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Humboldt State University

Frequently Asked Questions


No. Your diploma will be from Humboldt State University. You will receive a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Leadership Studies.

Yes, we will help you choose courses each semester to fulfill all requirements for the degree.

The BA degree requires a total of 120 units. The number of units you are required to complete for this program will depend on the number of units and the courses you transfer in. Typically students will transfer in 60 units and will need to complete an additional 60 units for the degree. This will include a total of 40 upper division units. The 40 upper division units include 30 units in the major and 9 units of general education. There are other institutional requirements and opportunities for electives as well. These additional requirements can be taken as part of the program or transferred in, however only 70 community college units can apply toward the 120 unit total for the degree.

This depends on the following:

  1. Your total number of transfer units
  2. How many units you can successfully complete each semester, given your other obligations and time commitments

It’s important to note that if you need to take time off due to unexpected life circumstances, you can return to complete the program later.

This depends on the following:

Your total number of transfer units

Where your transfer units were completed (community college or 4-year institution)

Financial aid award amounts (State University Grants, Cal Grants and fee waivers cannot be applied to this program, however Federal Pell Grants and Federal Student Loans can be applied)

Please see the Benefits and Costs section for more detailed information.

Yes. The Leadership Studies Online Degree Completion program is fully accredited by theWestern Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Self-support programs do not receive tax dollars from the State. The course fee is constant at $299 per credit. So you pay per course instead of paying a full time or part time tuition rate. Because the Leadership Studies Program is delivered by the College of eLearning & Extended Education, students are not subject to HSU state fees, although there could be additional fees for ID cards or other items. See a Comparison Chart. (PDF. Requires Acrobat Reader)

Applying & Eligibility:

All upper division transfer students are eligible for the Leadership Studies degree completion program, as long as they have completed minimum transfer requirements. Take the Leadership Studies self assessment to find out if Leadership Studies is a good fit for your educational goals. See How To Apply for more details.
You must complete -- before your application term -- at least 60 transferable semester college units, with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average based on your transferable work.
Within the 60 units required to be an upper division transfer student, you must complete at least 30 units of general education (GE) coursework with grades of C- or higher. If you'd like to determine which of your GE courses are transferable, check online for California public colleges, at for useful course lists by college and GE subject area.
There are no prerequisites for the courses in the major, but as part of your undergraduate GE units, you must complete, with C- or better, all four of the following subject areas:
  • Written Communication (English Composition)
  • Oral Communication (Public Speaking)
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning


This program was designed with working students in mind. The courses are formatted in eight week blocks to help you concentrate on one course at a time while you make progress toward your goals. Within this intensive schedule you may expect to spend approximately 18 hours a week of online instruction and individual readings and assignments. Take the Leadership Studies self assessment to find out if Leadership Studies is a good fit for your educational goals.

These classes have been developed to be flexible and accessible for busy adults, so you don’t typically need to be online at any certain time. The online format will vary, depending on course topic and instructor, and there may be some opportunities for you to talk real-time with instructors and/or other students.

Fees & Financial Aid:

There is a $55 non-refundable application fee you can pay when you apply to CSU Mentor.
Because the Leadership Studies Program is delivered by the College of eLearning & Extended Education, students are not subject to other campus based fees. However, there could be additional fees for ID cards or other campus services if you want to access those services.
The fees for Leadership Studies courses are the same regardless of your residency.
Students admitted to the Leadership Studies program are eligible to apply for financial aid. All students should complete and submit a FAFSA ( Cal Grants, State University grants and fee waivers do not apply to this program, but other types of aid may be used, such as Federal Pell Grants and Federal Student Loans, if you are eligible.
Federal aid and other programs that pay tuition can be used for the Leadership Studies program, but fee waivers do not apply.

Technology and Resources:

Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is the HSU Learning Management System (LMS). Students will have access to the syllabus, course calendar, assignments and other materials and functions via Moodle. Moodle is a web-based program; therefore, you will need a computer with Internet access and an Internet browser to use Moodle for your course.

Technical Requirements – Computer System and Browser

Before logging into Moodle, confirm that your computer hardware, software and settings are correct and compatible with Moodle requirements to be able to run the LMS.

Computer Requirements

For PC computers:

  • Windows XP Operating System or better (Windows 7 preferred)

For Macintosh computers:

  • OS X
For all computers:
Browser Requirements
  • Moodle works best with Mozilla Firefox. Other browsers may not support all tools in Moodle.
  • All browsers should have JavaScript, Cookies, and Pop-ups enabled for the Moodle site (do not block pop-ups).
Software Recommendations

Some online classes may use the following software:

Blackboard Collaborate

Some courses at HSU may use Blackboard Collaborate, an online live "classroom."
Special requirements for accessing Collaborate are listed on the Blackboard Collaborate website.

Leadership Studies students have access to the HSU library and all of the library’s online resources.

Technology is changing all of the time. Prior to enrolling in classes, you will be required to participate in an online orientation program. This online orientation will explain technology needs and provide important tips for the online learner.