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Which Schools Offer an Online Engineering Ph.D. Program?

Those pursuing a career in engineering have the opportunity to take online engineering classes to earn a Ph.D. in Engineering. This article discusses a couple of schools that offer such online training programs.

Schools Offering an Online Engineering Ph.D. Program

A doctorate in engineering is best suited for research engineers seeking work in an administrative or executive position. Areas of specialization in an online engineering Ph.D. program can include electrical, civil, computer science, telecommunications, industrial and mechanical engineering. Two schools that offer an accredited engineering Ph.D. program online are described below.

Important Facts About Online Engineering Ph.D. Programs

Degree FieldsMechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering
Entry-Level EducationB.S. degree in an engineering, mathematics, or science field
Common CoursesFuel Cell Technology, Linear Systems Theory, Introduction to Propulsion Systems
Possible CareersMechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer
Job Outlook (2019-2029)*4% (all engineers)
Median Pay (2020)*$90,160 (mechanical engineers)
$100,830 (electrical engineers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Michigan Tech

This school offers a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering program that can be completed via distance learning. Admission requirements include GRE scores, 2 letters of recommendation and official transcripts. Applicants who don't hold a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering may need to take prep courses. Major areas of research for this degree program include space systems, multi-scale sensors and systems, advanced power systems, and the mechanics of multi-scale materials.

Bagley College of Engineering

Bagley College of Engineering offers online Ph.D. programs in electrical and computer engineering; industrial and systems engineering; aerospace engineering; and civil engineering. The programs prepare students for advanced research, teaching and practice. Candidates must take a qualifying examination before having completed 12 hours of coursework for graduate credit.

After the student has a dissertation topic approved, he or she must pass a preliminary examination with both written and oral testing. A final oral examination is given where the student defends his or her dissertation, answering any questions that define the ability to perform research in the area of the dissertation.