CCLDP/FAQs

Is the doctorate program offered online as well as face-to-face?  Both the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program and the Community College Master of Education in Administration and Instruction Program are offered online utilizing the Blackboard learning management system. The programs also offer traditional face-to-face pathways for those who prefer this method of learning.

Are the programs accredited?
Yes, Morgan State University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; the online doctoral program is also recognized by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Can I complete my entire doctoral degree/master's degree online?
Yes, the CCLDP 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 to the next (3 or 4 courses are offered each semester in 5-week sessions) and from one semester to the next and from one year to the next leading to program completion.

How do the online courses differ from the courses offered on Morgan's campus or other face-to-face locations?
Coursework is completed online, via the internet. Students attend classes using the computer. 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 may complete their work at a time and location that is convenient for 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 heightens student responsibility and requires a great deal of personal motivation. Faculty facilitators are there to help at every turn, but, in the end, students are responsible for their own learning. There are have a variety of ways to demonstrate learning in each course-written assignments, participation in online discussions, peer collaboration, group projects, tests (rarely), and various other written/presentation/multimedia assignments that are evaluated by the instructor.

What educational platform does the University use?
The online educational platform that Morgan uses is Blackboard, which is a highly integrated learning management system. The goal of Bb "is to make learning more desirable, accessible, and meaningful for learners. By doing this, we have a shared sense of purpose with teachers, administrators, and leaders at all levels that are working to improve outcomes for learners." Blackboard is an accessible and accommodating learning management system that supports students with a variety of personal challenges.

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

Is there an online Book Store where I can purchase books?
Yes, there is an online book source. However, students are encouraged to purchase books from the sources provided by the instructor/department. Students are notified well in advance of the required and optional texts for teach course. Amazon.com is the preferred textbook/resource provider for the program.

What kind of support is available from faculty and academic advisors?
Faculty members designate their office hours as well as their contact preferences. The Student Advocate Specialist is also a resource for students. Faculty are committed to learning excellence and support students in their pursuits. Faculty advisors provide guidance throughout the program and the dissertation committee chair provides all of the support necessary to assist with dissertation completion.

When are classes held?
Online courses are offered in a five-week time frame. Students pursue three courses within each 15 week semester. This allows students to pursue nine credits per semester with focus on one course at a time.  

Where can I find the University's Academic Calendar?
The Academic Calendar has general university specific information, such as registration and payment dates.

Why does the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) use a Cohort Model and what does that mean?
The Educational Leadership Learning and Cohort Model used in the Community College Leadership Programs creates an environment that prepares students to work collaboratively in teams to research trends and issues. But more importantly, the cohort model is a proven asset to students pursuing fast paced and highly dynamic online courses. The personal support that develops within the cohort model increases student persistence and leads to higher program completion levels.

How long will it take me to complete my program? Our data indicate that four years is the average time it takes to complete the doctorate program, but that timeframe is also dependent on the student's responsibilities outside of the program. Masters students will take approximately 2 years to complete their degree.

What are the degree requirements?

  • All candidates for the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program must complete a minimum of sixty-three (63) credit hours at Morgan after admission to the program; Master's students must complete 30-36 hours credit hours. The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is the first point of contact for all incoming students as they are required to complete an application through the School of Graduate Studies' website.

  • Previously completed credits may not be used to reduce the minimum requirements.  In addition, 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 will receive a 12 credit review. The review period for master's students will be held after completion of the first semester of courses. This review may include a personal meeting with the Program Director or Program Coordinator to review the student's academic progress. At this time, the student, the Program Director, and/or 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 Doctoral Program and Master's Program have 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 impact candidacy for the comprehensive examination and graduation because courses are only offered once a year, which may result in an increased time to degree completion.

  • All doctoral 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 with no "I" or "F" grades. Grades of "C" are not acceptable (three C grades means termination from the program). Master's students will complete an internship and may write a final report.

  • Each candidate participating in the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program must submit a dissertation concept paper at the end of the second year of study for approval by the dissertation chair and the program director. EDHE 611, Professional Development II, the course in which students write and submit the concept paper, is offered at the end of the second year. Successful completion of the concept paper triggers the final set of requirements of the program, including the written and oral comprehensive exam, dissertation proposal and defense, IRB approval, and the final defense of the dissertation.

  • All candidates in the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program must submit a dissertation study. 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/MEd 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. Students must obtain file an extension request with the School of Graduate Studies.

  • While completing the dissertation phase, students must maintain an active registration with the Office of the Registrar.

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 click on the following link: Apply Now. 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.

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 graduate school, 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 degree in an anytime, anywhere, anyway environment. Online students are not place-bound or time-bound.  You can learn at a location of your own choosing and convenience. 

Are the costs the same for online courses?
The cost structure is the same for onsite and online courses, but there is a difference between in-state and 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 stating that if your state does NOT have a university offering an online program, 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, May and December.

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

No. There is no indication that you completed your work online. The degree that is earned is the same degree earned by all graduate students of Morgan in an EdD program. Morgan State University is 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 a 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 issues, please contact Office of Information Technology.  For other frequently asked questions regarding the Help Desk, Email, Passwords, WEBSIS, Blackboard, the Network or Computer Labs, find answers at the Help Desk.

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. All faculty teaching in the program, whether full-time or adjunct, hold terminal degrees in their areas of expertise. Several faculty members are also Quality Matters certified.

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.