About UNM's Accelerated Online Programs


UNM’s Accelerated Online Programs (AOPs) are designed to help busy, working adults like you achieve your academic goals. 

On Your Time 

While the pace is fast and rigorous, accelerated online courses are flexible, allowing you to pick the best places and times to study. Courses are online, on 8-week cycles, and have multiple start dates throughout the year.  

UNM has several undergraduate degree-completion and graduate AOPs to choose from. There are also minor programs and select general education courses available to undergraduate majors looking to complete their degree requirements online. 

Professional Design and Quality 

Accelerated online courses are designed at UNM to fit specific course quality requirements. They use the same robust curricula as their classroom counterparts. Courses are never taught by third-party instructors, and you can expect diverse interactions with classmates and faculty. 

To ensure accelerated online courses meet regional accreditation standards, each one goes through a rigorous quality review process. Our online courses are supported by professional staff at UNM’s Center for Teaching and Learning who ensure quality course design and collaborate with instructors to create engaging online learning experiences for students. 

Residency-Free Tuition


Students accepted into an Accelerated Online Program enjoy the same base tuition rate regardless of whether they reside locally or out-of-state. Current rates are found on the Admissions tab on any of our Online Degree Programs pages or by accessing the Bursar’s Office Tuition & Fee Rates page. 

Some AOP courses now utilize Open Education Resources (OER) to ensure that students have access to free or very low-cost course materials including textbooks, videos, and instructional tools. In Fall 2023, UNM was selected as one of the recipients of the federal Open Textbook Grant for nearly $2.125 million and is in the process of creating the New Mexico Open Educational Resources (NMOER) Consortium to help faculty across the state adopt OER into their courses.

Have more questions?

Inquiries are always welcome, wherever you are in the decision-making process. You can fill out a Request for Information Form and one of our friendly Student Success Specialists will contact you by phone or email. We also have an Accelerated Online Programs Explained blog post that provides more guidance about our programs. 

You can also reach a UNM Online Student Success Specialist directly by contacting us through email, phone, or Zoom.

  • Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., MST

  • Email: online@unm.edu

  • Phone: Albuquerque: (505) 277-9000 or Toll free: (866) 869-6040 

  • Virtual Advisement Hours: Join us on Zoom for Virtual Advisement Hours Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to Noon (Mountain Time). Meeting ID: 967 7118 3893

  • Or 24/7 via the Chatbot located at the bottom left corner of the page.