Online Graduate Engineering Degrees

August 01, 2018 · 10 min read · By ASU Online

Engineering is one of the most innovative career fields, spanning everything from computer science to sustainability to graphic information technology and more. Much of this innovation is due to advancing robotics and an increasing need for renewable energy. These factors—along with others, such as oil and gas extraction as well as the rebuilding of infrastructure—will continue to increase job growth in the industry through 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Due to the level of specialization and expertise engineering professionals need to succeed, graduate education may prove beneficial when trying to pursue advanced careers. An online engineering master’s degree from Arizona State University can help you meet the technical and business-related demands of this comprehensive field of study. Because courses are delivered via the internet, students can enroll from almost anywhere in the world and earn an advanced education without compromising other aspects of their daily lives.

Read on to see all of the possible engineering grad programs and certificates available from ASU Online.


Biomimicry (MS)

Combining principles of nature, engineering and sustainability, the ASU Online Master of Science in Biomimicry is designed to teach students about this emerging discipline. Biomimicry uses the rules of nature to create solutions for various challenges, including city planning, product design and health care. Professionals and graduate students can learn about this field from one of the first programs of its kind. Provided by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the MS in Biomimicry combines lab work, scientific research, environmental projects and social perspectives to help students apply its concepts to various industries.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Functional biology
  • Engineering as it relates to biomimicry
  • Human-nature connection
  • Business as it relates to biomimicry

Possible careers include:

  • Architect
  • Urban planner
  • Sustainability engineer


Computer Science (MCS)

Part of an innovative partnership between Coursera and the ASU School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Making Systems, the online Master of Computer Science program was designed to help graduate students with a computing background discover more about this field of study from a scientific and engineering perspective. Courses are based on the viewpoint that computer science is a mixture of both disciplines, emphasizing theory and practical applications. Students will study software design for different types of applications (such as graphics, database and artificial intelligence), create next-generation computer systems (such as gaming consoles, web browsers, search engines and biomedical information systems), design and analyze computational processes and more.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Cryptography
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data mining
  • Software quality management

Possible careers include:

  • Computer network administrator
  • Information security analyst
  • Software developer
  • Computer software quality engineer
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Construction Management (MS)

The ASU Online Master of Science in Construction Management program is designed to give students the advanced applied research, management and technical expertise required to succeed in the industry. Part of the Del E. Webb School of Construction, this program can give graduate students the advantage they may need to pursue upper-level construction management careers in facility operation, renovation, maintenance or decommissioning.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Project management
  • Procurement systems
  • Facility management
  • Constructing technological facilities

Possible careers include:

  • Construction manager
  • Building inspector
  • Building services engineer
  • Sustainability consultant


Electrical Engineering (MSE)

Provided by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the ASU Online Master of Science in Engineering in Electrical Engineering program is designed to help students compete in the fast-changing, competitive world of high technology.  Students can pursue the following concentrations:

  • Signal processing and communications
  • Physical electronics and photonics
  • Electronic and mixed-signal circuit design
  • Electric power and energy systems
  • Control systems
  • Electromagnetic, antennas and microwave circuits

Courses cover subjects including:

  • DSP algorithms and software
  • Electromagnetic fields/guided waves
  • Microwave circuit design
  • Power system transients

Possible careers include:

  • Electrical engineer
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Engineering manager
  • Solar energy systems engineer


Electrical Engineering (MBA/MSE)

Offered by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and the W. P. Carey School of Business, the ASU Online MBA/MSE in Electrical Engineering is a concurrent degree program that allows you to earn both degrees more quickly than if they were pursued separately. Students will study both business and engineering and can develop strong managerial and organizational skills while expanding upon their technical knowledge. Students can choose from five focused MS IE tracks and finish with a capstone MBA course as well as a comprehensive MS exam.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Advanced analog integrated circuits
  • Power system stability
  • Digital communications
  • Operations and supply chain management
  • Decision making with data analytics

Possible careers include:

  • Validation engineer
  • Logistics manager
  • Robotics technician
  • Industrial engineering manager


Engineering Science in Software Engineering (MSE)

Students who enroll in the ASU Online Master of Science in Engineering in Software Engineering program can learn to work as engineers or task leaders on both large and small software projects. The program is offered by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering - School of Computing, Informatics & Decision Systems Engineering. It incorporates processes, techniques, tools and methodologies for developing and managing such projects.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Principles of software engineering
  • Software verification and validation
  • Information assurance and security
  • Software quality management

Possible careers include:

  • Computer programmer
  • Software developer
  • Computer system analyst
  • Application developer

Engineering: Engineering Management (MEng)

The ASU Online Master of Engineering in Engineering Management program uses an interdisciplinary approach that combines studies in engineering and business. Students can gain technical engineering knowledge while also learning the management skills necessary for obtaining leadership roles.

The program’s core courses focus on subjects such as project management, strategic technology development and risk management. Students may also choose electives concerning supply chain management, quality management and systems and software management.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Information systems engineering
  • Applied deterministic operations research
  • Engineering administration
  • Strategic enterprise innovation

Possible careers include:

  • Architectural manager
  • Strategic technology developer
  • Engineering administrator
  • Systems and software manager


Engineering: Quality, Reliability and Statistical Engineering (MEng)

Offered by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the ASU Online Master of Engineering in Quality, Reliability and Statistical Engineering can prepare students for a fulfilling career in product and service development. Students will review processes for launching new products or services from start to finish, including process development, engineering design, manufacturing, logistics, distribution and supply chain operation.

Students in this program have the opportunity to customize their studies to include the acquisition of a Six Sigma Black Belt professional certification in addition to their degree.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Applied mathematics
  • Engineering management
  • Information systems

Possible careers include:

  • Industrial engineering technologist
  • Logistics engineer
  • Computer systems architect
  • Robotics technician


Engineering: Systems Engineering (MEng)

The ASU Online Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering program, offered by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, teaches students how to identify needs and customer requirements early in the development cycle of an engineering project. Created with input from global corporations, this program is designed for professionals who lead major systems development projects or programs within their organization.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Engineering mathematics
  • Business of systems engineering
  • Practice-oriented projects
  • Management as it relates to systems engineering

Possible careers include:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Engineering consultant
  • IT engineer
  • Industrial operations engineer


Graphic Information Technology (MSTech)

Part of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the ASU Online Master of Science in Technology in Graphic Information Technology is designed for government employees, military personnel and educators in graphics or technology who want advanced insight on managing digital content. Students in this program have a variety of backgrounds, including print, web design, informational graphics and more.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Research methods
  • Advanced scripting for the web
  • Cross-media design solutions
  • Information design and usability

Possible careers include:

  • Graphic designer
  • Art director
  • Film and video editor
  • IT project manager


Industrial Engineering (MS)

The ASU Online Master of Science in Industrial Engineering program was created to help students improve their ability to analyze and resolve problems in complex or large organizations, including banks, government, military, hospitals and manufacturers. This degree, offered by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, focuses on three primary areas:

  • Quality and reliability engineering
  • Operations research and production systems
  • Information systems and management systems engineering

Students may also participate in a specialty program in international logistics.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Production systems
  • Simulating stochastic systems
  • Web-enabled decision support systems
  • Reliability engineering

Possible careers include:

  • Aerospace product engineer
  • Machinery engineering manager
  • Process integration specialist
  • Operations research analyst


Industrial Engineering (MBA/MS)

Designed for working professionals who need to stay up-to-date on industry developments or enhance their business acumen, the ASU Online Master of Business Administration/Engineering concurrent degree program covers both advanced managerial and technical subjects. This design allows students to earn both degrees faster and at a lower cost than taking each program individually. Students can choose from four focused MSIE tracks and finish with a capstone MBA course as well as a comprehensive MS exam.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Computational systems design
  • Business of industrial engineering
  • Engineering experiments design
  • Operational management

Possible careers include:

  • Ergonomist
  • Operations manager
  • Solutions engineer
  • Quality engineering manager


Information Technology (MS)

Students with a solid understanding of cyber infrastructure can improve their technical skills and pursue the next step in their careers with the ASU Online Master of Science in Information Technology. This degree, offered by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, includes in-depth courses on the technical aspects of cybersecurity, networking and information systems. Students end the program with a portfolio or project specializing in a specific area of technology. Graduates can move on to IT-related roles in government, industry, education and more.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Advanced information systems security
  • Developing security policy
  • Managing the cloud
  • Analyzing big data

Possible careers include:

  • Database architect
  • Cybersecurity specialist
  • Network forensics engineer
  • Big data specialist


Materials Science and Engineering (MS)

The ASU Online Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering can help students advance their careers in the world of electronics, which has grown into a $2 trillion market. Offered by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, students can thoroughly study materials sciences and engineering by exploring topics such as the structure-property relationships of nanomaterials as well as applications for energy, security and sustainability.

Students can learn about the following four subjects throughout their studies:

  • Advanced thermodynamics
  • Materials physics
  • Kinetics and phase transformations
  • Structural and mechanical properties

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Advanced thermodynamics
  • Phase transformations, kinetics and diffusion in solids
  • Electrical, magnetic and optical properties
  • Structural and mechanical properties of materials

Possible careers include:

  • Technical sales engineer
  • Physical sciences researcher
  • Manufacturing systems engineer
  • Metallurgist


Sustainable Engineering (MSE)

Graduate students and professionals with a background in engineering and physical science can pursue greater career opportunities with the ASU Online Master of Science in Engineering in Sustainable Engineering. This program allows students flexible, individualized study in the field of sustainability. It combines traditional engineering education with sustainability-related social, environmental, political and economic concerns. Upon graduation, students can work to develop solutions that are environmentally, economically, institutionally and technically sound.

The online MSE in Sustainable Engineering adopts a multidisciplinary approach that can help students prepare for a wide variety of professional opportunities. In addition to completing their required courses, students choose from three tracks:

  • Energy systems
  • Infrastructure systems
  • Earth systems engineering and industrial ecology

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Industrial ecology and design for sustainability
  • Sustainable construction
  • Civil systems lifecycle assessment
  • Advanced earth systems engineering and management

Possible careers include:

  • Systems engineer
  • Environmental engineering technician
  • Biochemical engineer
  • Architectural and engineering manager


Biomimicry (Graduate Certificate)

Biomimicry combines principles of nature, engineering and sustainability to solve complex problems. Researchers and professionals use this approach in a variety of fields, including health care, building design, city planning and more. The ASU Online Biomimicry Graduate Certificate can help students better understand this emerging field of study and how to integrate these principles into solutions for industry challenges.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Functional biology
  • Biomimicry and engineering
  • Human-nature connection
  • Biomimicry and business

Possible careers include:

  • Sustainable architect
  • Urban planner
  • Sustainability engineer


Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (Graduate Certificate)

The Lean Six Sigma Black Belt is a nationally recognized certification designed to teach exceptional leadership and management skills to improve complex projects. Created for managers and engineering leaders, the ASU Online Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Graduate Certificate teaches the Define Measure Analyze Improve Control process to help professionals effectively improve businesses.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Design engineering
  • Advanced quality control
  • Enterprise modeling
  • Regression analysis

Possible careers include:

  • Mechanical engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Industrial engineering technologist


Nuclear Power Generation (Graduate Certificate)

Students in the ASU Online Nuclear Power Generation Graduate Certificate program begin their studies learning about the fundamentals of engineering and nuclear science. They then progress to reactor theory, structural materials, operational safety and power plant dynamics. Upon graduation, students may enter lucrative careers in the field of nuclear power.

Courses cover subjects including:

  • Nuclear reactor theory and design
  • Nuclear reactor system dynamics and diagnostics
  • Interdisciplinary nuclear power operations
  • Structural materials in nuclear power systems

Possible careers include:

  • Nuclear engineer
  • Nuclear power reactor operator
  • Nuclear equipment technician
  • Emergency management director


Earning an online engineering master’s degree or certificate with ASU

Due to the flexible and convenient nature of online learning, the ASU Online engineering graduate programs and certificates allow you to pursue higher education while balancing your current professional and personal obligations. A master’s degree or certificate can prepare you with the skills, knowledge and competitive edge to advance your career. In addition, the number of programs available through ASU Online lets you specialize in a variety of areas, from electrical engineering to sustainability to nuclear reactors and more, so you can work in the engineering field that interests you most.

If you’re interested in beginning a graduate engineering program or earning a certificate online, explore the options offered by ASU and visit the specific program pages to request more information.

Program details are subject to change. Current information can be found by visiting individual program pages on the ASU Online website.


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