College of Engineering News • Iowa State University

Engineering Distance Education expands programs

Now offering five new graduate certificate programs and two new master of engineering degrees, Iowa State’s Engineering Distance Education (EDE) provides students and professionals with an expanding number of options to advance their education.

EDE’s programs allow working professionals and students to build their technical knowledge and learn important concepts to remain competitive in the marketplace. Students who complete any of these programs will advance their career potential, while extending their abilities and comprehension within a given engineering industry.

The courses are offered completely online, providing flexibility and convenience for students to learn from any location, and are taught by the same professors who teach courses on campus. They can be accessed as they are being taught in real time or as archived lectures so students can download them whenever it fits into their schedule.

“EDE has worked hard to meet the growing needs of our students by continually increasing the number of courses we offer, as well as the number and selection of degree and certificate programs,” says Tom Brumm, interim director of online learning.

Graduate certificates

Earning a graduate certificate can advance an engineer’s current skill set and also serve as a stepping stone into the course work-only master of engineering programs offered through EDE. Certificates require students to complete 12 credit hours, including 9 credit hours of required courses and 3 credit hours of elective courses. In addition to seven other online certificate programs, students can begin working toward six new graduate certificates.

  • Computer Networking—Master high-performance networks, optical networks, network performance modeling, wireless networks, wireless sensor networks, and ad hoc networks.
  • Software Systems—Advance knowledge of software systems, including the areas of parallel and distributed programming, middleware, scalable and dependable software, and real-time pervasive computing systems.
  • Embedded Systems—Explore concepts surrounding embedded hardware and software, real-time systems, real-time operating systems, design methodology, and hardware-software codesign.
  • Construction Management—Learn how to professionally and independently manage complex construction projects.
  • Environmental Systems —Apply knowledge about the basic principles and methodologies of environmental systems.
  • Coming soon: Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE)—Build an understanding of the physical principles of three major NDE techniques (eddy-current, ultrasonic, and penetrating radiation methods).

Master of engineering degrees

For those interested in earning an advanced degree, EDE’s master of engineering programs allow students to complete a course work-only version of the master of science degrees offered at Iowa State. These programs require 30 credit hours of course work and provide a variety of core classes related to a specific discipline and elective options. EDE offers six distance graduate programs in addition to three new opportunities.

  • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering—Join a program that is consistently ranked in the top 25 graduate programs in the United States and choose from specializations in structural engineering, environmental engineering, construction engineering and management, geotechnical engineering, civil engineering materials, and transportation engineering.
  • Master of Engineering in Information Assurance—Earn a degree that prepares highly qualified engineers, computer science experts, and information systems professionals for information security and assurance careers. Develop new skills in information infrastructure security and become more prepared to engineer complex systems—all at a university recognized by the National Security Agency with a Center of Excellence in Information Assurance.
  • Coming soon: Master of Engineering in Materials Science and Engineering—Gain a more detailed understanding of materials properties, processing, theory, and characterization from an engineering program with a national ranking in the top 25 graduate programs.