Online Engineering Schools in Florida

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Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Engineering

Ultimately, a bachelor’s degree in engineering is generally a prerequisite for any type of engineering-related work, and is certainly necessary to pursue a graduate-level education as well. And while computer science and electrical engineering may be two of the most commonly studied online disciplines, in reality, students have the option to pursue nearly all engineering fields in a distance-based setting. To illustrate this, the following includes descriptions of online bachelor’s degree programs in engineering based in Florida.

Online B.S. in Computer Science – Florida State University

Aspiring engineers may choose to pursue an online bachelor’s of science degree in computer science through Florida State University in Tallahassee. Topics covered include software engineering, computer organization, programming, introduction to UNIX, and programming languages, among many others. This program has received accreditation through SACS, as well as through the Computer Accreditation Commission of ABET—the gold standard in programmatic accreditation in this field. Graduation from this program requires the successful completion of 120 credit hours, and the cost of each credit hour is $215.55 for in-state students, or $721.10 for out-of-state students. The program can be completed entirely online; however, it should be noted that this is considered an “advanced standing” degree program, which means that students must have at least 60 or more hours of transferable credits and meet certain junior-level transfer requirements before they will be granted admissions.

Online B.S. in Computer Science – University of Florida

The University of Florida in Gainesville allows students to pursue an online bachelor’s of science degree in computer science. Tuition for this program is approximately $129 per credit hour for in-state students (including fees) and for out-of-state students, it’s $552.62. Courses covered include engineering statistics, geometry and calculus, programming fundamentals, linear algebra, digital logic and computer systems, and a number of others. It should also be noted that course scheduling at the University of Florida is fairly flexible; students can take course full-time or part-time, generally work on their own schedule, and even take a semester off, if need be.

Online Master’s Degrees in Engineering

Although a bachelor’s degree allows an individual to pursue meaningful work in the field of engineering, a graduate degree is often necessary for career advancement and leadership opportunities. Furthermore, an online graduate degree is often appealing, as it often allows the student to continue working while obtaining additional credentials and education to help them in their current pursuits. Anyone considering an online engineering graduate degree in Florida may wish to consider applying for one of the following distance-based programs.

M.S. in Industrial Engineering – University of Central Florida

At the University of Central Florida in Orlando, students have the option to pursue an M.S. in industrial engineering online. The program features both thesis and non-thesis options, both of which require the successful completion of 30 credit hours, including nine credit hours of an assistantship. According to the program’s webpage, many students who are working full-time take six credit hours per semester, and can complete the program in approximately six semesters or fewer. Students in this program will take courses on engineering statistics, project engineering, and systems architecting, as well as a number of elective classes in the fields of human systems engineering, quality and production systems, and management systems, among others. Students may complete all of the courses online, and tuition fees are set at $327.32 per credit hour for in-state students, and $1,151.72 for those from outside of Florida.

M.S. in Aerospace Engineering – University of Florida

Students at the University of Florida in Gainesville can pursue a master’s of science degree in aerospace engineering with three distinct subspecialties: dynamics, systems & controls, solid mechanics & design, and thermal fluids transport. The aerospace program is entirely online and students are never required to visit the campus. The program includes both a thesis and a non-thesis option; the former requires 24 credit hours of classwork and six credit hours of a thesis project, while the latter requires the successful completion of 30 credit hours of courses. Furthermore, because the online degree is the exact same structure as the on-campus version, distance students can communicate and collaborate with local University of Florida students while they study at their own remote location. Please note that UF also has online engineering program tracks in civil, computer, electrical and computer, environmental, industrial and systems, materials science, and mechanical with various sub-specializations available. To learn how much programs cost, please check out UF’s Cost Estimate Calculator.

Other Online Engineering Programs

While many aspiring engineers in Florida choose to pursue either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree, others look for alternative routes. Indeed, a number of other online options exist for aspiring engineering students in Florida, including those listed below:

A.S. in Computer Information Systems – Florida Tech

An A.S. degree in computer information systems from Florida Tech in Melbourne is an excellent option for those individuals aspiring to work as computer or software engineers. The degree can be completed entirely online, and students in this program will explore a number of programming languages, including C++, Java, and Visual Basic. Students also take courses on business computer skills, systems analysis and design, and a number of electives to satisfy the 61 credit hours necessary for successful completion. The total cost of this program is $31,110, which takes two years to finish.

Fundamentals of Engineering Review Course – Florida International University

This course taught at the Florida International University in Miami does not lead to a degree, but instead is an online course meant to prepare individuals for the fundamentals of engineering (FE) exam. The course lasts for 12 weeks, and provides students with an in-depth study of the topics covered in the computer-based exam. Tuition for the course is $900 altogether, which gives students access to course lecture videos, as well.

Online Engineering Programs in FL – What to Consider

Many aspiring students focus on certain considerations when selecting a specific engineering program—namely the location of the school, program reputation, cost of the school, admission rates, and other relevant factors. That being said, a number of students are now also considering whether an online program may be the right choice for them as well. In reality, strong online engineering programs exist now that will provide the student with a high-quality education while still allowing for greater flexibility in terms of location and time. Of course, before applying to an online program, aspiring students should still ask certain questions, including the following:

  • What is the rate of employment after graduation? What types of jobs do graduates hold?
  • How long will the program take to complete?
  • Can the program be completed on a part-time basis?
  • Do student support services exist, such as job placement help, advisors, and student-run organizations?
  • Do online students retain in-state status?
  • Are students required to visit the campus during the program? If so, what are the requirements?
  • Can the program be completed entirely on the student’s schedule? Or are scheduled logins required for certain courses?
  • Do students have the option to complete practical courses and internships in their local community? Or are students required to travel to complete these requirements?

In addition, students should be sure to examine whether or not a program has received accreditation and/or state authorization before making a final selection.

Engineering School Accreditation

Receiving accreditation means that a program has met certain standards set forth by an accrediting organization. More specifically, accreditation is synonymous with quality and will be treated as such; for example, students may find that graduate schools and employers will only consider applicants who have graduated from an accredited school, and the same goes for financial aid providers, as well. Before awarding accreditation, an accrediting body will examine a number of factors, including the quality of the education provided, the financial management of the school, the services provided to students, the services provided to graduates, and student outcomes (i.e., student debt figures, graduate rates of employment, etc.), among other variables.

Not all accrediting organizations carry the same weight. Because of this, aspiring engineering students should consider looking for online programs that have received accreditation by an organization that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education’s Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In addition, students should be aware that national, regional, and programmatic accreditation is available through different organizations. For example, the following includes a list of organizations that accredit online engineering colleges in Florida:

National accreditation

Regional accreditation

Programmatic accreditation

State Authorization Status

Students are only allowed to attend online engineering schools that retain authorization to operate in their specific state. In general, Floridians who are enrolled in online programs based in the state will not likely experience any issues; however, engineering programs based in other states may not be able to provide admissions to specific out-of-state residents. As such, students from outside of Florida who are interested in pursuing an online engineering degree in the state are highly encouraged to review state policies before applying. Fortunately, this information is easily accessible on the website of many programs. For example, the University of Florida has a readily available state authorization page. As of May 2017, the UF map indicates that there’s “pending authorization” to enroll students from Oregon, New York, Michigan, and other states. If this information isn’t available on a distance-based college’s website, prospective students are encouraged to reach out to program coordinators to ensure eligibility.

Admissions Requirements

In general, online engineering programs in Florida typically maintain the same admissions requirements as their on-campus counterparts. And while some specific prerequisites will vary depending on the institution, a number of criteria will likely remain the same across all programs. The following provides a brief overview broken down by level of study:

Online Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Requirements

  • A high school diploma or GED with proof of coursework in biology, chemistry, and other relevant subjects
  • A GPA of above 2.5 for some programs, or 3.0 for others
  • Letters of recommendation provided by two high school teachers
  • An admissions essay or personal statement as described by the school
  • SAT or ACT scores

Online Master’s Degree in Engineering Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering, although other degrees may be accepted on a case-by-case basis
  • An undergraduate GPA of above 2.5 for some programs, or above 3.0 for more selective institutions
  • GRE scores (not always be required)
  • A personal essay or statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation from professors or advisors, employers, or other qualifying positions

Online Graduate or Professional Certificate Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in engineering
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose or personal essay
  • CV or resume
  • Test scores (varies by institution)

Online Engineering Professors in Florida

The engineering professors listed below are leading educators who work in institutions that offer online degrees in Florida.

Dr. Patrick Traynor – University of Florida

Dr. Traynor is an associate professor within the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, where he also serves as the John and Mary Lou Dasburg Preeminent Chair in Engineering. His research interests include information security, networks, and pervasive and mobile computing, and he currently teaches a course on computer and network security. He’s been the recipient of a number of awards, including the NSF CAREER Award, the Lockheed Inspirational Young Faculty Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship in 2014.

Dr. Waldemar Karwowski – University of Central Florida

At the University of Central Florida, Dr. Karwowski serves as a professor of industrial engineering and management systems. He has held various prominent positions throughout his career, including serving as the co-editor-in-chief of Theoretical Issues in Ergonomics Science since 2000; as editor of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing from 1997 to 2009; and as co-editor of the International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics from 1994 to the present. His areas of focus include human factors, ergonomics, cognitive engineering, human systems integration, and systems engineering, among others. He is also a fellow with a number of organizations, including the International Ergonomics Association, the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Ergonomics Society in the United Kingdom.


Vanderbilt University
  • Online M.Eng - Engineering Management
George Mason University
  • Online MS - Data Analytics Engineering (Data Science)
Arizona State University
  • Electrical Engineering (BSE)
  • Engineering Management (BSE)
  • Software Engineering (BS)
Southern New Hampshire University
  • Online BS - Computer Science
  • Online BS - Cybersecurity

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