According to North Carolina State University:
|The Master of Computer Science (Distance Education) program is a terminal professional degree program designed primarily to meet the needs of working professionals. The degree is based on course work only; no thesis or comprehensive examination is required. MCS-DE students typically take one or two courses a semester. Courses are provided in streaming video form over the Internet. Course work and results are exchanged electronically, and exams are taken (under properly proctored conditions) at the student’s site. Students have the same access and privileges that on-campus students enjoy, and are encouraged to interact fully with their instructors and fellow students. The Master of Computer Science (MCS) distance education program is designed for students with an undergraduate degree or sufficient undergraduate course work in computer science who wish to pursue a graduate degree in computer science.