The principle difference between the Master of Engineering and the Master of Science degrees is that the Master of Engineering degree does not require a residency on campus. It is intended to meet the needs of those practicing engineers who are working full time outside the University.
It also allows participants to pursue an integrated program of studies by specializing in one engineering discipline and selecting courses from other engineering fields and business subjects related to the individual student's professional work.
A successful program to meet these needs requires greater flexibility in operation than is normally possible or intended under the Master of Science degree program.
The program is offered both on campus and through the Center for Advanced Engineering and Technology Education (CAETE), which delivers graduate courses taught on the Boulder campus to business, industry, and government agencies by live television with two-way audio communication.
Engineers, computer scientists and technical managers may earn a master's degree in several areas of concentration without driving to campus.