Frequently Asked Questions
Am I ready to take an EngiNet course?
All EngiNet courses are graduate level courses. Appropriate undergraduate experiences are required. When classes are posted, prerequisites are listed for each course. At the beginning of the semester, students should review their background with the faculty member to ensure that they have the appropriate background and resources to succeed in the course.
How do I register for an EngiNet course?
Registration forms for EngiNet can be obtained online. The following forms must be completed in order to register for an EngiNet course:
- Graduate School Application (Degree seeking students will use the matriculation application, non-degree seeking students will use the non-matriculated application). More detailed information about the Graduate School application process, and other information about graduate study, is found at the Graduate School site.
- EngiNet Student Information/Registration Card
- University Billing form (including payment)
- EngiNet Delivery option form (including payment)
If you are interested in participating in a course in a non-credit fashion, please contact the Registrar's office (607-777-6088) to audit the course.
How do I apply to a graduate degree program?
A matriculated application must be completed and mailed to the Graduate School Office, Binghamton University, PO Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902-6000. Click to obtain a Matriculated Application Packet.
Note: Please indicate on your application form that you are interested in EngiNet distance delivery format. Degree seeking distance learning students should discuss curriculum plans with Watson School program graduate advisors as not all Watson School graduate courses are available in the distance format.
Do I have to apply to a graduate program to take EngiNet courses?
It is not necessary to be accepted to a graduate program to take an EngiNet course. Note however that only up to two classes taken prior to acceptance to a graduate program can count towards a degree program.
How do I contact the professor/teaching assistant for a particular course?
The best way to communicate with the instructor or teaching assistant is via email. EngiNet also provides a toll free number (1-800-478-0718) where messages can be left with the EngiNet staff for faculty.
How do I turn in homework assignments/projects?
Assignments can either be e-mailed, faxed or mailed to the EngiNet office (unless otherwise instructed by the professor). The fax number is 1-877-258-6640 (toll free).
How do off-campus students take exams?
Proctors are required for off-campus students. The proctor CANNOT be closely related (for example, spouse, relatives, other students or close friends). The proctor is subject to the acceptance of the professor. The exam will be mailed to the proctor who is responsible for administering and mailing the exam back to the EngiNet office.
What are the requirements to view on-line course materials?
Students are responsible for retrieving information from an on-line repository source that the faculty members will make available. Generally, PDF files will be used to display materials, but other file formats may be used. Review the course syllabus for details regarding the professor's expectations.
What are the requirements to view on-line courses?
EngiNet uses SofTV software to digitally capture video, audio and presentation materials during the classroom lecture. This media is posted on the course web sites and remote students, using internet connectivity, view the materials.
As indicated above, if you take an online course, you will access the course through the course management system (Blackboard). This system is secured and password protected. At the beginning of the semester, access issues will be addressed individually with each student.
Is it possible to audit an EngiNet course?
Absolutely! A student can audit an EngiNet course by paying regular tuition. The difference is that you are not required to complete assignments nor to take exams. Note however that you do not receive course credit.
How do I drop an EngiNet course?
A student can drop an EngiNet course by notifying the EngiNet office within the drop deadline period. For refund purposes, the EngiNet program time frame lags the University's schedule by one week. See the University's academic schedule here.
What do students get from an EngiNet course?
The Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University offers EngiNet to provide remote (off-campus) access to selected graduate classes that are offered by the School. Classes are recorded live during regularly scheduled on-campus time slots. Courses are made available to the distance learning students via streaming video and audio on-line. Lectures and presentation materials will be posted online, usually within 24 hours of the recorded lecture.