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UNM’s online space systems engineering programs earn top rankings for affordability

March 25, 2020 - by Kim Delker

The University of New Mexico School of Engineering’s online master of science program in space systems engineering is ranked No. 1 in a list of the 2020 Most Affordable Online Master’s Programs in Mechanical Engineering by OnlineU.

The space systems engineering online program at UNM also has a track for electrical engineering, and that program ranked No. 2 in the survey for affordability. In addition, the degree program was named No. 1 for the 2020 Most Affordable Online Master's in Aerospace Engineering Programs and No. 2 for 2020 Most Affordable Online Master’s in Systems Engineering.

The master’s in space systems engineering at UNM is an all-online degree program that was one of the first master’s-level space systems engineering programs in the country. The computer engineering program is 31 credit hours, and the mechanical engineering program is 34 credit hours. The degree programs were developed with careers in mind, with input from the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate, based in Albuquerque, to provide graduates with the advanced skills to further their career in the space systems industry. In addition, UNM’s online master’s program in mechanical engineering was ranked No. 6 as a best value in online master’s degrees for mechanical engineering by Guide to Online Schools. Those rankings are based on degree-level and program-specific tuition rates and PayScale salary data.

The School of Engineering also has other all-online graduate degree programs:

  • The master of science program in computer engineering in Internet of Things is a 31-credit-hour program that focuses on embedded electronics, software, sensors and networking capabilities, which collect and exchange data on a massive scale. Courses are offered in subjects such as machine learning, digital signal processing, cybersecurity and cloud computing.
  • The master of construction management program, which has been offered for several years through a combination of online and in-person courses, switched to an all-online format in 2016. The program, which is managed out of the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, is a unique degree that combines business management skills specifically focused on the construction industry. Courses, taught by faculty and industry experts, focus on safety, law, construction documents, equipment, LEED standards and other topics of interest to working professionals in the construction industry.

All the online degree graduate programs are offered in an accelerated, eight-week format. To find out more about online offerings in the School of Engineering, visit unmonline.unm.edu.