Engineering Management Programs
On-Campus? Online? Which is Better for Me?
NC State’s Master of Engineering Management degree offers two programs, on-campus and online. But which one is the right one for you? Each provides an excellent educational experience with many benefits. Before you choose a program, discover which method suits your learning style and personality best.
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons:
On-Campus – Pros
The traditional classroom experience allows you to meet face-to-face with your professor and classmates. Since you most likely attended class in-person from elementary through your undergraduate degree, this type of environment requires you to make the least amount of adjustment. If you have trouble focusing in class, the in-person communication can help you stay engaged in what you’re learning.
When you meet face-to-face with people and get to know them, developing relationships and building community is more comfortable and natural.
In-person learning is still your best option if you thrive with face-to-face interaction. You can ask spur-of-the-moment questions in class, in person, which may be beneficial for your learning style.
Meeting for class helps you set your planner and know exactly when you are in class. If you’re someone who likes having that consistent time set aside to simplify your hectic schedule and manage your time more wisely, an on-campus learning environment may be for you.
On-Campus – Cons
The most significant disadvantage of taking on-campus classes is having a set schedule that you have to follow each week. Your course may be at night, so you have to make sure you set aside that time to go to class. Also, you will need to factor in the travel time from work or home to campus.
For in-person classes, professors spent the time in class how they see fit. That could be lectures, group discussions or peer-reviewing your papers. If you are somebody who likes to do things on their own time, this might feel restricting.
Online – Pros
Online classes allow you to complete your coursework for your career progression without taking time away from your job. Online courses are accessible anywhere there is an internet connection.
One of the most significant benefits of getting an online education is setting your own schedule. You plan out when you take class, as long as you meet those crucial deadlines.
Enrolling in an online program encourages you to be self-disciplined and focused on your task at hand. That boost in responsibility can help you refine your self-discipline and motivation skills.
Online classrooms offer the opportunity to meet and learn from others who do not live near you. Online, you do not have to be in the same place at the same time. With online forums and videos, you can have meaningful discussions whenever and wherever.
Online – Cons
While you will check-in with your professor and classmates on occasion, the lack of in-person interaction can make it more challenging to stay motivated. It would be best to surround yourself with people who will encourage you to stay focused on your education.
In an online classroom, technology is essential. While most online programs are user-friendly and guided by helpful faculty and tech support, you will need to be familiar with the technology. If you are not tech-savvy, don’t worry, NC State University has many helpful tutorials and resources that you will be able to learn quickly.