For many aspiring engineers, a bachelor’s degree is the first stepping stone into a career. In addition to the abundance of on-campus programs, here are two standout online degrees from engineering from Mississippi-based institutions.
At the University of Southern Mississippi of Hattiesburg, MS, students can pursue an online B.S. in industrial engineering technology. Students must complete 124 credit-hours to graduate in subjects such as management for organizations; operations management; human resource management; plane trigonometry; architectural graphics; engineering economics; and industrial automation, among a number of other core and elective classes. Tuition is set at $446.12 per credit-hour, bringing the total cost of the program to approximately $55,318.88. Additional fees may apply.
The University of Southern Mississippi also provides an online B.S. in construction engineering technology. This 100 percent distance-based program requires students to complete 120 credit-hours across topics such as architectural graphics; statics and strengths of materials; construction planning and scheduling; construction organization; building information modeling; specifications and contract documents; and materials and methods of construction, among others. Tuition is $446.12 per credit-hour, and the entire program costs $53,534.40, excluding additional fees.
While a master’s degree in engineering is not necessary to work in the field, many choose to pursue this in order to develop a greater mastery and higher earning prospects than the undergraduate level. The bulk of online engineering programs are at the master’s degree level.
Mississippi State University in Starkville offers an online M.S. in aerospace engineering. This program requires 30 credit-hours, including a six-credit hour graduate thesis. The major areas of study within this program include fluid dynamics, structural mechanics, flight mechanics and controls, flight test engineering, and design optimization. Notably, the master’s degree prepares students for a doctoral degree program, should they so desire. Tution for the fall of 2017 was $342 per credit-hour.
Mississippi State University also boasts an online M.S. in mechanical engineering, as well. This program includes both a thesis and a non-thesis option, and requires students to complete either 30 or 33 credit-hours. Coursework is focused in different areas, including solid mechanics, thermal sciences, system dynamics, and mechanical design, among others. Similar to the program above, tuition is set at $342 per credit-hour.
Bachelor’s and master’s degrees are not the only options for aspiring engineers. There are other online program pathways, including the following certificate and associate degree program which can be earned at a distance.
At Mississippi College of Clinton, students can pursue an online graduate certificate in cybersecurity and information assurance. This program requires six courses, each of which lasts 16 weeks, and the graduate certificate can be completed in as few as 12 months. Courses include computer security; cryptography and network security; computer and network forensics; ethics and law in information security; wireless, mobile, and cloud computing; and the development, assessment, and implementation of information security. Tuition for graduate students is set at $588 per credit-hour, although applicants should contact the program administrators directly for a customized fee assessment.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Starkville provides an online A.S. degree in engineering through synchronous, online class delivery. This two-year program can be parlayed into a bachelor’s of science in electrical or mechanical engineering at Mississippi State University. Classes include engineering statistics, solid-state electronics, electromagnetics, thermodynamics, and signals and systems, among a wide array of other electives and cores classes. Tuition for one semester of full-time study was set at $1,550, not including any additional costs or fees.
Before applying to an online engineering degree program in MS, there are a number of factors that all prospective students should take into consideration. For example, to remain fully prepared for the application process, as well as for the program itself, all aspiring engineering students should find the answers to the following questions:
Additionally, all applicants are advised to research whether or not their programs of choice are accredited and have appropriate state authorization status, as well.
Beyond accreditation, prospective students are also advised to only apply to programs that retain proper state authorization status. In other words, students in Mississippi are only allowed to study at programs that are authorized to operate in the state. Most universities offer this information on their websites (e.g., University of Southern Mississippi), and for those which don’t, please contact program coordinators to ensure eligibility.
Many of the course prerequisites and application materials are similar across different degree levels, mirroring those of their on-campus program counterparts. For example, aspiring students in the online M.S.program in aerospace engineering from the Mississippi State University must submit:
Of course, the application procedures differ by institution and degree level, as some schools retain additional requirements including candidate interviews; test scores; or the submission of a resume.
There are many well-respected educators and researchers who teach at universities with online engineering programs in Mississippi. Here are three acclaimed professors in the state:
Dr. Alta Knizley, Mississippi State University
Dr. Alta Knizley is an assistant clinical professor of mechanical engineering at Mississippi State University. She specializes in engineering education, energy sustainability, combined heat and power systems, and thermodynamics. She’s a promising, young academic and educator who already has several awards and honors to her name, including the 2016 Outstanding New Teacher Award from the ASEE-SE and the 2015 Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Faculty Award. Notably, she organized MSU’s Mechanical Engineering Ladies Organization in 2014.
Dr. Pedro Mago – Mississippi State University
Dr. Pedro Mago is a professor of mechanical engineering at Mississippi State University, where he also serves as the department head and the PACCAR chair. His authorship and co-authorship credits are vast, and his areas of specialty include energy systems; thermodynamics; heat and mass transfer; refrigeration and HVAC systems; and thermal system design and optimization. He has received a myriad awards throughout his career, including the 2013 Bagley College of Engineering Academy Distinguished Teaching Award; the 2011 State Pride Faculty Award; and the 2009 Best Review Award offered by Elsevier’s journal, Applied Energy.