What to Expect


How do I view available classes?

To view online courses, visit our list of courses. If you require more detailed information, visit Murray State’s complete list of courses. Under “Instructional Method,” indicate that you are looking for a WEB course.

How do I register for a course?

After you have been admitted to Murray State University, you should receive notification about signing on to myGate. Through myGate, you can register for courses, pay bills, and view your transcripts and grades.  If you are having trouble with your password, call the Service Desk at (270) 809-2346.

How do I sign in to RacerMail, myGate, and Canvas?

Visit this help guide for more information. Call the Service Desk at (270) 809-2346 if you have any questions. For more information about all of Murray State’s Systems, visit “Getting Started” under Current Students.

Technical Requirements

At a minimum, you must have a computer with reliable Internet access, a current/active email address, a current browser, and word processing software, Microsoft Word. Some courses may have specific technical requirements. Please contact the instructor before class if you have questions. Visit our Support Site for specific technical requirements.


All texts and instructional materials are furnished by the student. Most texts may be purchased directly from the publishing companies or the Murray State University Bookstore. Used books are sometimes available at the Murray State Bookstore. You are encouraged to call them at (270) 809-4388 or (800) 749-8580, or you may order your text online at the Bookstore’s website. Phone and online orders may be paid for with a credit card and books will be shipped directly to you.

Course Procedures

Once you are enrolled, go to the Racers Online website to see instructions on how to get started with your online course. (Note that not all instructors post their information here.)  Instructors publish their courses on Canvas at different times, so check the site often. Check your RacerMail  account regularly as all official communication from the university will be sent to this address. 

Transcripts of College Credit

As a student completes a course, his/her record will be sent to Murray State’s Admissions and Registrar’s Office and added to their official transcript. Students can view their grades on myGate. If a student wants credit transferred, he/she must order a transcript. Visit the Registrar's website for information on how to order transcripts.