November 9, 2010 | | Leave a comment Beginning next fall, the LeTourneau University (LETU) will offer a hybrid master's degree program in engineering, reports The Gilmer Mirror. College officials told the news source that the degree program is research-intensive, and will require students to attend classes on-campus as well as online. The curriculum recently received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. “With our strong undergraduate engineering research tradition totaling $4.5 million in external funding in the past decade, this new master's program moves [our institution] that much closer to being one of the best, comprehensive engineering schools in the country,” Dale A. Lunsford, president of the school, told the news source. College officials say that the degree program is designed for students to take dual-credit classes during their senior year and complete a master's degree in five years. Students will participate in online course topics such as electrical, mechanical, biomedical, computers and civil engineering, as well as materials joining. Furthermore, they will complete a thesis as part of their studies. According to a 2008 study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, professionals in this field can earn average annual salaries ranging between $81,085 and $126,788.