Master's Degree Program
Plans of study leading to a master's degree are offered in a broad range of engineering fields. The two basic options are the Master of Science and Master of Engineering degrees. Both degree programs focus on engineering fundamentals at advanced levels, and both include significant elective opportunities permitting the student to individualize his or her study plan. Either program provides an excellent basis for further graduate work in engineering. There is no foreign language requirement for
either degree. At least 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree are required, six to nine of which typically comprise an engineering thesis (MS) or project (ME).
This is a research degree open to students with undergraduate
degrees in engineering, mathematics, and science. In addition
to the satisfactory completion of an approved set of advanced
courses, candidates for this degree must complete a six credit
thesis. This thesis must provide documentation of an independent
research related effort and be approved by the student's faculty
adviser. In addition to approval of the written thesis, students
are often required to give an oral defense of the thesis work.
M. Eng - Professional
Masters Degree Program
This is a structured program of advanced professional study
aimed at preparing students for professional practice. Candidates
for this degree must have an accredited bachelor's degree in engineering.
In addition to the satisfactory completion of an approved set
of advanced courses, candidates for this degree must complete
an engineering project for either three or six total credits under
the direction of a faculty adviser. The project involves developing
a solution to an engineering problem of some significance. It
may be undertaken individually or as a member of a team. If, in
the opinion of the department chair, the student's prior professional
experience is adequate, the engineering project requirement may
be replaced with an equivalent number of non-project credits.