According to the University of Illinois:
|The Professional Master’s (MCS) program is a non-thesis, non-research degree program. All students receive the same lectures, class assignments, exams and projects as on-campus students. The Department of Computer Science’s online Professional MCS degree enables busy professionals to enhance their education and advance their careers, while continuing to meet their current career obligations. Our uniquely designed courses are identical to our top-tier on-campus programs–the only difference is your location. The online MCS allows you to leverage our world-class faculty and research, and your on-campus peers for a distance-learning program unlike any other.