Online Education

Fayetteville State University offers several online degree completion programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels for students seeking a high quality education that is flexible, and affordable. These programs provide the same quality education and accreditations as our traditional campus programs. Browse this website to learn more.

Introduction to Online Learning

Tips for Success Online

The following are the traits and skills that are either necessary or highly recommended for successfully completing online courses. 

  • Persistence: be able to tolerate and adapt to technical problems; seek help when needed, work daily on course tasks; and persist through challenges.
  • Good Time Management: 
    Develop good time management skills: don't procrastinate; set a study schedule and stick to it; be able to complete assignments independently without daily reminders from your professor.
  • Communication: Communicate effectively and appropriately with your professors, classmates and univeristy staff.
  • Basic Technial Skills: create new documents; use word processing programs; navigate the Internet, download software and use Canvas proficiently.
  • Reading and Writing Skills: Hone your reading and writing skills: be able to read a lot of documents from a screen; be prepared to complete many writing assignments. How is your typing?
  • Motivation: Develop and hone you internal motivation to get things done.
    Source: Adapted with permission from the Minnesota Department of Education

Technical Requirements for Online Learning

Making sure you have the right equipment that meets FSU's minimum requirements will help make online learning as frustration free as possible. The following are the most important technical requirements to get started.

  • Access to a laptop or desktop computer that meets FSU's minimum hardware, software and other requirements.
  • Access to a reliable and stable high speed Internet connection meeting FSU's minimum requirements.
  • A web camera & microphone for web conferencing activities.       

All minimum and recommended technical skills and requirements are outlined in the Technical Skills and Requirements for Online Education.

Online Programs at FSU

Online Completion Undergraduate Programs

FSU undergraduate online programs are degree completion, which means students may take upper-division (junior and senior level) courses online. Online Degree Completion (ODC) students must have completed all university and program core requirements, or be dual enrolled with a partnering community college prior to admittance to an ODC program. FSU's online degree completion programs are listed below: 

Online Graduate Programs

Admissions requirements vary across the colleges and departments, so students should contact the Graduate Coordinators in their department of interest and/or view the Graduate catalog for specific program information.

Program Contact Information


Accounting (BS) Dr. Ulysses Taylor

Mr. Julius Cook 
(910) 672 1217 
Birth to
Dr. Tanya Hudson
Mrs. Annette Umerah

Ms. Beverley Lammie,

Business Administration General (BS) Dr. Constance Lightner 
(910) 672-1310 

Mr. Julius Cook 
(910) 672 1217 
Justice (BS)
Dr. Sarah Brightman

Ms. Bionca Bright
Fire & 
Emergency Services Administration (BS)
Jihane Mauze 
Program Coordinator

Mr. Gardell Chavis
Studies (BA)
Dr. Linda Tomlinson
William F. Lee 
(Col. Ret.)
Program Coordinator

Dr. Afua Ahrin
Ms. Jacinta Williams 

Studies (BS)
Dr. Hideki Morooka
Dr. Gregory J. Delone

Psychology (BA) Dr. Pius Nyutu
Mr. Amyn Abduk-Khaliq

Sociology (BA) Dr. Hideki Morooka
Ms. Allison Hunter

Advisor/Program Coordinator

Business Administration
Dr. Petur Jonnsson
Mrs. Berrak Walters

Justice (MS)
Dr. Sarah Brightman
Dr. Karen McElrath 

Nursing (MSN) Dr. Afua Ahrin
Jennifer L. Johnson, DNP, RN, WHNP-BC, CNE

Psychology (MA) Dr. Pius Nyutu
Dr. Whitney Wall

Sociology (MA) Dr. Hideki Morooka
Dr. Akbar Aghajanian


Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to an online-degree completion program.
Once you are admitted to the university, the academic department will evaluate your credentials for admission to the online program.

An online degree-completion (ODC) student is one who takes at least 75% of upper-division coursework online. Since FSU only offers our upper-division (junior and senior level) courses online, ODC students must already have completed the University College Core Curriculum, or be dual enrolled with a partnering community college.

All qualified applicants for undergraduate admission as an online degree-completion student should submit the following documents:

  1. Application for admission to the university: Download the Online Degree-Completion Application
  2. Non-refundable $50 application fee
  3. An official transcript from each college or university attended. (Sent directly to the university from the Registrar's Office of the previous institutions attended.)
  4. An official high school transcript or official General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) results. (Required for all students that have not earned at least the Associates degree.)
  5. Military records (if applicable)

To be eligible for admission at Fayetteville State University, online degree-completion students must also:

  1. be eligible to return to the institution last attended; and
  2. have attained a 2.00 GPA or higher based on all courses attempted at all institutions.

For more information on online degree-completion programs view online programs in our program finder. 

Student Resources for Online Learning

The Student Resources for Online Learning document contains numerous campus ressources to help you navigate online learning at FSU.

Canvas Help and Support

Upswing Online Tutoring

Access through FSU Engage.

How to Use Upswing Tutoring as a Student
How to Use Upswing Writing Lab
Essay Review: Writing experts give advice and edits on your papers.
Ana:  A virtual text messaging assistant.

Exam Proctoring Resources

Introduction to Respondus LockDown Browser for Students
Respondus Lockdown Browser Student Guide
Respondus Monitor Resources and Instructions

Proctor Free
Proctor Free Quick Start Guide for Students

Web Conferencing Tools

Canvas Conferences
How do I use Conferences in a course as a student?
How do I create a conference in a student group?
How do I join a conference in a course as a student? 

Zoom Host Tutorials
Scheduling a Meeting
Meeting Controls & Settings
Joining & Configuring Audio & Video
Participating in Break Out Rooms 

Microsoft Teams
Introduction to Microsoft Teams
Meetings in a Channel with Microsoft Teams
How to Share Files with Microsoft Teams

FSU Academic Support

Academic Support
Academic Regulations
Chestnutt Library Services for Online Students
Student Handbook 

Etiquette, Protocols & Tips for Success

Tips for Online Course Success (PPTX) 
Online Course Etiquette (PDF) 
Discussion Protocols (PDF) 
Email Protocols (PDF) 

Privacy and Accessibility

Canvas Accessibility Policy
Canvas Privacy Policies

State Authorization Regulations for Online Education

State regulations require that public universities seeking to enroll students residing outside North Carolina in distance or online programming must be approved to deliver such programming in accordance with the receiving state's requirements. In other words, applicants who reside outside North Carolina will only be admitted to online degree completion programs, certificate programs or individual online courses offered by Fayetteville State University if the university has secured authorization from the applicant's state of residence, when required.

The purpose of these regulations is to ensure quality post-secondary education, ensure the integrity of academic degrees, and to provide greater consumer protection for its student citizens.

On November 21, 2017, Fayetteville State University was approved by to participate in NC-SARA, which is a voluntary, regional/national approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Institutions that participate in SARA are authorized to provide online education to students from all SARA member states. States and institutions that choose to become members of or participate in SARA operate under a set of policies and standards overseen by SARA and administered by the four nationally recognized regional higher education compacts.

Participation in NC-SARA means that Fayetteville State University is authorized to operate in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Please note: California is not part of NC-SARA, but it only requires private institutions to become authorized to operate.

Professional Licensure Outside North Carolina

Professional Licensing Boards

The U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance education and professional licensure require that FSU make the following disclosure regarding professional licensure outside the state of North Carolina.

Professional licensure requirements vary among professions and states. FSU's academic programs that lead to professional licensure prepare students to achieve licensure in the state of North Carolina.

If you are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license, please be aware that FSU may not be able to positively confirm whether an out of state entity meets the requirements for professional licensure. You should contact the academic program for information about your professional licensure questions and enrollment options.

NCSARA does not provide reciprocity for state professional licensing requirements. Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state's licensure requirements in order to be eligible for a license. To learn about the appropriate licensing or certification organizations and their requirements, contact information for professional licensing boards or certification organizations related to FSU's programs is located below.


National Association of State Boards of Accountancy

Program Coordinator (Accounting)
Dr. Ulysses Taylor 
Phone: 910-672-1591


US Department of Education 

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation  

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Program Coordinator (Education)
Dr. Jenny Washington 


National Council of State Boards of Nursing 

Program Coordinator (Nursing) 
Dr. Afua Arhin

Social Work
Association of Social Work Boards

Program Coordinator (Social Work)
Dr. Sharon Williams 

Online Student Complaint Procedures and Information

This section provides information on the processes for filing complaints or grievances at the various levels.

FSU (Institution) Level

FSU Student Complaint Procedures
FSU Student Complaint Form

Fayetteville State University
c/o Academic Affairs
1200 Murchison Road
Fayetteville, NC 28301 
CJ Barber Building
T: 910-672-1460
Web: Division of Academic Affairs

UNC System Level
If a complaint or grievance cannot be resolved at the institution's level, students may file with the North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints Unit.


NC System Complaint Policy
NC System Complaint Form

North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints
c/o Student Complaints

University of North Carolina Systems Office
910 Raleligh Road,
Chapel Hill, NC 27515
T: 919-962-4550

Accreditor Level (SACS-COC)

If the complaint is not satisfactorily resolved at the FSU, or UNC System levels, students may file with Fayetteville State University's accrediting agency: South Association of Colleges and Schools Commision on Colleges (SACS-COC) using the process below:

SACSCOC Complaint Procedure

1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033
T: 404-679-4500

State Level: SARA-NC Complaint Processes

Students may also file complaints through SARA-NC, which is a portal for  North Carolina. The complaint process and form is listed below:

SARA-NC Complaint Process
SARA-NC Complaint Form

North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority
P.O. Box 14103
Research Triangle Park, NC 2779
T: 855-SARA-1-NC (727-2162)
T: 919-549-8614, ext. 4667

Outside North Carolina
Students residing outside North Carolina may file complaints with the state education agency where they reside. Links to various resources by state are located below:

Student Complaint Information by State and Agency

Directory of State Authorization and Lead Contacts

  1. What is Online Learning?
  2. Who is an Online Degree Completion Student (ODC)?
  3. How do I apply for admission to the University, ODC program?
  4. Can I enroll into an online course if I am not an ODC student?
  5. What are the Prerequisites for Registering for Online Courses?
  6. What are the Benefits of Online Learning?
  7. How Much will it Cost?
  8. Can I Get Financial Aid?
  9. How do I Get my Textbooks?
  10. How do I Enroll in an Online Course?
  11. How do I Register for an Online Course if I am in the Military?
  12. Where is my Online Class?
  13. When can I Begin my Online Class?
  14. Where can I find Textbook Information?
  15. What is Netiquette?
  16. What are the Technical Requirements for an Online Course?
  17. What Technical Skills do I Have to Have? Do I Need to be a Computer Expert?
  18. Who do I Contact if I have Technical Issues with Canvas?
  19. Who do I Contact if I Forgot my Password, or Do Not Know my Student Network Account Information?

What is online learning?
Online learning is a learning experience delivered via a computer and the Internet. Course work is conducted through, discussion groups, external resources, exams, quizzes, social rooms, blogs, wiki's, learning activities and online submitted assignments.

Who is an Online Degree Completion Student (ODC)?
Since FSU's undergraduate programs only offer upper-division (junior and senior level) courses online, ODC students must already have completed the University College Core Curriculum, or be dual enrolled with a partnering community college. Please use the Programs link below to visit the online degree-completion website for your program of interest. The University College Core Curriculum courses are listed there.

How do I apply for admission to the University, ODC program?

  1. The Office of Admissions will receive Online Degree Completion Application
    · application fee· official transcripts· residency materials;· Campus Safety Questions
    • Application Agreement Page

  2. Initial review is made on eligibility for online program - does student have 30 or more transferable hours? If not, decision is made on admission status to university and Admissions communicates status to student: eligible for admission, but ineligible for online at this time. Continued path is student's decision:

    Option - complete courses either in the class room at a local college/university or on-line before making transition to FSU online program

  3. If eligible for admission and possibly online (a minimum of 30 hours are transferable), copies of post-secondary transcripts provided to Office of Online Education for review of eligibility for intended online major. Admissions proceeds with routine admissions process.

    ****Acceptance to the University does not guarantee acceptance to an online degree-completion program.

Can I enroll into an online course if I am not an ODC student?
Yes. But, online degree-completions (ODC) students have priority when registering for online courses during pre-registration.
Current students will need to declare an online degree-completion major. For instance, a Criminal Justice major who is completing the degree online will need to go to the Registrar's website and change his major to Criminal Justice Online.

What are the Prerequisites for Registering for Online Courses?
The following conditions must be met in order for a student to enroll in an online course that is a part of a degree-completion program:

  • been admitted to the University
  • declared an online degree-completion major (been accepted to the online degree-completion program to which he/she applied)
  • student must have no holds on his/her student account

** Please note: online registration is limited. Acceptance to the University and acceptance to an online degree-completion program does not guarantee a seat in an online course.

What are the Benefits of Online Larning?
The greatest benefit of online courses is the flexibility of being able to complete the work when your schedule permits, and no set class time. ** You must also be mindful that all assignments, quizzes, exams and discussion posting have due dates or completion deadlines, so watch your dates and plan your time wisely.

How much will it cost?
Tuition for online courses is separate from tuition for on-campus courses. Regardless of course load, tuition for online courses will be listed as a separate additional charge on your billing statement. For more information go to the Tuition and Fees page.

Tuition Surcharge
All new undergraduates seeking a baccalaureate degree at Fayetteville State University will be subject to a 50% tuition surcharge if they take more than 140 credit hours to complete a four-year degree program or more than 110% of the required credit hours to complete the officially designated five year program. Visit the Registrar's Website for the complete policy regarding tuition surcharge.

Can I get financial aid?
Visit the Financial Aid Website for eligibility criteria and steps for applying for assistance. 

How do I get my textbooks?
Textbooks for online courses are covered under the book-rental policy. However, unless you plan to come to the bookstore to pick up your textbooks, please be prepared to provide credit card information when you order your books online, as you will have to cover the cost of shipping.

How do I enroll in an online course?
To register for classes FSU Banner Page from the quick links located on the lower right corner of the campus homepage ( and use your Banner ID and pin to enroll in online courses. For help contact Wes Brown (

How do I register for an online course if I am in the Military?
For information for registration for military students please visit the Military Education page.

Where is my online class?
FSU uses Canvas to deliver online courses. Log into Canvas from FSU Engage.

When can I begin my online class?
Your classes should be available on the first day of class. If you do not see your courses on your Dashboard in Canvas, first click on Courses, then all Courses and search for it there. If you still don't see it, contact the instructor of the course and ask when it will be published and visible to you.

Where can I find textbook information?
Log into your online course and read your course syllabus. The textbook information should be listed on your course syllabus.

What is Netiquette?
Online manners and rules of conduct for Internet users. See Netiquette Expectations document for more information.

What are the Technical Requirements for Online Courses?
You should have access to a computer that meets the minimum requirements and access to a stable and reliable Internet connection. For details on what these minimum requirements are view the Technical Skills and Requirements for Online Education.

What Technical Skills do I Need? Do I Have to be a Computer Expert?
No. However, you should have a general comfort level with computers and the Internet, along with certain technical specifications to avoid experiencing issues while attending classes and submitting coursework.  You should also possess a basic level of proficiency using Canvas to complete your coursework. For more information, view the Technical Skills and Requirements for Online Education.

Who do I contact if I have any technical issues with Canvas?
Log into Canvas and click the Help button at the bottom of the Global Navigation pane. From there you may get help via phone, live chat or email.

Who do I contact if I forgot my password, or do not know my student network account information?
You may contact the ITS Helpdesk at 910.672-4357 or you may go the ITS Department website to look up that information.