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Discover how online classes can be a fulfilling way to prepare for your future. You’ll engage with your classmates, instructors and the Rasmussen community while you apply lessons to your life right away.


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How do online classes work?

Online classes at Rasmussen University are not just virtual versions of on-campus classes. We know our online students are looking for more flexibility to balance school with the rest of their lives. That’s why we design our online classes to have all the engagement of being in person with all the freedom of being online. Live sessions, emails and online discussion forums allow you to ask questions and build relationships with your instructors and classmates, but you get to choose when and where you log on.

What do online classes look like?

You’ll find all the information you need for your courses in an online platform called the Student Portal. Announcements, assignments and syllabi are all available in one easy-to-access place. You’ll also find links to writing, tutoring and research support so that you can stay organized and get the resources you need.

Do I have to be online at a certain time of day?

No. Although some courses may have due dates scheduled each week, you are not required to log on at specific times each day. Live sessions give you the option to interact with your instructors and classmates, but these are recorded and can be viewed later if needed. In most cases, you can expect to log on multiple times each week to stay on schedule with your assignments.

How do I communicate with my instructor if I have questions?

Instructors are available to answer questions and provide support by phone, by email or through a live chat on the Student Portal.

How do I connect with other students in my online class?

Meeting other online students at Rasmussen University is easy with our interactive classroom environment and discussion boards. Plus, we host private communities on Facebook just for Rasmussen students to connect.1

What materials and textbooks are needed for online programs?

All you need is a reliable computer with an adequate internet connection. Otherwise, we’ll provide the materials you need for each course. While some courses use physical textbooks, most use digital content, including e-textbooks, videos, downloadable content and interactive libraries. Costs for these materials are covered in the Course Technology and Resource Fee, which is charged per course.2

Dr. Joy H.

“People sometimes think an online course will be like teaching yourself, like being left on your own. Nothing is further from the truth. You're having rich discussions with your faculty and the other students. You're all learning together.”

Dr. Joy Henrichs
Dean of Graduate Education at Rasmussen University

Learn more about online education through one of our blog posts.

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  2. See course catalog for textbook opt-out policy.
  3. Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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  4. Low-cost claim based on list of comparable programs at regionally accredited institutions at OnlineU Most Affordable Online Master's Programs, April 2021. Excludes MSN Nurse Practitioner specializations.
  5. Tuition for MPH is $205 per credit. Tuition for MSN program is $260 per credit; excludes MSN Nurse Practitioner specializations. Students in all programs must maintain continuous enrollment to remain eligible for the tuition pricing of $205/$260 per credit. A student who withdraws and re-enrolls will be required to pay the tuition price offered at the time of their re-enrollment. MSN students who receive the tuition price of $260 per credit may be eligible to use additional discounts, grants and/or scholarships. If a student needs to retake one or more courses in the degree program, the total cost of the program will exceed $15,000. MSN (excluding Nurse Practitioner specializations) Program cost breakdown: $12,480 in tuition + $2,460 in fees = $14,940 in program cost. MPH Program cost breakdown: $11,480 in tuition + $2,870 in fees = $14,350 in program cost. Program availability varies by campus and state; please see the Rasmussen University Catalog for details.

  6. Tuition for MBA, MHRM, and MHA programs is $205 per credit. Tuition for MPH is $205 per credit. Tuition for MSN program is $260 per credit; excludes MSN Nurse Practitioner specializations. Students in all programs must maintain continuous enrollment to remain eligible for the tuition pricing of $205/$260 per credit. A student who withdraws and re-enrolls will be required to pay the tuition price offered at the time of their re-enrollment. Students who receive the tuition price of $205 per credit cannot use any additional discounts, grants and/or scholarships. MSN students who receive the tuition price of $260 per credit may be eligible to use additional discounts, grants and/or scholarships. If a student needs to retake one or more courses in the degree program, the total cost of the program will exceed $15,000. MBA, MHRM & MHA Program cost breakdown: $9,840 in tuition + $2,460 in fees = $12,300 in program cost. MSN (excluding Nurse Practitioner specializations) Program cost breakdown: $12,480 in tuition + $2,460 in fees = $14,940 in program cost. MPH Program cost breakdown:  $11,480 in tuition + $2,870 in fees = $14,350 in program cost. Program availability varies by campus and state; please see the Rasmussen University Catalog for details.

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