Center for Extended Learning (CEL)

The mission of the Center for Extended Learning (CEL) is to provide flexible, accessible, and quality lifelong learning opportunities. To serve this mission, CEL offers courses in a variety of locations and in a range of formats that meet the needs of today’s learners.

Courses for university credit can be taken online, face to face, and through video conferencing/IVN, at Minot Air Force Base, in Bismarck on the Bismarck State College campus, or in Fargo. In addition, CEL provides College for Kids camps, community and professional seminars, and education workshops for teachers throughout North Dakota and surrounding states. Non-credit activities may also be offered in a wide variety of interest areas to meet the needs of the local community.

Programs and Courses for the Military

CEL graduate courses and degree programs are available to military personnel, their dependents, and civilians online and on the Minot State campus. The University provides a coordinator at the MAFB to assist Air Force personnel with selecting courses, tuition assistance, and registration. Students may register for MAFB classes via Campus Connection.

Military members using tuition assistance must apply for tuition assistance via the AF Portal/AFVEC. The window to apply opens 45 days prior to the start of the semester and closes seven days prior to the start of the semester. The Minot State Business Office will pull payment from the AF Portal once tuition assistance has been approved by both supervisor and the Education Center.

Computer Literacy

According to the Department of Defense directive 1322.8, all students completing a degree on the Minot Air Force Base must do one of the following: 1) successfully complete an introduction to computer science course as one of their program electives, or 2) present evidence (credential, transcript etc.) that computer literacy has been obtained.

Drop and Withdrawals—Military

All military members using tuition assistance who wish to drop courses or withdraw from the semester must complete the appropriate drop/withdrawal procedures with Minot State and visit with their Education Center to adjust their tuition assistance account. Failure to follow the drop/withdrawal procedures will result in a failing grade for each course for which the student has enrolled.

Minot State Online

Minot State University is dedicated to the development of anytime, quality, flexible, online education. Our online courses allow students to take graduate courses in the convenience of their home, office, or school. These courses reflect the same rigorous academic standards that apply to the University’s traditional programs. A current listing of certificate and degree programs is available on the Minot State Online web site.

Out of State Students
State and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer online degree programs in states other than their own. If you reside outside of North Dakota and would like to take online courses from Minot State, please visit the State Authorization page for information on programs available in your area and for information about licensure programs.

Registration for CEL Credit Activities

Registration for CEL credit activities must be completed via Campus Connection. Campus Connection allows you to choose courses offered by several delivery methods. When registering for a course, review the Mode of Instruction list of delivery options. Courses not listed as On Campus Face to Face are distance education courses offered by CEL. Any student interested in enrolling in a distance education course must be fully admitted to Minot State, either as a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student.

Tuition and Fees

Please see the Financial Information section and the Business Office website for information on tuition and fees for distance education courses offered by CEL.

Financial aid is available for qualifying students who enroll in courses for University credit. Students must make application to Minot State University, meet all admission standards listed in this catalog, and be eligible for financial aid.

Immunization Waiver
A student who enrolls in only distance education courses (online, independent study, or off-campus sites), may be exempt from submitting proof of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) immunization for admission to Minot State. A student immunization waiver request must be completed to grant an exemption. Students who choose to attend the campus at a later time will be required to submit proof of MMR immunization.

Refunds—All Students

If a student wants to drop/withdraw a CEL credit course, refunds will be determined according to University policies and refund procedures. Contact the Business Office at 701-858-3330 or toll free 1-800-777-0750 for specific information. 

For more information, please visit the CEL web site.