Frequently Asked Questions

Login instructions can be found on the Login Instructions page.

Unlike other institutions that charge by the program or semester, MSU Online charges by the credit (semester hour). Since many of our students transfer in hours from other institutions, this saves them money. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for the current cost.

Yes! Distance education courses now count within the tuition cap between 12 and 18 credits.

  • Online asynchronous courses do not have a scheduled meeting day and time, so students can do their coursework at their convenience. However, most courses have deadlines for homework and testing but when you complete these is up to you and your schedule.

  • Online synchronous (Web Based) courses have a scheduled meeting day and time each week. Students must login and attend class on a regular schedule. Students generally need a web cam and microphone to attend class.

Blackboard operates on software and browsers that are available as a free download. In the long-term interest of keeping costs down, software requirements for courses are the student’s responsibility to purchase and maintain. The Minot State Bookstore does offer reduced educational rates for students on all programs. Free supporting software can be found on Downloads link under Student Services.

Financial aid is available to eligible students. To apply online visit the Financial Aid web site.

Online courses follow the standard Minot State schedule with courses offered in three different semesters: fall, spring and summer. Fall semester starts at the end of August; spring semester starts at the beginning of January; and summer semester starts at the end of May. Registration for fall and summer semesters starts in April and registration for spring semester starts in November.

Most courses require the support of a textbook. Books can be purchased online or on the telephone from the Minot State Bookstore. Financial aid can be used if they are purchased during the financial aid charge dates. The dates are available on the Business Office web site.

You can expect to spend as much time in your online course as in traditional on campus course. We recommend new students only take one or two courses their first semester until they get used to the technology and e-learning environment. More experienced students take 3 to 5 classes each semester, but much of this is based on your job, family, and other commitments, as well as the difficulty of the courses.

Many of our students take courses to supplement their on campus experience. You can take a mixture of online with on campus or go entirely online.

You will need to fill out an Application for Re-Admission form and provide transcripts from any college or universities you have attended since Minot State. However, you will NOT have to pay the application fee again. If you have any questions, you can contact the Registrar's Office at 701-858-3349 or 1-800-777-0750 Ext. 3349.

Minot State offers two lab science course online, GEOL 101 Environmental Geology with Lab and CHEM 110 Survey of Chemistry.

You can find a list of courses offered in the current semester on the Schedules page.