Why Now? Pursuing Higher Education During COVID

Why Now? Pursuing Higher Education During COVID
Why Now? Pursuing Higher Education During COVID
Why Now? Pursuing Higher Education During COVID

Why Now? Pursuing Higher Education During COVID

Businesses around the world are coping with and strategizing for the continued consequences of COVID-19 on their businesses and organizations. Record job loss in the United States, reflected in the numbers of unemployment applications, is causing many people to consider what their professional life may look like in the future.

Pursuing an Engineering Masters Degree During COVID

Some individuals are taking this time to re-evaluate their career choices, and considering whether to stay in their current profession or industry. Others are weighing the advantages of honing a particular skill set within their area of expertise in order to make themselves more marketable, and still others are considering returning to school for an online graduate degree. If you are among the group of people thinking about returning to school, Kettering University Online (KUO) offers award-winning graduate programs and certificates in a variety of academic disciplines.

Amid every crisis, there are opportunities. If you are willing to see and explore these opportunities, you may be able to reshape the rest of your professional and personal life in ways you may have never expected. Simon Sinek, motivational speaker and author of multiple best-selling books, echoes this view about opportunity: “These are not unprecedented times. There are many cases where change or something unexpected has put many companies out of business and made other companies come out stronger and reinvent themselves. The opportunity is in what will be, not how to preserve what we had” (Sinek, 2020).

If a business can reinvent itselves, so can you! One way to do that is to continue your education, by adding a degree, a certificate or even just a course. Last year’s study, by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, noted, “Occupations that require a postsecondary credential are projected to grow faster than occupations that do not require postsecondary education for entry. Occupations that typically require a master’s degree, the smallest group in terms of base-year employment in 2016, are projected to grow at a rate of 16.7 percent through 2026. That’s more than twice the rate of growth projected for all occupations, 7.4 percent” (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019, p. 5).

Pursuing a Masters Degree for Engineers During COVID

If you are considering your next move, now might be the right time for you to enroll in one of KUO’s MasterDegree Programs. Following is a snapshot of each program:

Master of Business Administration

  • Employ sound business strategies in finance, marketing, ethics, strategic planning, human resource management, and international business
  • Synthesize business tools and techniques to develop sound business plans
  • Foster cohesive teams and mentor future organizational leaders

Learn About Our MBA Program

MS Data Science

  • Identify and classify variables, choose and apply appropriate models to solve data science tasks, and assess the model used to solve data science tasks
  • Collect, clean, and prepare data as well as evaluate the data in terms of source, volume, frequency, and flow
  • Demonstrate ability to compose common data science genres as well as facilitate the visualization, exploration, discussion, and action on data science findings
  • Learn About Our Data Science Program

    MS Engineering-ECE-Advanced Mobility

    • Deepen knowledge and increase mastery of technical areas in Advanced Mobility
    • Integrate electrical and computer systems for autonomous vehicles and other advanced mobility applications
    • Develop advanced mobility applications for electric, hybrid, and autonomous vehicles, transportation systems, artificial intelligence and robotics as it applies to mobility

    Learn About Our MS-ECE Program

    MS Operations Management

    • Employ tools and techniques of management science to all functional business areas including finance, marketing, strategic planning, and corporate social responsibility
    • Synthesize concepts of operationsmanagement and business processes
    • Apply leadership concepts to managerial decision-making

    Learn About Our Operations Management Program

    MS Engineering Management

    • Apply professional engineering knowledge to lead technical projects
    • Apply leadership and communication skills in managing high-functioning, cross-disciplinary teams
    • Acquire the savvy business acumen necessary for all financial administrative, and planning activities supporting project development from conception to completion

    Learn About Our Engineering Management Program

    MS Supply Chain Management

    • Analyze supply chain operations with the goal of optimizing resources to produce competitive advantages
    • Hone financial management skills to aid in making business decisions effectively
    • Analyze risk and use appropriate planning to manage risk

    Learn About Our Supply Chain Management Program

    MS Lean Manufacturing

    • Apply principles of lean to produce competitive advantage through the reduction of waste
    • Apply Six Sigma techniques to organizational problems
    • Pull the Lean Manufacturing concepts together in a team-based Capstone project to save your company time and money

    Learn About Our Lean Manufacturing Program

    Pursuing a Master's Degree for Engineers During COVID

    A Note about Faculty

    KUO hires, trains, and mentors faculty who are expert in their field and eager to support meaningful learning experiences with students. Our faculty appreciate the value in transitioning from the sage on the stage to the guide on the side, an online learning best practice. Rather than delivering long lectures, KUO faculty members facilitate discussion questions, encourage sharing of perspectives, and support students’ successful integration of knowledge. KUO faculty inspire, motivate, and empower students to direct their own learning to shape the course of their future. Furthermore, they are available each and every week to provide individual and group support on a range of subject matter.

    Learn Today - Use Tomorrow

    KUO’s philosophy, Learn Today – Use Tomorrow is an approach encouraging students to use their current work challenges in the online classroom. All KUO courses link transformative experiential learning to rigorous academic standards with real-world applications. Students are more engaged in their learning, and more motivated to try innovative solutions, when they understand that they can bring those ideas to life within their organization. When students apply what they have learned to the day’s challenges, they are adding value to their organization and setting themselves apart from their peers.

    KUO Benefits!

    • No GMAT requirement
    • Courses are 100% online and accelerated for working adults
    • Log in from anywhere and at any time to complete your assignments
    • Enjoy an innovating and engaging curriculum via a cutting-edge online course-delivery platform
    • Customize your degree with a choice of graduate certificates in: Modern Business Practices, Global Leadership, Healthcare Management, Operations Management, Supply Chain Level1 and Level 2
    • Participate in an experiential learning approach allowing you to use the situations and challenges you face at work as the context for your assignments and projects
    • Be a part of a prestigious and extensive alumni network with connections to notable organizations including General Motors, Bosch, Boeing, Fisher-Price, Whirlpool, GE, and NASA
    Pursuing a Masters Degree from Kettering University During COVID

    Contact online@kettering.edu to chat with an Online Enrollment Advisor, or call 1.855.418.0201 to request more information about programs, courses, application requirements, enrollment deadlines and tuition.


    Sinek, S. (2020, April 11). COVID-19 series: Importance of infinite mindset during crisis by Simon Senek [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjEvXG-bn28

    U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2019). Spotlight on statistics https://www.bls.gov/spotlight/2019/education-projections/pdf/education-projections.pdf