About Online Learning

Whether you're a working professional, raising a family or serving in the military, Oregon State University Ecampus can meet your needs by providing access to exceptional learning experiences that can transform your life.

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Get a sneak peek at what it's like to learn online with Oregon State Ecampus in our course demo media reel.

All Ecampus degree programs are developed by the same OSU faculty who teach on campus. All online and hybrid courses meet identical learning outcomes as traditional face-to-face classes. And all distance learners earn the same diploma as on-campus students.

That means that an Ecampus education is an authentic Oregon State education. Period.

How are classes delivered?

In partnership with more than 900 Oregon State faculty members, OSU Ecampus delivers programs in three formats.

100% online

A degree or certificate program that is offered 100% online means that every course* in the program’s curriculum is delivered online and does not require any in-person classroom meetings.

  • Take proctored exams in your local area
  • Visit a local library or bookstore to find a book or other resource
  • Conduct field work for a course assignment

*Some new programs might still have classes that are in development and aren’t yet delivered fully online.


A program that is listed as online means that you can complete nearly all coursework online, but there are one or a few required classes or experiences that you'll need to take in person.

For example, OSU's online radiation health physics master's degree requires students to take an intensive, one-week laboratory class during the summer at OSU's Corvallis campus. Another example might be an internship that can be completed locally.

Hybrid (online/in-person) learning

Hybrid courses at Oregon State blend regularly scheduled, face-to-face classroom meetings with significant online coursework and interaction. For students in hybrid programs, the in-person classroom sessions emphasize engaged, active learning while the online components offer guided learning activities and interaction that add flexibility to fit your personal schedule.

Some graduate-level Ecampus programs supplement online coursework by requiring attendance at a site-based location at various times during the academic year such as the OSU Portland Center at Pioneer Square. Read our FAQ to learn more about hybrid learning.

Ecampus course demo

The Ecampus course demo offers a glimpse at content featured in Oregon State's online courses and answers some of your most pressing questions about online education.

Online learning resources and student support

Our primary goals at Ecampus are giving learners like you worldwide access to a first-rate education and working alongside you as you move forward in life. Use these resources as a way to familiarize yourself with the world of online and distance learning: