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Advising for Online Degree Seeking Students

This site is intended to be informational and not official. All official decisions regarding graduation and curriculum are made by the Registrar’s Office and individual departments.

Subject to Change Statement

This site has been prepared to provide information to prospective and enrolled students. The right is reserved to change any of the rules and regulations of the University at any time, including those relating to admission, instruction, and graduation. The right to withdraw curricula and specific courses, alter course content, change the calendar, and to add or increase fees is similarly reserved. All such changes are effective at such times as the proper authorities determine and may apply not only to prospective students but also to those who already are enrolled in the University.

The formal, and majority, of policies and procedures are organized in the academic catalog and not on this site. Each student establishes the catalog under which they will complete their degree requirements once enrollment is begun and continues uninterrupted.

A student’s requirements to graduate default to the catalog under which the student initially enrolled with Minot State University. The student and/or an advisor must notify the Registrar’s Office if a student is following the requirements of a different catalog. Students can only choose to follow the requirements of a catalog that was published after initial enrollment. If a student has a break in enrollment, he/she must follow the requirements of the catalog representing the term in which the student re-enrolls.

Each student is assigned to an Academic Advisor of Record upon admission to the University, based upon declared major. Advisor assignments are typically adjusted when a student officially changes his/her major.

Academic advising will assist you in making informed decisions. You need to feel confident about your plans to make the most of your education and complete your degree as proficiently as possible.

Although academic advisors are here to help, it is important for students to realize that the ultimate responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements is their own.

This website is designed to help students find information, strategies, and resources.

Advising A – Z

Attendance in Online Courses
With the new policy change, students must complete an academic-related activity in their Internet course(s) to be considered in-attendance. Contact your instructor if you are unsure what constitutes an academic-related activity.

Accreditation
Credits from regionally accredited institutions are accepted at Minot State University. Credits earned from nationally accredited institutions may be reviewed by individual departments on a case-by-case basis.

Blackboard Learn Student Support
The Office of Instructional Technology (OIT) website has a comprehensive tutorial designed to simulate how an actual online course will look. It will give you an opportunity to practice using Blackboard tools without working in a live course.

Co-requisites
Courses listed as co-requisites must be taken simultaneously with another course. Co-requisites are noted at the end of each course description.

Course Substitution
This form is used for any courses from accredited institutions, including MSU, that are not considered equal to an MSU course, but are an acceptable substitution for the student’s degree requirements. This course substitution will be acceptable only for the single student on the form, not any future students. Each course must be approved by the student’s major/minor department.

Credit/Prior Learning
Minot State University does accept nor award prior learning credits.

Catalog
Each student establishes the catalog under which they will complete their degree requirements once enrollment is begun and continues uninterrupted.

A student’s requirements to graduate default to the catalog under which the student initially enrolled with Minot State University. The student and/or an advisor must notify the Registrar’s Office if a student is following the requirements of a different catalog. Students can only choose to follow the requirements of a catalog that was published after initial enrollment. If a student has a break in enrollment, he/she must follow the requirements of the catalog representing the term in which the student re-enrolls.

Diplomas
Diplomas will be mailed approximately 4-6 weeks after degrees officially post to a students’ transcript.

Degree Audit
After a graduation application is received by the Registrar’s Office a degree audit will be performed. This is why it is very important that your correct major and governing catalog is reflected in your CampusConnection.

English Placement Guidelines
English Requirements/Placement – Placement into English courses is based on ACT English or SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing subtest scores. 

  • Students with an ACT English of 13 or less are required to enroll in Academic Skills (ASC) 87, College Writing Prep, which is a 3 credit course offered through Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) before enrolling in ENGL 110. 
  • Students with an ACT English of 14-17 can enroll in ENGL 110, College Composition I, through MSU; however, they must co-enroll in ASC 88, Composition Lab, which is a 1 credit course offered through DCB. 
  • Students with an ACT English of 18+ or SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing of 480+ are eligible to enroll in ENGL 110 through MSU. 
  • Students age 25 or older at the start of the term and students transferring 24 or more credits are eligible to enroll in ENGL 110 with no placement exam.
  • Please see the English Placement Guidelines for more information.

Financial Aid
It is advised that students contact the Financial Aid Office directly with any financial aid issues or concerns.

General Education Requirements
MSU Online offers enough selection of courses to meet all General Education requirements except for lab sciences. Lab science courses may still be taken online at MSU via the Collaborative Program.

Minot State University will consider all General Education requirements met by transfer students if:

  • An Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree is earned from an institution within the North Dakota University System (NDUS) from the year 2000 or later
  • Supply Minot State University with a GERTA Statement from their previous NDUS institution
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution

Graduation Requirements
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure all graduation requirements have been met.

Lab Science Requirements – Online
To register for lab sciences online you will use the Collaborative Registration process. More info, as well as the registration form, may be found on the Collaborative Page.

Math Placement Guidelines
Mathematics Requirements/Placement – Placement into Mathematics courses is based on ACT or SAT Math subtest scores.

  • Students with an ACT Math of 17 or less or SAT Math of less than 440 (if taken March 2016 or after) are required to enroll in ASC 94, Beginning Algebra, which is a 3 credit course offered through Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB).  Students who need this course online should consult their academic advisor.  
  • Students with an ACT Math of 18-20 or SAT Math of 440-520 are required to enroll in ASC 93, Intermediate Algebra, which is a 4 credit course offered through MSU. 
  • Please refer to the Mathematics Placement Guidelines for additional placement requirements for all other Mathematics courses.

Repeating a Course
The most current grade earned will be used and included in GPA calculation in repeated courses.

Transfer Credits
Students may seek course substitution or equivalency by submitting a course description and syllabus to the corresponding department Chairperson.

Tutoring
Online tutoring services are available to all registered MSU students.