How Classes Are Delivered

Course delivery methods

In partnership with more than 1,000 Oregon State faculty members, OSU Ecampus delivers programs and courses in online and hybrid formats. Specific details about each Ecampus program’s coursework can be found on our individual program websites.

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When an Oregon State degree or certificate program is offered online, that means that all or nearly all of the program’s coursework is delivered online.

In addition to online coursework, some programs or courses may require you to:

  • 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
  • Pursue a program-related internship in your area
  • Enroll in a site-based laboratory class

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.

We're on a quarter term system

Oregon State is on a quarter-based academic calendar, which means we offer four terms of instruction each year (summer, fall, winter, spring).

Please consult with your home institution if you plan to transfer credits to confirm that courses you take will meet your program requirements.

Quarter system

1 quarter credit = .67 semester credit


10 weeks


10 weeks


10 weeks

Semester system

1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits

Fall semester

15 weeks

Spring semester

15 weeks