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New Students

MSJC uses the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) to deliver online and hybrid classes, as well as provide an online space for on-campus classes to host digital resources and information. Below is a list of introductory resources about using the Canvas LMS. If you have additional questions or need assistance after reviewing the provided resources, please visit or submit a help ticket via email to


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Distance Education Student Orientations

View the MSJC Calendar of Events to register for an on campus Distance Education Student Orientation. Orientations are scheduled the week prior to and the first week of the semester at both the Menifee and San Jacinto Campuses. If you care not available to participate in an orientation, you can get help by attending Canvas Open Studios or scheduling a one-on-one support appointment.​

Canvas Open Lab Hours for Students (walk-ins):

Fall 2018

​Day ​Date ​Campus ​Room ​Time
Wednesday​ ​8/8/2018 ​Menifee ​2105 ​1:00-4:00pm
Thursday​ ​8/9/2018 ​San Jacinto ​1425 ​1:00-4:00pm

One-on-one meetings to assist students with Canvas-related questions/concerns:

Register to participate in one-on-one meetings​

All others, are being asked to call the office to schedule a meeting 951.639.5446​

The MSJC Online Program Mission:

  • Provide a high quality learning experience in every course
  • Deliver regular effective contact from instructors
  • Offer over 100 different courses including over 450 sections
  • Online courses delivered via Canvas Learning Management System
  • Access to integrated email system using Microsoft Office 365

Get Started!

Follow these 6 steps to take online courses at MSJC.

Step 1: Apply for Admission

  • Identify the program of study you are interested in (if you are undecided that is ok).
  • Identify your goals (if you are not sure that is ok).
  • Know your social security or student/F2 visa number
  • Know your California residency start date.
  • Apply for Admission

Step 2: Prepare for online learning.

Step 3: Find an Online Course

*Waitlisted Courses

  • Join a waitlist if available.
  • If a seat opens seven days or more before the class start date, the student highest on the list will be automatically enrolled, notified through email and an automated phone call. NOTE: Check your email frequently.
  • If a seat opens seven or less days before the class start date, automated registration from the waitlist does not occur.
  • An instructor has the discretion to add students based upon enrollment caps for the course. Instructors will contact students on the waitlist in the order students are waitlisted after completion of the Initial Check-In period (two days after the start date of a course).
  • Students are not to contact instructors for an add code. Instructors will notify students on the waitlist whether there are openings in a course.
  • Pay the fees within four days or you will be dropped for non-payment. Same day pay takes effect 72 hours before a class is scheduled to begin

Step 4: Enroll in an Online Course

Step 5: Log Into Your Course

Step 6: Check into Class

  • Open the course and follow the Check-In instructions.
  • Effective Fall 2018, the official check in for distance education classes begins at 8AM Pacific on the class start date (as listed in the schedule of classes) and is available for 48 hours.
    Failure to check-in within 48 hours will result in a drop from the course.
  • Review the course syllabus and schedule for full details on course check-in requirements. Contact the Instructor with questions.