Catalogue 2020 - 2021

Graduate Programs in College of Engineering

The Master of Science programs provide opportunities for coursework in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and business. At the graduate level, programs of study become less structured. Although it is possible to earn a degree strictly on the basis of coursework alone, students with research interests may undertake a three credit hour project or a six credit hour thesis project.

Master’s Advisor

The progress of each student toward the master's degree is guided and directed by a master’s advisor, who is a College of Engineering faculty member nominated by the student and approved by the assistant dean of the College of Engineering. Incoming students seeking the degree are urged to discuss their proposed concentration area of interest with faculty members in that area with a view toward selecting an advisor later in the semester.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science (MS) in Engineering Management and the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) programs require a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate courses with a “B” (3.0) or better average. A minimum of five courses must be at the 600 level. Six hundred (600) level courses are offered in the evening on an 11-week term.

Course Selection

In addition to the required four core courses (12 credit hours), a student may select any graduate level course for which they have the appropriate course prerequisites. The course selection must be approved by the assistant dean of engineering and/or the student’s master’s advisor.

Thesis Option—Minimum Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum for the Master of Science programs (MSE) thesis option requires a minimum of 24 credit hours of graduate coursework and six hours of thesis. The student is admitted to candidacy after satisfactory completion of six hours of graduate coursework with a “B” average or better and after selecting an approved thesis topic. Upon completion of the thesis, a final oral defense of it is required.

Non-thesis Option—Minimum Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum for the Master of Science program (MSE) non-thesis option requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework. Students are admitted to candidacy as soon as possible after satisfactory completion of 6 hours of graduate coursework, maintaining a “B” average or better.  The MSE in Electrical Engineering requires a comprehensive exam.

Project Option—Minimum Curriculum Requirements

The curriculum for the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) project option requires a minimum of 27 credit hours of graduate coursework and 3 hours of project. Students are admitted to candidacy as soon as possible after satisfactory completion of 6 hours of graduate coursework, maintaining a “B” average or better. A 3 credit hour project is required. Upon completion of the project, a final oral presentation of it is required.