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Welcome! Online & Special Programs (OSP) is the hub for online and special programs here at the University of Houston. OSP offers online and hybrid courses in support of undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate programs. We also offer non-credit special programs for individuals seeking to advance their career through special training.    


Our mission is to support the University of Houston’s goal to offer nationally and internationally competitive academic programs by assisting with the administration and development of a wide range of online and programs, and to serve current and prospective students, staff, and faculty to increase educational access and opportunities.

UH has been a leader in distance education since 1953 when the University’s licensed television station, KUHT, became the nation’s first Educational TV station. UH college courses were among the educational programming being delivered over KUHT in these early days. From these modest beginnings, UH now offers more than 1,250 distance education courses each year to more than 46,000 students across the nation and globe.


We achieve our mission through supporting online and hybrid courses in a range of disciplines, as well as offering professional development courses. Our flexible, engaging course designs and university resources are here to support your success. We want to help you achieve your educational goals through our online learning experiences! Ready to take a degree or certification at the University of Houston? Check out our online programs today: https://uh.edu/online/programs/online-programs/.