How do online math classes work?

Getting your degree online involves interaction with instructors and classmates online, rather than attending class on-campus. Many classes will follow a scheduled weekly structure with weekly due dates. Online classes are not self-paced. All online classes can be found in Blackboard Learn, Mayville State's course management system.  Each course syllabus will have specific due dates to assist you to stay on track. 

The content delivery depends on the instructor.  In many of Fred Strand’s courses, you can expect to complete written assignments and participate in Discussion Forums held in Blackboard.  Allowing you to share questions and interact with your classmates.  Whereas, in Mary Townsend’s courses, students will watch PowerPoint presentations, ask questions and participate in Discussion Forums while completing assignments including quizzes and journals.

Please feel free to review the course syllabus or contact the course instructor for further information.

What makes the Mathematics program different compared to other universities? 

We are here to be the affordable, accessible collegiate option that gives individuals the opportunity to become professional, productive members of society.  This program is truly flexible and is offered completely online, allowing you to balance work, family, and coursework demands.  With a student to faculty ratio of 13:1, you have personalized access to your professors. 

Is Tutoring Available?

We want your experience with online and distance education to be rewarding and enjoyable!  As an MSU student, you have personalized access to professors, and have a variety of support services to help you achieve your educational goals!  Tutoring is just one of the many online support services!

Will I need a Proctor?  Can the entire program be completed with entirely online proctors (such as ProctorU or YUJA Proctoring?) 

Many online instructors require proctors to ensure academic honesty.  Your instructor will inform you if he or she requires a proctor in the syllabus or Blackboard course information.   

Will this program prepare me for graduate school?  Will I have the theoretical background for graduate school? 

Yes. Graduates from MSU’s mathematics program will be prepared for career opportunities as accountants, actuaries, economists, tax managers, computer technicians, statisticians, demographers, chief financial officers and more. 

Does Mayville State offer additional upper-division math courses other than the core requirements?

At this time, we do not offer any other upper-division courses other than the core requirements.

How can I reach my instructor for help?

You have personalized access to your instructors. 

Fredrick Strand - Students can expect me as your instructor, to respond to your correspondence in a timely manner.  Generally, I will respond within hours of receiving your contact, but definitely I will respond within 24 hours.

In Blackboard, you can post questions or comments in the general discussion forums, or email me or other students directly through the website. You may also email me at, request a live chat session, or call me at my office/cell phone.

Mary Townsend - Students can expect a reply to their e-mailed questions within 48 hours.  Students may submit questions or concerns by e-mail to the instructor at or schedule a time to meet. 


Click here to access the Summer 2020 MATH 323 course syllabi