Why Online?

Life can pull you in million different directions, but your busy schedule shouldn't be an obstacle in reaching your goals. Wherever you are in the world, or in your professional and educational journey, Fairfield’s flexible online programs can get you where you want to be.

From our new Blackboard Ultra learning management system to our use of Quip, an extraordinary application for collaborative writing, reviewing, and content creation that works just as well on smartphones as it does on computers, Fairfield provides a unique online learning environment that no other school can match. This focus on instructor-student and student-student engagement moves online classes well beyond the realm of watching videos, posting comments, and writing papers, and encourages students to be frequently involved in group project work, ongoing texting-like conversations, and informal collaboration throughout each class week.

Fairfield’s virtual learning environment provides the same small class sizes, deep instructor-student engagement, innovative technology, and attention to Jesuit values that our on-campus students experience, so you’ll learn the same material and earn the same degree, but with the flexibility and convenience that you need.

Online Courses

Online courses are offered during the summer, fall, spring, and winter intersessions and accommodate current and visiting students interested in accelerating their degree program.

Online Certificates

Whether you're a working professional or part-time student, Fairfield University offers a variety of online graduate certificates to enhance your resume, teach you news skills, or prepare you for a change in career.

The Mini-MBA: Certificate in Business Essentials

Fairfield’s Dolan School of Business offers an online certificate in business essentials for students who have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in a different field, but are interested in gaining basic business knowledge.

The Prologue: Certificate in Creative Writing

The Prologue is a 12-credit graduate certificate program that provides creative writers of all levels with two semesters of rigorous, graduate-level, one-on-one mentorship to help them jumpstart or finish a book-length project. Students receive individualized guidance from our experienced faculty of published authors who provide in-depth feedback to help develop and edit works in progress.

Certificate in Educational Technology

Fairfield University's Educational Technology program now offers three online certificate programs for candidates seeking to improve their skills in particular areas of the Educational Technology field. Individual certificates are available in classroom technology integration, learning design and technology, and leadership in educational technology.

Online Degrees

In addition to our online certificates and rotating set of online courses, Fairfield University also offers online and hybrid master’s degree programs.

MFA in Creative Writing (hybrid)

Fairfield’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing is a full-time, two-year low-residency program that helps aspiring writers develop their literary voice, hone their craft, and make important connections that lead to publication and national recognition. Students receive one-on-one mentorship from an award-winning faculty of published authors and gather for ten-day residencies on Enders Island, a peaceful retreat off the coast of Connecticut.


MA in Educational Technology (online and on-campus)

Fairfield’s MA in Educational Technology is designed to enhance and transform teaching through technology integration: training candidates as teachers, co-teachers and consultants in schools, agencies and organizational professional development.

Technical Requirements & Support

Fairfield University has no specific computer requirement for online students, though we do recommend a reasonably new Mac or Windows computer that has the latest possible operating system updates and anti-virus protection. We actively encourage our online faculty and students to use their smartphones and other mobile devices in doing class work, as all of the standard software applications and systems we use are accessible on mobile devices. (The only exceptions might be specialized software that a particular class requires for its subject matter.)

Online students have full access to the University's Information Technology Services Help Desk, which is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 pm. Our representatives can be reached at 203-254-4069, or itshelpdesk@fairfield.edu.

The Help Desk can assist with questions regarding the activation of your Fairfield NetID network account, hardware and software issues, problems logging into or using University systems, and general information regarding the my.fairfield.edu student portal. The Academic Computing department also maintains an email account (academiccomputing@fairfield.edu) that can be used for submitting time-sensitive questions regarding access to, or functionality of, learning systems such as Blackboard and Quip.

State Authorizations

As an institutional member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), Fairfield University is authorized to admit students into online courses and programs from all states that participate in NC-SARA. All students considering an academic program that leads to obtaining professional licensure should contact the appropriate licensing agency within their state to seek information and additional guidance before beginning a program outside of their state.

For more information about NC-SARA, please visit their website. For information on Connecticut-specific NC-SARA institutions, please visit http://nc-sara.org/states/CT, or contact our designated representative at the NC-SARA Connecticut State Portal Entity:

Sean Seepersad, PhD
Academic Affairs and Student Services
Office of Higher Education
State of Connecticut
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 510
Hartford, CT 06103-1841

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