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This is a list of common questions asked by new students in our online master's of engineering (M.Eng.) degree program. Just like the campus M.Eng. degree, no thesis is required. The only difference between you and a campus student is that you are a virtual student. As a student, you must:

  • keep up with your degree program
  • follow Texas A&M University deadlines
  • stay in contact with the course professor and/or teaching assistants
  • abide by Texas A&M student rules

Do I need a student ID card?

Online students are not required to have an ID card. However, you can get one if you want one. Email the Aggie Card Office at from your official Texas A&M email account requesting the distance education ID card and they will verify if you are eligible and mail you the ID.

When do I register?

Texas A&M will send out emails stating when to register. If you miss your time slot for registering, you will have to wait for open enrollment.

What if I am blocked?

Be sure to check Howdy and see why you are blocked, then contact the appropriate department. If you have any more questions, contact our graduate program staff.

When do I access Canvas for the class?

Professors usually make Canvas available on the first day of class.

How can I see the syllabus?

Once the faculty submit their syllabus, it is uploaded to Howdy. Faculty will also have their updated syllabus available on their Canvas course webpage.

Who is my advisor?

Dr. Maria Barrufet serves as your temporary advisor until your second semester or third course (whichever comes first). More information on this can be found on our Degree Plan Steps page.

Will I be told when deadlines are?

You are responsible for keeping track of dates and deadlines of registration, first day of class, etc.

Bookmark these pages for deadlines and other information:

Where are student rules located?

Here are the Texas A&M University student rules.

Where do I pay tuition and fees?

Go to, look for the “billing” link and select it.

Have questions or concerns about tuition and fees? Go to Student Billing Services

Can I make installment payments?

You can request installment payments in Howdy in the billing section, but you must do this EVERY semester. The installment plan does not roll over from semester-to-semester. Direct any problems with billing to Student Business Services.

What if I have problems with my NetID?

If your NetID password is going to expire or has expired, visit the gateway site for instructions to update or change it.

What is meant by 'Live The Code'?

Live the Code refers to the Aggie Code of Honor and other core values.

What if I have questions about the program, registration, degree plans, etc.?

Contact our online degree staff.

What if I have issues with videos, sound, poor resolution?

Contact Mediasite helpdesk ( and copy our staff.

Where do I get email password help?

Contact the Texas A&M Helpdesk.