Although Utah does not offer any online bachelor’s degrees in engineering, here are some distance-based programs from surrounding states.
Arizona State University of Tempe, AZ, offers an online bachelor of science (B.S.) in engineering management. Courses are 7.5 weeks each and provide the gamut of engineering science and design courses in conjunction with in-depth business analytics. The program is ranked #4 in online undergraduate degree programs in the nation. Courses include probability and statistics for engineering problem solving, engineering administration, risk management, and system dynamics and thinking, among many others. The program comprises 120 credits and is accredited by ABET. The cost of full-time tuition is $717 per credit for an annual total of $15,038, plus fees. Admission requirements include having one of the following: a minimum 1210 SAT combined reading and writing plus math score, a minimum 24 ACT combined score, a 3.00 minimum ABOR GPA, or a class ranking in the top 25 percent of one’s high school class. For more information, call (866) 591-0278.
Arizona State University also offers an online bachelor of science in software engineering. The degree program consists of 120 credits at $717 per credit, plus fees. The program uses a project-driven curriculum to increase professional skills in teamwork, critical thinking, communication, and professionalism. The distance-based degree is accredited by ABET. Courses include object oriented programming and data structures, introduction to programming languages, discrete mathematical structures, critical inquiry in engineering, and many others. For more information on admission requirements and other engineering degrees, contact (866) 591-0278.
Please note that ASU also has ABET-accredited online bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and information technology.
The University of Utah based in Salt Lake City offers an online master of science (M.S.) in electrical and computer engineering. Graduates from the University of Utah go on to high-paying careers in Utah and beyond. The university prides itself on interactive learning which is done through group assignments with collaboration via email or a discussion forum to solve problems; contributions to a discussion forum with collaborative reply posts; and peer reviews on assignments. Courses include photovoltaic materials and solar cells, the physics of nano-electronics and related devices, fundamentals of micromachining, microsensors, lasers and their applications, and several others. The degree must be completed within four consecutive years and a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to earn the degree. The cost of the program is the same for residents and nonresidents: $10,258 per semester for 12 credits. For more information fill out the online MSECE information request or email [email protected].
The University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho offers an online master of engineering (M.Eng) in civil engineering. The degree consists of 33 credits at a cost of $755 per credit. This program emphasizes transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental and sanitary engineering, hydraulics and water resources engineering, and structural engineering and structural mechanics. Courses may include steel design, advanced concrete materials and durability, fluid dynamics, properties of highway materials, engineering properties of soils and several more. The program is completely online. Admission requirements include having a B.S. in civil or environmental engineering or a related engineering degree. For more information, call (800) 824-2889 or email [email protected].
The University of Idaho offers several other online master’s degrees in engineering and closely related fields:
The following distance-based certificate programs can complement a background in engineering and enhance one’s knowledge in specific areas.
The University of Idaho in Moscow, ID offers a distance-based certificate in analog integrated circuit design through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The degree consists of 12 credits at a cost of $755 per credit plus fees. Required courses include analog filter design, analog integrated circuit design, and mixed signal IC design. Students also can choose among the following electives: applications of linear integrated circuits, microwave and millimeter wave circuits, and radio-frequency IC design. Admissions requirements include having an undergraduate degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. For more information, call (208) 885-2783.
The University of Idaho also offers a certificate in power system protection and relaying. The degree consists of 12 credits at a cost of $755 per credit plus fees. Required courses are power systems analysis and power system protection and relaying. Students can choose among the following electives: transients in power systems, the protection of power systems, communication systems, and symmetrical components, among others. Admissions requirements include having an undergraduate degree in a related field from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. For more information, call (208) 885-6902.
The positive job outlook in Utah and high salaries in engineering are definite draws to the field. Before enrolling in online or distance-based education, students should consider the following:
Additionally, aspiring students should determine the accreditation and “state authorization” statuses of their programs.
Each accrediting organization has their own standards for quality, but they generally evaluate financial management, student services, the quality of the teaching staff or facilities, and other criteria. Having a degree from an accredited institution or program may be a prerequisite to receiving financial aid or qualifying for various graduate programs and employment.
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 on a national, regional, and programmatic level. The following includes a list of prominent organizations that accredit online engineering programs in Utah:
Students in Utah are only eligible to enroll in online engineering programs that have been authorized to operate in UT. 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 online university policies (e.g., University of Utah) or contact admissions to ensure out-of-state eligibility.
Admissions requirements differ depending on the institution and degree level. Engineering students should contact the specific program of interest to find out the exact requirements and admission/completion deadlines for that program.
Typical admissions requirements for online engineering programs may include:
Dr. Rong-Rong Chen – University of Utah
Dr. Rong-Rong Chen is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She holds a B.S. in applied mathematics from Tsinghua University in Beijing, and a M.S. in mathematics and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Her research interests include wireless communication, signal processing, underwater acoustic communication, and queueing networks. She has earned several awards such as the M. E. Van Valkenburg Graduate Research Award for excellence in doctoral research and the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award.
Dr. Douglas Christensen – University of Utah
Dr. Douglas Christensen is a professor in the Department of Bioengineering as well as the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University and an M.S. and PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University and the University of Utah, respectively. He has researched the areas of fiberoptic and guided wave sensors, ultrasound devices, and physics and modeling (e.g., therapeutic applications of ultrasound). Notably, he has been a member of the University of Utah faculty since 1971.
Dr. Behrouz Farhang – University of Utah
Dr. Behrouz Farhang is the associate chair and a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah. He holds a B.S. from Tehran University, an M.S. from the University of Wales, and a PhD of Philosophy from the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, England. His research has been focused on the areas of implementations on hardware platforms, filter bank multicarrier communications, and detection algorithms. He has worked at the Isfahan University of Technology in Iran and the National University of Singapore. Dr. Farhang is an expert in signal processing and has interests in many areas, including detection techniques for space-time coded systems, adaptive filters, and multicarrier communications.