Available 100% Online Credit Hours Tuition Entry Terms
Yes 126 credits $293/cr. in-state and $366/cr. out-of-state Fall/Spring

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Total number of required credits = 126
  • 47 cr. Surveying/Engineering
  • 1 cr. Computer Applications
  • 15 cr. English/Communications
  • 14 cr. Math/Statistics
  • 8 cr. Physics
  • 12 cr. Business/Economics
  • 9 cr. Humanities Electives
  • 19 cr. Program Electives
  • 1 cr. Ethics
Humanities include 3 cr. artistic and creative expression elective, cultural diversity elective, and population and the environment elective.
Program electives include any courses in engineering, engineering technology, business, economics, mathematics, statistics, astronomy, earth sciences, or forestry that are higher in course number than those required in the curriculum.  For example an MAT course less than 127 does not count toward a program elective.

Sample online Surveying Engineering Technology Program Curriculum

For further information, contact Professor Ray Hintz, P.L.S. at ray.hintz@maine.edu.

General Overview BS in Surveying Engineering Technology (SVT)

The Surveying Engineering Technology program is a surveying program that focuses on skills and education required for professional practice. Starting with a basic grounding in mathematics and the physical sciences, the student is concurrently and progressively taught a combination of surveying, practical engineering, and business.

Surveying combines knowledge in mathematics, computers, history, geography, art, business, and communication; coupled with a love of the outdoors (hunting, fishing, snowmobiles, cross country skiing, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and ATV trail riding) to provide a rewarding career emphasizing independence and responsibility.

Surveying provides a rewarding outdoor career that begins with enrollment in the Surveying Engineering Technology program at the University of Maine. Visit the Survey Engineering Technology program website to learn more: umaine.edu/svt.

UMaineOnline also offers a Professional Science Masters in Engineering and Business (click to read more)

What can I do with a Survey Engineering Technology degree?

  • Work outside in nice weather, inside in bad weather (have a tan all summer);
  • Not get bored with the same scenery (work varies from urban to farm, wilderness to city);
  • Combine history with technology, mathematics with law, and art with CAD;
  • Assume responsibility quickly with experience (surveying graduates will have all the responsibility they can handle);
  • Not sit behind a desk for long (have an exercise plan as part of surveying practice); and
  • Earn a good salary for doing work you enjoy

Salary and Employment Satisfaction High for Surveyors (click to read more)


Is the degree ABET accredited?

The online degree is ABET accredited. ABET does not discriminate between the type of delivery. In other words, this degree replicates the existing ABET accredited on-site bachelor of science degree.

How do I apply for admission?

If the applicant has no college courses the applicant should apply at the following web site: https://go.umaine.edu/apply/

If the applicant has credit for college courses, the applicant should apply as a transfer student by going to the following web site: https://go.umaine.edu/transfer-to-umaine/application-information/

Historically the applicant should apply early as the University of Maine will often close the application process in the late spring/early summer.

What is the tuition rate?

If the student is a Maine resident or a veteran (from any state) the student will pay in-state tuition.

If the applicant is not a Maine resident, the applicant will pay the E-tuition rate which is the in-state tuition rate times 1.25. See the following web site for tuition rates: https://umaine.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fees/university-fees/.

What are the “add-on” fees to the per credit charge for an online Bachelor of Science Surveying Engineering Technology Degree?

There is an online surcharge fee of $25/credit.

There is also a unified surcharge fee that varies from $128 to $983 based on number of credits.

For additional information on tuition see: https://umaine.edu/bursar/tuition-and-fees/university-fees/

Can I take electives at a local community college/university and transfer them toward my surveying degree?

Transfer credits are possible and generally encouraged. Always check with the School of Engineering Technology before taking the course to make sure the credits will be accepted. Obviously subjects like English, Physics, Math, Business, Accounting, Communications, Economics, artistic and creative expression, cultural diversity, etc. can be taken at a local college and transferred to the surveying degree. We have transfer agreements with many New England community colleges. The transfer agreements can be found at: https://umaine.edu/svt/resources/transfer/.

The list will expand to other states where demand warrants it.

Am I forced to take a requisite number of credits each semester?

There is no requirement to take a certain number of credits per semester. The student’s semester course load is determined by the student. The progress on completing the degree is based on the student’s schedule/pace.

How are survey labs (field work) handled?

The online student will find a mentor – a local surveyor in the student’s area – who is willing to mentor the student. The labs are sent to the surveyor and the surveyor provides the equipment and a little help to perform the field work.

Can I take online classes without being a degree candidate?

A person can take online surveying classes without being a degree candidate. However, if the student is not a Maine resident, the student will pay out of state tuition! The cost of applying to be a degree candidate to receive E tuition is recovered in a one credit class!  A student would be wise to apply for enrollment in the surveying degree no matter what the student’s short term goals are. In addition, if the student is not a degree candidate, the administrative staff of the School of Engineering Technology cannot help with course enrollment.

What online survey classes are offered fall and spring?


  • CET 101 Plane Surveying 3 cr.
  • CET 202 Construction Surveying 3 cr.
  • SVT 100 Introduction to Surveying Engr. Tech. 1 cr.
  • SVT 110 Instrumentation and Data Collection 1 cr.
  • SVT 121 AutoCad for Surveyors I 3 cr.
  • SVT 122 AutoCad for Surveyors II 3 cr.
  • SVT 322 Preparing Effective Property Descriptions 1 cr.
  • SVT 325 Surveying/Engineering Ethics 1 cr.
  • SVT 341 Advanced Surveying 3 cr.
  • SVT 418 Fundamentals of Surveying Exam Overview 1 cr.
  • SVT 437 Practical GPS 3 cr.
  • SVT 501 Advanced Adjustment Computations 3 cr.
  • SVT 511 Geodetic U.S. Public Land Survey Computations 3 cr.


  • SVT 121 AutoCad for Surveyors I 3 cr.
  • SVT 201 Adjustment Computations 3 cr.
  • SVT 221 Boundary Law 3 cr.
  • SVT 325 Surveying/Engineering Ethics 1 cr.
  • SVT 331 Photogrammetry 3 cr.
  • SVT 332 Engineering for Surveyors 3 cr.
  • SVT 352 Practical Field Operations 3 cr.
  • SVT 490 Surveying Capstone 3 cr.
  • SVT 512 Advanced Survey Law 3 cr.
  • SVT 532 Survey Strategies in Use of Lidar 3 cr.
  • SVT 541 Geodesy 3 cr.

Note: Not all of the surveying classes are required for an undergraduate surveying degree. Some surveying classes have pre-requisites that must be taken prior to enrollment in the class.

How do I sign up for classes?

After a student is accepted and paid the matriculation fee (admitted), the student should contact ray.hintz@maine.edu and say what online surveying class(es) are desired. The administrative staff will place the student in the surveying class. After the first semester, the student will be able to self-enroll on a system called MaineStreet via a PIN which will be sent to the student with instructions three months before the semester begins. Note that MaineStreet is not very flexible with transfer credits so there will be times that help in enrollment will be required. In such cases email ray.hintz@maine.edu and the issue will be resolved.

How do I receive grades?

Grades are posted on MaineStreet when the instructor has entered them into the MaineStreet system.

Can I re-take a class in which I previously took and did poorly?

The University of Maine has a one-time forgiveness policy. For example, if a student received an F in a class and the student retakes that class and receives a B, the F disappears and the failing grade is replaced with the B letter grade.

For further information, contact Professor Ray Hintz, P.L.S.


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What students have to say about the BS in Surveying Engineering Technology

photo of Tim Lydon surveying“As a professional in the surveying and engineering fields, I had leveled off in my development; I didn’t finish my degree nor did I have the education requirements to seek licensure as a PE or PLS. Coming from Massachusetts, I needed a program that would allow me to take surveying classes that fulfilled the requirements to sit for the FS and ultimately the PS tests. The online BS in SVT at UMaine allows me to do just that by taking classes part-time and doing homework during my nights and weekends. The classes are challenging, informative, and the entire staff has been super helpful as I have a full-time job and just welcomed a baby girl to my family. I look forward to receiving my BS in SVT and becoming licensed in the near future thanks to the administration and staff at UMaine.” – Timothy Lydon

photo of Andy Grover“The University of Maine’s Surveying Engineering Technology online program is a game changer. The education I am receiving is exemplary. The material presented is in-depth and thorough; examples are from real-life data sets, and information beyond the referenced text books is utilized allowing for multiple avenues of learning. Furthermore, the faculty of the program are fantastic and extremely dedicated in conveying information to those who want to learn land surveying. Through this program I have had exposure to industry leading software, best practices, and equipment.

I jumped at the opportunity for an online education in land surveying at the University of Maine due to the reputation of the existing land surveying program, the value, and the convenience. Working full time and raising a family leaves little time for anything. The closest ABET approved land surveying curriculum is an hour and a half drive. The time that would have been spent traveling can fully be dedicated to class time and studying, this is the difference that has made a land surveying education possible for me. I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to obtain a land surveying education remotely and I am thoroughly enjoying the program. It is challenging, rewarding, and will lead to licensure as a professional land surveyor.” – Andrew Grover

photo of Phil Salamon working in the field“The online Surveying Engineering Technology program at UMaine has given me the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in a major I’ve made a career in for the past 30+ years. The staff was very helpful in walking me through the  application and enrollment process, which was simple and quick, while eliminating any stress I was feeling about taking college courses again after over 25 years.

I have always stressed the importance of a college education to my daughters. Having one daughter that has completed college and a second that is currently attending college, it was time for me to do the same.

Even though I am a Licensed Professional Land Surveyor, I have found the courses to be challenging and relatable to current projects I’m working on. The online program gives me the flexibility to take classes at a pace that allows me to balance school, working full-time, and family.” – Phil Salamon

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