Online Education

NC State's Online and Distance Education programs reach students wherever they are and whatever their life circumstances. Our flexible programs provide the same prestigious degrees and certificates through online education.

Why Online Education?

NC State offers programs online and on-site that are the full equivalent of our campus programs. They receive the same accreditation as campus programs and are taught by world-leading faculty.

Our online programs provide maximum schedule flexibility, allowing you to enhance your current workplace skills or prepare for a new career. Particularly critical for students unable to attend campus-based classes due to geography, work schedules or other life circumstances, NC State’s online education options provide a path to a better work/life balance.

NC State offers more than 1,000 online and distance education courses and more than 100 academic programs, so you can earn the credentials you need to make your career move.

100+ Online Education Programs

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Our Programs

Our cutting-edge, solution-driven technology provides flexible delivery of rigorous academics and individual support so that students get an outstanding education wherever they are. And our online offerings include nationally ranked programs in engineering, business and the liberal arts.

As a leader with our real-world approach to education, we provide authentic opportunities for students to put learning into practice and develop personal and career-ready skills.

Our Faculty

Online education offers students across the state and beyond access to NC State’s world-leading faculty. These experts work at the forefront of interdisciplinary innovation, and they teach in the classroom and online. NC State faculty provide premier, research-driven content so that students emerge as highly competitive in their field.

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Learn How to Apply

If you are interested in enrolling in a graduate-level certificate program or pursuing an advanced degree, visit The Graduate School.

If you are interested in applying for a class, transferring or enrolling in a bachelor’s degree completion program, visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

The Nondegree Studies program provides information for students who are not interested in completing degree programs.

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Online students usually follow the same academic cycles as their on campus peers. Additional information about academic calendars, exam schedules and other information is below.