Chicago State University (CSU) offers online courses and online graduate programs to Illinois residents only. To find available online courses, talk with your advisor or search the real-time Course Catalog. Online courses are designated Schedule Type: Distance Learning (Web).

State Authorization

The US Department of Education requires that any institution offering distance education programs to students outside of its home state must acquire authorization from the states in which students reside. Regulations vary from state to state.

Chicago State University is waiting for approval from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to participate in the National Council for State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). When Chicago State University is approved, it may offer online programming to students in other states. Currently only Illinois residents may take online courses at CSU.

Online Education Tools - Moodle 

moodle logoChicago State University uses Moodle as its Learning Management System.  Moodle allows students to download reading materials and assignments, watch class videos, post to discussion boards, take quizzes, and much more--all online.

At CSU, Moodle is managed by the Center for Teaching and Research Excellence (CTRE). The department ensures that it runs smoothly, and assists users - both students and faculty - with troubleshooting.  If you require further assistance with Moodle, please refer to the Faculty Support or Student Support pages, or contact the CTRE directly at to make an appointment.

Before Taking an Online Class

If you are unfamiliar using the internet, email, uploading and downloading, or managing computer files, you may not be ready for online learning. A simple computer basics course, however, can help you learn these skills in a relatively short amount of time. One easy way to check if you're ready is to take the Online Assessment System for Internet Students (OASIS)OASIS will help you determine your readiness for taking online courses based on your study skills and preferred learning styles.

Another way to check is to take the CSU Readiness Assessment. To access the CSU Readiness Assessment, follow the directions listed below:

  • Go to
  • For the username, select octratliff
  • For the password enter "student"
  • Complete the various stages of the assessment
  • At the end, write down your PIN and save a copy of the assessment results to your computer or an external device.  

Get Connected

Below are the minimum technology requirements to access Moodle.         computer

  • Windows XP or later (Mac OSX 10.6 or later)
  • Intel Pentium IV Processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • DSL or Cable Modem
  • Sound card with speakers
  • Microphone (recommended)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (Free Download)
  • RealOne Player (Free Download)
  • CSU email account
  • Internet service provider (e.g., Comcast, WOW!, etc.)
  • Mozilla Firefox (Free Download) or Google Chrome (Free Download)
    • NOTE: Internet Explorer is NOT a recommended web browser for Moodle.