Distance Education

Distance learning offers you the opportunity to participate in a different learning environment by allowing students to have instruction off campus. Valuable learning time is gained by providing an educational environment that increases accessibility and flexibility for learners. 

NC State’s distance learning includes some Internet-based courses, but also offers study through the use of videotape, cable TV, interactive TV, satellite, and independent study programs. In addition, Distance Education courses require more writing than in a traditional classroom setting via electronic participation. On-line discussions and e-mail communications allow regular involvement by all students, not just a few. 

Distance Education Programs

NC State offers credit courses on a vast number of subjects, with more than 100 individual distance education courses to choose from in the humanities, engineering, social sciences, textiles, physical sciences, and more. 

Degree programs require admission to the university. Since each program sets its own admission requirements, students should contact the program of their interest for details. A full listing of programs is available on the Distance Education website. 

Professional development courses are also available through Distance Education; all are for-credit offerings designed to meet the professional development needs of specific audiences. No admission to the university is required. 

Other options include non-credit and continuing education programs such as short courses, computer training, or customized programs for businesses and other groups. No admission to the university is required to enroll in these programs.

(Note: There may be additional fees associated with student identity verification for distance education students who take remotely proctored exams.)