There are many well-known engineering programs out there. While an easily recognizable name doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t guarantee anything either. Depending on an individual’s specific goals, what most consider the best school or program isn’t necessarily the best for that individual. The following list of ranked schools isn’t like most school rankings. That’s because it ranks schools by examining traits that may not result in higher prestige, but that many prospective students still find important. Examples include cost of tuition, the availability of student services, faculty to student ratio and programs available.
1. Siena Heights University
One program. Two degrees. Five years. That’s the concept behind the new engineering program at Siena Heights University. Through a partnership with the University of North Dakota, Siena Heights students have the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree from UND and a bachelor’s degree of the student’s choice from SHU.
While residing at the Adrian campus full-time, students take engineering courses from UND while completing their bachelor’s degree at Siena. Students will travel to North Dakota twice to complete lab work.
UND will offer the following engineering degrees: Chemical, Electrical and Mechanical. The engineering programs at Siena Heights are offered in collaboration with the University of North Dakota, the flagship research institute for North Dakota. Students may pursue degrees in Chemical, Electrical or Mechanical Engineering. The collaboration with UND allows students to graduate with an ABET accredited bachelor’s degree.
Students complete all fundamental math, science and general education courses in a traditional classroom setting at Siena Heights. Engineering courses are delivered via online from UND. All first- and second-year engineering courses will include face-to-face meeting times with an appropriate instructor at Siena Heights to complement the material in the online content from UND. Additionally, students will complete course work for a second degree at Siena Heights. Students are considered full-time students at Siena Heights for the duration of their program.
FROM THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
- “Most engineers get extra responsibilities. If you’re an engineer and you want to start your own company, take some business. If you want to build computer hardware, you need to know how the software is going to interact with it. So doing a computer information systems degree with it gives you that flexibility. Even education goes well with it, because there’s a lot of presenting in engineering. It’s really super-flexible, and the student can really do whatever they want with it.”
- “Engineering just by itself is interdisciplinary, so you’re going to need to know more than just engineering to be competitive on the job.”
- “You’re getting the individual attention, and particularly in the beginning, the students are going to have a great deal of input on how the program evolves. You get the benefits of the large research universities, but you get the personal attention of Siena.”
- “We will get in the lab from day one and build stuff. I want to focus on the engineering design. Most engineering programs are hard-core tech. But technology changes. If you focus on the design and the thought process of it, that last forever.”
- North Dakota, which was the first college or university to offer an online engineering degree, is considered a Carnegie 1 designated university, meaning it has high research output. UND is also the only Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited online program in mechanical and chemical engineering.
- “Students will be using all the equipment that, as a small school, we wouldn’t be able to really afford. And they get to go there (North Dakota) and use the lab equipment.”
2. Texas A & M University-College Station
Engineering has been a part of Texas A&M University since its inception in 1876 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. Today, the College of Engineering is the largest college on the Texas A&M campus with more than 600 faculty members and more than 17,000 engineering students in our 14 departments.
Our college is consistently ranked among the nation’s top public programs. We are also among the top universities in the number of National Merit Scholars, nationally recognized faculty and funded research.
The best way to learn more about Texas A&M Engineering is to come visit us. Our college is located on the north side of the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, Texas.
To schedule a visit and for more information and directions to campus, see the Texas A&M University Visitor Center.
3. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide
Earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Just Five Years
Exceptional students who are committed to continuing their education through a master’s degree can reduce the time it takes to complete their bachelor’s and master’s by entering Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s 4+1 program.
The program allows qualified students in selected bachelor’s degrees to begin a select master’s program while still completing a bachelor’s. By doing so, these students can earn both degrees in just five academic years.
Thus, the 4+1 program helps students enter their chosen field with a graduate degree in shorter time, saving them tuition costs and allowing them to begin flexing their earning potential that much quicker.
Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics to Master of Science in Aeronautics
The BSA-MSA 4+1 program will challenge students and develop their knowledge and understanding of concepts in aeronautical science while integrating their skills in aviation and aerospace applications. Applicants must have at least a 3.00 GPA and have demonstrated superior academic capability as described below.
Students desiring to enter this program should apply for the 4+1 program during their senior year of study (at least 88 completed credit hours). Details of the program can be obtained from their academic advisor.
Students who are accepted into the program will spend three academic years in undergraduate-level study, then during their senior year will be allowed to take up to three graduate-level courses from their selected MSA specialization to replace an equal number of elective courses in the BSA degree. MSA core courses cannot be selected as one of the three MSA courses selected.
Before selecting the three courses, students must confer with an advisor to ensure that the courses align with their selected MSA specialization. Upon completion of BSA requirements, students will be enrolled in the MSA and continue through their degree completion.