Frequently Asked Questions

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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. For the Fall 2019 - Summer 2020 academic year, undergraduate courses cost $316.31 per credit and graduate courses are $398.04 per credit.
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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 MSU 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 site under Student Services.

Our online courses follow the Minot State University campus course schedule and registration occurs three times a year, in the Fall, Spring and Summer.  To attend Online you must register during one of these approved registration periods.

Most courses require the support of a textbook. Books can be purchased online or on the telephone from the MSU 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 MSU. 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.

MSU offers one lab science course online, GEOL 101 Environmental Geology with Lab. To complete a second lab science course online, students can request a collaborative registration from another North Dakota University System (NDUS) institution. To see available courses, students can use the Class Search - All Campuses tool in Campus Connection.

You can find a list of courses that have been developed for delivery online in the Online Catalog. Not all courses will be offered each semester. You can find a list of courses offered in the current semester on the Schedules page.