Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UM-Dearborn classes are being held remotely through the end of the semester, Summer I and Summer II. Most campus operations are being conducted remotely and buildings are closed. Before coming to campus please call ahead to determine how services are being delivered. Events have been postponed or canceled, including Spring 2020 Commencement. Pass/fail decision date extended to May 5. For more updates please visit the Coronavirus information page

CECS Online Overview

CECS Online allows students to coordinate education with the demands and priorities of their personal and professional lives.  Most CECS graduate programs and many graduate certificate programs can be completed on-campus or online.  CECS Online courses are offered asynchronously, providing the flexibility that students require.  Online courses offer the same quality and academic rigor of campus-based courses.  Students who complete degree requirements online are conferred the same academic degrees as students who attend courses on campus.

Each online course has a companion, campus-based course and both sections are taught by the same instructor.  On-campus course lectures are captured and posted to course sites in Canvas, the campus learning management system.  Online students are assigned the same course work and examinations (which may require proctoring) and must meet designated deadlines and due dates.  Students can interact with the instructor and other students via chat, email, discussion boards, and web-based presentation tools.

No regular on-campus attendance is required, but many courses do require proctoring of examinations, either on-campus or with a pre-approved proctor at an alternate location. 

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  

A successful online student will:

  • Be an independent, motivated, self-learner
  • Be self-disciplined and able to organize and prioritize workload to meet required deadlines
  • Be proficient with computer usage and understand basic terminology and processes
  • Have regular access to a reliable, high speed internet connection 

Extended Learning and Outreach

Professional Education Center (PEC)
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