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Mississippi State University: Flexible engineering degrees for working professionals

With Mississippi State University’s Bagley College of Engineering, students can learn without boundaries through cutting-edge programmes tailored for working professionals who need a flexible, accessible way to further their careers or expand their opportunities.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State offers a slate of master’s degrees — including a Master of Engineering (MEng) and Master of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering (MSIE) — that can be obtained entirely through online classes.

By offering these programmes 100% online, students can take classes at their own pace, from their own homes, all while maintaining their professional and personal commitments. Asynchronous delivery gives students the flexibility to log-on at their convenience to hear lectures or complete coursework at times that work for their schedules.

Joshua Riggs, who started his online master’s degree in fall 2021, said being able to take classes online, in his own time, has allowed him to invest in his future while still providing for, and taking an active role in, his family.

“As a working parent, I am grateful for the ability to continue my education through online learning,” Riggs said. “I am finishing my sixth course at Mississippi State and have learned a lot from the group and individual projects, lectures and homework. I am excited to learn more as I continue.”

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Mississippi State’s online students receive the same quality education and support as traditional students even if they never set foot on campus. Source: Mississippi State University

Both the MEng and MSIE programmes can be completed with 30 credit hours of multidisciplinary study. The online classes are taught by the same award-winning, internationally renowned faculty as those offered on campus. This ensures Mississippi State’s online students receive the same quality education and support as traditional students, even if they never set foot on campus.

Thesis and non-thesis degree track options provide another layer of personalisation as students tailor their academic journeys to meet their specific goals.

For those seeking the ultimate degree for educational and career flexibility, the MEng programme is ideal. Online concentrations include general or military engineering, and the course options allow students to blend engineering and non-engineering topics — like management, geosciences, sustainable bioproducts and agricultural economics. This creates a personalised programme for students that caters to their ambitions.

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Mississippi State’s online students get to directly and immediately apply their coursework to their jobs. Source: Mississippi State University

Anyone looking to delve into the intricacies of engineering management should look no further than the MSIE programme which offers five concentration areas — industrial systems, operations research, manufacturing systems, management systems engineering, and human factors and ergonomics. Ranked 19th in its field nationally for research expenditures, the programme gives students access to innovative research across disciplines. It is designed to give students a better understanding of engineering management and provide the skills to solve complex problems related to the design and operation of management systems.

Froilan Aquino, an online graduate student, said being able to directly and immediately apply his coursework to his job really helps enhance his understanding of the information. And it’s something that wouldn’t necessarily be possible without the flexibility to continue working full-time while pursuing his degree.

“I realise that there is so much more I’m learning just from being a student again,” Aquino said. “I am applying many of the things I learned at MSU in my job as a project engineer. I am very pleased with the quality and the value of the education I’m getting from Mississippi State and think it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made so far.”

With so much opportunity for applied learning, it’s no wonder the MSIE programme boasts a 95% job placement rate. The programme’s thesis option is ideal for those seeking employment in government or industry, while the non-thesis option provides the necessary credentials for those keen on careers in business and industry that require graduate education. Completion of the MSIE programme also makes students eligible for the doctoral programme — Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Mississippi State strives to provide a fulfilling learning experience to all students — on campus or off. To ensure student success, the university has a dedicated team of online learning experts readily available to assist students with their academic, research and technical needs.

All online students, regardless of location, benefit from the in-state tuition rate.

Interested? The Bagley College of Engineering is online at www.bagley.msstate.edu and can be found on Facebook, X, Instagram and YouTube at @MSUEngineering.

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