Students hoping to enter an engineering master's degree program should already possess a bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline or the equivalent. This includes 3 semesters of calculus, 2 semesters of calculus-based physics, statics, dynamics, etc. If you have a technology degree, it is most likely algebra-based and you will not be prepared for the rigors of a calculus-based engineering graduate program. If you have questions about your specific background, please contact Richard Shryock, the Associate Director of Engineering Online.
Each degree program requires a minimum of 30 hours of coursework. A typical course is three credit hours. No student is permitted to take more than nine credit hours per term or six credit hours per summer session.
Students who are able to take classes full-time should easily be able to complete the requirements for their degrees within a two-year timeframe. However, students who are employed full-time are limited to six credit hours per semester. Additionally, not all required courses are offered every term. To determine exactly how long it will take you to complete your degree, you should review the requirements for your degree and consult your academic advisor to plan how and when you will fulfill those requirements.
Engineering Online provides true distance education classes and degree programs. Video lectures are available to students through streaming media or download. Homework is submitted electronically and exams are proctored locally. Students can contact their professors and teaching assistants through e-mail, course message boards, or over the phone. Engineering Online students are never required to come to campus
In some cases, on-campus students can participate in Engineering Online's distance education courses. However, on-campus engineering majors must receive written permission from the Director of Graduate Programs for their academic department to be enrolled in an Engineering Online class. E-mail is acceptable. Students who have permission to enroll must complete the Engineering Online registration form found here: http://engineeringonline.ncsu.edu/registration.html. You cannot register for Engineering Online courses through MyPack portal.
Engineering Online's courses are open to non-degree students who meet the prerequisites for enrollment. Through non-degree studies, you can take a single course or a series of classes from our catalog of online courses without committing to a degree program. Engineering Online's non-degree students enroll in the same courses as degree-seeking students and are held to the same high academic standards.
If you take courses as a non-degree student and you are later admitted to a graduate degree program, you may be able to use credits earned as a non-degree student to fulfill degree requirements. Up to 12 hours of course credit taken as a non-degree student can be applied towards your degree, subject to the approval of the academic department to which you are admitted.
All Engineering Online students are assigned an academic advisor. Non-degree students seeking guidance with academic issues can contact Engineering Online's Associate Director. Degree-seeking students have an assigned advisor within their academic department. Students who are unclear about the identity of their advisor should contact their academic department or the Engineering Online office for guidance.
North Carolina State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. For more information about the accrediting agency, visit: http://www.sacs.org/
Engineering Online strongly encourages qualified foreign nationals to apply for our programs. However, not all programs are available to individuals residing outside of the United States.
Prospective degree-seeking international students should follow the application deadlines for international applicants indicated by their program, as well as English proficiency testing requirements established by the Graduate School. Additionally, international applicants must ensure that all supporting documentation, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, is in English.
Prospective foreign national students must receive clearance from the Office of International Services (OIS) before enrolling in classes. Instructions for doing this will be provided through e-mail once Engineering Online staff have reviewed your submitted registration form.