Master of Engineering
The Master of Engineering degree is a graduate professional degree. It provides greater knowledge and deeper understanding in a specific field than does a bachelors degree, and it’s a great stepping-stone for advancing your career. In fact, many companies require a master’s degree for top-level jobs, and engineers holding master’s degrees make at least 12% more per year than do their bachelor’s degree counterparts. And many companies offer educational benefits, paying for advanced coursework, to encourage their employees to pursue a graduate level degree.
Degree requirements for the Master of Engineering for our online students are the same as those for all Master of Engineering degrees, except that up to half of your credits toward graduation may come from a participating online graduate engineering consortium (Cardinal Education) university – GMU, ODU, VCU, VSU, VT. Thus, an online ME student will complete an approved program of at least 30 graduate-level credits, with at least 18 credits in the area of major study and up to 15 of which may be transferred in. Specific departments may be slightly more restrictive. Graduate courses with grades of C or better taken for graduate credit at participating institutions may be transferred toward meeting the requirement of the Master of Engineering degree.
Of special note: In general, Transfer credits must be completed at least one semester prior to graduation. See the REQUEST APPROVAL OF TRANSFER CREDITS FORM for further details.
Each of the six departments offering online master’s degrees at UVA has an appointed advisor who consults with students on curriculum and any special circumstances that might arise with participating working professionals. Each student's Plan of Study must be approved by their advisors and the associated department chairs.