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Master of Engineering Management Degree Going Online


JONESBORO – Opportunities in advanced engineering education are expanding at Arkansas State University, largely due to a new online degree in engineering management.

The master's degree in engineering management was developed and planned for working professionals and other individuals with an engineering background who wanted to take the next career step by preparing to become a manager or team project leader, according to Dr. Paul Mixon, interim dean of engineering at A-State.

"We already have a reputation for the program as being very solid and very high quality and a good value," Mixon said.  "We expect that to translate very well into an online format through which we can go out to professionals and students who cannot get to campus to complete this degree."

While the minimum requirement to get into the accelerated program is roughly the equivalent of a minor in engineering, or about 24 credit hours of undergraduate coursework, Mixon says the best background is an undergraduate degree in engineering.

"This is a broad-based interdisciplinary type program, designed to meet the growing needs of our local and regional business and industry," he continued.  "As the industry grows in this region, there's going to be a bigger need for engineers. We've already seen that, and we're working hard to meet that need."

As more and more working engineers take their place, industry will have a greater need for capable and well-qualified engineering managers, he emphasized.  The new program will include coursework from both the engineering program and the master of business administration program.

"This new online degree is very important to us for the continued growth and success of our engineering college. We think it's going to be a key component going forward," Mixon predicted.

Information about the online master of engineering management degree, which officially begins in May of this year, is available through the dean's office, (870) 972-3565, or by contacting Mixon at pmixon@astate.edu.

A-State engineering is working with Academic Partnerships, a leading online service provider for higher education, to help deliver the new degree program

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