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What Will Employers Think of Your Online Engineering Degree?

If you’ve decided to go back for your graduate degree, you’ll want employers to know that your program is the real deal. As suggested by Jordan Friedman in U.S. News & World Report’s “What Employers Think of Your Online Master's in Engineering,” you may have concerns that if your engineering master’s degree is earned entirely online, it may be less credible than the traditional on-campus degree.

In our world of evolving technology, employers in the engineering industry have been well-accepting of the new changes in education, particularly in online coursework. While the traditional college experience may still be a preference for a few select employers, most tend to place an emphasis on where – and not how – you receive your graduate degree.

“They don't necessarily dig into whether or not that was completed traditionally or via an online or distance learning program,” says Dani McDonald, vice president of national engineering recruitment at the employment agency Kelly Services. She states that it is the degree itself employers care about, which means the degree should be reputable and accredited – just two of the benefits offered with the online Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Delaware (UD). UD is not only fully accredited, but has foundational roots tracing back to 1743, making its name reputable in the history of research and scholastic leadership.

McDonald finishes by saying, “The degree at the end of the day is really just a credibility statement. They're looking for your experience and what you've contributed and what you will contribute to their organization.”

For applicants that may be switching industries or careers, attended a less reputable school for their undergraduate degree, or just wish to make their resume competitive for leadership positions, an M.S. in engineering from UD can provide the edge.

Most online degrees in engineering are attained by professionals working full-time, and in some cases while also having a family along with other personal responsibilities. Applicants who demonstrate they found time to complete a graduate engineering degree program can show dedication to the field and a promising work ethic. It can also be a platform to explain how the skills learned in their online degree can benefit their organization.

"I think it's a good step, and it's something we recommend in the interview process – you take that interviewer through why you chose this field, why you chose this particular online degree and how this is going to benefit you and that employer moving forward," says Jack Cullen, president of Modis, a tech staffing agency with more than 70 branch offices throughout North America.

In a world that is increasingly incorporating the internet into all aspects of life, the engineering field is leading the charge in accepting and adopting online education. An online Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering shows employers that you’re a committed worker, and the accreditation and esteemed history of UD gives your resume the upper hand it will need in this competitive field.

Read the full U.S. News & World Report article here.