General FAQCertificate of Advanced Studies FAQ

General FAQ

How do I apply for admission?

Please apply online – Application for Admission

Please note: When you select ‘apply now’ above, the first screen will ask you about receiving a bachelor’s degree, Yes or No. Your answer will lead you to the next screen where you choose the right application for your situation. Once your application is selected you will be asked to create a NUID/Student ID number and password. Now, you will be able to log in and and complete your application. Keep your NUID number and password in a safe place to be used through our your career with us.

  • Once your application is processed, you are admitted on a conditional basis and can enroll for the semester you applied to begin taking your courses. The conditional basis is on the condition that you submit the required materials listed on our homepage.  Failure to submit these documents can prevent you from registering for future semesters’ courses. We encourage students to submit the documents as soon as possible.

Who do I contact regarding admissions requirements?

Please address all graduate admission questions to the Graduate Programs Office, 1-800-742-4412, Option 4, or email at All official transcripts and admission materials should be sent directly to the Graduate Programs Office, Peru State College, P.O. Box 10, Peru, NE  68421-0010.

Who is my advisor?

All graduate students are advised by Dr. Greg Seay, Dean of Graduate Programs . Questions related to your program of study, confirming your candidacy status, or requirements for graduation should be directed to the Graduate Programs Office.

Who do I contact regarding enrollment questions?

Please contact the Graduate Programs Office at 1-800-742-4412, Option 4, or call 402-872-2314. Please remember:  Cohort format students are registered for courses each semester by the Graduate Programs Office. Check your myPSC to make sure you are registered properly.

How can I transfer in previously taken graduate courses?

Graduate credit earned from another accredited graduate institution may be applied toward the Master of Science degree provided: (1) the hours are of a grade of “B” or above; (2) the credits would have counted toward a graduate degree program at that institution; (3) courses must have been completed within the last seven years from the date of first class with Peru State; and (4) the credits have been approved by the Dean of Graduate Programs.  The Dean of Graduate Programs retains the right to request a student to provide course descriptions/syllabi for the courses being considered for transfer.  All transfer credit requests must be submitted during the initial admission phase and prior to the beginning the program of study.

Transfer credits are applied toward elective credits only within the program.  A maximum of six (6) transfer credit hours may be applied toward the degree requirements.

Students must request permission from the Dean of Graduate Programs for approval of transfer credits to be applied to a program of study by submitting the Transfer Credit Request form and by requesting that an official transcripts from the institution where credit was received be sent to the Graduate Programs Office.

What is Blackboard Orientation?

Blackboard orientation is required to be completed by all students.

  • Students receive an email from our Distance Education Office stating that the student has been enrolled in the course for the semester and term of enrollment. The email tells the student what the student’s username and password is and how to access Blackboard. The email also tells the student that all new students must complete the Blackboard orientation.
  • The first time a student logs into Blackboard there will be only one link – orientation. Click on this link to complete Blackboard’s orientation. This orientation is an introduction to the screens and technology tools that a student is most likely to use while completing the course with Peru State. Estimated time to complete this orientation is 1/2 to 1 hour.

Who do I contact for questions about Blackboard?

For technical problems ONLY: or call: 1-888-258-5558.  After 5:00 p.m., please call the help desk at:  402-274-8530.

What if I have questions regarding my online course?

You should first communicate with the course instructor via email or through Blackboard.  If the instructor does not respond in a timely manner, please contact our Graduate Programs Office, by email at or by calling the Graduate Programs Office at 402-872-2314.

Who do I contact about my bill?

Contact the Peru State Business Office at:  402-872-2211 or by email at Students can view and pay bills via their myPSC student account.

Who do I contact to order textbooks?

To order books, visit the Online bookstore’s website. Please order textbooks several weeks ahead of time to avoid possible delays which may effectively hinder your ability to complete coursework. Peru State College will not be responsible if you order your textbooks other than from the Online Bookstore (re: wrong edition, etc.).

When will my grades be posted?

Grades are posted directly to myPSC.  Students can view grades using their personal identification information.  Grades are posted within two weeks from the end of the course. Students may view and print ‘course history’ and an ‘unofficial transcript’ through myPSC.

How can I get a copy of my Peru State College transcript?

Official transcripts are available from the Student Records Office. Contact the Student Records Office at or view the Student Records web site.

What is LiveText for Master of Science in Education Students?

Degree-seeking students will utilize the Internet program, LiveText, to create and build a portfolio as they progress through the program. There is a one time fee of approximately $100 for a multi-year membership to Live Text, which is an electronic portfolio system that is provided online.

Students will complete this portfolio throughout the program coursework by including course assignments/projects in the portfolio and reflecting upon each one in relation to your growth and development. It will be checked for progress at the point of application for admission to candidacy and for completion at the point of application for graduation. The completed portfolio is a required part of the program completion for the Master of Science degree.

Students will also complete and submit the exit survey that will be provided upon successful completion of your LiveText portfolio.

Students will be given specific instructions about purchasing the membership to LiveText during your first course – EDUC 512 – Technology and Mediated Instruction.

Certificate of Advanced Studies FAQ

Peru State College offers a Certificate of Advanced Studies in the following areas:

1. What are Certificates of Advanced Studies?

Receiving a Certificates of Advanced Studies includes successfully completing three 3-credit hour courses in a specific concentration.  The courses can fulfill degree requirements if an individual decides to pursue a Master of Science degree at a later date.  A Certificate indicates that an individual has earned specific knowledge in the area of concentration.

2. Do I have to be a graduate with a bachelor’s degree?

Yes, Certificates of Advanced Studies are available to graduate-level students only.

3. How do I apply for admissions?

Visit our application page and complete our Graduate Certificate Application.  No other paperwork is required.

4. Where do I get more information?

Contact the Graduate Programs Office at 402-872-2314 or 1-800-742-4412, Option 4.  You can also send an email to

5. Can you tell me about the courses being online?

Peru State College Certificate of Advanced Studies consist of three (3) challenging online courses. The Certificates are designed to be completed quickly, as a convenient way for working adults to improve job skills and continue to develop professional knowledge. Our Certificates are perfect for individuals who are considering advancement opportunities at work. When you decide to pursue a full degree program, our Certificate of Advanced Studies may count toward your degree requirements at Peru State College and other institutions of higher education.

6. When are the courses offered?

Our courses are designed in eight-week sessions in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. You can view the MSED Course Rotation Schedule or MSOM Course Rotation Schedule.

7. What is the time frame for completion of the Certificates of Advanced Studies?

Our Certificate of Advanced Studies may be completed in less than a year, depending on the availability of each course.

8. Is there a minimum grade requirement?

You must earn at least a ‘C’ to have the course count toward your certificate.

9. Where can I find course descriptions?

Course descriptions may be found on the Graduate Programs Current | Prospective Students web site.

10. Are the online courses self-paced, or do I have a fixed schedule?

To a degree, there is flexibility in completing your coursework. For example, you can log on anytime to complete your assignments and take tests. There will be weekly assignment deadlines. Each online course must be completed in the eight (8) week time period.

11. What are the email requirements for online courses?

Peru State College provides an email address for each student. You will be issued your user name and password by mail after you submit your application and are enrolled in a course. This email address provides you with the necessary capacity to receive attachments which are emailed for your course work. Your PSC email address is available for your use the entire time you are taking classes at Peru State College.

12. Is there online registration?

Yes, however, our Graduate Programs Office will assist you in enrolling in each course.

13. Who do I contact about my bill?

Contact the Peru State Business Office at:  402-872-2211 or by email at Students can view and pay bills via their myPSC student account.

14. Who do I contact to order textbooks?

To order books, visit the Online bookstore’s website. Please order textbooks several weeks ahead of time to avoid possible delays which may effectively hinder your ability to complete coursework. Peru State College will not be responsible if you order your textbooks other than from the Online Bookstore (re: wrong edition, etc.).

15. Will I get a bill in the mail?

Peru State College no longer mails billing statements.  Students have access to all of their academic, financial, and personal information through your Student Center in myPSC.  It is the student’s responsibility to contact our Business Office at 402-872-2211 or 1-800-742-4412 to make payment arrangements.

16. May I qualify for Financial Aid?

A student must be pursuing a degree program in order to qualify for financial aid. However, speak with your human resources department at your place of employment about tuition reimbursement programs. Bear in mind that Peru State has some of the lowest online tuition costs in the United States.

17. How is the course conducted?

Peru State utilizes the Blackboard Learning System™ to deliver our quality online courses to you. The Blackboard Learning System™ is a Web-based server software platform that offers industry-leading course management. This means a smooth, easy-to-use system for you to get your classes, take your tests and communicate with your instructors. To learn more about Blackboard, click here.

18. Will there be required software?

Blackboard does not require any software purchases! However, Microsoft Office 2010 is required for courses. For more information about technology requirements, check out Blackboard Technical Requirements.

19. How do I drop a course?

Contact the Graduate Programs Office at 402-872-2314 or send an email to from your college-issued student account.

20. Can I earn another certificate at the same time?

Yes, please consider the time each course will take to complete. Though every student works at a different pace, it is estimated it will take between 10-15 hours each week per course to complete your assignments.

21. What happens after I complete all of the courses?

You will receive your certificate in the mail from our Student Records Office. If you have any concerns, call the Graduate Programs Office at 402-872-2314.

22. When will I receive my grades?

Within 2 weeks after completing the course your grade will be posted.  If you have not received your grade(s), please contact the Graduate Programs Office at 402-872-2314 or

23. What do I do if I feel my grade is a mistake?

Please contact your instructor. Their contact information should be listed in your Blackboard Course Shell, under ‘Staff Information.’

24. Can I transfer these courses somewhere else?

Yes, most if not all course credits will transfer. The decision to accept these credits rests solely with the receiving institution. Peru State College is a widely respected, accredited institution; this means transfer credits from Peru State are generally accepted by most institutions.

25. If I am a degree-seeking student, how do I apply for a Certificate?

Degree seeking students may email to be entered into the Certificates of Advanced Studies available. Please include the following information: Your Name, Student ID, and Certificate(s) of choice. You may also call 402-872-2314 with any questions or concerns.

Degree-seeking students do not need to submit a Graduate Certificate Application.