Prospective Students

NMSU is making higher education more accessible to people who may not be able to pursue their education through traditional means because of distance, time constraints, or family and work responsibilities.

Is Distance Education the right choice for me?

Does it suit your style of learning? Will you be satisfied taking courses in an online environment? Consider the following things that are expected of students enrolled in Distance Education courses:

  • I am able to devote 7 to 10 hours per week, per course, to distance learning.
  • My schedule is predictable enough to plan ahead for study and coursework.
  • I have the time management skills to balance the demands of school and a job.
  • I am an organized, motivated, and self-disciplined learner.
  • I am willing to take responsibility for getting whatever help I need for my courses by asking questions of other students and the instructor.
  • I have strong English language reading and writing skills.
  • I have the technology, such as a reliable computer and Internet access, necessary to participate in a distance education course.
  • I feel comfortable expressing my ideas and questions in writing and have successfully done so using email, discussion boards and/or chat rooms in the past.
  • I am comfortable downloading and installing software.
  • I look forward to learning new computer technologies or will try even if a bit apprehensive.

In addition to study habits, it is important to also possess the technical skills necessary to complete an online course. Consider the following computer skills that are expected of students taking online courses:

  • I understand basic file management tasks such as creating and renaming files and folders.
  • I know how to save and retrieve files and documents.
  • I am able to have several applications open at the same time and move between them.
  • I know how to install software on my computer.
  • I can describe any technical difficulties I may have in order to receive assistance.
  • I am familiar with word processing software and can use it comfortably.
  • I understand how to use email.
  • I know how to keep my software, such as internet browsers, up to date.
  • I understand how to change my browser settings.
  • I know how to search the Web effectively.
  • I understand how to read and follow technical instructions to accomplish new tasks.

If you feel like the above lists apply to you, then you are a good candidate for NMSU Distance Education!

You can take the Online Course Readiness Quiz for free. Your results are confidential.  For more guidance, also read Rosemary Nurre’s Top Ten Myths about Online Learning.

Getting Started

  1. Review the Degree Programs and/or Course Listings to select the offerings that best suit your needs.
  2. If you are not already enrolled at NMSU, you must apply for admission. NMSU’s Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate Admissions or International Student Admissions websites to get started.
  3. We recommend that all new distance education students go through an advising process before registering for their courses. Contact the department listed for your chosen degree program.
  4. When you are ready to register, log in to myNMSU to register for classes.
  5. See the Current Students page for more resources, or Contact Us with any questions.