Southern New Hampshire University of Manchester offers an online bachelor’s of computer science in software engineering. Students learn proven software design methodologies and how to develop code using languages such as C++, Java, and Python. For software testing, students learn to use tools such as Netbeans, OpenGL, and Eclipse, enjoying the opportunity to design software for all platforms, including smartphones. The cost is $320 per credit plus additional fees. There is a special rate for U.S. service members and their spouses. The program is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, among other accreditation associations. The 120 credit-program includes instruction in data structures and algorithms, advanced programming concepts, physics, computer platform technologies, the software development lifecycle, fundamentals of data mining and many others. For more information on admission requirements and to apply, please visit SNHU’s admissions page, contact [email protected] or call (888) 327-SNHU.
Southern New Hampshire University also offers an online bachelor of computer science in information security. This degree prepares students to effectively fight software attacks which are growing in sophistication and frequency. Students learn secure programming principles; how to decipher and analyze software; and the nuances of cybersecurity fields. Programming in Java, C++, and Python are staples of this program, as well as the use of testing tools such as OpenGL, Netbeans, and Eclipse. The cost is $320 per credit plus additional fees. Again, there is a special rate for U.S. service members and their spouses. The program is accredited by the NEASC and other accreditation associations. The program consists of 120 credits in subjects such as computer platform technologies, secure coding, cybersecurity and information assurance, software reverse engineering, and others.
Southern New Hampshire University offers an MS in construction management. The program focuses on planning and management specific to the construction process. It requires 12 courses in areas such as cultivating organizational culture, resource planning and decision making, critical issues in management capstone, corporate communications, human behavior in organizations, strategic human resources management, business research, project management, and others. Again, SNHU’s programs are accredited by the NEASC and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The cost of the program is $627 per credit, plus fees. Again, active military members and their families may be able to enjoy a discount.
Southern New Hampshire University offers an MBA in engineering management through a partnership with the prestigious Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The 14-course program is designed to meet the demands of the professional engineer and can be completed in as few as 18 months. Students gain the knowledge necessary to meet the demand for engineering managers who effectively lead departments and organizations. Courses focus on integrating knowledge with systems and best practices, improving efficiency and effectiveness, as well as fostering collaboration and communication with engineering teams. Programs are accredited by the NEASC and ACBSP. Courses include an introduction to engineering for engineering managers, systems thinking for engineering managers, project management for engineering managers, mathematics and statistics for business, operations management and technology, among others. The cost of the program is $627 per credit plus fees.
Norwich University located in Northfield, Vermont offers an online master of civil engineering degree designed to meet the demands of engineering professionals. The coursework can be completed in 18 months and class sizes do not exceed 15 students. Students choose from four specialized tracks: structural engineering, environmental/water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, or construction management. The cost of the program is $792/credit plus fees for all students. The degree requires completion of 36 credits and students must complete a required one-week residency at Norwich University. Courses may include engineering analysis techniques, engineering mechanics, the fundamentals of structural engineering, engineering mechanics, hydraulics for environmental engineers, and others.
The University of New Hampshire of Durham offers an online graduate certificate in wireless communication systems through the electrical and computer engineering department. This certificate program teaches students the foundational concepts necessary to work with the many aspects of wireless communication systems, including signal processing, antennas, and modeling electromagnetic propagation. The degree requires completion of 12-14 credits and can be completed in 12-18 months. The cost is $770 per credit for residents and $845 per credit for non-residents. Required courses include electromagnetic wave theory and wireless communication systems. Elective courses include two courses from the following: introduction to digital signal processing, ubiquitous computing fundamentals, research and development from concept to communication, ubiquitous computing, digital signal processing, and computer architecture. For more information email [email protected] or call (855) 250-6699.
The University of New Hampshire also offers an online graduate certificate in ubiquitous computing through the electrical and computer engineering department. This degree may appeal to professionals in fields related to ambient intelligence, mobile applications, the Internet of Things, pervasive computing, and ubiquitous computing. Professionals can complete the certificate in as few as nine months and increase their earning potential or advance their careers. The degree requires completion of 13-15 credits. The cost is $770 per credit for residents and $845 per credit for non-residents. Required courses include ubiquitous computing fundamentals and ubiquitous computing. Additionally, students choose two elective courses from the following: introduction to digital signal processing, digital signal processing computer architecture, wireless communication systems, electromagnetic wave theory, and research and development from concept to communication.
There are things to consider when pursuing an online engineering degree. These include the quality of the education offered, the total cost of the program, the institution’s reputability, the time required to complete the degree, admissions deadlines, and other factors.
Since online learning requires substantially more independence than traditional, on-campus degree programs, aspiring distance-based engineering students should consider:
In addition to the above questions, aspiring students should determine their program’s accreditation and state authorization statuses before making a final decision.
Accreditation is very important for schools in engineering fields and shows that a college or university maintains certain standards of excellence. For example, programs typically must have published student outcomes and monitor student success according to the set standards. They must also have educational outcomes and meet standards for teaching staff. These are just some examples of the many criteria involved in becoming accredited. Accredited programs are an indicator of academic quality. Prospective students should be aware that accreditation by certain organizations may be required to qualify for certain graduate programs, certifications, or employment opportunities.
Students in New Hampshire are only eligible to enroll in online engineering programs that have been authorized to operate NH. Also, some online engineering programs in other states may not provide admissions to non-resident students or have differing tuition rates. All online students should carefully examine state policies before applying to any programs. Be sure to contact program coordinators to ensure out-of-state eligibility or check a program’s “state authorization” page (e.g., Southern New Hampshire University).
Admission requirements can be different depending on the school and program chosen. Students should contact the specific programs of interest to find out the exact requirements and deadlines for that program.
Here are some typical admissions requirements for online engineering programs:
Dr. Kent A. Chamberlin – University of New Hampshire
Dr. Kent Chamberlin is a professor in the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of New Hampshire. He holds a BS, MS, and PhD from Ohio University with a specialization in computational electromagnetics. He has over 35 years of engineering experience and has performed research for more than 20 sponsors. His awards include two Fulbright honors and numerous teaching recognitions. Under his direction, UNH’s first internet-based online learning program was developed in 1998 and he continues to be an active online professor. He has served as an associate editor for the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers and was appointed by New Hampshire’s governor to the state’s Distance Learning Commission. He also serves on the boards of the Virtual Learning Academy Charter School and the Great Bay e-Charter School.
Dr. Andrew L. Kun – University of New Hampshire
Dr. Andrew L. Kun is also a professor in the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of New Hampshire. He is a graduate of UNH and holds a BS, MS, and PhD. He was born in Szeged, Hungary in 1968 and became an assistant professor in September of 2000 and later an associate professor. He teaches online courses in the graduate certificate programs at UNH. His areas of research include speech user interfaces and pervasive computing.
Dr. Michael J. Carter – University of New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. Carter is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Hampshire, where he serves as the American Association of University Professors-UNH President. He holds a BS and PhD from the University of Michigan and an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Dr. Carter has served with UNH since September of 1987. He teaches courses in communications systems and signal processing and especially enjoys helping students with their lab design projects. He developed and teaches a course on renewable energy conversion systems. Notably, he teaches analog and digital circuit design, as well as other courses.