How to Get an Engineering Degree Online

Getting an engineering degree online is a great idea for people who are busy with a full-time job and families. You can work at your own pace without having to leave your house. Although some master’s of engineering degree programs will require a small commitment of on-campus time, most online engineering degree programs don’t require your physical presence at all.


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    Choose your field of study. Check out the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics[1]to review the job descriptions, degree requirements and salary range for engineering jobs.
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    Consider all the factors. Successful online students spend about a month doing research before they enroll in a university. Here are some things you should consider:
    • Financing (grants, scholarships, employer educational aid and student loans)
    • Degree credentials (the university you are considering is fully accredited)
    • Time (course and degree program length)
    • Transfer credits (will the school accept any previously earned credits to count towards your degree?)
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    Pick a school. Research the schools you are interested in. Narrow your list to 5, and look at the pros and cons of each school. Accreditation is key, but delve a little deeper and see if you can find student reviews by students who have completed their studies via the school’s online program.
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    Confirm accreditation. Spending your time and money only to graduate from a non-accredited program will be frustrating to say the least. Check out every program. For example, Iowa State University has 12 engineering degree programs, but only 10 are currently accredited.[2]
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    Enroll. Most schools assign an advisor to you. The advisor can help you enroll, recommend which courses to take during each semester and answer any questions you may have.
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    Explore. Most online programs offer their students a wealth of learning tools. Your program may include free tutoring, a free online library that will track your research and formulate your citations and technical help for online access issues.


  • Look over your syllabus at the beginning of each course and write the key dates on a calendar. Online courses pack a lot of material into a short span of time. Note the dates of all quizzes, exams and papers that are due and allow enough study time to meet the course criteria.
  • Textbooks are often available in digitized form. You can save a lot of money and the hassle of trying to resell your used textbooks if you download your course materials.
  • Be prepared to take notes. If you don’t care to take notes by hand, there are free downloads available for note taking software, such as Evernote, or your computer may already have note taking programs installed. These programs are great for transferring URLs or other bits of online information you find.


  • You must have Internet access for all online degree programs. If you don’t have access in your home, make sure you can do your online coursework elsewhere.
  • Although long-distance learning via online courses allows you great flexibility, it’s important to discipline yourself so that you meet all of the requirements of the courses. Structure your time to study and do coursework every day so that you don’t fall behind.

Thing’s You’ll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Printer (optional)

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