2018-2019 Academic Catalogs

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, by video conferencing/IVN, at the Minot Air Force Base, in Bismarck, Fargo, and at other outreach sites within North Dakota. 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.

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 and include a distance education access fee. Any student interested in enrolling in a distance education course must be fully admitted to MSU, either as a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student.

Tuition and Fees

Distance education courses are charged per credit and are not covered under the tuition cap. Tuition and fees are separate from, and in addition to, any coursework taken in the On Campus Face to Face mode. The Business Office website has a schedule of Distance Education tuition and fees. Financial aid is available for qualifying students who enroll in CEL courses for university credit.

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 MSU. 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.

MSU Online

Minot State University is dedicated to the development of quality, flexible, online education. Online courses allow students to receive undergraduate or graduate education in the convenience of their home, office, or school. These courses reflect the same rigorous academic and faculty standards that apply to the University’s traditional programs and fulfill certain degree requirements.


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 MSU, please visit the State Authorization page on the MSU Online website for information on programs available in your area.

Department Location Phone
MSU OnlineAdministration Building 358701-858-3218

For more information, please visit the MSU Online website or email online@minotstateu.edu.

Minot Air Force Base (MAFB)

CEL sponsored classes and degree programs are available to military personnel, their dependents, and civilians, both at the Minot Air Force Base (MAFB) in the Francis X. Deignan Building and on the MSU campus. The University provides a coordinator at the MAFB to assist Air Force personnel with advising, selecting courses, tuition assistance, and registration. Students may register for MAFB classes via Campus Connection. Military members using tuition assistance must complete the required forms through the base education office and submit them to the MSU Business Office.

Computer Literacy Requirement

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.


All military members using tuition assistance who wish to withdraw from courses or the university must complete the required form through the base education office and complete MSU’s withdrawal procedures. Failure to follow the withdrawal procedures will result in a failing grade for each course for which the student has enrolled.

Department Location Phone
MSU at Minot Air Force BaseFrancis X. Deignan Building, 156 Missile Avenue, Minot AFB, 58704701-727-9044

For more information, please visit the CEL website.


MSU makes it convenient to earn your degree from a 4-year public university without having to leave Bismarck, by attending classes on the BSC Campus. Let us show you all of the opportunities for hands on learning, research and added benefits of low student to faculty ratios. Alternatively, many classes in these degree programs can be taken online.


Department Location Phone
MSU at BSC1815 Schafer Street, Office 129, Bismarck, ND 58501701-224-5496

For more information, please visit the CEL website.


Minot State University's Social Work department and North Dakota State University's Human Development and Family Science department have teamed up for a collaborative degree program. Students can earn an HDFS degree from NDSU, Family Science option, and a B.S.W. in Social Work from Minot State University at the same time. All courses are taught on the NDSU campus, and the total degree credits required are only 133.

Department Location Phone
MSU at NDSUNDSU 270 EML Hall, Fargo, ND 58108701-231-9792
MSU Social WorkMemorial 230J701-858-3510

For more information, please visit the CEL website.

Interactive Video Network (IVN)

The North Dakota Interactive Video Network (IVN) is a statewide videoconferencing communication tool providing distance education opportunities throughout the state. IVN courses connect instructor and students in one location to students in other locations. Information about IVN classes and room assignments for remote sections not on the MSU campus are posted on the CEL website.

Academic Testing Center

The Academic Testing Center (ATC) at Minot State University strives to provide reliable test administration and high quality customer service in a secure environment.

The ATC provides testing services for MSU and the community at large. We offer a variety of tests including placement and professional certification exams. Please see our complete exam listing for more information. The testing center also provides both computerized and paper/pencil proctoring services for MSU students and community members.

Department Location Phone
Academic Testing CenterAdministration Building, Room 361701-858-3830

For more information, please visit the CEL website or email msu.testing@minotstateu.edu.