Programs & Majors
Location: College Center
Online Degrees and Certificates
Inver Hills Community College is fully accredited by the Higher Education Commission as an online provider of the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. Additional online degrees and certificates are offered completely online.
To become a student in any of the online degree programs, complete the admission process described in the Admission section.
Child Care Teacher (Human Services)
Criminal Justice (Postgraduate Certificate)
Customer Service (Business)
Human Resource Management (Business)
Project Management (Business)
Sales and Marketing (Business)
Inver Hills offers more than 75 online classes each fall and spring semester. Approximately half that number are offered during summer session. Students have access to materials through the Internet and via D2L (Desire to Learn). Desire to Learn is a web-based learning management system used to administer classes. Students are able to access class materials, engage in conversations with other students, and turn in assignments via the web.
Inver Hills Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Inver Hills's accreditation includes approval to provide all of its degrees online.
To see what classes are scheduled online, you may use the class schedule.
The Quality Matters™ program is a faculty-centered peer course review quality assurance process for online learning. Review criteria are linked to rigorous standards and guided by instructional design principles. The Quality Matters standards assure that the online components of these courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners.
The following courses are recognized:
MnSCU Quality Matters Certified Courses
Inver Hills Community College is among the system leaders in moving forward with Quality Matters course reviews.
Desire2Learn, the web application that Inver Hills uses to administer classes, has minimal demands that most computers will meet easily. If your computer passes the Desire2Learn system check, your computer is able to use Desire2Learn. Depending on your course, you may need to install additional software used to complete assignments or access certain multimedia.
While possible, it will be more difficult to succeed online if you expect to use a work computer or a lab computer on campus. One of the benefits of an online class is that scheduling your participation is up to you. However, your freedom in scheduling will be quite limited if you cannot access a computer when it's needed. If this is your situation, it is important to try to block out a few specific times when you know you'll be able to log on.
In addition, you will need to be prepared to learn online using your computer. Expect to log in to a course at least three to four times a week in order to keep up with the rapidly changing content, participate in and follow online discussions, and complete assignments. Much of online learning is a collaborative effort where your participation is needed, and it is important to ensure that you will be comfortable contributing in this environment.