2016 Most Affordable Online Engineering Degrees

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With annual tuitions of less than $15,000, these 20 schools offer highly affordable online engineering degrees. Prospective students wishing to pursue any engineering concentration will be able to find an inexpensive, distance learning option. The degrees offered by the below schools cover a variety of engineering specializations, such as software engineering, information systems engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, and more.

Fully online degrees in education needed to be offered at the bachelor's level or higher by schools to be considered for this most affordable ranking. A full methodology can be viewed here.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Engineering Degree Levels Offered
#1 #1 American Business and Technology University Annual Tuition $7,150 Engineering Degrees: Bachelor's
#2 #2 Brigham Young University-Idaho Annual Tuition $7,660 Engineering Degrees: Bachelor's
#3 #3 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,100 Engineering Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate
#4 #4 Grantham University Annual Tuition $8,303 Engineering Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
#5 #5 University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $9,331 Engineering Degrees: Bachelor's
#6 #6 Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $9,360 Engineering Degrees: Bachelor's
#7 #7 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600 Engineering Degrees: Bachelor's
#8 #8 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Annual Tuition $9,800 Engineering Degrees: Master's
#9 #9 California Intercontinental University Annual Tuition $10,200 Engineering Degrees: Bachelor's
#10 #10 Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Annual Tuition $11,005 Engineering Degrees: Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate, and Certificate
#11 #11 Indiana Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $11,235 Engineering Degrees: Master's
#12 #12 Rowan University Annual Tuition $11,625 Engineering Degrees: Master's
#13 #13 Baker College Online Annual Tuition $11,760 Engineering Degrees: Bachelor's
#14 #14 Park University Annual Tuition $11,808 Engineering Degrees: Bachelor's
#15 #15 Tarleton State University Annual Tuition $12,161 Engineering Degrees: Master's
#16 #16 Walden University Annual Tuition $12,225 Engineering Degrees: Master's and Doctorate
#17 #17 Bellevue University Annual Tuition $12,640 Engineering Degrees: Bachelor's and Master's
#18 #18 University of Alaska Anchorage Annual Tuition $12,960 Engineering Degrees: Master's
#19 #19 University of Washington - Seattle Annual Tuition $13,425 Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate
#20 #20 ECPI University Online Annual Tuition $14,700 Engineering Degrees: Associate and Bachelor's
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  • Annual Tuition: $7,150
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

The American Business and Technology University offers two online Bachelor of Applied Science Degrees, one in Information Systems Engineering and one in Business Applications. These degrees are completion degrees, and students must have an AAS in a similar field in order to be accepted to the program. Both programs are 120 weeks in length. Students can expect to take courses such as Principles of Information Systems, Business Psychology, and Technical Writing. Tuition is affordable, averaging $7,150 a year.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,660
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and ABET

Brigham Young University – Idaho offers an online Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering. Students will take 120 total credits – 54 credits of Foundations courses, 55 credits of major courses, and 26 elective credits. Software Engineering students will take classes that prepare them for their future careers, such as Object-Oriented Software Development, Web Engineering, and Computer Security. Students will have a chance to demonstrate the skills they have acquired through the completion of a senior project. Tuition is affordable, with undergraduate tuition averaging $7,660 a year.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

American Public University System offers several online degree programs in the field of engineering, including bachelor's and certification programs. Students looking to pursue a bachelor's degree can earn their Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Additionally, a certification can be earned in Community Planning. At $8,100 a year, tuition is affordable.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,303
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

Grantham University offers several online associate and bachelor's degree programs in Engineering. Students at the associate level can earn a degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology or Engineering Management Technology. Bachelor's degree seeking students have the opportunity to earn degrees in Computer Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, and Engineering Management Technology. All students will take a variety of foundation courses as well as higher level, program specific courses covering such topics as engineering and ethics, technical writing, and programming, depending on their specific degree path. Students will also complete a capstone project.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,331
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET

The University of Southern Mississippi offers an online Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Technology. Students in both degree programs will complete capstone projects, and students seeking the Construction Engineering Technology degree will take part in an internship. Students will have the opportunity to take classes such as Architectural Graphics, Soils and Foundations, and Industrial Automation, depending on their specific degree requirements. At $9,331 a year, tuition is affordable.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,360
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Eastern New Mexico University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology. This program is designed to combine technical and vocational course credit that was completed previously in an Associate of Applied Science degree with a program of study that has a specific vocational or technical emphasis. Students will take courses such as Modern Computer Architecture, Renewable Energy Technology, and Linear Systems Analysis. Students will also complete a capstone project. Tuition for this online program averages $9,360 a year.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEAS CIHE

Southern New Hampshire University Online offers a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences and a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology - Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Geoscience students can expect to take courses in Earth System Science, Spatial Awareness, and Geostatistics and Data Analysis. They will also complete a capstone project. Students in the Robotics program will learn hands-on skills that they can take with them into their future careers through classes like Object Oriented Analysis and Design, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology offers three online Engineering degrees: Mining Engineering and Management MS, Engineering Management MS, and Construction Engineering and Management MS. Mining Engineering and Management master's students will complete an independent research project, and will take courses such as Advanced Explosive and Blasting, Rock Slope Engineering, and Advanced Rock Mechanics. Engineering Management students will take courses in four areas: business and finance, management, quantitative methods, and operations management. Construction Engineering Management students focus on classes like Project Management, Equipment Management, and Construction Company Management.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,200
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC

California Intercontinental University offers two online Bachelor of Engineering Information Technology degrees. Students can choose between an emphasis in IT Project Management or Networking and Systems Security. Students in the IT Project Management emphasis will take courses such as Advanced Database Management System and Enterprise Resource Management, while students in the Networking and Systems Security emphasis will take courses like Messaging Infrastructure Management and Routing and Switching Systems. All students will be required to take a Comprehensive Competency Examination.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,005
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University offers several online degree programs in the engineering field. Students can pursue associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral level degrees. Annual tuition for these programs is affordable, and averages just over $11,000. A special feature of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology is that the program puts a strong emphasis on teaching practical skills that students will need when they are working in the field of engineering through the use of virtual labs and simulation methods. Students can also customize their degree with a variety of concentrations, including Aeronautical Science, Aviation Safety, and Security and Intelligence.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,235
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABET

The Indiana Institute of Technology offers an online Master of Science in Engineering Management. This program is aimed toward professionals who are looking to take on managerial responsibilities or expand their base of knowledge. Students in this program will take classes in the areas of quality assurance, enterprise resource planning, project management, and others. Students are also allowed to take extra human resources, management, or marketing courses in order to earn a dual MSE/MBA degree. Tuition for this program averages an affordable $11,235 a year.

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Online Master's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,625
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and ABET

Rowan University offers an online Master of Engineering Management. Students enrolled in this degree will complete 30 semester credit hours over 10 courses. This is an accelerated program, and is designed to be completed in five consecutive semesters. Students will take courses such as Engineering Economics, Quality in Engineering Management, and Engineering Law and Ethics to prepare for future management level engineering positions.

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Online Master's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,760
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABET

Baker College Online offers two bachelor's degrees in the field of software development and engineering. The Bachelor of Science in Game Software Development teaches students software engineering with an emphasis on game development and animation. Students learn the entire game development process, from modeling to animation and programming, and they will also complete a final senior project. Baker College also offers an online Bachelor of Science in Mobile Application Software Engineering, where students gain experience with software development for Android, iOS, and Windows. At $11,760 a year, tuition is affordable.

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Online Bachelor's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,808
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Park University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Science. Tuition for this program is affordable, and averages $11,808 a year. Students can choose one or more subjects to specialize in from the areas of computer science, software engineering, data management, and networking. Park University offers a variety of courses that will help students prepare for their future careers, including Computer Network Security, Computer Architecture, User Interface Design, and Modern Developments in Advanced Networking.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,161
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET

Tarleton State University offers an online Master of Science in Quality and Engineering Management, which is designed to give people who already hold a bachelor's degree in a technology or business related field the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills they will need to move up into managerial positions. Tuition for this program is affordable and averages $12,161 a year.

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Online Master's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,225
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABET

Walden University offers an online Master of Science in Information Technology with an emphasis in Software Engineering, and an online Ph.D in Management with an Engineering Management Specialization. Students in the master's program will receive hands-on experience through the use of virtual labs, which gives them the practice they need to succeed in their future careers. Students will take classes such as Software Design and Construction and Data Modeling and Database Design, and may be able to complete their degree in as little as 20 months. At the beginning of their course Ph.D students will create a Professional Development Plan and a Plan of Study that they will use as a guide throughout the rest of their course.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,640
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCACSTHLC

Bellevue University offers an online Bachelor of Science in Software Development. With tuition averaging $12,640 a year, this is an affordable program. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission through the U.S. Department of Education, this is an accelerated degree program that is designed for students who already work as a programmer but want to advance their skills, or students who want to work as a software developer but don't yet have a degree or enough experience to be employed as one. Students will get practice programming with Java, designing database systems, upgrading system software, and many other skills that they will need in order to have a successful career.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,960
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and ABET

University of Alaska Anchorage offers an online Master of Science in Arctic Engineering. Students in this program will develop such skills as how to evaluate the effect of climate change on infrastructure in the north, develop the natural resources in cold weather regions, and design and operate constructed works in rural areas where the weather conditions may be extreme. Coursework includes classes in Frozen Ground Engineering, Arctic Utilities, and Cold Regions Pavement Design.

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Online Master's Degrees (1)

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,425
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and ABET

The University of Washington offers several online master's and certificate programs in engineering, aeronautics and astronautics, and other related fields. The high level of concentrations and degrees available online means that students looking for variety will have a lot of options to choose from. Students who wish to pursue a master's degree in Aerospace Engineering or Aeronautics and Astronautics will be able to choose a Composites, Fluids, Controls, or Structures concentration. Aeronautics students will also be able to choose a Plasma concentration. The UW offers master's programs in Mechanical Engineering, Sustainable Transportation, and Civil Engineering: Construction Engineering. There are a variety of online certificate programs that students can choose from as well, including a Certificate in Global Integrated Systems Engineering.

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,700
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ABHES

Students at ECPI University Online can earn their associate or bachelor's degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Students will be able to gain skills in areas such as analog and digital electronics, computer network fundamentals, and data acquisition and control systems. Students will also gain hands-on experience from labs and simulations. ECPI also offers an online bachelor's degree in Mechantronics, where students will gain the skills they need to be able to troubleshoot and develop integrated systems, robotics, and programmable controllers.

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