Distance Learning


To provide a means for any student who starts the program to complete his/her degree regardless of location.

Course Length

Distance learning students adhere to the same schedule as on-site students.

Course Format

Varies depending on individual course structure and requirements.

  • Class web site materials include: outline, syllabus, lecture notes, etc.
  • Class lectures are streamed for the Internet.
  • Regular contact with instructor by e-mail, phone, or Blackboard (The University of Kansas's chosen learning management system).
  • Submission of homework, papers, presentations and projects via Blackboard.
  • Possibly proctored timed or take-home exams.

Who can take Distance Learning Courses?

All Current EMGT students can switch between taking courses via Distance Learning or as an on-site student. Frequently, this occurs when a student is sent on a short-term assignment involving travel and would like to continue taking EMGT courses. (Students should notify their instructors if their situation changes.)

New applicants to the EMGT program may take Distance Learning courses exclusively. To be eligible to take Distance Learning courses, applicants must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Live 60+ miles from the Edwards Campus.
  • Travel more than half of the semester (requires verification from employer).
  • Have a work schedule (e.g., night shift) that does not allow classroom attendance (requires verification from employer).

If you do not meet these requirements but have other unusual circumstances, please contact the EMGT Director, or Program Coordinator, to discuss possible options.

Distance Learning students are also welcome to come to class if they are in the Kansas City area.

Course Availability

Almost 100% of all EMGT courses are offered via Distance Learning.

How do I take exams?

Predominantly, exams are simply taken via Blackboard, with no special arrangements required.  However, in some situations the instructor may require an exam be proctored.  In the event that a proctor is needed, the distance student - working with the instructor - will establish a proctor and coordinate exam administration with the instructor.  (In most cases, a proctor is found at the student's work site.  The student arranges to take the exam on a prearranged date.  Exam instructions and materials are sent to the proctor.)

Tuition and Fees

At this time, there is no additional fee associated with taking a course via Distance Learning.  Course cost is based on the Edwards Campus tuition and fee structure.  However, it is anticipated that an additional Distance Learning fee will be added in the future.  The EMGT department will work to keep any additional fee to a minimum, and will provide as much advance warning as possible if an additional fee is to be added.

For more information regarding tuition and fees see:


Technology Requirements

All students must have the following:

  • Microsoft Office 2003 or newer, with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint at a minimum.
  • High speed internet access (Cable/DSL (120k) access or better, T1 or broadband recommended).
  • Ability to upload and download files from the internet (may require changing firewall settings).
  • PDF reading software (i.e., free Adobe Acrobat Reader).
  • Ability to narrate PowerPoint presentations.
  • Occasionally, additional software will be required for some classes.

Course Web Access

All EMGT courses have materials available via Blackboard. Typical materials posted include a course syllabus, handouts from individual course sessions, links to other sites, and access to the streamed video recordings of class sessions.


Textbooks are available through the KU Bookstore, and this is where the identifying ISBN numbers, titles, and authors are to be found.  Information on textbooks is posted well in advance of courses being offered.  You may find textbooks available from other online sources, or your local bookstore.  Distance students should order their textbooks early so that they will arrive before the first day of classes.

Student Online Services

The University of Kansas uses online services via the myKU Portal for enrollment, bill payment, accessing grades, updating contact info, etc. Once admitted, students will be able to sign-up for a KU Online ID that will allow full access these services.

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