What to Expect in an Online Engineering Degree Program

Nigerian man appreciates God after the bus he almost boarded got involved in an accident

A Nigerian man, Ini David, is in a thanksgiving state of mind after he got away from a lethal fender bender that killed every one of its inhabitants yesterday April seventh. Taking to his Facebook page to offer his thanks to God, Ini said he was intended to have boarded the transport that was making a beeline for Lagos yet altered his opinion. He composed

”It would be ideal if you help me thank this lovely God. I didn’t realize that God cherishes me this much!!!

This happened toward the beginning of today seventh April 2019.

Don’t have the foggiest idea if am to hop, move, rests on the turnpike or sob for bliss.

This happened today on our approach to Lagos.

My partners and I needed taking this very transport from Abuja,but abruptly had a difference as a top priority and joined the following.

I recall a Coper woman asking me for what reason we chose not to join their transport. Which I disclosed to her that “We just felt like it”

We left couple of minutes after they drove out,not excessively a long way from the pack I told my partner that… I’m driven in the soul to lead us in some love and petition area commiting our voyage into God’s hands. Soon after the love and petitions, it began raining vigorously Just after Gwagwalada,that we needed to stop. Coming to Ife just to find that thesame transport that left before our own has been envolved in a mishap with Dangote trailer,and No one turned out alive (Including the pretty Coper I talked with at the pack).???

I can’t thank you enough ????

Photos: Nigerian man appreciates God after the bus he almost boarded got involved in an accident, killing everyone onboard

Photos: Nigerian man appreciates God after the bus he almost boarded got involved in an accident, killing everyone onboardPhotos: Nigerian man appreciates God after the bus he almost boarded got involved in an accident, killing everyone onboardPhotos: Nigerian man appreciates God after the bus he almost boarded got involved in an accident, killing everyone onboard

 

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AFTER MORE THAN TWO decades working in the engineering industry, Anupam Sharma decided it was time to take his career to the next level, so the Washington state resident enrolled in an online master’s degree program at the University of California—Los Angeles Samueli School of Engineering with a specialization in data science. The 43-year-old currently works at Microsoft as a senior technical program manager focusing mainly on artificial intelligence.

“There was a program in the city in Washington where I live, but they didn’t have an online version, and I didn’t want to waste time traveling because of the full-time job,” says Sharma, who expects to graduate in 2020.

Just like a traditional on-ground student, Sharma takes proctored exams and completes various types of assignments, including group projects. Unlike a traditional student, Sharma doesn’t need to attend a lecture at a set time each week; instead, he listens to a recording at his convenience, completing coursework at his own pace under weekly deadlines.

Engineers looking to advance their careers have a lot of online degree options. They may be able to specialize in a particular area of the field like electrical or software engineering, choose an online engineering management degree to advance into a leadership role or study computer science. This decision will depend largely on their career goals, experts say.

Having a master’s can also lead to a higher salary, though the specifics will vary depending on the type of engineeringa prospective student wants to pursue. Some degrees are also more in demand than others. For example, demand for civil engineers is expected to rise 11 percent between 2016 and 2026, and demand for petroleum engineers is predicted to increase 15 percent – much faster than average – in that same period, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Engineering is very, very broad,” says Shanna Revoner, student affairs officer for the online engineering master’s program at Samueli. “Most students that come into our program kind of already know what area they want to concentrate in.”

Here’s what prospective graduate students should expect in an online engineering degree program.

Curriculum and requirements. The specific courses an online engineering graduate student is required to take varies depending on the focus of the degree program.

For instance, at ASU Online at Arizona State University, online students in the Master of Science in engineering program with a concentration in software engineering take three core courses, a concentration course and electives, as well as a final applied project.

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In Oregon State University Ecampus’ online master’s program in engineering management, students take classes focusing on engineering more broadly as well as those teaching them valuable management skills. This degree can be a good option for those aspiring to become chief engineers or engineering managers, experts say.

“They might look like business school and business-related courses, but they are really not completely business,” says Javier Calvo-Amodio, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering at OSU Ecampus. “They’re about the management of engineering organizations.”

Your classmates. Experts say that most of those who pursue an online engineering degree at the master’s level typically have at least a few years of experience in the field and a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline. Online students may work with each other and leverage their past work experience on team projects, for example, and when sharing their thoughts on discussion boards.

In the Master of Software Engineering online degree program at Pennsylvania State University—World Campus, those who enroll are predominantly working professionals, though a few college graduates enroll immediately after getting their bachelor’s degree, says Raghu Sangwan, associate professor of software engineering at the school.

“Most of the students do have some kind of a technical or an engineering background,” he says.

Course structure. Whether or not an online engineering program requires students to attend class sessions at set dates and times via videoconferencing varies, experts say. The same can be said of on-campus residency requirements, where students may congregate for discussions or lectures.

“Because we have students in different parts of the country and different parts of the world, they are not required to sit in on a live session at a particular time,” Revoner says. “The lectures are posted and they’re prerecorded. … Students are able to access the lectures any time, day or night.”

At Penn State—World Campus, classes are similarly structured around weekly lessons with associated assignments, Sangwan says. More often than not, there’s a course-long final project that ties together everything students have learned.

Types of assignments. The types of assignments students should expect varies depending on the subject area and instructor of a given course. In many online classes, discussion boards – where students respond to a relevant prompt from a professor and to one another – may be assigned.

 

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