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Center for Independent and Distance Learning Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Oklahoma Center for Independent and Distance Learning is to create and deliver flexible, high quality, college courses via distance learning formats accessible to all students.  

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It doesn't matter if you are on campus or on a mountain top, we have courses that will fit your life, interests and/or degree.

Need or want to supplement your schedule with online courses—no matter where you are? The Center for Independent and Distance Learning is the place to start! Whether you are an OU student seeking to supplement your campus schedule or a student looking for a course you can start at any time and complete as your time allows, our course offerings could be just right for you.

We have a top-notch team creating and delivering flexible, high-quality, online college courses just for you. 

At this website, you can learn more about our self-paced courses, term-based courses, Prior Learning Assessment (formerly called Advanced Standing), CLEP, GRE, TOEFL, NCPACE and a host of other professional exams that we offer.  

Self-Paced Courses

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Thinking about enrolling in a self-paced online course?

Self-paced courses offer students opportunities to learn in new ways and make learning available to many who cannot attend a traditional class. 

Self-Paced Courses

Term-Based Courses

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Courses online and available to OU degree students only.

Term-based online courses follow the main OU campus academic calendar and qualify for flat rate tuition, full-time status and financial aid.

Term-Based Courses

Military Programs

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Serving the Military Since 1942

The university's policies and programs are designed especially to help military students complete high quality degrees regardless of assignment or location. 

Military Programs

CIDL Testing Center

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All CIDL courses require proctored exams.

The Testing Center is open Monday through Friday. Students who live near the center can schedule time to take their exams at our Testing Center. 

CIDL Calendar

Electronic Campus


The Center for Independent & Distance Learning at the University of Oklahoma partners with the Southern Regional Education Board Electronic Campus providing adult and e-learners the opportunity to complete self-pace courses that satisfy educational or job requirements.