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The Online Student Experience at Case Western Reserve

When you enroll in an online master's program at the Case School of Engineering, one of the nation's top-ranked graduate engineering schools,1 you will learn from the same faculty and take the same rigorous courses as your on-campus counterparts. The key difference? The online student experience at Case Western Reserve University offers unmatched flexibility for working professionals, all while keeping you connected with your faculty and peers through an easy-to-navigate, engaging learning management system (LMS).

Top Benefits of Online Learning at CWRU

Explore the Online Learning Platform

While each online course may vary in format, you can expect to take courses via recorded audio and video lectures as well as through live one-on-one and group class sessions. Your instructors will embed multimedia like graphics and animations into the modules of our customized LMS to provide context and perspective on assigned readings, and they will post slides and lecture transcripts to give you all the material you need to master lessons at your own pace.

You can access our LMS on desktop, tablet and mobile devices so you can study wherever and whenever it's most convenient for you. Tech support is available 24/7 should any issues arise.

Gain Direct Access to Esteemed Faculty


Our highly regarded faculty regularly participate in cutting-edge research, which informs the education they bring into the online classroom to enhance your graduate school experience. Case Western Reserve's research capabilities benefit from more than 270 partnerships with some of the nation's premier institutions, including the Cleveland Clinic, NASA Glenn Research Center, University Hospitals of Cleveland and many more.

Faculty are available to field questions and give feedback via email, phone and online office hours. Get to know the faculty in our online Master of Engineering, MS in Biomedical Engineering, MS in Mechanical Engineering, and MS in Systems and Control Engineering programs.

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Engage With Your Peers

A common misconception of online programs is that they are impersonal. But like most educational experiences, you get back what you put in. Take advantage of discussion boards and live study sessions to get to know your fellow engineering students. You'll have the opportunity to absorb professional and technical knowledge that can transform the way you think about tackling engineering problems—and you can impart knowledge that will do the same for your classmates.

“I really liked interacting with the other students through the discussion boards. Even though we're spread throughout the country, I still feel like I got to know my classmates.… It feels like a close-knit community even though you've never met face to face.” – Kaitlyn Lewis (CWR, '16)

Track Your Progress


Each course guides you through a weekly path of prescribed tasks that build in complexity as you learn, master and are evaluated on defined objectives. Know where you are at all times with an elegant tracking system built exclusively for the LMS that delivers your online engineering courses, featuring an online gradebook that informs you in real time of your status on all assignments, tests and course progress.

Student Success Coordinators

You will be paired with a Student Success Coordinator for your online engineering master's program who is dedicated to helping you throughout your journey with the Case School of Engineering, from entering your program through graduation. Student Success Coordinators provide online students with the resources and information they need to pursue their professional goals. They are always available to offer support and answer questions about the program and the online student experience.

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