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Online learning has opened the doors to some of the most prestigious universities in the world. College hopefuls, once relegated to nearby institutions, can now choose from an almost overwhelming variety of schools from which to earn their graduate credentials, free from the constraints of physical distance. This can be especially challenging for students poring over the pros and cons of potential colleges and programs — we see you, engineering majors! 

We’ll be making the case for why you should choose the University of Texas at Austin and its 100% online engineering programs. Before we get into the benefits of our Executive Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering or our Mechanical Engineering Controls Graduate Certificate, however, let’s take a closer look at UT Austin, the Cockrell School of Engineering and the history being made at these colleges.  

UT Austin by the Numbers  

You can continue your education anywhere. Why not do so at one of the top universities and engineering schools in the world? UT Austin is ranked: 

The Longhorn Nation  

More than our ranking on the global stage, UT Austin is proud of its diverse community of students and alumni. The Longhorn Nation is a global network of nearly half a million alumni and over 51,000 students unified under a banner of burnt orange and white. Whether studying online or on campus, UT students join one of the largest and most respected alumni networks on the planet.  

What bonds our students and alumni? We believe it’s our core purpose in action: to transform lives for the benefit of society. Through forward-focused education, our students gain the knowledge and skills needed to better not only themselves but the world around them. This purpose is realized at the Cockrell School of Engineering.  

A Global Leader in Engineering Education  

The Cockrell School of Engineering has been introducing world-changing solutions and educating pioneers in the field of engineering for over a century. Like UT Austin’s 17 other colleges and schools, the Cockrell School empowers students to make a difference in society, but with an immediacy and direct impact unique to engineering. The Cockrell School teaches students how to tackle the most pressing engineering challenges of our time, such as meeting global energy demands.   

What self-respecting engineer wouldn’t want to crunch the numbers? The Cockrell School of Engineering is: 

Home to the Best and Brightest  

With over 70,000 alumni, the Cockrell School’s alumni network is impressive. However, it’s our tremendous faculty and staff that we’d like to take a moment to acknowledge. The Cockrell School is led by over 270 of the nation’s most accomplished industry leaders, including: 

  • 1 Nobel prize winner. 
  • 4 National Medal winners.  
  • 4 members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.  
  • 40+ current and emeritus members of the National Academy of Engineering. 
  • 90+ recipients of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Award.  

At the Cockrell School of Engineering, our world-renowned faculty members are as committed to teaching engineering theory as they are to imparting practical knowledge that students can apply directly to their careers. That’s why the course content in our master’s degree and graduate certificate program is regularly updated in response to industry trends.  

Longhorns Lead the Charge 

At the Cockrell School of Engineering, students work with researchers and faculty members to solve the biggest challenges facing the world. It’s no surprise that when NASA needed help on its latest project, they turned to UT Austin.  

As reported by UT News, the Cockrell School of Engineering will be leading the charge in developing methods for validating the cost and scalability of conceptual autonomous cargo operations. Researchers will be providing theory and concepts for a variety of aerial vehicles, including unmanned cargo planes and delivery drones. Although our master’s degree program doesn’t have a project course, the award of this $8 million grant to UT Austin goes to show the talent at work at Texas Engineering.   

100% Online Engineering Programs  

The Cockrell School is home to two 100% online mechanical engineering programs: the Executive MS in Mechanical Engineering and the Mechanical Engineering Controls Graduate Certificate. In addition to being part of a top engineering school, these programs share a number of exciting benefits. Our programs are:  

  • Composed of rigorous, industry-relevant course content.  
  • Designed to cater to the needs of professional engineers.  
  • Entirely online and asynchronous, allowing students to study on their schedule.  
  • Taught by esteemed faculty members who enthusiastically assist students.    

Our professional master’s degree program is composed of 10 courses encompassing a wide range of mechanical engineering topics, including automatic control, applied thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. Throughout this program, students learn how to utilize emerging technology to solve engineering problems and design products. Our master’s degree program is ideal for professionals who want to become leaders and innovators in the field of engineering.  

Our graduate certificate program is a targeted, affordable option with faster time to completion, composed of three courses on the control and optimization of processes and systems. This program is ideal for mechanical and petroleum engineers interested in focusing on a particular area of interest. Once the certificate is earned, students interested in continuing their education can apply all 9 credit hours earned in the graduate certificate program to the master’s degree, so long as they are accepted into the master’s program and in good academic standing.  

Choose UT Austin   

When you enroll in our Executive MS in Mechanical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Controls Graduate Certificate program, you won’t just be joining an engineering program at one of the top-ranked universities and engineering schools in the country. You’ll be joining a tight-knit community of professors, advisors and students united in their belief that education is a catalyst for change. At UT Austin, what starts here changes the world. If you’re interested in starting the next phase in your professional career, apply to one of our 100% online mechanical engineering programs.  

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