Embark on the path to your goals

Interested in Online?

Online learning is right for you if:

  • You want flexible classes that you can complete from anywhere at any time with a computer and internet access
  • You are self-motivated and have good time management skills
  • You are comfortable reading and writing

Let us help you reach your goals

Choose from among 10 associate degree programs, four certificate programs, and more than 300 online credit and noncredit courses. Follow these three steps, and you will be on the path to success through online education at Prince George's Community College:

  1. Choose the academic or certificate program (credit) or the personal and professional development course (noncredit) that meets your needs
  2. Apply
  3. Consult with an advisor and register

Plan Your Online Learning

Let us guide you to your goals

Review the current schedule of online courses  and consult an academic advisor about which online courses will best meet your needs.

Apply and register

If Online Learning meets your needs for flexibility and convenience, don't wait another minute to apply and register. New students should register by contacting Admissions and Records or call 301-546-7422. Current students should register through Owl Link.

Affordable Tuition and Fees

Tuition for online courses is the same as other credit courses at PGCC, which are more affordable than most four-year institutions and private schools. Contact Admissions and Records at 301-546-7422 for more information about financial aid and how to pay for classes at PGCC.

How to take an online course

Students visit their "classroom" via a Web-based course management system called Blackboard. This is where students access course materials, submit assignments, take tests and quizzes, and participate in class discussions and other activities required by the instructor.

Instructors may use additional software and websites, depending on the course. Typically, course work is completed during the week assigned at a time convenient for the student. Except for taking tests, turning in assignments, and other course deadlines, when coursework is completed during the week is up to individual students.

Some instructors require proctored tests at the on-campus testing center or elsewhere with an approved proctor for students who live out of the area.

What about books and materials?

Contact the PGCC bookstore at (301) 546-0912 or www.pgccbookstore.com and refer to your class syllabus for information about textbooks and other course materials.

Are online classes different from regular on-campus classes?

When you register for an online course, you should expect equivalent content and opportunity for learning as students who take the course on campus. Online courses are not easy replacements for on-campus classes, and they are not for everyone.

 If you need the discipline of meeting in the classroom several times a week, and you enjoy the in-person interaction between other students and your instructor, you may be more likely to succeed in an on-campus class.

What if I want to drop an online course?

The same drop/add and refund policies apply to online courses. If you need to drop an online course, contact Admissions and Records at 301-546-7422.


How will I learn in an online course?

You will learn in much the same way you do in a face-to-face class. You'll be expected to read the textbook and other course materials and to communicate with your instructor and fellow classmates via the internet using Blackboard, PGCC's online classroom.

Rules for interacting with others in your online course

Rules for interacting with others in your online course

Practice proper network etiquette by respecting the privacy of others and avoiding doing anything online that will offend or frustrate other people.

Some tips:

  • Unless directed otherwise by your instructor, write email and discussion board postings in standard written English (the kind of language you would expect to find in a workplace). Messages should be short and to the point.
  • Make sure that you use a meaningful subject line so that your readers will have a clear idea of who sent the message and what the message contains. Many instructors and students are either teaching or taking more than one online class; make the specific class clear from the subject line.
    • Good example - "Subject: XXX 000, J Smith, My feedback on the Taylor article."
    • Poor example - "Subject: Interesting Stuff."
  • Use all capital letters sparingly. Capitalize words only to highlight an important point or to distinguish a title or heading. Capitalizing whole words that are not titles is generally seen as SHOUTING and is often offensive to the reader.
  • Be courteous about what you say about others in an electronic format. Never say anything in an email or on a discussion board that you would not want to see printed in the newspaper.
  • When reacting to someone else's message, address the ideas, not the person.
  • Be careful when using sarcasm and humor. Without face-to-face communications, your joke may be viewed as criticism.
  • Be respectful of diverse opinions. Don't assume that everyone shares the same views or background.
  • Be aware of potential compatibility problems when sharing electronic files. Even though you may be able to "attach" a file to an electronic message, your recipient(s) may not be successful in opening your file on the other end.
  • Don't share copyrighted materials. Most things on the internet are NOT "fair use." Instead of copying a relevant article or web page, provide a link to the material along with a short description of its significance.


How do I contact my instructor?

You can find your instructor's contact information via the PGCC Directory. You can also find your instructor's contact information in your Blackboard classroom and in the course syllabus.

What if I still have questions?

If you have additional questions about how to take an online course, contact eLearning Services, and we will be happy to assist.


Choose the program that best meets your needs

Online Course Options 

Prince George's Community College (PGCC) is accredited by the Maryland State Department of Education and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Online Degree and Certificate Programs

The following degree and certificate programs have been approved by our accrediting association and are available online at PGCC

Associate Degrees


To apply for admission and to register for courses, go to Admissions and Registration. Current students should register on Owl Link.

Personal and Professional Development Courses

A wide variety of noncredit personal and professional development courses are also offered online. To view the course schedules, click here. Find the course that meets your needs, then apply and register.

Search Courses

Find the courses that you need.

Class Schedules

Find the online credit and noncredit class schedules here, with details about the course, the instructor, and the online format.