Frequently Asked Questions

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 CCLMP 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 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.” To learn more about Bb please visit the following website: Blackboard Web Site.

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, however students are encouraged to purchase books from the sources provided by the instructor/department. Students are notified well in advance of the beginning of a course concerning required and optional texts. 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 how they prefer to be contacted. The Student Advocate Specialist is a resource for students. Faculty are committed to learning excellence and support students in their pursuit of excellence. An Academic advisor provides 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 CCLP use a Cohort Model and what does that mean?
The Educational Leadership Learning and Cohort Model used in the Community College Leadership Master's Program 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 valuable 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 Master's degree program.

What are the degree requirements?
The program requires completion of 30 credit hours, including an internship or practicum. All candidates for the Community College Leadership Master's program enter as a member of a cohort. Members of the cohort must commit to this collaborative experience throughout the entire program of study. The School of Graduate Studies (SGS) is the first point of contact for all incoming students who make application through the Application Website.  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 . 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 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 FASFA form and identify Morgan State University as the university of choice (002083). For more information contact the graduate school, Office of Financial Aid.

What are the benefits of getting my degree online with Morgan State University?
Morgan Online offers the opportunity to gain an advanced degree in a flexible environment. Online students are not place-bound or time-bound. They can learn at a location of their own choosing and convenience.

Are the costs the same for taking online courses as for taking traditional classes?
The cost structure is the same for onsite 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 Master's in Education students at Morgan. Morgan State University is one of only four public, Carnegie-classified Masters 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, 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 and several 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.