College of Business - Distance Education

The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree completion program allows students who have taken the proper prerequisites to transfer their credits into ECU. The degree is indistinguishable from the on-campus program, and can be used for admission to any graduate program in the country. Once admitted, students finish remaining degree requirements online (currently all required course are offered online with the exception of ECON 2113 Microeconomics and ECON 2133 Macroeconomics). The available online concentrations in the BSBA degree completion program are: General Business, Management, Management Information Systems, and Operations & Supply Chain Management.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program has been fully online since 2004 and is indistinguishable from the on-campus program.

All DE students are responsible for meeting computer requirements (both hardware and software) necessary to complete all course assignments. Coursework may include accessing websites and other web-based services beyond those on university servers. Students should check with the course instructor for specifics of technology requirements. A consistent and highly reliable connection to the internet is crucial to the fulfillment of DE course obligations.

COB Student Computer Requirements at
ECU Student Computer Requirements & Recommendations at

Important Note to Residents Outside North Carolina

Admission of applicants residing outside the state of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate program or individual online course offered by East Carolina University, is dependent on ECU's ability to secure authorization from the applicant's state of residence, if such authorization is required.

Due to evolving changes in higher education regulations, at this time, ECU is unable to serve all of the students that are interested in our courses or programs. ECU will no longer be able to offer distance education online programs or courses for students residing in Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Maryland, and Ohio. For the most current list of states, visit

ECU will work with state authorities to allow students in these states who are currently enrolled in an ECU online or certificate program to complete their degree. Additionally, students enrolled in programs or courses that require internships or supervised clinical placements will be unable to complete these activities in the state listed.

For questions specific to the state authorization process, call (252) 737-1268 or email

DE Undergraduate Student Application Guide
DE Graduate Student Application Guide

Test Proctoring Information

If you are a student taking a distance education (online) class, chances are your instructor will require you to take a proctored exam. A proctor is someone who monitors students. To locate and schedule a proctor , you should login using your ECU Pirate ID. If your instructor is using the system to post exam information, you will see those classes listed. If your instructor is not using the system, but still expects you to find a proctor you can use the system to do that as well. All College of Business DE classes will be in the system. If you cannot find an approved proctor in your area in the system, you can invite someone to proctor for you.

Who can be your proctor?

To become a proctor, the individual cannot be a relative or friend of the student taking the exam and must hold one of the following occupational titles:

  • School superintendent, principal, assistant principal, or other administrator
  • Embassy education officer, military base/station education officer, fire chief or captain
  • Local college testing center staff or administration
  • Commercial testing center
  • Full-time school or public librarian, or full-time tester
  • Overseas (Military) Non Commissioned Officer in Charge or Officer in Charge

For each type above, the proctor must provide a professional e-mail account and physical work address to verify her/his title. Graduate level UNC System students who hold one of the above titles may proctor only if they are part of a formal proctoring office run by an administrator and staffed (in part) by graduate assistants; they cannot proctor students in their degree program. As well, they must provide a verifiable professional e-mail account and physical work address.

Information about the East Carolina University Distance Education Proctoring Center is available at