Appendix F: Distance Education Program Being Planned

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SUBMIT DATE:11/7/2013 
Constituent Institution:East Carolina Univesity 
CIP Discipline Specialty Title:Computer Science 
CIP Discipline Specialty Number:11.0701 
Exact Title of the Proposed Program:Computer Science 
Exact Degree Abbreviation:MS 
Date of Initiation:08/26/2014 
Will this sequence of courses be completely individual access (e.g., Internet, videocassette)? YES 
If "yes," what will be the mode of delivery?Internet 
If "no," list proposed sites. 
If short-based, length of time to complete the prog (e.g., 1 year, 18 mos.):N/A 

SACS/COC substantive change questions (1=Procedure One; 2=Procedure Two)

Site-based (where the instructor is present):

Is the institution initiating instruction where the student may earn more than 25% and less than 50% of credits toward a degree at a site 30 miles or more from the campus? (2) NO 
Is the institution initiating an (additional) off-campus site at which students may earn at least 50% of an educational program? (1) NO 
Is the institution adding significantly different degree programs at a currently approved site? (2) NO 
Distance learning (where instructor and student are geographically separated):
Is the institution offering its first credit courses via technology-based instruction by which students can obtain at least 25% of credits toward a degree program? (2) NO 
Is the institution expanding a previously reported program from less than 50% of credits to 50% or more of a degree program? (2) NO 
Is the institution adding a significantly different program from previously reported programs offered via technology-based instruction? (2) NO 
Does this action constitute a substantive change? If so, by what date should SACS be notified?  
1. Briefly describe the proposed program and intended audience.


The master of science in computer science degree covers the theory and practice of computation, software design and computer architecture.

This degree prepares students to work in industry as programmers and as software engineers, designers, or architects who create software. It also prepares students for further graduate study in computer science or other closely related fields. The online option is likely to attract students who have full-time jobs and are interested in further developing their understanding of computer science, including those who have migrated into computing jobs from other disciplines and need to extend their existing bachelor’s degrees to take their new responsibilities into account.

2. Describe the proposed instructional delivery systems (e.g., on-site instruction by faculty, interactive video, Internet, etc.).


The program will be delivered via the Internet utilizing Blackboard as the course management system, except where faculty has permission from the chair, to use an alternative online course management system.

3. Describe need for the program (referencing results of surveys or special studies).


The master of science program in computer science has been offered face-to-face at ECU since 1994.  Over the years, it has had a fairly steady enrollment of 15 to 20 students.  The department began to offer a master of science in software engineering degree program in fall 2007, with options to complete the degree either face-to-face or online.  That degree has enjoyed steady growth, with 16 face-to-face and 47 online students currently enrolled.  The number of online students reflects the fact that many have full-time jobs and are taking courses part time.  The demand for an online software engineering degree strongly supports a demand for an online degree in the closely related field of computer science.   We receive regular inquiries regarding the availability of the master of science in computer science degree online.


As indicated in the following table, only one institution in the UNC system, NC Central University, offers an online master of science in computer and information science degree with the same CIP code as this degree.  NC State offers two online MS degrees with closely related CIP codes.

CIP Code

Program Title



Computer and Information Science

NC Central University


Computer and Information Science

NC State University


Computer Programming

NC State University

4. Projected total annual enrollment:
Year 1:25 
Year 2:35 
Year 3:40 
Year 4:45 
Year 5:45 
his intent to plan a new distance education degree program (or program site) has been reviewed and approved by the appropriate campus committees and authorities.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Contact Name:Dr. M.N.H Tabrizi 
Contact Title:Computer Science Graduate Director 
Contact Email: