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).

M.S. Program

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.