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Online Degrees and Certificates

The college offers graduate degree programs via the Office of Online and Digital Programs, allowing motivated individuals an opportunity to further their engineering education without attending classes on campus. These online courses are taught by the same faculty and are governed by the same high academic standards and regulations as traditional classes. Visit the Department of Distance Education and Independent Study for more information about applying, studying at UT remotely, full course directories, tuition, and more.

Online Master’s Degrees

MS in Civil Engineering, Public Works Option

Tailored to students in a traditional academic setting as well as to practicing professionals interested in continuing education. Some opportunities will be provided to permit you to integrate your academic studies with an internship program with local municipalities and consulting companies. Practicing engineers may have access to academic courses via internet delivery to your desktop computer, wherever you are.

MS in Civil Engineering, Transportation Concentration

A transportation engineer is concerned with the safe and efficient movement to both people and goods. This includes designing and maintaining all types of transportation facilities, such as highways and streets, mass transit systems, railroads and airfield, and ports and harbors. Technology, logistics, economics, politics, and societal considerations are factors in all projects related to transportation.

MS in Environmental Engineering, General Environmental Engineering

Focused on environmental pollution control, management, and protection of resources, including air, water, and land. Through Distance Education and Independent Study the student can specialize in a program in general environmental engineering resulting in a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering.

MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering, Engineering Management concentration

Applicants must meet an additional admission requirement of two years of industrial experience as a practicing engineer or scientist in a company in the US, or current full-time employment in an appropriate engineering or applied science position.

The program is non-thesis and requires 33 semester hours of coursework plus a 3-hour design (capstone) project. This concentration is fully supported off-campus using electronic media for video taping and interactive distance teaching methods, and is made available through the cooperative efforts of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma, Tennessee.

MS in Reliability and Maintainability Engineering (RME)

Developed to meet the needs of industry and government by providing formal education in the RME area. The master’s program is an interdisciplinary engineering program. Students choose a concentration in Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Nuclear Engineering.

RME focuses on the use of management systems, analysis techniques, and advanced condition-based and preventive technologies to identify, manage, and eliminate failures leading to losses in system function. Once perceived as a practitioner or manufacturing issue, RME is now considered a business issue of urgent priority.


Online Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificate programs offer opportunities to primarily part-time students who are interested in obtaining certification via distance education. Applicants must still meet the minimum criteria for admission. The college offers the following certificate programs:

Advanced Manufacturing

Focused on topics in advanced manufacturing. Topics include additive manufacturing (polymers, metals, and hybrids/composites), robot-assisted applications including welding, micro/nanoscale fabrication, and more.

Contractual and Legal Affairs in Engineering and Construction

Designed to provide engineers and others who have a background in construction with a background in law, focusing on contract law; and/or provide lawyers with a background in construction and engineering. Both of these fields have substantial overlap starting in the planning and contracting stages, continuing through project implementation and contract administration, and sometimes ending in formal dispute resolution proceedings. In such an environment, a broad range of knowledge in both fields is not only desirable; it may be critical to a firm or project’s success.

Engineering Education

Provides training in education theory, research methods, and instructional design within the context of engineering education. The covered topics are especially relevant for students interested in pursuing academic engineering positions in higher education or industry positions where they will have responsibilities in the development of training materials for different audiences.

Engineering Management

Designed for professionals who work in an engineering organization. Consists of four graduate courses, Engineering Management 533, 534, 536, and 539. The hours may be used toward a graduate degree later if the student meets all other degree requirements. Applicants must be admitted to the Graduate School. The only academic prerequisite is a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or college.

Fire Protection Engineering

The field of fire protection engineering applies principles of science and engineering to protect property, people, and their environments from the harmful and destructive effects of fire and smoke. This is an interdisciplinary field impacting interest in various engineering disciplines.

Power and Energy Systems

Intended for currently admitted graduate students studying electrical engineering and computer science who are interested in expanding and solidifying their understanding of power and energy systems.

Medical Physics

Designed for students who have already earned a PhD in an appropriate field such as physics, nuclear engineering, biomedical engineering, or another closely related science or engineering discipline and who would like to become certified Medical Physicists and/or conduct research in medical physics.

Nuclear Security Science and Analysis

Designed primarily for students seeking specialization in nuclear security science with emphasis on current or aspiring members of the nuclear security community, including those areas with an emphasis on arms control, treaty verification, non-proliferation, international nuclear security issues in both civilian and military contexts, nuclear threat detection, and principles of nuclear intelligence assessment. Additionally, this program will prepare graduate students to engage in the research and development of new tools and processes related to nuclear security science and analysis.

Reliability and Maintainability Engineering

An interdepartmental program designed for students who wish to learn about advanced reliability, maintainability, and asset management practices. It is also suitable for professionals and managers currently working in the field who wish to improve their knowledge and skills.

Concentration options include chemicalcomputerelectricalindustrialmechanical, and nuclear engineering.

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