classmates. UNM Learn Technology Support is available 24/7 by phone at (505) 277-0857, or toll free at (877) 688-8817.


To ensure the best possible learning experience, owning or having reliable access to a modern personal computer with virus protection is recommended. Online courses perform optimally on high speed internet, particularly with cable and DSL connections.

Computer Pods

UNM students have free, on-campus computer access at various Computer Pods. Off-campus resources may be available at local libraries, workforce training centers, as well as continuing education and regional higher education campuses.



To be successful in online education, self-direction and time management skills are a must.


Students are expected to interact with instructors and classmates. Class participation is often required and graded.

Study Space

Ideally, it is a dedicated area equipped with a reliable, modern computer connected to high speed internet.

Time to Study

Online courses are rigorous. Minimum study time is determined by a course’s length. Full semester, or sixteen-week, courses require a minimum of two hours of study time per credit hour, per week. Many online courses are offered in an eight-week format requiring a weekly minimum study time of four hours for each credit hour enrolled. For example, a three credit hour course offered in an eight-week format will require a minimum of twelve hours of study time each week.

Managing Sound

A quiet learning environment is best. During a web conference for example, participants can hear each other’s background sounds. Televisions, music streams, family members, pets, and places of business can be disruptive. In managing unwanted sound, it is beneficial to use a microphone-equipped headset with a USB connection. Additionally, participants have the option to mute their microphones when necessary.

Conduct and Etiquette

UNM's Student Code of Conduct policies apply to all students, regardless of their learning environment. Students are expected to contribute to a positive learning environment.

Contact Us

UNM Online is available to answer your questions:

  • Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm MST
  • Albuquerque: (505) 277-8128
  • Toll free: (866) 869-6040
  • Email: 

For immediate assistance with an online course, UNM Learn has 24/7 phone support:

  • Albuquerque: (505) 277-0857
  • Toll free: (877) 688-8817

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