Community Services

Distance & Online Education

Fort Peck Community College offers graduates the opportunity to earn their advanced degree without relocating.

FPCC partners with American Public University, Western Governors University and University of Mary, to bring bachelor and master degree programs in many fields of studies to our campus. Transfer policies exist with these colleges and counselors can evaluate your transcripts free of charge if you hold any A.A. or A.S. degree from FPCC.

Distance education classes are taught at both Poplar & Wolf Point sites by adjunct instructors from FPCC and the host university, UMary. For students enrolled in online universities, classes can be completed using FPCC’s computer labs located throughout both campuses, and are open daily from 8:00 – 4:30.

There are advantages and disadvantages of both distance and online classes. If you are considering enrollment in either type, there are a couple of points you might want to keep in mind to assist you with your decision:

  • Distance classes are generally taught in the traditional setting – students and instructor in the classroom. The cohort involves students from other universities linked together. Some instruction may be delivered via telecom.
  • Online classrooms, or virtual classrooms, allow students 24/7 access to individual classrooms to complete their studies. Students generally work from home and are assigned an individual academic mentor, with whom they meet weekly for guidance until completion.
  • Cost of attendance varies at each university. Some schools charge by the credit while others charge by the semester. Financial aid assistance is offered at each of our partner universities with some awarding scholarships for students displaying financial need and/or ethnicity.
  • Distance education classes generally start and end on certain dates, whereas online classes can be started monthly, allowing students to begin when it is convenient.

Although these are not the only concerns to consider it should be helpful for those unfamiliar with online and distance education. Below is a brief description of each of the above mentioned universities, and the requirements necessary for enrollment.

University of Mary

University of Mary offers a Bachelor degree in Business and a Master degree in Business Administration through their accelerated distance education programs. These degree programs are designed to meet the needs of adult learners. Both the BA and MBA programs use a “cohort” format, so students remain with the same group of classmates throughout graduation. Classes meet one evening per week and students can earn their degree in 16-18 months. MBA candidates are part of the MT/WYO cohort located in Billings, MT.

If you would like more information about University of Mary, stop by our office located in the Institutional Development building located on the boulevard in Poplar. Or you can visit for more information about specific programs of study.

American Public University

Initially designed to meet the educational needs of military personnel, APU is the first and only entirely online university to receive the Ralph E. Gomory Award for Quality Online Education. APU students are often working adults who are balancing family, school and career. Credit can also be given for prior experience and knowledge. Their individual classrooms require no login times; courses are asynchronous. This benefits students by allowing for well thought out responses in the classroom and discussion board threads. Undergraduate tuition is $750 per 3-credit hour course and graduate tuition is $900 per 3-credit hour course. In addition, undergraduates do not need to pay for their textbooks! If you would like to explore the many degrees offered at APU, please visit for further information.

Western Governors University

WGU is a non-profit, fully accredited, online university that offers both bachelor and master degrees in Business, Teacher Education, Information Technology, and Health Professions (including Nursing). WGU uses a mentor-guided, competency-based learning model, which uses technology to teach and allows students to take advantage of their experience and prior education. Classes start monthly and student tuition & fees are $2890 per 6-month term. WGU also offers scholarships up to $1500 per six-month term (renewable for up to five terms) for Native American students/spouses residing in Native American communities. FPCC graduates also receive a $200 voucher good toward their first term tuition. Currently there are 4 students enrolled in the Teacher Training program at WGU. Information can be found by calling WGU at 1-866-225-5948 or by visiting