Where should I look for Online Course Offerings?
Courses that are available online can be found here.

Are your courses accredited?
Yes. Morgan State University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Can I complete my entire doctoral degree online?
Yes, the CCLDP is fully available online for students to complete.

How do the online courses differ from the courses offered on Morgan’s campus or other face-to-face classes?
The majority of coursework is completed online, via the internet.   Students attend classes using the computer.

How does learning take place in an online environment?
Faculty members facilitate learning online by employing individual work, small group work and class discussions.  Instructors augment their courses with media such as PowerPoint, online literature, and videos, which can be viewed through the internet. 

What educational platform does the University use?
The online educational platform that Morgan uses is Blackboard which enables a faculty members and students to easily use Blackboard to communicate and distribute resources through modules for Announcements, Course Content, Online Tests/Quizzes, Discussions, Groups, Chat Room, and Email. There, you will also find the appropriate syllabus and materials.  You can access Blackboard by visiting morgan.blackboard.com or selecting the “Blackboard” link at the top right corner or any page on the Morgan website. Your username and password for Blackboard is the same as your username and password for Morgan email, computer labs throughout campus, and the Morgan wireless network.

Are there online library resources?
Yes, the Morris A. Soper Library does provide services that students can access from off-campus locations.

Is there an online Book Store where I can purchase books?
Morgan State University Bookstore online is your place for official Morgan State University textbooks, gear and supplies. Buy or sell used and new textbooks, find official Morgan State University gear, and purchase software and gifts - all online. Stop by here.

What kind of support is available from faculty and academic advisors?
Faculty members designate their office hours as well as how they prefer to be contacted. The Student Advocate Specialist is a resource for students.

How do I access the CCLDP website for more information about things such as the objective, program foundation, and admission portfolio?
The CCLDP homepage can be found here.

When are classes held?
CCLDP online courses are five-week courses which are held within the academic semesters of the university. They are available, during that five-week, 35 day period during published times.

Where can I find the University’s Academic Calendar?
Here you can find the Academic Calendar which has information such as registration and payment dates.

Why does the CCLDP use a Cohort Model and what does that mean?
The Educational Leadership Learning and Cohort Model used in the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program create an environment that prepares students to take advantage of many professional opportunities available in the nation's community colleges. Throughout the program of study, the learner investigates and works on issues relevant to community college leadership and teaching. Students work collaboratively in teams to research trends and issues and their focus is to aid in the resolution of problems relating to current community colleges. Courses are offered year-round.  

How long will it take me to complete my program?
Cohorts can complete the program requirements in approximately three years by following the prescriptive course design. The program of study promotes diversity and equity in all entities of the community college environment

What are the degree requirements?
All candidates for the Community College Leadership doctoral program must enter as a member of a cohort. Members of the Cohort must commit to this collaborative experience throughout the entire program of study.  All candidates must complete a minimum of sixty-three (63) credit hours at Morgan after admission to the program.  The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is the first point of contact for all incoming students who make application through the website https://apply.embark.com/grad/morganstate/7/

Previously completed credits may not be used to reduce the minimum requirements.  All candidates must select a specialized internship or practicum in a community college. The internship must be approved by the Program Coordinator prior to beginning the internship.

After completion of twelve (12) credits, all new doctoral students in the Community College Leadership doctoral program will receive a 12 credit review. This review consists of a personal meeting with the Program Coordinator to review the student's academic progress. At this time, the student and the Program Coordinator will make a determination as to the student's academic standing and the student's continuation in the program. All candidates for the EdD degree in Higher Education must complete the requirements of the Community College Leadership doctoral program's foundation courses before continuing in the program of study.  The Community College Leadership Program has a curriculum that follows a structured sequence. Students who are not able to take a course or may have to drop a course must register for the course the following year. Please note that taking a course out of sequence may affect candidacy for the comprehensive examination and graduation since courses are only offered once a year.

All candidates must pass both a written and oral comprehensive examination during the scheduled date(s) set by the program coordinator. These comprehensive examinations may be repeated only once. To be eligible to take the comprehensive examinations, the student must have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have no "I" or "F" grades. Grades of “C” are not acceptable.

Each candidate participating in the Community College Leadership doctoral program must submit a dissertation concept paper by the end of the second year of study. This paper initiates the final set of requirements of the program including the internship, concept paper, written and oral comprehensives, proposal, IRB, and final defense of dissertation. The dissertation committee must be named at this time, including a committee chair; this committee will oversee the final stages of student work toward dissertation completion.

All candidates in Community College Leadership doctoral program must write and submit a dissertation. When the dissertation has been completed to the satisfaction of the committee chairperson (and the DASLP department chair), a dissertation defense will be scheduled during which the students must orally defend his or her work before the entire dissertation committee.

All requirements for the EdD degree in Higher Education must be completed within a period of seven consecutive years. The granting of a leave of absence by the School of Graduate Studies does not automatically extend the time limit.

What is the program of study for the CCLDP?

Morgan State University
Community College Leadership Doctoral Program
Coursework Sequence Years I, II, III

Year 1

Cohort Programs


EDHE 600

The American Community College

Fall Yr I

EDHE 601

Leadership and Administration of Community Colleges

Fall Yr I

EDSR 604

Introduction to Educational Research

Fall Yr I




EDHE 609

Contemporary Issues in Community Colleges

Spr Yr I

EDHE 604

Community College Finance and Budgeting

Spr Yr I

EDHE 605

Community College Planning and Management

Spr Yr I

EDHE 602

Professional Development 1

Spr Yr I




EDHE 608

Technology in Contemporary Community Colleges

Sumr YI

EDSR 624

Qualitative Research

Sumr YI




Year II



EDHE 611

Professional Development Seminar Year 2

Fall Yr II

EDHE 632

Introduction to Quantitative Methods

Fall Yr II

ASLJ  601

Legal Aspects of Education

Fall Yr II

EDHE 606

The Learning College

Fall Yr II




EDHE 607

Student Development in Community College

Spr Yr II

EDHE 627

Mixed Methods Research for Community College Leaders

Spr Yr II

EDHE 616

Community College Trustees and Governing Boards

Spr Yr II




EDHE 615

The Community College Presidency

Sumr YII

ASLP 601

Politics of Higher Education

Sumr YII




Year III



EDHE 617

Clinical Studies/Community College Internships


EDHE 997

Dissertation Guidance


EDHE 998

Dissertation (6 credits)


How do I apply?
Graduate Online Program applications must go through the Graduate School. For the official online application for Morgan State University School of Graduate Studies 2010-11 go to https://apply.embark.com/grad/morganstate/ . For more information, feel free to visit the School of Graduate Studies information for prospective students

How do I register for classes?
Your User ID number and PIN (distributed by the Grad School after application and acceptance to the program) will allow you to access your Morgan Online Services For additional information about registration, please visit the Office of Records and Registration.   Register for courses here.

Is financial aid available?
Financial aid is available to students based on need. Students interested in financial aid should complete the FAFFA form and identify Morgan State University as your university of choice (002083). For more information contact the Office of Financial Aid.

What are the benefits of getting my degree or certificate online with Morgan State University?
Morgan Online offers you the opportunity to gain your advanced while providing access and flexibility to emerging leaders.  Yu can learn at a location of your own convenience. 

Are the costs the same for taking online courses as for taking traditional classes?
The cost structure may be a little different from conventional courses. For information regarding tuition, fees, billing and payments, visit the Office of the Bursar.

Is there a graduation ceremony for online learners?
Online students are welcome to participate in the University commencement which is held once a year. Students are eligible to graduate in May, August or December but the commencement is only held in May.

As an online learner, is the degree I earn from Morgan State University an "online" degree?

The degree that is earned is the same degree earned by all students of Morgan, an institution rich in academic excellence, achievement, and leadership, and one of the great centers of higher learning in the United States. One of only four public, Carnegie-classified Doctoral Research Institutions in the State of Maryland, Morgan offers a dedicated, world-class faculty as well as an ethnically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse student body.

Is there help available online from Morgan State University in case I run into technical problems?
For technical support on general technical please contact Technology Services.  For other frequently asked questions regarding the Help Desk, Email, Passwords, WEBSIS, Blackboard, the Network or Computer Labs, find answers here.

Who teaches the online courses?
Often, the online courses are taught by the same faculty who teach face-to-face courses at Morgan State University. Courses are taught by subject-matter experts.

How does grading take place?
Grading is done by the faculty member and recorded in WEBSIS. The final then becomes part of the student's official academic record.

Is the online option only for U.S. residents and U.S. citizens?
No, students located outside of the United States are welcome to participate as online learners.