EVERY student matters.

The Office of Extended Learning is here to help you! We want your experience with online and distance education to be rewarding and enjoyable, and we look forward to working with you toward achieving your academic goals. Please contact the Office of Extended Learning at 800-437-4104, Ext.  34667, if you have any questions on student services for online and distance learners.

Academic Advising

Every degree-seeking student is assigned an academic advisor.  Students in the Devils Lake area will work with Jade Erickstad, LRSC-based Distance Education Program Coordinator.  Students in the Williston area will work with Julie St. Germaine, WSC-based Distance Education Program Coordinator.  Online students will be assigned to a staff or faculty advisor trained in working with distance and online learners.  MSU advisors are committed to providing high quality advising to online and distance students.   

Non-degree seeking students do not have an assigned advisor but should contact the Office of Extended Learning with any questions they may have.

Distance Student Handbook

Please view our Distance Student Handbook to familiarize yourself with the various resources available to you as a Mayville State distance student. This handbook is updated each semester so please check back for a revised copy as you pursue your degree with Mayville State. In this handbook, you will find information on accessing the services, offices, and other resources you will need while a student with Mayville State.

Academic Requirement Report (ARR)

Library Services

If you would like to access books and other resources from the Mayville State University Library, your NDUS login will allow you to access the library catalog and databases.

If you have questions about library services, please contact:

Shannon Hofer
701-788-4815 or 800-437-4104, Ext.  34815

The main purpose of Byrnes-Quanbeck Library is to support teaching and learning at Mayville State University. However, the library also provides recreational materials like best sellers, books on tape, DVDs and children's books. Those resources are supplemented by a growing collection of electronic periodical subscriptions and e-books.

As a distance student, you will have immediate access to the virtual library at https://www.mayvillestate.edu/student-resources/library/.  Whenever you are prompted to log in, use your NDUS login.  You are also able to have materials from the physical library or from other North Dakota libraries sent to you by following the Distance Education Inter-library Loan (ILL) instructions below.

Requesting Books or Other Media

Before requesting a book from us, you may want to look in your local library to see if they possibly have what you are looking for, or if they can obtain it for you. If the materials you need are not available through your local library, you may submit a request to us and we will send the materials to you. Please search Mayville State University library's collection before searching in any of the other ODIN libraries. Please keep in mind that it may take up to a week or more to receive the materials, depending on where the books are coming from and where you are located. It is a good idea to make sure the item you want is available before sending a request.

To request an item

1. Go to our homepage https://www.mayvillestate.edu/Academics/Library/Pages/default.aspx.

2. Click Books & More.

3. Click ODIN.

4. Click Sign-in at the top, to the right of the Mayville State University logo.

5. Login using your NDUS username and password.

6. Click Sign In.

7. Locate the item on ODIN by using the search tool.

8. On the results list, click the item number for the item that you would like to request. This will display the Full View of Record.

9. Click Inter-library Loan Request on the top right.

10. Complete the form by following these steps:

a) In the "Free text note" box, write distance education student and give your address.

b) In the "Until what date are you interested in the material?" box, specify a date that you need the material by.

c) Then click Go.

d) The materials will be sent to you free of charge, but you are responsible for the return postage (usually between $2-$4 depending on size and weight of book) and for any replacement costs if the book gets lost (including mail loss).*

*Dual credit students may return materials to their high school library to return to Mayville State IF approved by the high school librarian.

Requesting an Article

There are many databases available through the "Article and More" link on the library's web site. If you would like a journal article that is not available full-text through our databases, you may submit an inter-library loan request for it and we can obtain a copy for you. There is no charge for this service.  To request an item:

1. Within the article record, click on the green Find it @ MSU button.

2. In the ILL section, Request document via Mayville State Interlibrary Loan, Click Go.

3. Login using your NDUS username and password.

4. Finish filling the form out, making sure you fill in the date and copyright fields.

5. In the note field, please indicate that you are a distance student and give your address.

6. Click the Go button.

7. The material will most likely be emailed to you within a week.


If you experience any difficulties, please let us know by contacting us at 1-800-437-4104, Ext.  34815 or by emailing Shannon at shannon.hofer@mayvillestate.edu.

Library Hours:

Fall & Spring Semesters
Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00p.m.

Summer Hours, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F.

Closed Holidays

MSU Bookstore

The MSU Bookstore is your headquarters for all course materials, supplies, MSU apparel and gift items, general books and computer supplies. Once registered, you will be able to set up your bookstore profile for ordering by going to the homepage at www.mayvillestatebookstore.com. Click on Online/Distance to begin the process. Book buyback information for the term is also available by going to the bookstore homepage and clicking on Course Materials. Be aware that the time frame for returning items is limited.


Smarthinking, an on-demand online tutoring program, is now available free of charge to MSU online and distance students. You can access a live tutor by logging into your course. From there, you will follow the user friendly instructions to have access to 10 hours of free assistance.

To connect with a tutor through Blackboard, follow these steps:

  1.  Login to your Blackboard account
  2.  Choose a class
  3.  Open the Student Resources page using the course menu
  4.  Find the Smarthinking page and click on the Smarthinking logo
  5. Choose one of the four options; Work with a tutor, Submit a Question Submit a Writing, or Review Sessions and Submissions
  6. Once choice is made you have three options: Drop in Session, Schedule a Session, or Ask a Question
  7. From that point you may choose a subject area and work from there.

Note: If a course is highlighted blue, it is available to use.  If a course is highlighted white, it is unavailable to use.

Limited tutoring service via Skype is free and available to online and distance students who seek assistance in learning material for their courses. The tutors are upper-class students who have been recommended by faculty as experts in specific subject matter. For more information on tutoring services, contact the Director of Student Success and Disabilities Services, Katie Richards, at 800-437-4104, Ext.  34675 or email katie.richards.2@mayvillestate.edu. Click here for more information on online tutoring options.

Free Online Tutoring for your Course is Available:


Writing Center

Video:  How to Make a Writing Center Appointment

Distance students are also encouraged to utilize the Writing Center! You can make an appointment by registering with our online schedule and clicking on an available time slot. After you make an appointment, the scheduler will give you the option to attach a document; attach your paper and add an assignment title. We will fit you into a 30-minute time slot with a tutor in the same way we do for on-site appointments, but we will do the tutoring through e-mail, Skype, or Skype for Business according to your preference. Please make sure to attach the paper before the appointment time so everything is on schedule. Appointments are FREE to students. To cancel an appointment, simply delete your time slot from the online scheduler. For more information on the Writing Center, click hereTwo hours a week, M/F from 1:00-2:00p.m. (at Mayville.myonline.com), are reserved for online appointments only.

Students with Disabilities

Mayville State instructors allow modifications to coursework and testing procedures that give students with disabilities an equal opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge. To assist students in meeting the academic requirements of a degree program, Mayville State tailors services to address students' specific needs.

Academic accommodations for students with disabilities include:

  • Access to recordings for the blind and dyslexic

  • Notetakers

  • Lab assistants

  • Testing accommodations

  • Supplemental instruction

For more information on disability services, contact Katie Richards, Director of Student Success and Disabilities Services, at 800-437-4104, Ext.  34675.

Student ID Cards:

To get a student ID card, send an email from your Mayville State email account to ExtendedLearning@mayvillestate.edu or call 701-788-4667.  Include your Student ID#, mailing address AND a recent 'headshot' picture.

Career Services: