Online Master’s Degrees in Engineering
More students seek online master’s in engineering degrees than ever. The ability to work and study likely contributes to the trend, as do increasing employer expectations. Because much of an engineer’s hands-on practical training takes place at the undergraduate level, online engineering master’s degrees are more prevalent than bachelor’s degrees. Graduate programs build upon one’s undergraduate studies, deepening students’ understanding of the field and preparing them to advance their careers. A few of California’s online engineering master’s degrees:
Online M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics – Stanford University
Stanford University’s online engineering programs offer the prestige of a Stanford education with the flexibility and accessibility of online education. Its M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics is ideal for working professionals attending on a part-time basis. Core classes fall into one of five specializations: fluids, structures, propulsion, experimentation, and guidance and control; math courses and electives round out the curriculum. According to Stanford, most part-time students complete the 45-unit program in three to five years; five years is the maximum period allowed.
- Campus location: Palo Alto
- Cost: $1,200 per quarter unit, plus additional fees
- Required campus visits: Minimal campus visits required
Online M.S. in Biomedical Engineering – University of Southern California
The University of Southern California’s online engineering programs are highly-regarded: U.S. News & World Report ranked the University’s online graduate engineering degrees second in the nation in 2017. According to USC, the online M.S. in Biomedical Engineering program aims to provide a broad background in the field—one ideal for students entering interdisciplinary medical technology careers or doctoral studies. Core course topics include advanced biomedical systems, medical imaging systems and informatics, brain theory, artificial intelligence, physiological control systems, and more.
- Campus location: Los Angeles
- Cost: $1,937 per unit, plus fees
- Required campus visits: Visits are strictly optional
Online M.S. in Engineering – University of California, Los Angeles
UCLA’s graduate-level online engineering programs are perhaps among the most prestigious in the United States: U.S. News & World Report ranked them no. 1 nationally in 2017 for the third year in a row. Though this program leads to an M.S. in engineering, most students choose one of five major specializations: electrical engineering; computer science; materials science and engineering; civil and environmental engineering; and mechanical and aerospace engineering. Additional programs include system engineering, engineering management, and mechanics of structures. Note that UCLA also offers a number of online engineering graduate certificates. Most students complete programs within two years, including two summer sessions, but are allowed to do so within three. Students can learn more about each specialty track on the UCLA website.
- Campus location: Los Angeles
- Cost: $3,850 per course, or $34,650 for the full nine-course program
- Required campus visits: None