Although Oklahoma does not offer any online bachelor’s degrees in engineering, and there aren’t any programs in adjacent states, there are distance-based programs in other states such as Arizona, North Dakota, and North Carolina that accept students from Oklahoma. Here are two bachelor degrees in engineering offered in Arizona.
Arizona State University located in Tempe, AZ offers an online bachelor of science (B.S.) in electrical engineering. This degree prepares students for careers in information processing, healthcare technology, global sustainable development, and economic growth, among other areas. ASU’s undergraduate degree programs are ranked in the top 25 percent of engineering programs and many faculty members have been awarded high honors throughout their careers. Courses include integrated labs which incorporate design and simulation tools to enhance learning for today’s engineering careers. The program requires completion of 120 credits. The cost of full-time tuition and fees for the academic year is $15,038. Individual credits cost is $717 plus additional fees. Notably, the degree program is ABET-accredited. Courses include general chemistry for engineers, computer organization and assembly language programming, fundamentals of electromagnetics, circuits, senior design laboratory, and many others. Admission requirements include one of the following: minimum 1210 SAT combined reading and writing plus math score; minimum 24 ACT combined score; 3.0 minimum ABOR GPA or class ranking in top 25 percent of high school class; as well as no high school math or science competency deficiencies. For more information, contact (866) 591-0278.
Arizona State University also offers an online B.S. in engineering management. The program is designed to provide graduates with the skills needed for effective management and leadership in engineering fields. The program requires completion of 120 credits, and the cost of full-time tuition and fees for the academic year is $15,038. Individual credit cost is $717, plus additional fees. The degree is also ABET-accredited. Courses include calculus for engineers, engineering administration, an introduction to systems engineering, system dynamics and thinking, probability and statistics for engineering problem-solving, and many others. Admission requirements include one of the following: minimum 1210 SAT combined reading and writing plus math score; minimum 24 ACT combined score; 3.0 minimum ABOR GPA or class ranking in top 25 percent of high school class; as well as no high school math or science competency deficiencies. For more information on admission requirements and other engineering degrees, contact (866) 591-0278.
It’s worth noting that Arizona State University also has an online bachelor of science in software engineering.
Oklahoma State University, which has several campuses in the state, offers a distance-based master of science (M.S.) in engineering and technology management. It is a rigorous program for professional engineers who want to advance their management careers. The program can be tailored to meet individual needs. The program is 100 percent online and consists of 32 credits. Required courses include introduction to strategy, technology and integration; strategic decision analysis for engineering managers; capstone preparation; and capstone to strategy, technology, and integration. Twenty-four other credits are pulled from core, elective and concentration courses which may include strategy development and implementation, systems thinking, management of people processes and functions, financial management and cost control, benchmarking, design experimentation, innovation, information systems, and manufacturing control systems, among others. The cost is $446 per credit for Oklahoma residents and military personnel, while non-residents pay $1,061 per credit. Some fees are waived for online-only students, so contact the adminstrator for exact costs. Admission requirements include having a B.S. in engineering or physical/mathematical science with a 3.0 GPA, as well as at least four years post-bachelor’s working experience. For more information call (405) 744-2337 or email [email protected].
Oklahoma State University also offers an M.S. of electrical and computer engineering through the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The program is 100 percent online and consists of 33 credits in areas such as digital signal processing, electronics, energy and power, control systems, computer engineering, communications, speech and processing, and laser communications, among others. The cost is $446 per credit for Oklahoma residents and the military, while non-residents pay $1,061 per credit. Some fees are waived for online-only students.
Finally, OSU also offers a masters of science in industrial engineering and management.
Oklahoma State University offers an online certificate of engineering management. It consists of 12 credits and requires a one-credit introductory course titled introduction to strategy, technology, and integration, plus 11 additional hours in areas such as engineering teaming, strategic project management, failure mode and effects analysis in design, new product introduction and commercialization, engineering economics analysis, lean sigma implementation, and others. The program is 100 percent online and can be completed in conjunction with the master’s program or as a stand alone certificate. The cost is $446 per credit for Oklahoma residents and military personnel, while non-residents pay $1,061 per credit.
Kansas State University of Manhattan, KS offers a transportation engineering graduate certificate. This program is designed for engineering professionals to expand their knowledge through a focused set of courses in transportation engineering. These courses may also apply to a master’s in engineering. The program is 100 percent online and requires a research paper or final presentation. This ABET-accredited program requires 12 credit-hours at $838 per credit. Admissions requirements include having a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from an ABET-accredited institution and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above for the last 60 hours of courses taken. For more information, contact KSU at (800) 622-2578 or email [email protected].
Prospective engineering students must consider several factors when pursuing an online engineering degree. These include examining the quality of the program and faculty, accreditation, how long it takes to complete the program, cost, and other variables. Distance education requires substantially more independence than traditional, on-campus degree programs. Therefore students pursuing an online engineering program 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 a term that means that a program has met certain quality standards required by an accrediting agency. In order to receive accreditation, a school must meet criteria related to student outcomes and services, educators, and academic objectives. Because of this, accreditation from recognized entities can indicate a high quality program. As a student, graduation from an accredited program also may be required to qualify for certain graduate programs, certifications, or employment opportunities.
Since not all accrediting organizations are the same, aspiring students should seek out programs which have been accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education’s Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In addition, students should understand that accreditation is available through different organizations. Here are the prominent organizations that accredit online engineering programs in Oklahoma:
Students in Oklahoma are only eligible to enroll in online engineering programs that have been authorized to operate in OK. Also, some online engineering programs in other states may not provide admissions to non-residents, or have differing tuition for residents and nonresidents. Online students should carefully examine state policies before applying to any programs and be sure to contact program coordinators to ensure out-of-state eligibility.
Admissions requirements differ depending on the university and program. Prospective students should contact the specific program of interest to find out the exact requirements and deadlines involved. Here are some typical admissions requirements for online engineering programs:
Dr. Martin Hagan – Oklahoma State University
Dr. Martin Hagan is a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oklahoma State University. He earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1972 and went on to earn an M.S. in information and computer science, as well as a PhD in electrical engineering by 1977. His areas of interest are control systems, neural networks, and signal processing. Dr. Hagan has been a member of OSU’s faculty since 1998. His research focuses on statistical modeling and control systems, including work on genetic pathway modeling, seismic signal processing, electric load prediction, flight simulators, and more. He has twice received the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Teaching Excellence Award, in addition to OSU’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dr. Manjunath Kamath – Oklahoma State University
Dr. Manjunath Kamath is a professor in the industrial engineering and management department at Oklahoma State University. He holds a PhD in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His areas of interest include object oriented modeling and simulation, information systems, and queuing theory, among others. Dr. Kamath has been a faculty member at OSU since 1989. He has published several handbooks and book chapters as well as more than 60 papers in the areas of analysis of production systems, discrete-event systems modeling and simulation, and queuing. His most recent research centers around modeling supply chain networks, freight movement modeling methodologies, and modeling knowledge work environments.
Dr. Guoliang Fan – Oklahoma State University
Dr. Guoliang Fan is a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Oklahoma State University. He earned his B.S. from Xi’an University of Technology in Automation Engineering. He went on to earn an M.S. in computer engineering and a PhD in electrical engineering. Dr. Fan’s research interests include machine learning, signal processing, biomedical imaging, computer vision, and image processing, among others. He was awarded the National Science Foundation’s Career Award, as well as several outstanding teacher awards. Notably, he is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
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