How do I Choose the Best Civil Engineering Distance Learning Program?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari
Most civil engineering degree candidates are required to complete an onsite internship.
Most civil engineering degree candidates are required to complete an onsite internship.

The best civil engineering distance learning programs will offer classes that are competitive with in-classroom classes offered by the same institution or similar institutions. The classes will be offered by accredited institutions — stay away from non-accredited institutions in both online settings and in-classroom settings — and they will fit both your budget and your needs for the program of study you intend to pursue. Remember that an education is often expensive, so research carefully to find out which institutions fit your budget. Keep in mind that civil engineering distance learning coursework may be combined with in-classroom coursework because of the nature of the subject.

There's a very good chance that your civil engineering distance learning coursework will only cover introductory topics, since so much of civil engineering coursework is hands-on and in-the-field project work. Do not expect to take too many advanced civil engineering distance learning courses, since many classes will require that you go to job sites for experience. Pre-requisite coursework can be done online, and math coursework applicable to the civil engineering degree can also be completed online. When it comes to more advanced topics, however, expect to be on-site or in the classroom.

Not all civil engineering distance learning courses will be of the same quality. Be sure to research a variety of institutions and eliminate any institutions that are not accredited. Educational institutions seek accreditation to show that they offer high quality programs that are recognized and respected in the job market, and attending a non-accredited institution may prevent you from obtaining financial aid, or it may give an employer a reason to pass you over for a position. Choose an accredited institution that offers a quality program of coursework pertinent to your civil engineering interests. If possible, talk to students who have attended civil engineering distance learning courses at the institution you are considering.

Your budget will also play a role in helping choose the institution you attend. Be sure to research course fees and tuition carefully; choose several institutions and narrow them down by how much you can afford to spend or how much financial aid you can obtain. Try to choose an institution that fits both your budgets and your educational needs. If attending classes in person is an issue for you, try to choose a program that cuts down on the number of trips you will need to take to a specific site or classroom.

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    • Most civil engineering degree candidates are required to complete an onsite internship.
      By: bibi
      Most civil engineering degree candidates are required to complete an onsite internship.