The College of Engineering provides a wide selection of advanced engineering degrees, including distance education degrees.

Degrees and Certificates

The College offers 21 master’s and 13 doctoral degrees through 11 academic departments and three multidisciplinary programs. The College also offers 16 distance education graduate degrees through its Engineering Online (EOL) program.

A 17th distance engineering graduate degree, the Master of Biological and Agricultural Engineering degree, is offered through NC State’s Online and Distance Education programs.

Graduate Certificates

The College offers the following graduate certificates.

Engineering Graduate Degrees and Certificates
Degree On-Campus Online
Aerospace Master’s, PhD Master’s
Biological and Agricultural Engineering Master’s, PhD Master’s
Biomanufacturing Master’s
Biomedical Engineering Master’s, PhD
Chemical Engineering Master’s, PhD Master’s
Civil Engineering Master’s, PhD Master’s
Computer Engineering Master’s, PhD Master’s
Computer Networking Master’s Master’s
Computer Science Master’s, PhD Master’s
Data Science Foundations Certificate
Downstream Biomanufacturing Certificate
Electrical Engineering Master’s, PhD Master’s
Electric Power Systems Engineering Master’s Master’s
Engineering Master’s
Environmental Engineering Master’s, PhD Master’s
Industrial Engineering Master’s, PhD Master’s
Integrated Manufacturing
Systems Engineering
Master’s Master’s
Materials Science and Engineering Master’s, PhD Master’s
Mechanical Engineering Master’s, PhD Master’s
Medical Devices Certificate
Nanobiotechnology Certificate
Nanoengineering Master’s Master’s
Nano-Systems Engineering Certificate
Nuclear Engineering Master’s, PhD Master’s
Operations Research Master’s, PhD
Textile Engineering Master’s
Renewable Electric Energy Systems Certificate
Upstream Biomanufacturing Certificate

Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering (MR) distance education degree program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in engineering or a closely related field who wish to pursue a graduate degree in engineering. The program was created to address the needs of students whose schedule or location does not allow on-campus study, working professionals who wish to obtain an advanced degree or those who wish to change fields within engineering.

Convenience and flexibility are the key advantages of this interdisciplinary degree program that can be earned totally at a distance with no GRE, thesis or final oral exam requirements. The Master of Engineering degree allows students to choose from different subplans from the many disciplines of engineering within the College of Engineering or to design their own degree plans that best meet their career or employment goals.

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  • Flexibility (time, place and course selection)
  • No campus attendance required
  • Tailored for working professionals
  • Enhanced career opportunities

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or related sciences. Individuals who do not have an undergraduate degree in these areas will have to complete certain prerequisites before being admitted to the program.
  • Must have completed an engineering-based calculus series including differential equations prior to applying to the program.
  • A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  • GRE scores are not required.
  • All international applicants must take the TOEFL or IELTS exams (no more than two years old) unless they have completed one year of study in the United States.
  • A completed online application.
  • Official transcripts of all universities or colleges attended.
  • Personal statement.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

  • Completion of 30 credit hours of graduate-level courses with an overall grade-point average of 3.0.
  • All classes must be graded NOT audited, meaning all 30 hours must be in graded classes.
  • Completion of 21 hours of engineering classes with at least 18 hours taken from the College of Engineering and from more than one engineering discipline or computer science.
  • The remaining 9 hours are in science-related classes, business, math or engineering management.
  • Must take a minimum of three courses from a single specialty — subplan — area.
  • The subplan area will appear on the student’s transcript if a minimum of five courses is taken in that specialty. All subplan-area classes MUST be taken from the College of Engineering at NC State University; transfer classes will not count for concentration area.
  • Completion of the degree program within six years, and except for summer sessions, a student must remain continuously enrolled for a minimum of one course per fall and spring semesters until graduation. A leave of absence can be granted for two semesters under reasonable justification.
  • No thesis or on-campus residency requirements.
  • Completion of a graduate Plan of Work (POW) after the completion of 15 credit hours.

The Master of Engineering program is a 30-credit-hour program. All requirements of the degree must be completed within six years of enrolling in the first course that appears on the NC State Graduate Plan of Work. 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 the first semester. The average time for students to complete the Master of Engineering degree is 3.5 years.

The subplan fields* available for the Master of Engineering degree are listed below:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Engineering (undesignated)

*Please note that there is no concentration in Civil Engineering. You may take up to three courses in Civil Engineering, but you cannot receive a subplan.

All students, upon admission to the program, are assigned an academic advisor.

In addition to the minimum admissions requirements, all applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a related field, with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Although GRE scores are not required, all international applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores. Students that apply to our program typically have a degree in engineering or a closely related field from an accredited institution.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis as they are received. However, we do encourage future students to submit applications by the application deadlines for each semester to receive the highest priority.

Master of Engineering Priority Deadlines
Fall Spr Sum 1 Sum 2
U.S. Citizens: Jun 25 Nov 25 Mar 25 May 10
Internationals: Mar 1 Jul 15 Dec 15 Dec 15

Apply online at

Lori Kazura
Graduate Services Coordinator
College of Engineering
Master of Engineering Online
(919) 515-2622

Robyn Fillinger
Director of Graduate Programs and Student Services
College of Engineering

Dr. Mohamed A. Bourham
Director of Graduate Programs
College of Engineering
Master of Engineering Online
(919) 515-7662