Below you will find answers to a number of common questions about NMSU Online. If you have other questions or concerns, please take a few moments to explore our website or contact us for more information.

No! Online classes have the same learning objectives, workload, and content as their face-to-face counterparts. Though, many students feel that online courses can be more difficult because they generally require greater organization, self-discipline, and time management.

On average, students should plan to spend at least 7-10 hours per week, per course. Keep in mind that graduate study can be more demanding than undergraduate study, and may require more time.

Students enrolled in an online course are expected to have the technology necessary to participate in the course, such as a reliable computer and internet.

  • Online classes provide instruction online and no face-to-face classroom instruction is required. Depending on the program or course, students may be required to attend an orientation or take proctored exams.
  • Hybrid classes are a combination of online instruction and classroom instruction. Meeting days/times will vary depending on the program or course.

There are some degree programs that can be earned completely online. Please contact the NMSU Online Student Program Coordinator for your degree program for specifics.

Contact the NMSU Online Student Coordinator at:

A degree completion program is an option for students who have completed the first two years of college course work and are ready to complete the upper division classes in order to earn a Bachelor’s. Degree completion requirements include a minimum of 48 credits in upper-division (courses #300-499) courses.

Please choose the degree program for which you are needing advising. On that page, you will find contact information for that specific program.

Classes usually do not show up until the first day of the semester. If it is not showing up by then, please wait 24-48 hours after the first day of class and contact your instructor.

Contact your program advisor or the department to drop a distance education course. You will need to provide your student banner ID number (800######) and the course number (CRN) of class that you need dropped/withdrawn.

Canvas is your learning management system, an online classroom to access course materials and communicate with your instructor and classmates. Canvas can be accessed in your my.nmsu.edu student account.  Visit Canvas FAQ for students to learn more how to use Canvas.

You can look up and purchase your textbooks online at NMSU Barnes & Noble or any other online retailer that sells the book(s) you’ll need.