Graduate alumna spotlight: Mary Mullins

By Karen Hunley

Published: Jun 14, 2021 9:00:00 AM

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Mary Mullins, online Master of Civil Engineering alumna

Q: Where did you earn your bachelor’s degree and what is it in?
A: University of Alabama, B.S. in civil engineering

Q: When did you start and when did you finish your graduate program?  
A: I began August 2017 and graduated in May 2021.

Q: What have you been doing since you finished the program?
A: I am working as a structural engineer.

Q: What made you decide to pursue this graduate online program?
A: Auburn’s engineering program is very reputable. The same professors and coursework available to the students on campus are also available to online students. I was confident I would obtain a great engineering skillset since Auburn made the online experience as close to the in-person experience as possible.

Q: What was your personal experience with the 100 percent online format?
A: I was extremely impressed with Auburn’s online program. It allowed me to pursue my graduate degree while gaining industry experience. The professors were gracious with their time, making sure I understood the course material. The administrative staff was very accommodating and responsive to email. Finishing this program was very rewarding because I knew that the classes I took were just as challenging as the classes being given to the students on campus. 

Q: How has this graduate degree enhanced your professional life, or how do you expect it will in future? 
A: I have a very technical role, so I was able to use what I learned in my classes immediately in my professional life. I also developed great time-management skills. This program provided me with a deeper understanding of structural engineering that I cannot learn on the job.

Q: What would you tell someone who was thinking about applying for an Auburn Engineering Online graduate program?
A: A graduate degree is a very valuable credential for an engineering career. Obtaining one online without having to quit your job is a unique opportunity. Manage your time wisely, set goals for yourself and appreciate the gift of learning.

Media Contact: Karen Hunley,, 334.844.2224

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