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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Online Student Requirements

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Earning an online degree or taking online education courses is a positive experience for most students. You’ll be most successful if you’re knowledgeable about online learning before taking a course so we’ve provided a list of online education requirements and suggestions for you to consider before finalizing your decision to earn your online degree or enroll in our accredited online education courses. Be sure to check out our other online education resources listed below for even more helpful information related to online learning.


While online courses can offer more flexibility in scheduling, they require more self-discipline and independence than on-campus courses. Some students can find this uncomfortable and not suitable for their learning style. They may miss face-to-face interaction with an instructor and peers, which helps to keep them on track. In the online environment, you have to be able to start and to work on tasks on your own, without someone keeping you focused, and you have to be self-disciplined in order to follow the class schedule and meet deadlines.

Please check the Skills Requirements and Technical Requirements links for additional considerations you may want to take into account.

Online classes take as much time as regular on-campus classes. You need to set aside sufficient time for study. Plan to spend at least as much time working on the assignments and studying as you would with a traditional course. Note that some students report spending even more time for online classes than for traditional ones. Time that you need to devote to a 3-credit course will be approximately 12 hours a week.


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If you have questions about program offerings or how to register, contact the College of University Extended Education at 507-389-1268, or 1-800-311-3142, or email us.