Online Master’s Degree Programs in Maryland
Business administration, education, and computer science are several of the more common fields in which students in Maryland pursue graduate degrees at the master’s level. Social work, biotechnology, and cybersecurity are also popular areas for master’s-level study in the state. Maryland residents have numerous options for earning master’s degrees in these and other fields online through programs offered by schools in Maryland. There are also many out-of-state schools that offer online master’s programs in these fields and others, providing Maryland residents with an array of options for earning a master’s degree without having to relocate or commute to a college or university campus.
This page provides details on many of the public and non-profit private schools in Maryland that are active in offering online master’s programs, as well as information on schools in nearby states that offer master’s programs in fields commonly pursued by students in Maryland.
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Schools in Maryland That Offer Online Master’s Programs
The University System of Maryland (USM) is the state’s system for publicly funded higher education. It encompasses 12 degree-granting institutions, including the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), which has campuses in Adelphi, Largo, and at several sites in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), a Big Ten Conference school in Prince George’s County that is the USM’s flagship institution. UMGC, UMD, and most of the other USM schools offer online degree programs, including online master’s programs, as does the state-supported Morgan State University, the largest of Maryland’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
The table below provides an overview of the ten largest state-funded universities in Maryland based on enrollment data collected by the Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The table includes the location of each school’s main campus and whether or not the school currently offers online degree programs.
|School||Location||Online Degree Programs|
|University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC)||Adelphi||Yes|
|University of Maryland, College Park (UMD)||College Park||Yes|
|University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)||Baltimore County||Yes|
|Morgan State University||Baltimore||Yes|
|University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB)||Baltimore||Yes|
|Bowie State University||Bowie||Yes|
|University of Baltimore||Baltimore||Yes|
|Frostburg State University||Frostburg||Yes|
Maryland is also home to a number of large and prestigious private, non-profit colleges and universities, including Johns Hopkins University (JHU), which has three campuses in Baltimore (Downtown Baltimore, East Baltimore, and Homewood), as well as additional regional campuses in the Prince George’s County town of Laurel and outside of Maryland in Washington DC. Loyola University Maryland, which features the Sellinger School of Business and Management and the Loyola School of Education, and Stevenson University are two of the other larger private schools in Maryland. In the table below, the ten largest private colleges and universities are listed along with the location of their main campus and whether or not they offer online degree programs.
|School||Location||Online Degree Programs|
|Johns Hopkins University (JHU)||Baltimore||Yes|
|Loyola University Maryland||Baltimore||Yes|
|Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU)||Baltimore||Yes|
|Mount St. Mary's University||Emmitsburg||Yes|
|Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)||Baltimore||Yes|
Regional Out-of-State School That Offer Online Master’s Programs
One of the advantages of earning a master’s degree online rather than through a traditional campus-based program is convenience. Online instruction allows students to attend virtual classes, participate in discussion groups, and complete all or most of their coursework using distance-learning technologies. Maryland residents who want to enroll in a master’s degree program may want to explore the many online programs offered by accredited, non-profit schools in other states, including schools located in the Maryland region.
There are three schools in the Washington DC area that are active in offering online master’s programs: American University; Georgetown University; and The George Washington University (GW). American University offers an online Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP) program, as well as Master of Science (MS) programs in fields such as Homeland Security, Healthcare Management, and Sports Analytics and Management. American University also has Master of Arts (MA) programs in Strategic Communication and in Economics.
The School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University offers online Master of Professional Studies (MPS) programs in Technology Management, Real Estate, and Sports Industry Management. In addition, Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business offers an online Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program.
Through GW Online, The George Washington University offers a wide range of online master’s programs in business, communication, education, engineering, health sciences, legal studies, nursing, and public policy. Maryland residents may be eligible to apply for most of the GW Online programs, which include Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Engineering (MEng) in Cybersecurity Policy & Compliance, and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs.
The University of Delaware, a large public research university in Newark, offers online programs through UD Online. These include online master’s programs in business administration, cybersecurity, education, international business, public administration, and strategic communication. And George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax County, VA, offers a number of its graduate programs online, including master’s programs in accounting, bioinformatics, business administration, data analytics, educational leadership, health systems management, nursing, social work, and public health.
Note: Maryland residents who are interested in earning a master’s degree through an online program offered by an out-of-state school should research admissions requirements carefully to ensure the program accepts applicants from Maryland. While most online programs accept out-of-state applicants, some programs, particularly in fields that require internships and licensure, may not accept applicants from all 50 states.
Common Types of Master’s Programs Offered By Schools in Maryland
Through an analysis of IPEDS data on the number of graduates from master’s programs in Maryland, OnlineEducation.com has identified the 15 most common areas of focus for master’s-level study in the state. While IPEDS subject area classifications do not align precisely with specific master’s programs, data aggregated by IPEDS does provide a representative overview of the fields in which students in Maryland most commonly pursue master’s degrees. They are as follows:
- Business Administration and Management, General
- Education, General
- Information Science/Studies
- Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
- Finance, General
- International Relations and Affairs
- Social Work
- Public Health, General
- Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
- Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Computer and Information Sciences, General
- Business/Commerce, General
- Engineering, General
The sections below offer details on schools located in Maryland and the Maryland region that offer the following types of programs:
- Online Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) Programs in Maryland
- Online Master’s in Education Programs in Maryland
- Online Master’s in Computer and Information Science Programs in Maryland
- Online Master’s in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Programs in Maryland
- Online Master’s in Finance Programs in Maryland
- Online Master’s in International Relations Programs in Maryland
- Online Master’s in Social Work (MSW) Programs in Maryland
- Online Master’s in Biotechnology Programs in Maryland
- Online Master’s in Nursing (MSN) Programs in Maryland
- Online Master’s in Engineering Programs in Maryland
Online Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) Programs in Maryland
The University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) is one of several public universities in Maryland offering online MBA programs. The UMGC online MBA program is comprised of six courses that must be taken sequentially and that can be completed in 18 months.
Salisbury University, Morgan State University, the University of Baltimore, and Frostburg State University are four additional state schools in Maryland that offer online MBA programs. The Salisbury University program features seven-week terms and a curriculum that can be completed in as few as nine months. Morgan State’s Graves School Online MBA program has an eight-course core curriculum and allows students to choose three electives from among courses in accounting, finance, marketing, information systems, and general business administration. The Graves School Online MBA can be completed in four semesters.
Students in the online MBA program offered by the University of Baltimore can choose from specializations in Data Analytics, Managing Finance Performance, Leadership and Management Development, and Marketing, or design their own concentration from among elective courses. The Frostburg State University online MBA program, which can be completed in as few as 12 months, offers three specializations: Business Analytics; Health Care Management; and Management.
The Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) offers a part-time Flexible MBA program that can be completed in less than three years through online or campus-based classes or in a hybrid format that features a mix of online and campus-based coursework. The program has seven specializations: Entrepreneurship; Financial Businesses; Health Care Management; Interdisciplinary Business; Leading Organizations; Marketing; and Real Estate and Infrastructure.
Among the schools in nearby states offering online MBA programs are the University of Delaware, the University of Scranton, and George Mason University. The Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware has an online MBA program that can be completed in 16 months and that features five designated concentrations: Business Analytics; Finance; Healthcare Management; Strategic Leadership; and International Business. Students in the program may also opt for multiple concentrations or customize their degree through elective coursework.
The University of Scranton’s online MBA can be completed in two years and features specializations in: Accounting; Business Analytics; Enterprise Resource Planning; Finance; Healthcare Management; Human Resources; International Business; and Operations Management. And George Mason University (GMU) has an online MBA program that is designed for professionals with at least two years of business experience. The GMU program is a flexible, part-time program that includes an optional global residency in which students spend one week abroad completing an international business project.
Online Master’s in Education Programs in Maryland
Teachers and educators in Maryland can add new specializations and work toward advancement in their field through the training and instruction provided by various types of online master’s programs. The University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) offers four types of fully or partially online master’s programs in education. UMGC’s Master of Science (MS) in Learning Design and Technology, Master of Education (MEd) in Instructional Technology, and Master of Distance Education and E-Learning programs are offered 100% online. UMGC also has a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program that is mostly online but that requires students to attend a limited number of campus sessions and complete a full-time, 18-week teaching internship at an approved secondary school.
Morgan State University and Frostburg State University are two of the other Maryland state schools that offer online master’s programs in education. Morgan State has an online MEd in Community College Administration and Instruction program, and Frostburg State offers an online MEd in Special Education program for certified teachers. The MEd in Special Education program incorporates 300-hours of practicum experiences and has certification tracks for grades 1-8 and grades 6-12.
The School of Education at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) has two online Master of Science (MS) in Education programs, one in Gifted Education and the other in Digital Age Learning and Educational Technology. Applicants to the Gifted Education program must hold a state-approved teacher certification and students who intend to qualify for Gifted and Talented Specialist certification in Maryland must have a minimum of 27 weeks of prior teaching experience. JHU’s Krieger School of Arts & Sciences offers an online Master of Arts (MA) in Teaching Writing program that includes one on-site campus residency. The program can be completed in four semesters but students are given up to five years to graduate.
Loyola University Maryland, Stevenson University, McDaniel College, Notre Dame of Maryland University, and Goucher College are some of the non-profit private schools in Maryland that have online master’s in education programs. The School of Education at Loyola University Maryland offers an online MEd in Educational Technology program. Stevenson University offers an online MAT program designed for students with a math and/or science background, and an online MA in Community-Based Education and Leadership program.
The online programs offered by McDaniel College include an MS in Curriculum & Instruction program and an MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program. Notre Dame of Maryland University offers an online MA in Gifted and Talented Education program. And Goucher College has several online master’s programs in education: a general MEd program with ten areas of specialization; a MAT program that includes a year of supervised internship experiences; and a MS in Higher Education Policy, Research, and Administration program.
American University and the University of Delaware are two schools in nearby states offering online master’s in teaching and education programs. The School of Education at American University has an online MAT program that requires students to complete 600 hours of student teaching experiences, and an online MEd in Educational Policy and Leadership program that can be completed in less than two years. The University of Delaware offers several online MEd programs, including MEd programs in Literacy, Teacher Leadership, and Exceptional Children and Youth. Applicants who have an initial teaching certification and some classroom experience are preferred for the University of Delaware’s online MEd programs.
Note: Online master’s in teaching and education programs may require students to complete in-person internships and some programs require applicants to hold teaching certifications. Applicants to online programs offered by schools outside of Maryland should research program admissions and internship requirements carefully prior to submitting an application. Maryland residents who intend to apply for a teaching certification upon the completion of an online master’s program should examine the state’s licensing and certification requirements carefully prior to applying to an online program in order to determine whether or not the program will qualify them for the type of license or certification they will need in order to teach in Maryland.
Online Master’s in Computer and Information Science Programs in Maryland
Several of Maryland’s public universities offer online master’s programs in computer and information science. The University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) has two types of degrees in this field that are offered online: a Master of Science (MS) in Information Technology program; and an online MS in Cloud Computing Architecture program. The online MS in Information Technology program has eight specializations: Database Systems Technology; Homeland Security Management; Informatics; Information Assurance; Project Management; Software Engineering; Systems Engineering; and Telecommunications Management.
Towson University offers an online MS in Applied Information Technology (AIT) program that includes a core curriculum in IT systems and eight tracks: Computer Forensics; Database Management Systems; Health Information Technology; Information Security and Assurance; Information Systems Management; Internet Application Development; Networking Technologies; and Software Engineering.
Frostburg University has an online MS in Applied Computer Science program that has a general computer science curriculum option and a Database Systems concentration. Students who have a strong background in computer science can complete the program in one year. And the University of Baltimore offers an online MS in Interaction Design and Information Architecture program that has a thesis and a non-thesis track.
The Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) offers an online MS in Computer Science program with a concentration in Communications and Networking that requires the completion of ten graduate courses within a five-year period. Applicants to the program must complete eight prerequisite courses in mathematics and computer science prior to enrolling in the graduate curriculum. The program has three core computer science courses and ten designated tracks: Bioinformatics; Cybersecurity; Data Communications and Networking; Data Science and Cloud Computing; Database Systems and Knowledge Management; Enterprise and Web Computing; Human-Computer Interaction and Visualization; Software Engineering; Systems; and Theory.
Maryland residents who are interested in online computer and information science master’s programs offered by schools in other states may want to explore the programs offered by Syracuse University and Drexel University. Through Engineering@Syracuse, Maryland residents can earn MS degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. Both of these online master’s programs require students to attend an immersion session on Syracuse’s New York campus and both are designed for students who have a background in computer programming. Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA offers an online MS in Computer Science with a thesis and a non-thesis option. Drexel also offers an online MS in Software Engineering program. Applicants to Drexel’s online MS programs in Computer Science and Software Engineering may be required to take two pre-core courses if they do not have an undergraduate degree in computer science or a similar field.
Online Master’s in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Programs in Maryland
While some computer and information science programs offer a track or concentration in cybersecurity/information assurance, there are also a number of schools that offer master’s programs in cybersecurity, many of which can be completed online. For example: the online Master of Science (MS) in Information Technology program offered by the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) has an Information Assurance track; Towson University’s MS in Applied Information Technology (AIT) program has an Information Security and Assurance track; and Johns Hopkins University (JHU) offers a Cybersecurity track as part of its online MS in Computer Science with a concentration in Communications and Networking program.
In addition, UMGC offers three types of online master’s programs in cybersecurity fields: an online MS in Cybersecurity Management and Policy program; an online MS in Cybersecurity Technology program; and an online MS in Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation program. Similarly, JHU offers an online MS in Cybersecurity program that is separate from the Cybersecurity track in its online MS in Computer Science with a concentration in Communications and Networking program.
Stevenson University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore are two other schools that offer online cybersecurity master’s programs in Maryland. The program offered by Stevenson University is an online MS in Cyber Forensics program and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore has an online MS in Cybersecurity program.
Among the schools in neighboring states that offer online master’s programs in cybersecurity are the University of Delaware and Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). The University of Delaware’s online MS in Cybersecurity program is a 30-credit, two-year program that requires applicants to have computer programming experience and familiarity with basic networking protocols and operating systems. The program offered by Penn State through Penn State World Campus is an online Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Information Science – Cybersecurity and Information Assurance program. The program requires applicants to have an undergraduate degree in a technical field and/or professional experience in computer science.
Online Master’s in Finance Programs in Maryland
There are two schools that currently offer online master’s in finance programs in Maryland: Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). The JHU program is an online Master of Science (MS) in Finance program offered through the Carey Business School. The program’s curriculum adheres to the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute’s “Candidate Body of Knowledge” in order to prepare students for the CFA certification exam. The program is formatted to accommodate part-time students who have prior professional experience in business and/or finance, and full-time students who do not have prior professional experience.
UMGC offers a Financial Management specialization through its online MS in Management program. The program is designed to prepare students for the CFA exam as well as for several of the other certifications offered in the field of finance, such as Certified Financial Examiner (CFEx), Certified Risk Professional (CRP), and Chartered Market Analyst (CMA).
Georgetown University in Washington DC and the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania are two schools in nearby states that offer online master’s programs in finance. Offered through the McDonough School of Business, the Georgetown University online Master of Science in Finance (MSF) program is available in part-time and full-time formats and includes a week-long campus residency and a Global Consulting Project that requires a preparatory campus visit and a trip abroad. The University of Scranton offers an online MSF program that is 100% online and that can be completed in as few as 12 months.
Online Master’s in International Relations Programs in Maryland
While there are currently no fully online master’s in international relations programs offered by schools in Maryland, there are several online programs in international relations offered by schools in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. American University in Washington DC offers an online Master of Arts in International Relations (MAIR) program that is designed for aspiring global professionals and an online Executive Master of International Service (MIS) program that is designed for professionals with seven or more years of experience in international relations.
Regent University, a private, non-profit Christian research university in Virginia Beach, VA, offers an online Master of Arts (MA) in Government with a concentration in International Relations, and the private, non-profit Fairfax-based Virginia International University offers an online Master of Science (MS) in International Relations with International Business and International Economic Development concentrations. Finally, Norwich University, a private, non-profit school in Northfield, VT, offers an online MA in International Relations with five concentrations: Cyber Diplomacy; International Security; Regions of the World; International Development; and National Security.
Online Master’s in Social Work (MSW) Programs in Maryland
Two Maryland schools currently offer online Master of Social Work (MSW) programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE): Salisbury University and Morgan State University.
Salisbury University has an MSW program that can be completed at four campus locations in Maryland as well as online. The program has an advanced direct practice focus and includes two supervised field practicums. Students can enroll full-time or part-time in the program and graduate in two to four years. The program has an Advanced Standing MSW track for qualified graduates from CSWE-accredited Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programs that can be completed in one to two years.
Morgan State University’s online MSW program has an Urban Children, Youth, and Families focus and features two supervised internships/field placements. The program is designed to be completed in two years but will accept Advanced Standing students for a shorter pathway to graduation under special circumstances.
Maryland residents who would like to explore online MSW program offered by schools in other states may want to consider the programs offered by Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Millersville University of Pennsylvania. The online MSW program offered by Edinboro University has a generalist focus designed to prepare students for clinical and macro practice social work careers. It offers a two-year track for students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in social work and a one-year Advanced Standing track for graduates from BSW programs.
Millersville University of Pennsylvania offers an online MSW program jointly with Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. The MU-SU online MSW program has an advanced generalist practice curriculum and several enrollment options that can lead to graduating in two or four years for non-BSW graduates, and in one or two years by Advanced Standing students who have a BSW degree.
Note: CSWE-accredited online MSW programs require all students to complete field education hours at a site approved by the program. Applicants to out-of-state programs should contact program administrators regarding potential field placement sites. They should also examine licensure requirements for clinical social workers in Maryland if they intend to apply for a license upon completion of their MSW program, as licensing requirements vary by state. Programs offered by schools located outside of Maryland may or may not offer a curriculum that meets Maryland’s licensure standards, and some online MSW programs may not accept applicants from all 50 states. For this reason, it is advisable for students to inquire about field placements and licensing prior to applying to out-of-state programs.
Online Master’s in Biotechnology Programs in Maryland
The University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) offers an online Master of Science (MS) in Biotechnology program that combines coursework in biological science and technology with business courses in the management of scientific enterprises. The program has four specializations: Bioinformatics; Biosecurity and Biodefense; Biotechnology Management; and Biotechnology Regulatory Affairs. Applicants to the program who have not taken a college level molecular biology course are required to do so in their first semester.
Johns Hopkins University (JHU) offers an online Master of Biotechnology Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (MBEE) program designed for biotechnology professionals. The program’s curriculum includes coursework in the business of biotechnology, including finance, marketing, personnel management, and organizational leadership. Applicants must have completed college-level coursework in biochemistry and cell biology, however the program does extend provisional admission to some applicants who do not meet these qualifications.
JHU also offers an online MS in Biotechnology program with a curriculum that focuses on the basic science, applied science, and lab science of biotechnology. The program includes coursework in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, genomics, and proteomics, and it has six concentrations: Biodefense: Bioinformatics; Biotechnology Enterprise: Regenerative and Stem Cell Technologies; Regulatory Affairs; and Drug Discovery. Applicants to the online MS in Biotechnology program are expected to have completed two semesters of biology, two semesters of chemistry, and two semesters of organic chemistry at the college level. Applicants who have not met these requirements may be granted provisional admission on a case-by-case basis.
Maryland residents who are interested in exploring online master’s in biotechnology programs offered by out-of-state schools may be want to consider the programs offered by The George Washington University (GW) in Washington DC and Northeastern University in Boston, MA. GW Online offers several master’s-level programs in biotechnology fields, including an online MS in Health Sciences with an Immunohematology & Biotechnology concentration and an online MS in Health Sciences with a Clinical Microbiology specialization. Northeastern University offers an online MS in Biotechnology program with seven concentrations: Molecular Biotechnology; Process Development; Biopharmaceutical Analytics Sciences; Pharmaceutical Technologies; Scientific Information Management; Regulatory Science; and Biotechnology Enterprise.
Online Master’s in Nursing (MSN) Programs in Maryland
There are several schools in Maryland that offer master’s programs in nursing. However, Frostburg State is currently one of the only Maryland schools offering an online MSN program. Frostburg State has four online MSN program specializations: Administration; Education; Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP); and Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). Applicants to the Frostburg State program must hold an active and unrestricted Registered Nurse (RN) license and a bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN). The FNP and PMHNP specializations offer most of their coursework online but require students to attend a limited number of on-campus immersion sessions. The Administration and Education specializations do not require campus visits. All four of the online MSN specializations offered by Frostburg State require the completion of in-person clinical hours at a site approved by the program.
The George Washington University’s GW School of Nursing offers several online MSN programs for RNs who hold a BSN degree, including an online MSN in Nursing Leadership and Management program that does not require any campus visits. The GW School of Nursing also has online MSN programs in the following Nurse Practitioner (NP) specializations: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care (AGACNP); Adult-Gerontology Primary Care (AGPCNP); FNP; and PMHNP. In addition, the GW School of Nursing and Shenandoah University jointly offer an online Nurse-Midwifery MSN program. The online NP programs and Nurse-Midwifery program require a limited number of campus visits, and all of the online MSN programs offered by the GW School of Nursing require students to complete in-person clinical hours at a program-approved site. RNs who do not hold a BSN degree but who have completed an associate degree in nursing (ADN) program may eligible for the online RN-to-MSN program offered by the GW School of Nursing, which has three specializations: AGPCNP; FNP; and Nurse-Midwifery.
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, VA offers an online MSN program with a Nursing Administration and Leadership concentration. The program provides most of its coursework online but does require students to attend several on-campus sessions per year. RNs who hold a BSN degree can complete the VCA online MSN program on a two-year or three-year track.
Note: Online MSN programs typically require several hundred hours of in-person clinical training regardless of specialization. RNs who are interested in earning their MSN degree online should contact program representatives regarding clinical placements prior to submitting an application, particularly for program located outside of Maryland. Applicants to online MSN programs offered by out-of-state schools should also familiarize themselves with licensing requirements for nurses in Maryland, as these requirements vary by state. Some online MSN programs may not meet Maryland’s requirements for licensure and/or certification in specific NP and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) specializations, and some programs may not accept applicants from Maryland.
Online Master’s in Engineering Programs in Maryland
Johns Hopkins University (JHU) offers a number of different types of engineering master’s programs online through its Whiting School of Engineering. These include online Master of Science (MS) programs in Applied Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Information Systems Engineering, and Systems Engineering, as well as online Master of Civil Engineering, Master of Environmental Engineering, and Master of Mechanical Engineering programs. Each program has specific admissions policies and undergraduate prerequisites, and several of JHU’s professional engineering programs have one or more areas of specialization.
For example, JHU’s online MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering program is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in engineering from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) through its Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC). The program requires applicants to have completed the following college-level courses: mathematics through vector calculus and differential equations; calculus-based physics; linear and non-linear circuits; electromagnetics; and signals and systems. Applicants who have not completed all of the program’s prerequisites may be granted provisional admission to the program. The online Electrical and Computer Engineering master’s program has two concentrations – Photonics, and Communication and Networking – and seven additional tracks: Communications and Networking; Computer Engineering; Electronics and the Solid State; Optics and Photonics; RF and Microwave Engineering; Signal Processing; and Systems and Control.
In contrast, the JHU’s online Master of Mechanical Engineering program does not require applicants to have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering or to have completed specific undergraduate prerequisites. The Mechanical Engineering program has four tracks: Manufacturing; Robotics and Controls; Solids/Mechanics of Materials; and Thermofluids.
Morgan State University is another Maryland school that offers an online master’s program in engineering. The program offered by Morgan State is an online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) program that is designed for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from an ABET-accredited program. It has four concentrations: Radar; Signals Intelligence; Power and Energy; and Communications.
Through Penn State World Campus, The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) offers seven different types of online master’s in engineering programs. Among these programs are Master of Engineering (MEng) programs in the following areas: Additive Manufacturing and Design; Electrical Engineering; Nuclear Engineering; and Systems Engineering. Penn State World Campus also offers an online Master of Engineering Management program, an online MS in Mechanical Engineering program, and an online Master of Software Engineering program.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is another school in a neighboring state that offers online master’s programs in engineering. Among the programs offered online by Virginia Tech are MS programs in Aerospace Engineering, Ocean Engineering (Naval Engineering), and Systems Engineering.