Master’s Programs Overview

The College of Engineering has established graduate curricula and programs that emphasize creative design and research in major fields of engineering. The College of Engineering offers the following master’s-level degrees:

  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Master of Engineering (MEng)

To be admitted to a master’s degree program, an applicant should have a BS degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program, or equivalent, and have attained a high degree of scholarship in an undergraduate program in engineering or science. Upon completion of the master’s program, students may accept employment in engineering or applied science or elect further graduate training in an appropriate doctoral program.

Master of Science Degree

The Master of Science degree is a professional degree with emphasis on advanced training in engineering science and design.

The Master of Science degree may be earned with one of the following designations:

  • Biomedical Engineering (36 credits)
  • Computer Engineering (32 credits)
  • Electrical Engineering (32 credits)
  • Materials Science & Engineering (32 credits)
  • Mechanical Engineering (32 credits)
  • Product Design & Manufacture (32 credits)
  • Systems Engineering (32 credits)

Please note the following:

  • No more than 8 credits may be transferred from other approved graduate schools.
  • No fewer than 28 credits must be at the graduate level. Some programs may require more than 28 credits at the graduate level.
  • Coursework used to fulfill the Master of Science degree requirements may not be used to fulfill the requirements of any other degree program.

A 32-credit Master of Science program can be completed in one academic year, however, students who complete a project or thesis will take additional time to complete.

Part-time students who take two courses each semester should be able to complete a Master of Science program within two calendar years. The program must be completed within five years after admission to degree-seeking status.

Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering degree is a professional degree with emphasis on advanced training in engineering science and design and has been developed specifically for students interested in careers in industry rather than academic research.

The Master of Engineering degree may be earned with one of the following designations:

  • Biomedical Engineering (32 credits)
  • Materials Science & Engineering (32 credits)
  • Systems Engineering (32 credits)

Please note the following:

  • A minimum of 32 semester credits is required for the Master of Engineering program.
  • No more than 8 credits may be transferred from other approved graduate schools.
  • No fewer than 28 credits must be at the graduate level. Some programs may require more than 28 credits at the graduate level.
  • Coursework used to fulfill the Master of Engineering degree requirements may not be used to fulfill the requirements of any other degree program.

A 32-credit Master of Engineering program can be completed in one academic year with full-time study. Part-time students who take two courses each semester should be able to complete a Master of Engineering program within two calendar years. The program must be completed within five years after matriculation to degree-seeking status.

Master’s Policies

Advising

Candidates for the MS and MEng degrees are required to have as an advisor a member of the graduate faculty in the department/division of their major field.

Thesis Committee for the Master of Science with Thesis Degree

A committee composed of at least two readers, one of whom must be a faculty member of the department/division offering the degree, must be approved by the department/division before the student registers for thesis credits.

Deadlines for announcements of the master’s thesis can be found at Graduate Program Deadlines.

Time Limit for Courses

All coursework applied to the degree requirements must have been completed within five years of the degree’s being awarded.

Time Limit for Degrees

The program leading to the master’s degree must be completed within five years of the student’s matriculation to degree-seeking status.