2017 Top Online Schools for Engineering

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1

University of Southern California

The Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California offers several Master of Science (MS) degrees in engineering that can be pursued online. Students can choose from the following fields: aerospace and mechanical engineering, astronautical engineering, biomedical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, systems architecting and engineering, and chemical, materials, and petroleum engineering. The university also offers online MS programs in specialized fields of engineering, science, and technology. At the current time, three such programs are available in cyber security engineering, green technologies, and financial engineering. For students who are not ready to pursue an MS degree, there are graduate certificates offered online the following fields: aeronautical engineering, smart oilfield technologies, and software architecture.

2

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri Science and Technology offers the following Master of Science degrees online: aerospace engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, engineering management, environmental engineering, explosives engineering, mechanical engineering, and systems engineering. There are currently two Master of Engineering (ME) programs that are available online as well - ME in Mining Engineering and ME in Manufacturing Engineering. The university also offers graduate certificate programs in all the above-mentioned fields. Students can earn these certificates online as well. Certificate credits can later be applied towards a related master's degree. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering and Doctor of Engineering (DE) degrees are available online on a case-to-case basis. Students must have an academic advisor before applying to a PhD or DE program.

CAG Score 94.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,640 Students

3

Georgia Tech

Georgia Institute of Technology offers online Master of Science degrees in the following: aerospace engineering, computational science and engineering, electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering. Courses for these programs are available asynchronously. Georgia Tech also offers an online Professional Master's Degree in Applied Systems Engineering (PMASE), which is a hybrid program designed for practicing engineers. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in engineering, mathematics, or hard science and five years of professional work experience in the field. The program is designed so that students can work full-time and still earn the degree within two years. Students enroll in 10 courses for a total of 30 program hours. The completion of a team-based capstone project is a requirement for graduation.

4

Purdue University

Purdue University offers an online Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) program that allows students to work with their advisor in crafting an individual program of study that supports their educational and professional goals. Specialization areas are offered within the MSE program that include fields such as biomedical engineering, computational engineering, engineering management and leadership, integrated vehicle systems engineering, etc. The MSE can be earned concurrently with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University. This online dual program (MSE-MBA) offers courses in technical/engineering, business/management, and bridge courses in both fields. The university offers online Master of Science programs in the following: aeronautics and astronautics engineering, electrical computer engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering.

5

Columbia University in the City of New York

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University offers online Master of Science (MS) degrees in various fields of engineering. Students can select from the following available programs: industrial engineering, civil engineering, biomedical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, and earth and environmental engineering. The MS in Industrial Engineering program has a concentration in systems engineering, while the MS in Civil Engineering program offers a construction engineering and management concentration. The school offers engineering degrees on the doctoral level as well. These programs are available only partially online and requires scheduled face-to-face sessions. At the current time, doctoral degrees are offered in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and earth and environmental engineering.

6

Arizona State University

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University offers online Bachelor of Science in Engineering degrees in the fields of electrical engineering, engineering management, and software engineering. On the graduate level, students can pursue Master of Science (MS) degrees in industrial engineering, construction management, software engineering, and materials science and engineering. Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees are currently offered online in the following: embedded systems; engineering management; modeling and simulation; quality, reliability, and statistical engineering; and systems engineering. Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) programs are available in electrical engineering and in software engineering. There are two online dual degree options currently offered: MS in Industrial Engineering and Master of Business Administration (MBA) and MBA/MSE in Electrical Engineering.

CAG Score 94.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

50,320 Students

7

University of Central Florida

The following Master of Science (MS) programs are offered online at the University of Central Florida: MS in Aerospace Engineering, MS in Healthcare Systems Engineering, MS in Industrial Engineering, MS in Materials Science and Engineering, and MS in Mechanical Engineering. Students admitted to the aerospace program can choose one of three tracks: space systems design and engineering, thermofluid aerodynamic systems design and engineering, and accelerated BS to MS in Aerospace Engineering. The industrial engineering program offers the following areas of specialization: human systems engineering/ergonomics; interactive simulations and training systems; operations research; quality systems engineering; simulation modeling and analysis; and systems engineering. The MS in Mechanical Engineering program also has three tracks: mechanical systems, thermofluids, and BS to MS in Mechanical Engineering.

CAG Score 95.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

60,767 Students

8

Auburn University

The Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University offers online master's programs in aerospace, chemical, civil, electrical, industrial and systems, materials, mechanical, and computer science and software engineering. Qualified students can pursue an online dual degree program that allows them to concurrently work towards a Master of Industrial and Systems Engineering (MISE) degree and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. The MISE/MBA program consists of 55 graduate level credits, of which 28 credits must be comprised of core courses and electives from the industrial and systems engineering curriculum, and 27 credits of business coursework. There is an online, 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics available that is recognized by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

9

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus

Penn State University offers the following Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees that can be pursued 100 percent online: MEng in Electrical Engineering, MEng in Systems Engineering, and MEng in Nuclear Engineering. There is also an MEng in Engineering Management program that is available only partially online. Additionally, the university offers a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree as well as a Master of Software Engineering degree. Both programs are available entirely online. A Graduate Certificate in Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics is offered online for students interested in the design and development of various products for human use. The nine-credit program consists of the following courses: Engineering of Human Work, Human-Centered Product Design and Innovation, and Engineering of Cognitive Work.

10

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The online Master of Science (MS) in Aerospace Engineering degree at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign is a 32-semester hour degree that can be completed online. Although the online program offers only a non-thesis option, students must meet the same degree requirements as on-campus enrollees. An MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering degree is also available online. The program is comprised of 36 semester hours and allows students to transfer up to 12 semester credit hours of graduate-level coursework. The online MS in Mechanical Engineering program gives students the opportunity to study areas such as fluid mechanics, computational science, applied math, and thermodynamics and heat transfer. The university offers both thesis (33 credits) and non-thesis (36 credits) options online.

CAG Score 95.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

45,140 Students

11

Clemson University

Clemson University offers an online Master of Engineering (MEng) in Electrical Engineering degree that does not require students to satisfy a focus area requirement. The program is comprised of 24 credit hours of graduate-level coursework in addition to 6 credit hours of faculty-directed work on an engineering design project. Students are required to submit an Engineering Report (instead of a thesis) at the end of their studies in order to earn the MEng degree. Clemson also offers an online MEng in Industrial Engineering degree with a concentration in capital project supply chain engineering. To complete this 30-credit hour program, students must enroll in five classes from the core industrial engineering curriculum and take another five courses within the concentration area.

12

Colorado State University-Fort Collins

Colorado State University offers an online Master of Engineering (MEng) degree that can be completed online. Students can choose from the following areas of specialization: biomedical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, engineering management, mechanical engineering, and systems engineering. Each MEng program consists of 30 credits and can be completed in about two years. Master of Science (MS) degrees are also available online for civil engineering and systems engineering. Colorado State has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Systems Engineering degree available online. While there are some courses in the 72-credit program that require on-campus visits, majority of the required coursework can be completed online. PhD students craft an individualized program of study that support their research and professional goals.

13

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers online Master of Science (MS) and graduate certificate programs in the following: electrical and computer engineering, environmental engineering, and fire protection engineering. The MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree has specializations in analog design, radio and microwave engineering, power systems engineering, digital design, and systems engineering. Online MS degrees are also offered in mechanical and in robotics engineering. Students accepted to the MS in Mechanical Engineering program specialize in one of these fields: aerospace, structures and materials, fluid engineering, dynamics and control, and design and manufacturing. Additional graduate certificates are offered online in nuclear science and engineering, power systems engineering, and systems engineering. A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Systems Engineering is available online as well.

14

Michigan Technological University

Michigan Technological University has a 30-credit Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in hybrid electric-drive vehicle (HEV) engineering that is available online. An HEV graduate certificate (15 credits) is also offered online. Both programs provide students with the opportunity to learn about the calibration, design, and operating characteristics of electric and hybrid vehicles. Two Master of Science (MS) degrees are currently available online - MS in Electrical Engineering and MS in Mechanical Engineering. The electrical engineering program offers an emphasis on power engineering, with renewable and power electronics as common areas of study. A Graduate Certificate in Advanced Electric Power Engineering can be pursued online as well. The university also offers an online Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics.

CAG Score 96.2

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

7,099 Students

15

University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder offers online master's and graduate certificate programs in the following areas: aerospace engineering sciences, engineering for developing communities, electrical engineering, engineering management, and water engineering and management. In the fall of 2016, the university began offering an interdisciplinary Professional Master of Science (MS) degree, with an emphasis in engineering for developing communities. Students work with diverse populations from all over the world to craft sustainable solutions that meet the basic needs of developing communities. Students pursuing the online MS in Electrical Engineering degree can choose the embedded systems engineering or the power electronics emphasis. A dual degree program in MS in Electrical Engineering and Master of Engineering (MEng) in Engineering Management is also available online.

16

Case Western Reserve University

The Master of Engineering (MEng) degree at Case Western Reserve University is a 30-credit program that can be pursued 100 percent online. The program has four technical concentrations available: biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, systems and control engineering, and engineering innovation - management and leadership. The university currently offers the following Master of Science (MS) programs online: MS in Biomedical Engineering, MS in Mechanical Engineering, MS in Civil Engineering, and MS in Systems and Control Engineering. Each of the MS degrees is comprised of 27 credits and can be completed entirely online. The MS in Civil Engineering degree has a technical concentration in structural engineering. The MS in Systems and Control Engineering offers technical electives in the areas of control, energy, and dynamics.

17

Mississippi State University

The James Worth Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University offers an online Master of Engineering (MEng) program that does not require the completion of core courses. Instead, students design an individualized program of study that corresponds to their interests, work experience, educational background, and professional goals. Master of Science degrees are also available online in aerospace engineering, civil engineering, computational engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and industrial engineering. The university also offers online degrees on the doctoral level. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Engineering program has concentrations in aerospace, civil, and mechanical engineering. The following PhD degrees are also available online: PhD in Computational Engineering, PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

CAG Score 93.8

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

20,138 Students

18

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan currently offers online Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees in the following: automotive engineering, energy systems engineering, global automotive and manufacturing engineering, manufacturing engineering, and systems engineering + design. Each program consists of 30 credits with coursework available online and on-campus. Majority of the students admitted to these programs earn their degree entirely online. The MEng in Automotive Engineering program includes courses in advanced energy solutions, ecological sustainability in design and manufacturing, and energy generation and storage using modern materials. Students accepted to the MEng in Systems Engineering + Design program are given the opportunity to work with a faculty advisor to create an individualized plan of study that conforms to their academic background, work experience, and professional goals.

19

Villanova University

Villanova University offers online Master of Science (MS) degrees in biochemical, chemical, civil, computer, cybersecurity, electrical, mechanical, sustainable, and water resources and environmental engineering. Each MS program is comprised of 30 credits. Students admitted to the MS in Civil Engineering program can select from the following areas of concentration: geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, transportation engineering, and water resources and environmental engineering. The MS in Computer Engineering degree offers two tracks online - computing hardware and software and computer networks/security. The MS in Electrical Engineering program allows students to design an individualized plan of study, or select an area of concentration from the following options: signal processing and communications, high frequency systems, microelectronics and VLSI, electric energy systems, and system dynamics and controls.

20

Illinois Institute of Technology

The Armour College of Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology offers online master's degrees in the following: biological engineering, chemical engineering, food process engineering, electrical and computer engineering, manufacturing engineering, and network engineering. Students admitted to the Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering program can select from several areas of specialization that include communication systems, electromagnetics, control systems, photonics and optics, power systems, and signal processing. The Professional Masters (MAS) in Food Process Engineering can be combined with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering, so that students can earn both degrees in just five years. The Master of Network Engineering degree is a coursework-only program that can be completed in one year following a full-time plan of study.

21

The University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee currently offers the following Master of Science (MS) degrees online: MS in Civil Engineering, MS in Environmental Engineering, MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering, MS in Reliability and Maintainability Engineering, and MS in Nuclear Engineering. The civil engineering program has an option in public works that provides students with the opportunity to participate in an internship program with local municipalities and organizations. The industrial and systems engineering program offers a concentration in engineering management and requires applicants to have at least two years of industrial experience as a professional engineer or scientist. The university also offers online graduate certificates in the following fields: nuclear criticality safety, computational fluid dynamics, reliability and maintainability engineering, and engineering management.

CAG Score 94.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

30,386 Students

22

University of Michigan-Dearborn

The University of Michigan Dearborn offers the following Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degrees online: MSE in Systems Engineering, MSE in Computer Engineering, MSE in Electrical Engineering, MSE in Energy Systems Engineering, MSE in Industrial and Systems Engineering and MSE in Mechanical Engineering. Master of Science programs in software engineering and in engineering management are also available online. The industrial and systems engineering program has specialization areas that include quality systems design, ergonomics, advanced manufacturing and automation, and program management and product development. One online dual degree program is currently available- MSE in Industrial and Systems Engineering and MBA (Master of Business Administration). Courses for the MBA concentration areas are offered online, however, some may have on-campus requirements as well.

CAG Score 93.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

8,923 Students

23

The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas Arlington offers the following Master of Science (MS) degrees completely online: MS in Aerospace Engineering, MS in Civil Engineering, MS in Electrical Engineering, MS in Industrial Engineering, and MS in Mechanical Engineering. Students accepted to the aerospace engineering program can select from the following areas of specialization: fluid dynamics, aerodynamics, and propulsion; flight mechanics and controls; structural mechanics and structures; and vehicle design. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, mechanical engineering students can design an individualized program of study in fields such as thermal science, controls and systems, mechanical design and manufacturing, or fluid science. The industrial engineering program offers specializations in operations research and applied statistics, manufacturing systems, logistics, enterprise systems, enterprise management, and ergonomics.

CAG Score 95.4

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

39,740 Students

24

Clarkson University

The Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson University offers three online degrees in the field of civil and environmental engineering: Master of Science (MS), Master of Engineering (ME), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The MS and ME programs consist of 30 credits of coursework each, can be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis, and can take 18-24 months to complete. The MS degree requires a thesis for graduation. The ME program offers a concentration in construction engineering management. The PhD program consists of 90 credits and can take up to four years to complete. The university offers online MS degrees in electrical engineering and in engineering and management systems. An ME in Electrical Engineering is available online as well.

25

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree offered at the University of Minnesota can be completed entirely online. The program consists of 30 credits and offers thesis and coursework-only options. Students who select the thesis option must complete 20 course credits and 10 thesis credits. The coursework-only option requires the completion of 30 course credits, an independent research and written report, and an oral presentation. Students have several areas of emphasis to choose from, including solid state and physical electronics, quantum electronics, power systems and power electronics theory, and semiconductor properties and devices. Students can also pursue interdisciplinary studies in fields such as bioelectrical sciences, solar energy, biological modeling, and applications of systems theory to urban transportation and economic planning.

CAG Score 96.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

51,147 Students

26

Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University offers an online Master of Software Engineering degree that can be completed in 16 months. Students take courses in models of software systems, analysis of software artifacts, and managing software development. There is a Master of Science in Information Technology - Software Engineering (MSIT-SE) program that can be completed online as well. The program is designed for early-career professionals and can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. An MSIT - Software Engineering Management degree is offered online for mid-level professionals who have at least five years of experience in the information technology or software development field. The university currently offers two online certificate programs - Certificate in Software Engineering and Certificate in Systems and Software Engineering.

27

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

The University of Washington offers online Master of Science degrees in mechanical, civil, and construction management engineering. The civil engineering program offers an emphasis on construction engineering. The construction management degree has a focus on the heavy construction industry. Students who wish to be considered for the mechanical engineering program must have satisfactorily completed undergraduate courses in areas such as fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, systems analysis, machine design, and dynamics of mechanical systems. All MS programs are self-paced and can be completed within four years. The university also offers online master's degrees in aerospace engineering, pharmaceutical bioengineering, supply chain transportation and logistics, and sustainable transportation. The program in pharmaceutical bioengineering has three tracks: basic bioscience, drug discovery and design, and translational pharmaceutics.

CAG Score 96.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

44,784 Students

28

Texas Tech University

The Master of Engineering (MEng) degree that is available online at Texas Tech University is 36-credit, non-thesis program. Students can take no more than 15 credits (or five courses) from any one engineering field, such as industrial engineering or mechanical engineering, in pursuit of the degree. The MEng program offers a healthcare engineering option. The university offers two online graduate-level programs in systems and engineering management - Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The MS program consists of 30 credit hours and offers thesis and non-thesis degree completion options. MS courses are available primarily online. The PhD in Systems and Engineering Management degree is comprised of 72 credit hours and all coursework for the degree is offered online.

CAG Score 93.9

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

35,158 Students

29

Old Dominion University

Old Dominion University offers Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees in aerospace engineering that can be completed online. MS and MEng students must enroll in four required core courses and take an additional 4-6 elective courses to complete their program. MS students are required to write a thesis and take four electives, while MEng students take six electives and a comprehensive exam. There are three additional online MEng degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and in systems engineering. The mechanical engineering program offers an emphasis in product lifecyle management (PLM) solutions. There are two certificate programs offered online - an advanced engineering certificate in engineering management and a graduate certificate in modeling and simulation engineering.

CAG Score 95.6

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

24,932 Students

30

New Jersey Institute of Technology

The following Master of Science (MS) degrees are currently available online at the New Jersey Institute of Technology: MS in Biopharmaceutical Engineering, MS in Civil Engineering, MS in Electrical Engineering, MS in Engineering Management, and MS in Pharmaceutical Engineering. Civil engineering students can choose from the following areas of specialization: construction management, transportation, and structural design and construction. The program can be completed in as few as 19 months. The electrical engineering program also offers three specialization areas: communications, signal processing, and microwave; power and energy systems; and mechatronics. The pharmaceutical engineering program offers several specializations online, including areas such as pharmaceutical facility design, reaction engineering for pharmaceutical production, pharmacokinetics and drug delivery, and molecular modeling for drug discovery.

CAG Score 94.5

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

10,646 Students

31

University of Wisconsin-Madison

The online graduate engineering program at the University of Wisconsin Madison is ranked sixth in the country by U.S. News and World Report (2016). Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees are currently available in the following fields: applied computing and engineering data analysis, engine systems, engineering management, environmental engineering, manufacturing systems engineering, mechanical engineering, sustainable systems engineering, and technical Japanese. The university also offers online Master of Science (MS) degrees in electrical engineering (power engineering) and in mechanical engineering (controls). A nine-credit Capstone Certificate in Power Conversion and Control can be pursued online as well. Students typically complete the certificate program in three consecutive semesters. The credits earned for this capstone certificate can be applied towards either of the above-mentioned online MS degrees.

32

Lehigh University

LeHigh University offers online Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees in three fields - management science and engineering, mechanical engineering, and polymer science and engineering. The following MEng programs can also be pursued online: MEng in Biological Chemical Engineering, MEng in Chemical Engineering, MEng in Healthcare Systems Engineering, and MEng in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Each of these programs is comprised of 30 graduate-level credits. Although the required courses are available online, students are given the option of enrolling in on-campus classes as well. The university recently added two certificate programs to their online offerings: Certificate in Management Science and Engineering and Certificate in Healthcare Systems Engineering. Each certificate is comprised of 12 credits hours of coursework.

33

University of Idaho

Online Master of Engineering (M.Engr.) degrees are currently offered at the University of Idaho in the following fields: civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, engineering management, mechanical engineering, and technology management. Master of Science (MS) degrees are also available in computer, electrical, and geological engineering. The M.Engr. in Civil Engineering program offers five areas of emphasis: environmental and sanitary engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydraulics and water resources engineering, structural engineering and structural mechanics, and transportation engineering. The MS programs in computer and in electrical engineering require students to write a thesis in order to graduate. The MS in Geological Engineering programs offers both thesis and non-thesis options. The electrical engineering program offers several areas of specialization including integrated circuit design, electromagnetics, and supercomputing.

CAG Score 95.7

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

11,702 Students

34

University of Alabama in Huntsville

The University of Alabama Huntsville offers online Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in the following fields: engineering management, industrial engineering, systems engineering, and civil engineering. An MSE in Mechanical Engineering degree is also available online. The university offers Master of Science (MS) degrees in three areas - operations research, aerospace systems engineering, and software engineering. These programs are available online as well. MSE and MS programs both offer thesis and non-thesis options. The civil, mechanical, and aerospace engineering programs are hybrid programs, but offer majority of their coursework online. Students must complete a minimum of 30 graduate-level credits for the MS or MSE degree and at least 78 credits for the PhD degree.

35

University of Delaware

The Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree is a 30-credit program that is available online from the University of Delaware. Most students earn the degree after two years of continuous enrollment. The degree gives equal emphasis to signal and information processing, data analytics and cybersecurity, and communication networks. The curriculum includes coursework in topics such as applied cryptography, introduction to cybersecurity, digital communication, and mathematical methods for signal processing. The university also offers a nine-credit Graduate Certificate in Railroad Engineering program online. Students must take two courses from the following options: Introduction to Railroad Engineering, Introduction to Railroad Safety and Derailment Engineering, and Railroad Geotechnical Engineering. A three-credit elective from an approved list of coursework completes the certificate requirements.

36

Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech offers online Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (MEng) degrees in electrical, computer, and systems engineering. The MS program requires students to write a thesis in order to graduate, while the MEng program requires the completion of a project and a written report. Students accepted to the MS in Civil Engineering program have the option of concentrating in construction engineering and management or in water resources engineering. The university offers two additional MS degrees online - MS in Aerospace Engineering and MS in Ocean Engineering. Courses for these degrees are delivered both synchronously and asynchronously. The aerospace engineering program focuses on aerodynamics, structures, propulsion, and flight mechanics, while the ocean engineering program places an emphasis on naval ship design.

37

Kettering University

Kettering University offers a Master of Science (MS) in Engineering Management degree that can be completed online. The 40-credit program gives students the opportunity to earn a graduate certificate en route to the MS degree. Graduate certificates are currently available in three areas - supply chain management, operations management, and global leadership. The program draws from other disciplines such as marketing, business, finance, and information technology. Before taking courses in their field of specialization, all students must enroll in the following classes: International Business, Financial Management, Managing People and Organizations, Enterprise Information System Models, Marketing Management, and Ethics and Practice of Engineering. The culminating experience is a capstone project wherein students devise a solution to a real-world challenge in their specialization area.

38

University of North Dakota

The University of North Dakota offers an online Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in the following: chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. The programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). An online BS in Petroleum Engineering is also available online. On the graduate level, the university offers a fully-online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. The program consists of at least 32 credits and can be completed within two years. Students are given the opportunity to participate in various research projects in fields such as applied electromagnetics, renewable energy systems, and microwave and radar engineering. A nine-credit Graduate Certificate in Environmental Engineering is available 100 percent online as well.

39

New York University

The Tandon School of Engineering at New York University offers online Master of Science (MS) degrees in computer, electrical, and industrial engineering. Each program is comprised of 30 graduate-level credits. Electrical engineering students can select from the following concentration areas: communications, networking, signal processing, energy systems and power electronics, systems and control, and computer engineering and VLSI circuit design. There is also an online MS in Management Technology degree with concentrations in cybersecurity, human capital engineering and analytics, human resource information systems, and project management. The university offers advanced certificates to students who satisfactorily complete a sequence of four or five courses within a specific field of study. Students can earn stand-alone advanced certificates or earn them as part of a degree.

40

California State University-Fullerton

The online Master of Science (MS) in Environmental Engineering degree at the California State University in Fullerton follows a cohort model of education. The program can be completed in two years and delivered over the course of four 16-week semesters and one eight-week summer session. Students study contemporary environmental topics such as water reclamation and reuse, solid and hazardous waste management, remediation of contaminated ground water and soil, and air pollution control engineering. Graduates are eligible to take the professional engineering exam in environment engineering. An MS in Software Engineering degree is also available online. Students must attend an orientation seminar and a midpoint symposium, which are both held on campus. However, students have the option of participating in these events online.

CAG Score 96.0

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

38,128 Students

41

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT) currently offers three Master of Science (MS) degrees online: MS in Construction Engineering and Management, MS in Engineering Management, and MS in Mining Engineering. The construction engineering and management program consists of 33 credits and includes coursework in construction contracts, project management, equipment management, construction operations, and sustainability. Engineering management students are required to take courses in four core areas: business and finance, management, quantitative methods, and operations management. The MS in Mining Engineering program is a 32-credit, non-thesis degree that offers a technical track and a management track. SD Mines students accepted to the accelerated MS program can apply up to nine credits of upper division undergraduate coursework toward their master's degree requirements.

CAG Score 93.1

  • Advanced Placement Credit
  • DSST Credit
  • CLEP Credit
  • ROTC Program

2,798 Students

Evaluating Online Engineering Schools

Thanks to demand, online engineering programs continue to multiply. To give students the hands-on experience required in the field, many universities are developing hybrid programs: theoretical courses are taken online, but on=site labs, internships and/or co-ops are required in order to graduate.

Some schools also provide online degree completion programs. Students can finish their engineering coursework online or add courses to turn an associate’s degree into a BS in Engineering.

If you’re interested in 100% online programs, the master’s degree is the most common offering. This is an increasingly popular choice for working engineers who already have significant field experience.

An excellent online program will have:

  • Regional accreditation
  • ABET accreditation
  • A College or School of Engineering with a strong “brick and mortar” reputation (e.g. high rankings, groundbreaking research work, award-winning professors, business/government partnerships in your discipline, etc.)
  • Internships, co-ops and/or hands-on labs organized in your local area
  • The same faculty teaching both the on-campus and online courses
  • Dedicated distance learning support services

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