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5 Reasons to Choose Online Classes

Looking to improve your career or start a new one? Learn why online professional development classes may be right for you.

1. Flexibility

What most of our students have in common is that they are busy, and they need flexible learning options. Whether you’re a parent, a care-giver, or a working professional (or all three!), online classes give you the freedom to learn whenever your busy schedule allows.

That’s why we offer more than 70 online classes, so our students can learn at their own pace.

Many online classes are completely self-paced and provide 12 months of access. So you can spend as much—or as little—time as you need to learn the material.

2. Convenience

For most online classes, all you need to get started is a computer with a reasonably good internet connection. Learn from your living room, a coffee shop or the library, and skip the hassles of traffic, parking and bad weather. 

Class materials are available 24/7, and most classes allow you to start any time and complete assignments on your schedule. That means you can learn what you want, when you want.

3. Learn In-Demand Skills...Fast

Our online classes are carefully selected to equip you with the skills employers want right now in fast-growing industries, including

  • Project management
  • Spanish-English translation
  • Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, CISA and CISM certifications
  • Medical coding and billing
  • Human resources
  • Paralegal and other legal careers

Plus, our online classes take weeks or months—not years—to complete. 

4. Price

Taking online professional development classes can be a very cost-effective way to advance your career. Taking a single online class or a multi-class certificate program is generally much less expensive than completing a degree program.

5. It Works!

We offer noncredit certificate programs, certification exam preparation, continuing education units (CEUs) and lifelong learning opportunities, all at the level of excellence you expect from the University of Arizona.

If you're wondering how online learning stacks up against traditional classroom learning, a U.S. Department of Education report reviewed over one thousand studies of online learning. In studies that compared online learning reults to in-person classroom learning results, the researchers found that online students performed even better than traditional classroom students.