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Frequently Asked Questions


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  1. What qualifications do I need to enter an engineering master's degree program?

  • 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.

  1. How long does it take to complete an online master's degree?

  • 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.

  1. Does Engineering Online ever require its students to come to NC State University's campus?

  1. If I am currently an on-campus NC State University engineering student, can I enroll in a distance education course?

  1. Can I take classes as a non-degree student before I commit to a master's degree program?

  1. Can I get academic credit towards my master's degree for my military or work experience, professional development courses, or by taking a standardized test?

  1. Who is my academic advisor?

  1. Are Engineering Online's master's programs accredited, and what accreditation do these programs have?

  1. Does Engineering Online accept international students?

  1. Who teaches online engineering and computer courses?


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