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Master of Engineering


The Master of Engineering degree program was created to address the needs of students whose schedule or location does not allow on campus study. Convenience and flexibility are the key advantages of the degree program that can be earned totally at a distance with no GRE, thesis, or final oral exam requirements. The Master of Engineering allows a student to put together his/her own degree plan that best meets his/her career or employment goals.

This program is administered by Engineering Online at NC State. Contact Mr. Richard Shryock, 919-513-3815, associate director of EOL, for general information about engineering and computer science master's programs offered online.

Dr. Mohamed A. Bourham,
Director of Graduate Programs
Phone: 919-515-7662
Delivery Method: Web-based/Online
Admissions Web Page

(What will I learn?)

To earn the Master of Engineering degree, the student must complete 30 credit hours of graduate level courses with an overall grade-point average of 3.0.

Courses must be taken from at least two engineering disciplines to create a general degree program. The individually designed Program of Work must be approved by the Graduate Program Director after the completion of 15 credit hours.

A minimum of 18 of the 30 credit hours must be completed with courses offered by NC State's College of Engineering.

Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 30

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an engineering discipline, mathematics, physics or related sciences. Individuals who do not have an undergraduate degree will have to complete certain prerequisites before being admitted to the program.

  • An overall grade point average of 3.0. Individuals who have a lower GPA may be admitted provisionally, but they must prove they can do graduate work by taking two or three approved courses.

GRE scores are not required

Graduate School application deadlines:

  • Fall semester: June 25
  • Spring semester: November 25
  • Summer I: N/A
  • Summer II: May 10

Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

The program consists of 30 credit hours. A full-time graduate student may take 9 credit hours of course work per semester; part-time students typically take 3 or 6 credit hours of course work per semester. All requirements for the degree must be completed within six years of enrolling in the first course which appears on the NC State graduate transcript. All students must comply with Graduate School regulations for continuous registration or must request a leave of absence not to exceed one year.

Students who are employed full-time may enroll in only two courses per semester. It is highly recommended that new students enroll in just one course during their first semester.

Students are assigned an academic advisor and work with this advisor to develop an individual Plan of Graduate Work. Some specialty areas have specific course requirements.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

To register for Engineering Online courses, visit the Engineering Online Registration website.

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)

Tuition Level: Graduate EOL (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Graduate ASG, Graduate COE Fee, Graduate Ed/Tech
Resident: $12,974.10
Non-resident: $27,524.10

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