Programs and Degrees
Distance Education Degrees or Distance Education Certificate programs are defined as a program in which a student may complete more than one-half of the semester credit hours required for the program through a combination of distance education courses.
Texas A&M University defines distance education courses as a course in which the majority of the instruction (interaction between students and instructors and among students) occurs when students and instructors are not in the same physical setting.
Students who are not enrolled in an approved distance education program cannot take more than 50% of their required courses online. Consult with your academic advisor for more information.
Search for DE Courses
To view distance education courses, use the Class Search resource.
- Select or type the applicable term.
- Hover over the maroon “Sect” heading and click on the “menu” icon displayed as three parallel horizontal lines.
- Click on the secondary “menu” displayed as four parallel vertical lines.
- Select “Type” to add the additional column to your search. The “Type” column will appear next to the “Sect” column.
- Hover over the maroon “Type” heading and click on the “menu” icon.
- Click on the “filter” icon to show “Web Based” courses.
All available classes will appear. Courses are subject to change each semester. You may narrow your search further by using the filter on other columns.
Before registering for classes, students MUST update their location in Howdy under the My Record/Registration tab. The location selected should indicate your physical location while receiving instruction for the majority of the semester. All students are required to provide their location to ensure correct billing and comply with other state and federal rules.
Web-based Off Campus (700-level Section Numbers)
(Distance courses intended for students in Distance Education programs)
- Distance education differential tuition* is charged, and is charged to all enrolled students regardless of whether the student is a distance education student or an on-campus student.
Web-based On Campus (590-599 or 690-699 or M99 Section Numbers)
(Distance courses intended for students who are NOT in Distance Education programs)
- Tuition and fee assessment is consistent with traditionally delivered on-campus courses.
- Subject to on-campus service fees.
How to Register - Aggie Schedule Builder
Admitted students will be able to register during the time assigned on their registration ticket. Log in to the Howdy portal and select the Registration Rediness icon to view your registration time assignment. While in the Howdy portal, click the Registration icon, then select the Registration and Schedule Builder channel to navigate to the Aggie Schedule Builder (Class Search and Registration). You will be prompted to select the semester term and institution you are registering for. Go to Courses to search and add courses. Once you have added all desired courses to your schedule, you can go back to the Build Schedule page and click on Generate Schedules. This will allow you to view and pick the schedule you want. Once you have determined which schedule you want to register for, click Send to Shopping Cart. To complete the registration process, you must click the maroon Register button at the top right corner. You may view the College Scheduler Help Video posted in Howdy for further guidance.
Register for Distance Education courses
When adding courses for registration, you may narrow your course selections down by distance education. Go to Courses and utilize the "By Section Attributes" tab to select the "Distance Education" attribute. This will then show the course subjects and numbers that have Distance Education Sections.
For more information and a breakdown of fees required regarding Distance Education and Nontraditional Course Offerings, please visit Catalog or Student Business Services to view the Differential Tuition for different departments.
For an estimate per credit hour, the Tuition Calculator is available. Please note that this is an estimate and is subject to change per department.
Scholarships and Financial Aid are available to Distance Education students. Please visit SFAID for more information.
Distance Education Differential Tuition*
Special Fee Notification If enrolling in distance education courses, you may be required to pay additional fees. Please refer to section notes, accessible by following CRN links in the schedule of classes for more information.
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