Although there are no online or hybrid bachelor’s degrees in engineering offered in West Virginia, here are two programs offered in nearby states which admit WV students.
ECPI University in Richmond, Virginia, offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in computer and information science, with a major in software development. This program covers several areas such as logic and decision processes, ethical and professional practices, programming languages, relational databases, web services, and much more. The program consists of 120 credits at a cost of $7,788 per semester for full-time enrollment of 12-18 credits, regardless of residence. ECPI encourages students to go on to pursue industry certifications and internships to gain real world experience to enhance their careers. Courses include logic and design; introduction to cloud solutions; linux administration; object-oriented programming using C++; computer applications, and many more. Through ECPI’s year round schedule, students can graduate in just 2.5 years. ECPI also offers other online degrees. For more information, call 844-334-4466.
Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio offers a distance-based bachelor of science in computer science—a field closely aligned with software engineering. The degree prepares students to investigate, collaborate, design, assess, and create the technology solutions demanded as a software engineer. The program consists of 124 credits at a cost of $509 per credit plus fees. Courses include object oriented data structures and algorithms, programming languages, database management systems, computer science practicum, and principles of computer networks, among several others. For more information, call 614-797-4700.
West Virginia University Online offers an online master of science (M.S.) in safety management through the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering. Students who earn this degree will be able to design and implement worker safety procedures, identify workplace hazards, investigate accidents in the workplace, and create safety procedures. The program is 36 credit-hours at a cost of $601 per credit, regardless of residence. The degree program is accredited by ABET. Courses include controlling environmental and personnel hazards; instrumentation for safety managers; economic aspects of safety; loss control and recovery; and several more. Admission requirements include having a B.S. from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must successfully complete a comprehensive exam during their last semester of required courses. For more information, call 800-253-2762.
West Virginia University Online offers an online master of science (M.S.) in software engineering through the WVU Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. The program is 100 percent online and was designed with the working professional in mind. Classes are offered in the evenings, including live discussions with faculty and students facilitated online. The university is accredited by the HLC, and the program consists of 33 credits at a cost of $601 per credit, regardless of residency. Courses include software analysis and design; validation and verification; software evolution; introduction to object-oriented design; and an independent study. Admission requirements for recent graduates include a having a B.S. in computer science or a related field and a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. There are different admission requirements for provisional graduate students. For more information, call 800-253-2762.
West Virginia University Online offers an online graduate certificate in geographical information systems and spatial analysis—a complement to many subfields of engineering. This is a unique program incorporates predictive modeling, technical issues, spatial hydrology, and more, making it one of a kind in West Virginia. The program consists of 15 credits at a cost of $569 per credit for residents and $1,412 for non-residents. Courses include the following: geospatial modeling; spatial hydrology; spatial analysis for resource management; geographic information science; and an independent study course titled GIS and spatial analysis project. For more information, call 800-253-2762.
West Virginia University Online offers a graduate certificate in software engineering. The program consists of 15 credits at a cost of $601 per credit, regardless of residence. Courses include software project management; software analysis and design; validation and verification; software evolution; and introduction to object-oriented design. Students can apply some credits toward the M.S. in software engineering described above. Admission requirements for recent graduates include having a B.S. in computer science or a related field and a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. There are different admission requirements for provisional graduate students. For more information, call 800-253-2762.
Students in West Virginia seeking an online degree in engineering should consider the quality of the education offered, the reputation of the institution and professors, the total cost of the program, the time required to complete the degree, admissions deadlines, and other factors. Specifically, some questions to ask when investigating online engineering degrees and programs are:
Accreditation is an indicator of a school or program’s quality and as such is very important when determining excellence. For example, programs must monitor student success and have published student outcomes according to a set of criteria. Additionally, there are criteria for teaching staff, educational outcomes, and other items. Aspiring students should be aware that accreditation by certain organizations may be required to qualify for certain graduate programs, certifications, or employment opportunities.
Students in West Virginia are only eligible to enroll in online engineering programs that have been authorized to operate WV. 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 and university policies (e.g., West Virginia University) before applying to any programs. Be sure to contact program coordinators to ensure out-of-state eligibility.
Admissions requirements to online engineering programs in WV can differ depending on the school and program chosen. Students should contact the specific program of interest to find out the exact requirements and deadlines for that program. Some typical admissions requirements for online engineering programs include sending high school or college transcripts with a competitive GPA, essays, official test scores (e.g., SAT/ACT or GRE), proof of course prerequisites, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), letters of recommendation, and application fees.
Dr. Kevin Bandura – West Virginia University
Dr. Kevin Bandura is an assistant professor in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at West Virginia University. He holds and B.S. and PhD in physics from Carnegie Mellon University. He served as a postdoctoral research associate at McGill University from 2011 to 2015. Dr. Bandura’s research interests include the area of radio astronomy conducted at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank—a facility into which WVU invested $1 million recently for research and educational activities.
Dr. Hany Ammar – West Virginia University
Dr. Hany Ammar is a professor at West Virginia University in the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. He holds a B.S. in electrical engineering from Cairo University, an M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a PhD from the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of more than 80 articles and a member of the IEEE and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Dr. Ammar’s research interests include software risk and reliability assessment methodologies, parallel processing techniques for fingerprint image comparison, and the analysis and design of real-time systems, among several other foci.
Dr. Rashpal Ahluwalia – West Virginia University
Dr. Rashpal Ahluwalia is a professor at West Virginia University in the Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering. He holds a B.S. in mathematics from the Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, an M.S. in computer science from the University of Western Ontario, and a PhD in systems engineering from the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Ahluwalia’s research interests include the areas of quality and reliability engineering, forensic information management, bioinformatics, robotics and automation, and several others. He is a member of several organizations including the IEEE and the American Society for Quality (ASQ).