Pennsylvania State University—​World Campus

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Master of Engineering Management
Master of Engineering in Nuclear Engineering
Master of Software Engineering
Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

Penn State offers five online master’s degrees in engineering that are identical to the degree programs offered in residence. Courses are offered in five- or seven-week terms or on the traditional semester schedule, depending on the program. Students can benefit from the expertise of our faculty, including those who direct research centers and laboratories. The programs are designed so students can collaborate and network with their peers and faculty while reinforcing instruction and content.

School type Public
Terms Some are semester-based and some are 7 week terms

Program Offerings

Online master's in engineering degree programs 5
Concentrations offered
Engineering Management

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 46


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 30 full-time; 4 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 97% full-time; 75% part-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 21
Average experience teaching online courses 3 years
National Academy of Engineering members 0%
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 21 full-time; 3 part-time

Class Size

Average class size 21
Maximum class size 35

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Yes
Can earn degree entirely abroad Yes
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students No
Collaboration among online and campus-based students No face-to-face students
Students enroll as online students Online and on-campus students are in separate courses
Credits earned online equal earned on-campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus All
Same curricula for online and campus students All


One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates


Graduation rates
Graduation rates
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 2.0 years
Program target time to graduate 2 years
Required time to earn degree 8 years

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