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Online Learning

Online Degrees

Many students appreciate the flexibility that online degrees provide. At Nevada State, we offer two degrees that you can complete entirely online:

Both programs offer you the option of completing all your classes remotely or taking a mix of online and in-person courses. You may prefer a combination, which allows you to complete some coursework online but also meet faculty and other students in-person. Alternatively, you may prefer the flexibility that an entirely online degree pathway provides. Whatever path you choose, you’ll be receiving a high-quality education with an emphasis on personalized attention.

For more information on online degrees, please write to

Quality Assurance

In fall 2018, the Quality Assurance Working Group drafted a comprehensive rubric and a procedure that can be used to evaluate online courses. The purpose of this rubric and procedure is to

  • Share standards for online course design
  • Standardize a procedure for anonymous review of online courses
  • Help instructors meet the established standards
  • Improve our student’s online learning experience

Notably, the rubric evaluates the overall course architecture, as opposed to the instructor’s direct interactions with students.

After reviewing several existing models and developing a rubric, three subcommittees of the Quality Assurance Working Group used the rubric to evaluate a single course. Using the information gathered from this evaluation, the committee met again and revised the rubric. After a second pilot and a review by Faculty Senate, the committee launched the Quality Assurance review process in fall 2019.

MGM Opportunity Program (MGM COP)

MGM Resorts and the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) are proud to offer the College Opportunity Program (COP) to employees of MGM Resorts. The COP provides access to online certificate and college degree programs, at no cost to MGM Resorts employees.

Currently, Nevada State College is planning to support this program with two online options:

MGM Resorts employees are encouraged to use the NSHE Decision Guide to learn more about the COP. If you have any questions about the COP, please contact Gregory Robinson.

NC-SARA (National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements)

Nevada is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Nevada State College is an approved SARA institution. Students who are taking classes at NSC but live out-of-state can find more information here.

SARA provides a formal method for students to submit a complaint if “the postsecondary institution violated deceptive trade practices, consumer protections, or other provisions under Title 4, Chapter 14, Section 26 of the Board of Regents Handbook” or “the institution does not meet the standards established by the institution’s accrediting agency or state authorization requirements under the regional SARA compact or NC-SARA.”

All complaints must go through NS’s internal complaint process. Upon completion and closure of the institutional complaint, students may choose to complete a Complaint Resolution Form, which will be directed to the SARA portal agency in Nevada.