New graduate programs offer get-ahead solutions through online learning

By Megan Burmester

Published: Jul 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The Master of Engineering (Interdisciplinary) and Master of Engineering Management are the two newest graduate online degrees offered through the College of Engineering. The Master of Engineering (Interdisciplinary) and Master of Engineering Management are the two newest graduate online degrees offered through the College of Engineering.

Auburn Engineering Online and Continuing Education is bringing the classroom to you. Students now have fingertip access to earn an engineering graduate degree from the comfort of home, work or anywhere. In addition to the ease and convenience of going back to school, the program now offers two new graduate degrees that appeal to any professional working in the engineering industry – the Master of Engineering and Master of Engineering Management.

The Master of Engineering allows students to design a specific degree tailored to fit their needs. Students may select courses from the following eight engineering disciplines to earn a degree that will not only increase professional opportunities, but may also be completed at one’s online convenience with no trips to campus required. 

  • Aerospace
  • Chemical
  • Civil
  • Computer Science and Software
  • Electrical and Computer
  • Industrial and Systems
  • Materials
  • Mechanical

To graduate with a Master of Engineering, students create a plan of study and complete 30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework. Twenty-one of those hours must be a 6000-level and above engineering course. The remaining nine hours may be completed outside the College of Engineering, such as from the Harbert College of Business. Students who have received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited United States institution in an engineering-related discipline will not be required to submit GRE scores. The GRE may also not be required for individuals who have the engineering background needed for the program, but do not have an engineering degree.

“The Master of Engineering degree is unique in that it attracts students from all engineering disciplines,” said Christopher B. Roberts, dean of the College of Engineering. “Our mission is to provide access to the highest quality engineering education, and that’s exactly what we’re accomplishing through this online degree. Students will have the advantage of earning an Auburn Engineering graduate degree at their convenience and use the degree to fulfill their professional goals.”

Students who have completed courses for a graduate certificate may also have the benefit of applying those courses toward the degree; therefore they are already well on their way toward earning a Master of Engineering degree and may need only a few additional courses to complete it.

The Master of Engineering Management, housed in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and the Thomas Walter Center for Technology Management, offers students working in an engineering discipline to earn a well-rounded graduate degree through a combination of business courses and specific engineering options. This degree is the only one of its kind in Alabama and was ranked No. 5 among the Top 50 Online Master’s Degrees in Engineering Management in the country, according to 

To earn a Master of Engineering Management, students must complete 30 credit hours or 10 courses. Fifteen hours must include core courses and the remaining 15 hours must be earned in one of the following options:

  • Manufacturing
  • Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
  • Systems
  • Product Innovation (coming soon)

Students who are admitted into the program will work with the graduate program officer to develop a plan of study. The GRE is not required for students who have earned a 2.75 GPA from an ABET-accredited engineering program.

“The College of Engineering is proud to now offer the Master of Engineering Management which allows our students to gain invaluable knowledge not only in engineering, but also in business,” Roberts said. “Engineers are talented, smart and experienced, and now with the additional business courses, they will be more well-rounded managers.”

To learn more, and apply, for either the Master of Engineering or Master of Engineering Management please visit:

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Media Contact: Megan Burmester,, 334.844.2224

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