Online Programs

Phone: 505-277-8128
Toll free: 1-866-869-6040

Technical Support
for Online Classes

24/7 phone support: 
Abq: 505-277-0857
Toll free: 1-877-688-8817
(Note: 24/7 support
available by phone only)

Email advisors for:
Online classes & programs:
Correspondence classes:

UNM Department Information:

Extended Learning

MSC03 2190
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: 1-800-345-1807
Fax: 505-277-6499

How do Online Courses Work?

UNM Online courses count for the same credit and appear on your transcript in the same manner as campus-based courses. You may take an online course or two along with your regular schedule! Online degree completion programs offer many students throughout New Mexico — and beyond — the opportunity to complete a degree from UNM.

Can I take an online course with my regular schedule?

Yes, and it is a good idea! While online courses follow the regular UNM semester, with a weekly agenda determined by the instructor, there is a great deal of flexibility for your daily schedule. You may take care of class work when you choose, at any location that you have a computer and internet access. Visit "How to get started online" to learn more.

What is an online course like?

Learners access primary content and instruction through UNM Learn using a variety of tools including email, chat, discussion boards, web pages, and multimedia technologies. Specific technologies employed will vary by course and instructor. Depending on the teaching style of the instructor and the course content, instruction can take place synchronously (all participants in the course log in at the same time) or asynchronously (participants log on and participate as their schedule permits), or some combination of the above.

UNM Online provides course details for any course-specific instructions / equipment needs, defined by the instructor. You may find the course detail by clicking the course title in the Online Course Schedule.

Online courses are developed and instructed by UNM faculty

Generally, the instructor is also teaching Albuquerque campus-based sections of the same course offered online. Also, UNM Online courses count for the same credit and appear on your transcript in the same manner as campus-based courses.

Hybrid courses

Hybrid classes are taught half in the classroom and half online, using UNM Learn, the university's learning management software. Students must attend face-to-face class instruction and login to their online hybrid course each week for the duration of the semester.

In both online and hybrid courses, specific technologies employed will vary by course and instructor.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What is distance education?
  2. Can you tell me more about online courses?
  3. How do I get started?
  4. How do I find technical and / or academic support?

What is distance education?

Distance education through the University of New Mexico creates access to courses for students who may choose not to attend classes on UNM’s main campus or who choose to take classes in an alternative form. Our distance education programs provide extended learning opportunities to help students obtain their degree. Visit Welcome to UNM Online! for basic information and preparation tips for a successful distance student experience.

UNM's Extended University offers courses through the following methods:


Students experience online courses through a learning management system called UNM Learn, at There, students access course content and interact with instructors and classmates using a variety of tools such as email, discussion boards, web pages and multimedia technologies. While students may attend and participate in most online courses away from UNM’s main campus, there are some online courses requiring face-to-face and/or synchronous participation.

Students should know the requirements of each online course before registration. The UNM Online Schedule of Classes provides detailed course information students need, including:

  • Whether a course has required meetings
  • The method by which students must attend those meetings (in-person and/or by web conference)
  • Whether additional equipment is needed, like a microphone headset or web camera

Visit Is Online Education Right for You?, which provides great information to help students determine if they are prepared to succeed in an online learning environment.


Once called Instructional Television, today Interactive Webcasting (ITV) courses expand the possibilities for students who pursue their studies in remote locations. Through web conferencing technology, classes offered at main campus are transmitted simultaneously for viewing at other places.

There are 2 ways for distance education students to attend an interactive webcasting course: 

  1. Attend at a defined receive-site location. Several locations across the state are available at UNM Education Centers in Farmington, Gallup, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Taos, and the UNM Valencia campus in Belen.
  2. Attend with a computer connected to the internet or a personal mobile device.

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More about Online Courses


Online courses are academically equivalent to their face-to-face counterparts. Students may enroll in a combination of online and face-to-face courses in the same semester. As with courses students attend in person, online courses follow the university’s academic calendar and have due dates set by the instructor. Most UNM courses follow 16- and 8-week formats with learning activities scheduled on a weekly basis. There are no limits on the number of online credits that may be used to fulfill degree requirements. 

For tuition, financial aid and scholarship purposes, students may use a combination of credits from online courses and face-to-face courses toward a full-time credit load.


The tuition rate for online classes does not differ per credit hour from face-to-face courses; however, in addition to tuition and fees there is an additional $100 delivery fee charged for each online course. The UNM Bursar’s Office website posts current tuition rates as well as information to help students understand their charges.

Degree Programs

UNM offers a variety of online courses and degree completion programs at

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Getting Started


To take an online course, students must first be admitted to the University of New Mexico through the Office of Admissions. Students choose whether to enter the university in non-degree status or into a degree-granting program. An undergraduate student can take a maximum of 30 credit hours as a non-degree student before being required to transfer to a degree-granting program. There is no limit on the number of credit hours taken by a graduate student in non-degree status. However, as a degree-seeking graduate student, programs differ in the number of credits that can be taken in non-degree status. Credits earned as a non-degree student may be transferred to a degree status once students are accepted into a degree-granting program.

NetID and Email

Once admitted, UNM students must establish an official university NetID, email address and password through UNM IT. Students use these official credentials to access university communications, including critical communications from their online courses. Students also use their NetID to log into LoboMail, UNM Learn and LoboWeb, the university’s registration website available through


Orientation is required for all UNM degree-seeking students and there are several types of orientations available through the New Student Orientation Office. Distance learners however, are highly encouraged to call or email the UNM Online team to determine the most suitable orientation program.

UNM Online contact information:


To register for UNM courses, students must log into, with an established UNM NetID and password, and follow these steps:

  • Click on the "Student Life" tab along the top of the page,
  • Click on the "LoboWeb" link at the center-top of the page,
  • In the Student Menu, click on "Registration and Records",
  • With a CRN (course registration number), students click on “Registration (Add/Drop/with Override)”, without a CRN students click on, "Search Class Schedule for Classes to Add".
  • Click "Accept Financial Responsibility" and submit,
  • Select the registration term and submit,
  • Select the subject of interest in the "Subject" field,
  • To search for courses available online, select "Online" in the "Instructional Method" field,
  • If the course is available, students may click in the box to the left of the course listing, then click "Register" at the bottom of the page.

Textbooks and Materials

Students will find textbook information through the UNM Bookstore. (Find textbooks by course here.) Students are also encouraged to visit the UNM Online Schedule of Classes for course specific details, including required texts and materials.

Accessing an Online Course

Students access their online courses by logging into UNM Learn, UNM’s learning management system. Online courses open when the semester begins. In most cases this is the first day of the term; in other cases, online courses begin mid-semester or at another time. Students are encouraged to check the UNM Online Schedule of Classes to verify when courses begin.

UNM Learn offers helpful tutorials for students at, including How to Use Learn.

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Technical and Academic Support


Students are encouraged to discuss their educational goals with a UNM Online advisor who specializes in UNM distance education options. UNM academic advisors are the best resource for degree-specific advisement.

Ways to connect with a UNM Online advisor:

Technical Support

UNM Learn offers technical support within each course through a “Create a Support Ticket” service. They are also available through 24/7 phone support:

  • Toll free: 1-877-688-8817
  • Local: 505-277-0857


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