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Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering Programs

Last Updated: 03/20/2023 and all information on this page is accurate and up-to-date

On-Campus? Online? Which is Better for Me?

NC State’s Master of Integrated Manufacturing Systems Engineering degree (MIMSE) offers two programs, on-campus and online. But which one is the right one for you? Both provide a high-quality educational experience with many benefits. Before choosing a program, take a minute to explore which method you would benefit from the most.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons:

On-Campus – Pros

Students who selected the on-campus option from the list of IMSEI Programs walking down the hall to their class

Experience Learning that Suits You

A traditional classroom provides a path for you to experience learning in various ways. You can listen to the instructor’s lecture, choose verbal discussion to engage with classmates and instructors, or ask questions and get responses immediately.

Relationship Building

Meeting face to face with peers and instructors makes it much easier to develop relationships and build community.

Availability of Facilities and Resources

As an on-campus student, you can access laboratories, athletic facilities, project workspaces, etc. Additionally, resources such as tutoring programs and homework help will be more readily available to you. 

On-Campus – Cons


Class schedules are predetermined and require you to shape your schedules around the class schedule.

Online – Pros

A student who selected the online option from the list of IMSEI Programs sitting at her laptop


The flexibility to learn from anywhere or anytime, as long as you have an internet connection.

Enhanced Work/Life Balance

You have more freedom to work your school schedule around your other life priorities.

Broader Community

Learn with and from students throughout the world. Online forums and videos allow you to have impactful learning sessions and share ideas.

Online – Cons

Time Management

You must have the self-discipline to set aside time to complete your studies. Only you are responsible for learning.


Virtual settings make connecting with professors or classmates more challenging for networking purposes.

IMSE Minor

It is not possible to obtain a minor in IMSE since the program does not offer any courses other than our project preparation course (IMS 675) and a special studies course (IMS 680).


The purpose of an internship/co-op is to provide you with the opportunity to gain practical experience in solving engineering problems of relevance. Typically, this will be accomplished by having you spend the summer and following semester or roughly seven months on your internship/co-op. During the assignment, you will work with industry partners on an engineering-related problem, which has been judged by IMSE faculty to form the basis of an acceptable project. Internships are found across the U.S.. Upon completion of your co-op/internship you are expected to write and defend a technical report detailing your experience.

You can find helpful information on Co-op’s/internships by visiting the Career Development Center website.

As an F-1 student, you should also know your requirements and obligations regarding internships and co-ops. The Office of International Services will provide you with in-depth information and how to get authorization

U.S. map showing student internship locations