Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What classes are available online?

  • How do I register for an online course?

    There are several ways to register for a course. Please see How to Register.

  • When does my class start?

    Refer to the Academic Calendar.

  • Where do I log in to the course?

    You can access your course through Canvas.

  • Courses are not showing up in Canvas?

    1. You're looking too soon. Your courses will not show up in the courses list until the first day of class.
    2. The course is unpublished. Your instructor may not have published the course yet. This step has to be taken before any students can see the course. If you believe that you should see the course but don't, contact your instructor.
    3. You need to customize your courses list. The courses list can be customized to show only certain courses. To make sure some of your courses aren't hiding, select Courses in the pane on the left, select All Courses, and make sure all of your current courses have a star next to them.
    4. You registered less than 2 hours ago. The server requires up to 2 hours to push newly registered students into their courses.
    5. Your instructor does not use Canvas. All online courses are on Canvas, but not all face-to-face courses are. Your instructor may have chosen not to use Canvas. Contact your instructor to double check.
    6. If you continue to have issues, please contact DMC Helpdesk for assistance 361-698-2330.
  • Do I have to come to campus?

    It depends on whether the class is hybrid (partial face-to-face and online). For a fully online class please check instructor syllabus to determine if there are any face-to-face meetings.

  • How are the tests administered?

    Most courses have tests online; however, you may have a test administered on campus. There may also be an online proctoring service set up, please check with your instructor. If you have any questions, please contact the Academic Department.

  • How much is the cost for an online course?

    See the cost per course.

  • How many weeks are there in an online course?

    Del Mar College courses are designed with your busy schedule in mind, providing the flexibility you need to study at the times most convenient to you.

    The majority of the courses are structured for asynchronous learning to provide maximum flexibility for the adult learner.

    All of your course activities, assignments, and exams, however, must be completed by their respective due dates. The typical length of our courses is 8 to 16 weeks. Some courses may also contain online group work that you need to take into consideration.

  • What is the time commitment?

    Students enrolled at Del Mar College could spend approximately 8 to 12 hours per week on readings and assignments for a 3-credit course. Plan to spend extra time when you have papers, projects, or exams.

  • How do I apply for graduation?

  • Can I still walk with my class for graduation?

    Yes, you still have the opportunity to celebrate your accomplishment and graduate with your class. You are invited to attend the same commencement ceremony as those on campus. This is often the first time that our students set foot on campus, as well as meet their classmates, faculty, and academic advisers in person. It is truly an exciting and emotional experience, and we are honored to be able to share in this joyous occasion with you.

  • Who is an ideal online student?

    An ideal student will have the ability to be self-disciplined, have good time management and organizational skills.

  • Who can take online courses?

    Any person with a high school diploma or its equivalent (GED) may register for noncredit, undergraduate courses. Online courses are ideal for working professionals, military personnel, stay–at–home parents, people with disabilities, and human resources managers looking for new opportunities for employees.

  • Can I receive tutoring?

  • What kind of computer skills do I need?

    You should be able to use email, a word processor, use the web for research, send file attachments via email and participate in threaded discussions.

  • How much does it cost?

    The fee for each online course is found on the individual course description page on our Tuition Page.

  • Does Del Mar offer online degrees and Certificates?

    Currently, we are offering online degrees in:

    • Business Administration (AA)
    • English with Emphasis in Literature (AA)
    • Grades 8-12; EC-12 English (AA)
    • Liberal Arts (Multidisciplinary Studies) or Undeclared, (AA)
    • Criminal Justice, (AA)

    Currently, we are offering online certificates in:

    • Management Development: Human Resources, Certificate of Achievement
    • Criminal Justice, Field of Study Certificate, Certificate of Achievement
  • What help is available for disabled students?

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 offers guidelines for curriculum modifications and adaptations for students with documented disabilities. If applicable, students may discuss these recommendations with each professor within a reasonable period, preferably by the end of the Drop/Add period. You can find out more through our Disability Services.

  • How do I purchase a book before the course begins?

    Contact the department.

  • Where can I find information about what books will be used?

    Book information should be found when registering for class. If it is not there you may contact the instructor by searching for their name in our People Directory.

  • Can I use the Del Mar Library online?

    Check the following link for more information about our Library Services.

  • What are other student services available?

    Click the following link for more information about our Student Services.

  • Who do I contact for technical or Canvas support?

    Contact your instructor of record first or contact the Help Desk.


Page last updated March 21, 2022.