FAQs

Are your courses accredited?
Yes, Morgan State University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; the online master’s program is also sanctioned by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Can I complete my entire master's degree online?
Yes, the online Master of Education in Community College Administration and Instruction is fully available online. However, it is important to remember that courses are offered on an annual basis (see Course Sequence), so it is extremely important that students persist from one five-week session or eight-week course to the next.

How do the online courses differ from the courses offered on Morgan's campus or other face-to-face classes?
Coursework is completed online, via the internet. In the online environment, students are not required to be at a certain place at a certain time. While assignment deadlines need to be met, students can complete their work at a time and location that is convenient to them. However, course content, program standards, and student excellence are standard throughout the program.

How does learning take place in an online environment?
Learning in online courses is a student responsibility and requires a great deal of personal motivation. Faculty facilitators are there to help but students are responsible for their own learning. Students have a variety of ways to demonstrate learning: in written assignments, participation in online discussions, collaborating with colleagues, group projects, tests (rarely), and various other presentation/multimedia assignments that are evaluated by instructors.

What educational platform does the university use?
The online educational platform that Morgan uses is Blackboard, a highly integrated, accessible and user friendly learning management system which supports students with a variety of personal challenges. The goal of Bb "is to make learning more desirable, accessible, and meaningful for learners.”

Are there online library resources?
Yes, the Earl S. Richardson Library provides services that students can access from off-campus locations.

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 Support Specialist is also a resource for students. These individuals provide each student with guidance throughout the program.

Where can I find the University's Academic Calendar?
To find the academic calendar click here: academic calendar.

Why does the program use a cohort learning model?
The Educational Leadership Learning and Cohort Model creates an environment that prepares students to work collaboratively in teams to research trends and issues. Moreover, the cohort model is a proven asset to students pursuing fast paced and highly dynamic online courses. The personal support that emanates from the cohort model increases student persistence and leads to higher program completion levels by encouraging and sustaining a vibrant student learning community.

How long will it take me to complete my program?
Our data indicate two years is the average completion time for the MEd degree program.

What are the degree requirements?
The program requires completion of 30 credit hours, including an internship or practicum. Previously completed credits may not be used to reduce the minimum credit-hour 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. All requirements for the MEd degree in Community College Administration and Instruction must be completed within a period of five consecutive years. The granting of a leave of absence by the School of Graduate Studies does not automatically extend the time limit.

How do I apply?
Graduate Online Program applications must go through the Graduate School: Official online application for Morgan State University

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 assistance with registration contact Dr. Earlene Roberts at 443-885-4496.

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

Are the costs the same for taking online courses as for taking traditional classes?
The cost structure is the same for face-to-face and online courses; differences come by in-state or out-of-state designations. For online students, out-of-state tuition can turn to in-state tuition under the auspices of the SREB (Southern Regional Education Board), with whom we have an agreement. If your state does NOT have a university that offers an online Master's Degree Program in Community College Administration and Instruction, a letter can be submitted for in-state tuition. 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 twice a year. Students are eligible to graduate in May or December.

As an online learner, is the degree I earn from Morgan State University an "online" degree?
No, the degree that is earned is the same degree earned by all students pursuing the Master of Education degree at Morgan. Morgan State University is one of only four public, Carnegie-classified Master's Research Institutions in the State of Maryland offering a dedicated, world-class faculty and 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 students contact Technology Services. For other frequently asked questions regarding the Help Desk, Email, Passwords, WEBSIS, Blackboard, the Network or Computer Labs, contact the Help Desk at 443-885-4357.

Who teaches the online courses?
The online courses are taught by faculty who teach face-to-face courses at Morgan State University. Courses are taught by subject-matter experts and full-time faculty members are Quality Matters certified. All faculty teaching in the program, whether full-time or adjunct, hold terminal degrees (doctorates) in their areas of expertise.

Is the online option only for U.S. residents and U.S. citizens? 
MSU has students from around the world in our online education programs.