Frequently Asked Questions for Boeing Students (perspective & current):

Distance Learning at Missouri S&T  •  Systems Engineering
Graduate Degrees 
•  Graduate Certificates
Admissions   •  Enrolling/Registering for Classes  •  Costs/Payment Questions


Distance Learning at Missouri S&T FAQ's:

How does the S&T online programs rank among other universities?
Fifteen online master’s degree programs at Missouri University of Science and Technology are ranked among the best in the country in three categories, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 Best Online Programs Rankings. Our sophisticated program offers distance students to watch a class being taught, students may tune in live and participate in classroom discussions with students on campus and around the world. Archived videos are available to be watched and re-watched as students’ schedules permit.

How is Missouri S&T online programs different from the regular S&T degree?
The requirements are the same for both.  Each program has different requirements so check with your department. There is no distinction on your transcript or degree that you were a “distance student”.

What Master of Science degrees and Graduate Certificate programs are offered entirely via distance?
Please visit the to review the available graduate level courses.

Besides live-streaming and archived webcasts of courses, are there other technical features available?
A variety of tools are available to students and faculty that will facilitate synchronous and asynchronous collaboration. For an overview of available collaboration tools, please visit:

Are you accredited?

Yes. Missouri S&T is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our engineering and computer science programs are accredited through ABET, our MBA and IST programs are accredited through AACSB


Systems Engineering FAQ's:

Who is the MS in Systems Engineering program tailored for?
The Missouri University of Science & Technology [S&T] program is designed to enable engineering professionals who work full-time to obtain their master's degree from one of the top ranked distance engineering graduate schools in the nation.
The program is designed to provide engineers and engineering managers with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary for the conception and implementation of complex systems. The emphasis is on the processes by which complex systems are conceived, planned, designed, built, tested and certified. The systems engineering experience can be applied to defense, space, aircraft, communications, navigation, sensor, computer software, computer hardware, transportation and other aerospace and commercial systems activities.
Engineers with a firm grounding in an engineering discipline and work experience will learn tools and approaches for confident decision making in the complex technical environment of today’s corporations. Instructors with exceptional academic, professional, and industrial credentials teach within the program at both the MS and PhD level.


Graduate Degrees FAQ's:

Is there a difference between the online and on-campus S&T Engineering MS degrees?
No. Distance students have the same admission and graduation requirements, submit the same homework, take the same exams and are held to the same academic standards, the degree earned by one of our distance students is identical to that earned by an on-campus student in the same program.

How long does it take to earn a degree?
This is entirely dependent on the number of courses a student takes per year. The majority of our students that are working full-time complete their MS degree in 2.5 to 3.5 years. However, students must complete the degree within six years of taking their first course

Do you offer PhD programs via distance education?
Yes.  Please contact the department coordinator of the PhD program you want for more detailed information

What are the criteria to earn a graduate degree from Missouri University of Science & Technology?
Basic graduation requirements can be found on the individual degree pages. If you have a specific question about the graduation requirements, please e-mail us.

Do I need to take the GRE?
If you start directly into one of our master’s programs you will need to submit GRE scores.
A few departments will waive GRE requirements for S&T alumni with certain degrees and certain GPA, please contact us if you are a returning alumni who is wishing to start a master’s program.
Most of our students start with a Graduate Certificate before continuing on for the corresponding MS/ME degree. Admissions requirements are more relaxed for graduate certificates than for the master’s programs and they do not require the GRE.



Graduate Certificates FAQ's:

What is a graduate certificate?
Graduate certificate programs are a great way to start earning
college credit toward a graduate degree. Certificates provide entry into graduate degree program (with a 3.0 or better in each certificate course) and waives GRE requirement. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real-life experience in their field of study.

  • Relaxed admission requirements - GRE is not required.
  • Focused knowledge areas.
  • Four core courses required (only 12 credit hours).
  • Is reflected on your transcript as an area of knowledge and specialization.

 A student earning 3.0 or better in every one of the four certificate courses will be admitted to the
corresponding MS program.

*Mining Engineering certificate currently requires five courses



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