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Enhance your salary potential by completing your graduate degree without having to meet any residency requirements. Graduate coursework is taught by world-renowned faculty and meets Missouri S&T's highest curriculum standards. 

Missouri S&T currently offers the following degree programs through distance education. Many of our students start in a graduate certificate program to earn college credit toward their graduate degree.

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Graduate Degree Programs

The aerospace engineering graduate program enhances knowledge of aerodynamics and propulsions, control, dynamics, stability and materials and structures. Coursework is interdisciplinary and provides a comprehensive approach to meet individual educational goals. 

Thesis and non-thesis options available. The thesis degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework (at least 21 credit hours of coursework and at least 6 credit hours of research). The non-thesis degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework, up to 6 hours of which can be from out-of-department courses.

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This AACSB-accredited business administration program combines core business knowledge with information technology. Through this program, you'll learn the latest management best practices, develop business and leadership skills, discuss current international business issues with faculty members who are experts in their fields, and work with fellow students from different cultures.

This program requires 36 credit hours to complete and is targeted toward working professionals and executives. The format is designed to be completed in two to three years.

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This non-thesis MS is designed for those working in industry who want to further their engineering expertise and those angling for thesis option or PhD program. It is open to students with a B.S. degree in various engineering disciplines and with an interest in distance education through online, self-paced study.  

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The civil engineering graduate program emphasizes novel and sustainable infrastructure that improves built and natural environments. Includes strong design and research components, while providing the flexibility to tailor curricula.

This is a non-thesis degree program and requires 30 credit hours of coursework to complete.

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The computer engineering graduate program strengthens leadership skills and technical proficiency at all levels of computer engineering. Specialization tracks allow for in-depth study in Design of Digital Systems, Computer Architecture, Embedded Computer Systems, Computer Networks, Computer Security and Computational Intelligence.

Thesis and non-thesis options available. Both options require 30 credit hours of coursework to complete.

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The computer science graduate program offers emphasis areas in critical infrastructure protection and software engineering. 

Thesis and non-thesis options available. A total of 31 credit hours of coursework (includes 1 hr. seminar course) is required to complete this degree. For students interested in the thesis option, six of the total credit hours must be in research.

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The electrical engineering graduate program prepares you to recognize and provide solutions to electrical engineering challenges. Specialization tracks include circuits, electronics, communications and signal processing, control systems, electromagnetics, power and energy and devices and optics.

Thesis and non-thesis options available. This program requires 30 credit hours of coursework for both non-thesis and thesis, with 6 hours of research required for the thesis.

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The engineering management graduate program focuses on the convergence of engineering, management and technology in high technology environments. Through this program, you will gain understanding of concepts and theories underlying contemporary techniques in the management and operation of technology-based organizations, as well as how to apply these principles in real-life situations.

A total of 30 credit hours of coursework is required to complete this degree. Graduates of our programs are in high demand and many employers provide education benefits to working engineers who are pursuing this degree.

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The environmental engineering graduate programs offers strong design and research components, which allows you the flexibility to tailor curricula. Focus areas include engineering analysis and design that incorporates physical, biological and chemical characteristics of natural and engineered environmental systems.

A total of 30 credit hours of coursework is required to complete this degree.

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Through the explosives engineering graduate program you will develop sophisticated skills in the integration of explosives technology into complex systems for a wide range of applications. Study theoretical and practical approaches of explosives engineering; learn analysis and design of explosive-related systems; and discover natural and built structure effects. This is the only explosives engineering master of science degree program in the nation.

Thesis and non-thesis options available. Both options require 30 credit hours of coursework to complete.

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Geotechnics combines both the fields of rock mechanics and soil mechanics with engineering to form a comprehensive program of study. This is an interdisciplinary program with a practice-oriented project. Courses include geology, geotechnics, soil mechanics, rock mechanics and subsurface hydrology.

This graduate degree requires 30 credit hours of coursework to complete, with a minimum of 15 credit hours of geological engineering courses.

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The industrial organizational psychology graduate program emphasizes the application of psychological science to enhance the performance and well-being of people in organizations. This program will prepare you to develop assessments of people for selection and placement into jobs, effective training programs, strategies for organizational development, measurement of performance, and ways to promote quality of work-life. Students receive a strong core foundation in industrial and organizational psychology as well as statistics and research methods.

Students may select a thesis option (a good choice for students seeking a research-intensive career) or a non-thesis path in one of two tracks: Applied Workplace Psychology and Statistical Methods in Psychology.

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The information science and technology graduate program is structured to educate students in the design, development, and successful application of information systems in organizations. With only four required core courses, this program provides students with the flexibility to choose their own specialized area of interest.

A total of 30 credit hours of coursework is required to complete this degree.

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The manufacturing engineering graduate program is interdisciplinary with an emphasis on hands-on learning. The core curriculum includes materials and manufacturing processes, process, assembly and product engineering, manufacturing competitiveness and manufacturing systems design.

The masters in engineering requires 30 credit hours, and is designed to be completed in one year. A 3-hour practice-oriented project is required.


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The mechanical engineering graduate program offers a comprehensive plan of study in the areas of thermal science, fluid mechanics, energy conversion, composite materials and structures, control systems, engineering mechanics and manufacturing automation.

Thesis and non-thesis options available.  The thesis degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework (at least 21 credit hours of coursework and at least 6 credit hours of research). The non-thesis degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework, up to 6 hours of which can be from out-of-department courses.

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Through the mining engineering graduate program, students acquire an advanced understanding of mining processes and applications; the knowledge to design and select equipment for specific operations; and the expertise to use cutting-edge engineering methods to solve mining-related challenges in an economical, safe and efficient way. 

A total of 30 credit hours is required to complete the degree, which includes a limited research component.

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The systems engineering graduate program provides an interdisciplinary approach to managing complex systems and projects. Courses in theory and application of systems engineering and management are combined with specialization areas that allow you to design a program that fits your career goals.

Thesis and non-thesis options available. The non-thesis degree requires 30 credit hours; the thesis degree requires 36 credit hours and includes a research component.

PhD option is available. The PhD in systems engineering is individually structured by the student in consultation with and approval by the student's advisory committee.

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The technical communication graduate program provides a comprehensive curriculum that enhances written, oral and visual communication skills; develops highly trained technical communicators who facilitate technology transfer between technical experts and the users of technology.

A total of 30 credit hours of coursework is required to complete this degree.

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Doctorate Degrees (PhD/DE) are available on a case-by-case basis. Interested students should contact the corresponding academic department for details. 

Delivery Method: Unless otherwise noted, courses are delivered over the Internet via live streaming video, with live collaboration software, archived class recordings, and learning management system. Classes are archived online for review and easy access.

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Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificate programs are a great way to start earning college credit toward a graduate degree. The GRE is not required to enter a certificate program. If you complete a certificate program with a grade of B or better in all core courses, you may be accepted into the corresponding master's degree program without taking the GRE.

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