Distance and Online FAQs
See the MSU Distance Student Handbook for any questions not listed below.
How do online classes work?
Online learning allows you to study whenever and wherever it's most convenient for you. This format provides a great deal of flexibility to balance work and family demands.
Getting your degree online involves interaction with instructors and classmates online, rather than attending class on-campus. Many classes will follow a scheduled weekly structure with weekly due dates. Most online classes are not self-paced. All online classes can be found in either Moodle or Blackboard Learn, Mayville State's course management systems. To find out which Learning Management system your course is in, please visit Is My Course in Blackboard or Moodle?
Who teaches the online and distance classes?
Classes are taught by Mayville State University faculty members who have advanced degrees and are committed to quality teaching.
Is there an orientation for new online students?
Yes, there is an optional Distance Student Orientation provided to all students enrolled in at least one online or distance course with Mayville State University. Every student will be enrolled and have access to the Distance Student Orientation at least one week prior to the start of each semester.
If you'd like to preview the Distance Student Orientation to get familiar with Moodle and navigating your courses, go to: https://lms.ndus.edu/course/view.php?id=546. Click "Login as a Guest" to go to the Distance Student Orientation.
There is also an optional Student Orientation course in Blackboard. All students enrolled at Mayville State will have access to this course at least one week prior to the start of each semester. To access this course, login to Blackboard and find your course list.
What are Moodle and Blackboard and how do they work?
Moodle and Blackboard are our online course management systems. This is where you will log in to view your courses, see your assignments, submit assignments, etc. We offer optional Student Orientation courses in both systems which allow you to practice submitting assignments and familiarize yourself with how each system works.
During business hours, you can contact Sheena Moe for Moodle assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Alissa Perkins for Blackboard assistance at email@example.com or 800-437-4104, ext. 34645. There is also a Help button available for live, 24/7 help.
What online and distance courses does Mayville State offer?
You can find the current online and distance course schedule online. You can also find online course rotations and fact-sheets listed under Distance Degrees Offered. If you have questions about when an online course will be offered, please call 800-437-4104, ext. 34631.
How much does an online or distance course from Mayville State University cost?
For the 2017-2018 academic year, tuition and fees for distance and online courses is $293/semester hour credit. This tuition and fee rate is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.
Is financial aid available?
Degree seeking students are eligible for federal financial aid. For more information, see the Financial Aid section.
Will I have to be admitted to Mayville State to take online or distance courses?
Anyone taking a course from Mayville State must be admitted either as a degree seeking or non-degree seeking student. A one-time $35 application fee is required. To get started with the application process, click here.
Will my previous course work from another university transfer to Mayville State?
Yes, previous course work can be used toward a Mayville State online or distance degree as long as the course work is from an accredited college or university. Transfer credits do not "expire" and coursework completed 10, 20, or more years ago will transfer as long as the college or university was accredited. For further information about transferring, click here or contact Online Advisor Connie Kaldor at 1-800-437-4104, ext. 34721.
Will the credits I receive from Mayville State online classes transfer to another college or university?
Transfer of credit is always up to the receiving institution. However, during your discussion with the institution about transferring credits, you can inform the institution that Mayville State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.
Are the college credits earned in the Mayville State online degree programs equivalent to those earned at a traditional university?
Yes. Transcripts do not reflect the delivery method of the course, only the credit hours earned. The objectives and outcomes of online courses are the same as those of an on-campus class.
When do courses start?
Most Mayville State online and distance courses follow the regular semester schedule. See our Academic Calendar for specific dates.
Do I have to live in North Dakota to take Mayville State University online or distance courses?
You do not have to live in North Dakota to take online courses. However, distance courses (IVN courses or off-campus courses) are only offered at sites throughout the state of North Dakota. Non-resident students pay the same online tuition and fees as North Dakota residents.
How do I use the library from a distance?
If you would like to access books and other resources from the Mayville State University Library, your Mayville State University ID card serves as your library card. If you did not receive a Mayville State University ID card, please contact the Office of Extended Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I need assistance while pursuing my degree?
Please contact the Office of Extended Learning at 1-800-437-4104, ext. 34667, with any general questions you may have about being an online or distance student. If you are a degree seeking student, you are strongly encouraged to work with your advisor when selecting courses each semester.
What do I do if I need to drop a class?
To drop a distance or online class, send an email to email@example.com. In this email message, include your name, student ID number and the name of the course you wish to drop. Tuition and fee refunds follow the policies of the North Dakota University System and can be found here. It is important that you submit your drop request as soon as you decide to drop a class. You must formally drop a class by following the instructions listed above; not participating or not paying your student fees does not show an intent to drop a class.
How do I get a student ID card?
To get a student ID card, send an email from your Mayville State email account to ExtendedLearning@mayvillestate.edu or call 701-788-4667. Include your Student ID#, mailing address AND a recent ‘headshot’ picture.
What is a proctor, and how do I know if I need one?
A proctor is an individual approved to supervise test taking. A proctor is someone who you take your exams with to ensure that you are not cheating. Many online instructors require proctors to ensure academic honesty. Your instructor will inform you if he or she requires a proctor.
You are required to submit your proctor for approval by completing and submitting the Office of Extended Learning Proctor Approval Form online through the SharePoint, or the "S," link on the top right of the MSU webpage at www.mayvillestate.edu. After you Login with your username and password, click on Sites in the top right menu navigation, Click Departments and Offices, Click Extended Learning from the site list. Click Submit Proctor on the left-hand menu.
In order to be approved as a proctor, a person must be a disinterested professional with a valid business office, business telephone and business email address (Yahoo and Hotmail addresses are not acceptable). Some examples are:
A superintendent, principal or counselor at a public school
A high school or elementary teacher
A college or university administrator, dean, department chair, registrar or faculty member
A professional staff member at a college or university
A certified librarian
A civil service examiner
A judge of a court of law
A human resource director or employee development coordinator
A military officer or non-commissioned officer of a higher rank
A law enforcement officer
Your proctor must have reliable internet access. You may use your personal laptop computer to take an exam at your proctor's place of business. Please note you are not allowed to take your exams in your home or your proctor's private home or residence. You must take your exam at a professional office, school, college or university, library or other business or public institution.
A proctor must NOT be living at the same address as the student.
A proctor must NOT be another undergraduate student, including work study students in a campus office or tutoring center.
For more information regarding proctors, please call 701-788-4667 or 1-800-437-4104 ext. 34667, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To complete online courses, you will need regular access to a computer and internet. High speed internet access is highly recommended for all courses and is required for some courses.
Please review the Technology Requirements for students attending Mayville State.
How do I know if distance education is right for me?
Distance Education can be a convenient way to earn your degree without leaving your job or hometown. Online courses do, however, require a great deal of self-discipline and motivation. You need to be able to consistently set aside enough time each week for studying and assignments. You will also need to be somewhat familiar with using a computer.
How much time should I plan to devote each week to an online class?
This depends on the class and how familiar you are with the subject. Generally you can plan to spend around 3 hours/week per credit. So, you would typically want to set aside around 9 hours a week for a 3-credit course. Additionally, you should plan to log into Moodle at least three different days per week to make sure you are staying on track with course assignments and deadlines.
Do I have a Mayville State University email account?
Yes, all students are issued a Mayville State University email account. Please be sure to check your Mayville State email account at least three times per week. All official communication from university departments such as financial aid, business office, academic records, etc., and instructors goes to your MSU email. Click here for instructions on accessing your MSU email account.
What is IVN?
IVN stands for interactive video network. IVN classes are available to students at designated sites around North Dakota. IVN allows students to see and interact with instructors teaching courses on the Mayville State campus.
How do I purchase books and materials for my class?
You can order your books online from Mayville State's bookstore. You can choose to either have the books shipped to you, or to pick them up in our outreach office at Lake Region State College in Devils Lake. If you are in the Mayville area, you can also pick up books for your online classes at the Mayville State Bookstore.
When do I pay my tuition and fees?
Tuition and fees are to be paid by approximately the third week of classes each term. Students may be removed from classes for non-payment of tuition and fees. Student payment plans and financial aid should be in place by the third week of classes. For more information on payment dates, see the Business Office's webpage.
What is Notifind?
NotiFind is the emergency notification system used by all 11 North Dakota University System colleges and universities to provide timely information and instructions directly to students, faculty, staff and others during emergencies or urgent situations. The State Board of Higher Education requires employee and student participation in NotiFind. Students are automatically enrolled in NotiFind after completion of the admission process. In an emergency situation, important information and instructions will be sent out via email, text and landline or cell phone voicemail.
How do I request an official transcript?
To request a transcript from Mayville State University, please visit the Transcript Request Page
What is the Financial Obligation Agreement hold?
You must complete the student Financial Obligation Agreement each semester prior to registering for classes. Please review this set of instructions for more information.