UF continues to climb in online education as seen in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings released today. The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering graduate engineering online program climbed four spots to No. 11 nationally, and it is now ranked No. 9 among public universities. The college is also ranked No. 8 in serving U.S. veterans, a tribute to the college’s commitment to help veterans re-enter the workforce.
Quality makes the difference in UF program
The UF online graduate engineering program is provided via UF EDGE (Electronic Delivery of Gator Engineering).
UF EDGE is aimed at engineers who are looking to advance their careers by enhancing their professional skills with a Master’s degree, engineering professional certificates, and/or short courses. In the Master’s degree program, students with an undergraduate engineering degree who are working full-time can complete the course in as short as 18 months or choose a longer completion time to accommodate their work schedule. Engineering professional certificates and/or short courses can be completed in as few as 15 hours.
Six departments within the engineering college offer their Master’s degrees in both an on-campus and a 100% online format – civil engineering, electrical & computer engineering, environmental engineering, industrial & systems engineering, materials science & engineering and mechanical & aerospace engineering. The courses are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters across all these departments. Through distance delivery technology, EDGE students participate in the same courses as on-campus students and have access to the same content. High-quality lecture videos are available online the same day as the live instruction on campus. UF EDGE faculty are the same research-active instructors who teach campus-based graduate students.
“Completing the UF EDGE program has allowed me to sharpen my critical thinking, communication, and technical skills at an academic and professional level,” said Alex Garlaschi, an EDGE alumnus. “The EDGE program gave me the competitive edge I needed to quickly advance my technical abilities in my work as a civil and environmental engineering consultant. This has allowed me to better serve my team, clients, and community.”
UF EDGE is committed to partnering with motivated engineers in achieving their career goals. In seeking to constantly find ways to improve the education experience and outcome for its students, UF EDGE, in partnership with the Department of Engineering Education, recently revamped its website for improved navigation. An all-new Credential Builder for Engineers short-course program to help professionals gain new tools in a shorter period of time recently completed its first year.
Looking to the future, UF EDGE will be incorporating coursework from the UF AI University Initiative in its offerings. Leveraging an AI-centric data center that houses the world’s fastest AI supercomputer in higher education established by a $70M public-private partnership kick-started by NVIDIA and its co-founder, Engineering alumnus Chris Malachowsky, and UF, EDGE is uniquely poised to bring cutting-edge AI applications and know-how to career engineers seeking to make their mark in their respective engineering fields through online graduate studies. “AI is in demand across all engineering disciplines. We appreciate this need both from our industry partners and our students, and we will definitely be offering more courses related to AI as we grow. We fully expect interest in our Master’s programs, certificates, and short courses to reflect this demand; and we are confident in meeting it,” said David Mazyck, Director of the UF EDGE program.