2015 Top Online Colleges for Engineering Degrees

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With Stanford University topping the list, all 15 schools in our 2015 Top Online Engineering Degrees are ABET accredited and were chosen based on a combination of quality factors: low acceptance rates, high enrollment rates, and high student entrance exam scores. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) ensures programs meet high academic standards. However, please note that while schools can receive ABET accreditation, it does not mean that all online programs offered from that school are accredited, so those interested should check the ABET website or contact the school directly.

Many schools with a long history of academic prestige made our online engineering degree ranking besides Stanford, including Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan. With 31 master’s degrees and 3 certificates, the University of Southern California offers the widest breadth of degree specialization, including a master's degree in mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering, among others.

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All ranked schools are ABET accredited.
Rank College Annual Tuition Engineering Degree Levels Offered Acceptance Rate
#1 #1 Stanford University Annual Tuition $30,150 Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate Acceptance Rate 5.69%
#2 #2 Johns Hopkins University Annual Tuition $18,550 Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate Acceptance Rate 18.13%
#3 #3 University of Southern California Annual Tuition $23,949 Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate Acceptance Rate 19.84%
#4 #4 Carnegie Mellon University Annual Tuition $47,600 Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate Acceptance Rate 25.49%
#5 #5 University of California - Los Angeles Annual Tuition $16,500 Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate Acceptance Rate 21.99%
#6 #6 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Annual Tuition $43,736 Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate Acceptance Rate 33.26%
#7 #7 Lehigh University Annual Tuition $19,350 Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate Acceptance Rate 30.84%
#8 #8 George Washington University Annual Tuition $19,992 Engineering Degrees: Master's and Doctoral Acceptance Rate 33.08%
#9 #9 The University of Texas at Austin Annual Tuition $27,495 Engineering Degrees: Master's Acceptance Rate 40.19%
#10 #10 Georgia Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $22,905 Engineering Degrees: Master's Acceptance Rate 54.93%
#11 #11 University of Maryland - College Park Annual Tuition $16,980 Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate Acceptance Rate 46.99%
#12 #12 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Annual Tuition $11,140 Engineering Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, and Certificate Acceptance Rate 44.42%
#13 #13 North Carolina State University Annual Tuition $20,778 Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate Acceptance Rate 50.01%
#14 #14 University of Washington - Seattle Annual Tuition $11,130 Engineering Degrees: Master's and Certificate Acceptance Rate 55.23%
#15 #15 Florida International University Annual Tuition $30,000 Engineering Degrees: Master's Acceptance Rate 43.04%
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  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and ABET

Stanford University Online is regionally accredited by the ABET and offers 15 online engineering programs for distance learners. Students can expect to pay an annual tuition of $30,150 at this non-profit institution, and financial aid is available for students who qualify. The engineering program at Stanford delivers problem- and curiosity-driven research to help students generate knew knowledge, and students are prepared to become leaders in society, the engineering industry, and in academia. Those who wish to pursue an online education in engineering can choose from a undergraduate certificate in Energy Engineering and Technologies or a graduate certificate in Nanoscale Materials, Management Science and Engineering, Electronic Circuits, Biodesign, Micro/Nano Systems and Technology, Biotechnology, and more. At the master’s level, distance learners can pursue an MS in Engineering degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Management Science and Engineering, and degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics, Civil and Environmental, Electrical, Mechanical, and Chemical Engineering. Course topics will include machine learning, computer networking, cells, an introduction to logic, statistics, social sciences, economic networks, and a variety of math courses.

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Online Master's Degrees (18)

Online Certificate Programs (18)

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  • Accreditation: MSCHE and ABET

At Johns Hopkins University, approximately 3,400 students pursue part-time and online graduate degrees in engineering and applied sciences, and pay an average annual tuition of $18,550. The college is regionally accredited by the MSCHE, and its part-time systems engineering program is recognized by ABET. With 8 online engineering degrees, it is one of the most popular institutions for this course of study. Students can pursue a Master of Environmental Engineering or a Master of Science in Applied Biomedical Engineering, which has concentrations such as Imaging, Instrumentation, and Translational Tissue Engineering, among many others degrees. Johns Hopkins University's Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering includes courses such as Signals and Systems, Communication Systems Engineering, and Digital Telephony.

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Online Master's Degrees (18)

Online Certificate Programs (21)

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  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC

The University of Southern California offers numerous online engineering degrees to students from all over the world, including 31 master's degrees and 3 certificates. Graduate program applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree as well as satisfactory scores on the GMAT or GRE, and the average annual tuition for an online engineering degree from this school is around $24,000. However, financial aid, scholarships, and grants are available to those who qualify, and the school does recognize its military and activity duty students. The university’s engineering department offers an assortment of master’s degrees in engineering, including Industrial and Systems, Electrical, Civil and Environmental, Biomedical, Astronautical, Aerospace, and Chemicals, Material and Petroleum Engineering. Graduate certificates are also offered in Systems Architecting and Engineering, Smart Oilfield Technologies, and Astronautical Engineering.

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Online Master's Degrees (41)

Online Certificate Programs (4)

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: MSCHE and ABET

Through Carnegie Mellon University's Technology-Enhanced Hybrid Program, students can pursue a fully-integrated online Master's of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree. This program does not require students to be residential, and courses are taught by the same faculty and teaching assistants as on-campus students. Courses include emerging trends in electrical and computer engineering, electronic devices and analog circuits, and microelectronic circuits.

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  • Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and ABET

The University of California – Los Angeles provides an innovative and engaging online engineering degree to provide greater flexibility and enhance learning for students. Students can expect an annual tuition of $16,500 for the fully online Master of Science in Engineering Program. Students of this program are required to complete 36 units in 9 courses to receive their degree. Concentrations include advanced structural materials, general engineering, materials science engineering, integrated circuits, signal processing and communications, manufacturing and design, and computer networking. A MS in Engineering without a concentration is also available, and most students enjoy the opportunity and flexibility to build their own program of study to best suit their career goals and professional needs. Each online engineering course carries the same degree credit and unit value as on-campus courses, and every engineering class is taught by a member of the UCLA faculty.

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Online Master's Degrees (14)

Online Certificate Programs (20)

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  • Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABET

The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor is accredited by the NCACSTHLC, and it's School of Engineering is accredited by ABET. U of M offers 8 online master's degrees in engineering and one certificate. While the annual tuition at this institution is $43,736, students may be entitled to take advantage of scholarships, loans, and other forms of financial aid to help further offset the cost. Students may choose from an online Systems Engineering Certificate or a Master of Engineering in Pharmaceutical Engineering, Manufacturing, Energy Systems Engineering, Global Automotive and Manufacturing, or Automotive Engineering. The engineering programs are designed for students who are seeking careers in developing applications for robotics, portable power technologies, vehicle electrification, power grids, healthcare technologies, and sustainable, cleaner energy.

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  • Accreditation: MSCHE and ABET

Since 1992, Lehigh University has offered online engineering degrees to working professionals across the country. Although the annual tuition is $19,350, graduate students have the option to apply for financial aid, and the school offers tuition employer deferment for qualified students. Those seeking an online certificate degree can choose from Polymer Science and Engineering or Manufacturing Systems Engineering. The school also offers 8 online master’s degrees, including a M.Eng. in concentrations such as Chemical Engineering, Biological Chemical Engineering, and Healthcare Systems Engineering. Master of Science degrees in Manufacturing Systems, Management Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Polymer Science are also available. Students are prepared to enter the workforce as experts who have the skills to manage, evaluate, and identify performance cost decisions. Coursework includes programs that discuss sustainability, international supply-chain management, e-commerce, and lean and agile manufacturing. Students who are entering into an online master’s engineering degree at Lehigh University are required to hold a B.S. in an applied science or engineering discipline.

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  • Accreditation: MSCHE and ABET

With an annual tuition of $19,992, George Washington University offers some of the most affordable online engineering programs in the country. In addition to scholarships and financial aid, students may qualify for School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) fellowships to help offset the cost of tuition. The university’s recommendation rate hovers around 96%, and the school is regionally accredited by the MSCHE. Online master’s degrees include an MS in Systems Engineering or Engineering Management with focuses in either Engineering and Technology Management or Economics, Finance, and cost Engineering. The school also offers several comprehensive doctorate degrees, including a Doctor of Philosophy in Systems Engineering or Engineering Management. Students who pursue an online engineering degree will take courses that address specialized topics designed to provide the level of knowledge necessary for management proficiency in various engineering industries. In addition, students in the EMSE master’s program must take specific core courses to satisfy the school’s educational requirements.

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  • Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET

The University of Texas at Austin boasts a recommendation rate of 100%, and the school offers exceptional financial aid and scholarship opportunities that help to lower the $27,495 yearly tuition. The school offers two online master’s degrees, including a MSE in Mechanical Engineering and a MSE in Engineering Management. After completing an online engineering degree, students will be in the forefront of the engineering industry and will have the skills and knowledge required to transform information, materials, and energy to meet the needs of society. The programs include foundation courses in innovative product design, decisions analysis, marketing, negotiations, and economics, and all students, regardless of program, must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year university.

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET

At Georgia Institute of Technology, students can pursue a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, and more. Students learn to develop field competencies that are critical to roles in leadership throughout the industry. The tuition at this college is also affordable, and the $22,905 annual cost can also be offset by scholarships and other forms of financial aid. Courses include wind engineering, modeling and simulated systems engineering, power systems, math methods, and thermal science. In some concentrations, the college establishes a differentiation between a designated degree and an undesignated degree; the former requires candidates to hold a bachelor’s degree in the program they are pursuing.

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The University of Maryland – College Park is regionally accredited by the MSCHE, and its School of Engineering is accredited by ABET. With a tuition of $16,980, the school is one of the most affordable online institutions in the country, and financial aid is also available for qualified applicants. In addition, veterans and military students may be entitled to a discounted tuition for their services but should check with the registrar for details. Students pursuing an online engineering degree can expect to take courses in computer engineering, chemical engineering, engineering for sustainability, engineering information processing, special problems in engineering, introduction to project management, communication for project managers, and strategies for managing innovation. Online degrees include a master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering, Reliability Engineering, and Nuclear Engineering. Students will learn to explore algorithms, tackle complex problems, design and test new technology, and examine the process of technological change.

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  • Accreditation: NCACSTHLC and ABET

An online engineering degree from the University of Minnesota is one of the most affordable options in the country, at a yearly cost of $11,140. The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering program includes a total of 30 semester credits, and at least 14 credits need to be fulfilled by Electrical Engineering courses. Students will conduct research within the department and collaborate with several research centers to develop their education, and graduates will be prepared for a career in many fields, including biotechnology, electronics, software, and communications.

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET

North Carolina State University's national recognition, combined with its affordable tuition and comprehensive engineering degrees, result in a 100% recommendation rate by its students. Distance learners can pursue 14 different online engineering master's degrees. Master's degrees include Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and more. Other graduate degrees include a Master of Civil Engineering, a Master of Environmental Engineering, Master of Industrial Engineering, and more. Courses include engineering thermodynamics, acoustic radiation, construction safety management, advanced mathematics for engineers, and physical, biological, and chemical principles of engineering.

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: NWCCU and ABET

Students pursuing an online engineering degree at the University of Washington – Seattle have access to a full range of resources, including an advising center, resource guide, and online student handbook. The $11,130 annual tuition is one of the most affordable in the country, and veterans may be eligible for tuition reimbursement under the G.I. bill. In addition, the school recognizes fees paid by employers and offers financial aid and alternative student loans to help offset the cost of learning. Coursework for distance learners is the same content, including evaluation, exams, assignments, and lectures, as courses completed by on-campus students, and distance learners also have the same access to departmental computing as on-campus learners. Four online master’s degrees in engineering are offered as well as four online certificate degrees, including concentrations in Global Integrated Systems Engineering and Engineering Leadership.

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  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • Accreditation: SACS COC and ABET

Approximately 4,737 students are enrolled in Florida International University's online education programs. FIU's School of Engineering is accredited by ABET, and offers two online master's degrees in engineering. Graduate degrees include a Master of Science in Computer Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering Management. Both degrees require students to have previously earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from an accredited university. Courses include Architecture of Parallel Computers, Analog Electronics, Agent-Based Mechatronics Systems, Engineering Leadership and Strategic Change, and more.

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Methodology

Available degrees, program data, and tuition rates were gathered from the official school websites and reflect the 2014-2015 school year. Accreditation and non-profit status were collected using the most recent data available from the National Center for Education Statistics or from the official websites of the accreditation agencies. Our full methodology can be viewed here.

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