Online Learning FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Online Learning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


How does an online degree program work?

Online learning allows you to study whenever and wherever it's most convenient for you. This format provides a great deal of flexibility to people with complicated schedules and demanding careers.

Getting your degree online involves interaction with instructors and classmates online, rather than attending class on-campus. Courses are delivered entirely online via the Internet; you will complete all your work using a computer.  Some graduate degree programs do have a residency requirement.


Will I have to attend classes at a campus?

No. Our online courses  are offered and are accessible completely online, giving you the convenience and flexibility to earn your degree wherever you have high-speed Internet access.  However, some graduate degree programs do have a residency requirement.


What will my classes be like?

Michigan Tech Online courses are offered online with content delivered via videostreaming, videoconferencing, Canvas Learning Management System and other interactive technologies. 


Who teaches the classes?

Classes are taught by Michigan Tech faculty members who have advanced degrees and bring situation-specific relevance to every course to ensure that you are prepared for real-life challenges after you graduate.


Where do I start?

Check out the list of online courses and/or online programs to see what you would be interested in, and then fill out a free online application.  Be sure to indicate you plan to be an online only student during the application process.


What courses do you offer?

Refer to the Online Courses page for the most up-to-date source of information on Michigan Tech online courses.


Will I have to be admitted to Michigan Tech to take courses?

Anyone taking a course from Michigan Tech must be admitted either as a degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking student.

See Apply for more information.


How much does it cost?

Tuition for online learning is billed at the per-credit rate based on residency. Online Learning course fees ($38/credit hour) and lab fees (as applicable) will be added to the final billing statement, which is payable upon course registration. Some graduate programs have specific pricing.

See Tuition Rates for more information.


Is financial aid available?

See Financial Aid for more information.


Will my previous course work transfer?

It depends on your program, the types of credits, and the school at which they were taken.  You can find out more by working with Michigan Tech's transfer guide or by working with admissions about your transfer credits.


How and when do I register for courses?

See registration for more information.


Where do I get course materials?

Most course materials will be in in the Canvas Learning Management  System. You may order most textbooks, printed packets, and videos through the Michigan Tech Bookstore online.


When do courses start?

Most Michigan Tech Online courses follow the regular Michigan Tech semester schedule.

See our Academic Calendar for more dates.


What are the computer requirements for an online course?

You need a computer, high-speed Internet access, a web-browser, and an email account.

See  our technical requirements for more information.


How do I logon to Canvas to access my course online?

You can log into Canvas using any browser. Go to the Canvas login. You will need your user name and your ISO password.

See our getting online for more information.


What does asynchronous and synchronous mean?

"Asynchronous" classes don't have set meeting times. Class materials can be worked on with some flexibility, though not necessarily at your own pace.

"Synchronous "classes are ones that have set meeting times (even if the meetings occur via live videoconferencing or real-time chat). Synchronous classes have schedules that are determined well before the class begins (every Thursday at 7 pm, for instance).

For both asynchronous and synchronous classes, refer to course sites in the Canvas Learning Management System to view course materials.


Do I have to live in Michigan to take Michigan Tech Online courses?

You do not have to be an Michigan resident to take online courses through Michigan Tech Online. Non-resident students pay the out-of-state tuition.


How are tests administered?

You are responsible for finding proctors for your exams.


How do I use the library from a distance?

As a Michigan Tech Online student, you have access to the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

View the Library website for more information.


Will the credits I receive at Michigan Tech Online transfer to another college or university?

Transfer of credit is always up to the receiving institution; however, during your discussion with the institution about transferring credits, you can inform the institution that Michigan Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association.


Are the college credits earned in Michigan Tech Online degree programs equivalent to those earned at a traditional university?

Yes. Transcripts do not reflect the delivery method of a course, only the credit hours earned. The objectives and outcomes of online courses are identical to those of an on-site class.


What if I need technical assistance with my online course?

Michigan Tech has a help desk to provide information and technical support. You may also contact your instructor or program advisor by email at any time.