The master’s degree programs are intended to provide advanced study in an area of engineering. The programs provide sufficient flexibility to allow students to develop an area of specialization, broaden their educational experience into additional areas of engineering, or synthesize an integrated program of interdisciplinary studies through a thesis or project.
Plan of Study
Master’s degrees in the College of Engineering are offered with thesis and non-thesis options, depending on the degree program. Consult graduate program requirements to determine program completion options. Each option is described in more detail below.
- Thesis option: A minimum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate study, including nine credit hours of master of science thesis under the supervision of a faculty member, is required. Students are required to submit a written thesis and successfully complete the oral defense of the thesis work. Additional guidelines and requirements may exist for individual departments.
- Non-thesis option: The master of science with non-thesis option is available with the approval of the department chair or the department graduate program director:
- Master of science degree with project option: Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate study, including six hours of master of science project as specified by individual department guidelines and requirements. Students are required to submit a written project report to the department.
- Master of science degree with course work-only option: Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of approved graduate-level course work. Additional hours of course work to replace thesis or project are selected from departmental electives approved by the department chair or the graduate program director.
A plan of study that specifies the entire master’s program, including include thesis or project requirements and graduate course work, as well as any specified preparatory undergraduate course work, is to be developed by the student working with his/her advisor. The plan of study should be submitted for all review and approvals before 12 cr hr at the graduate level are completed. Graduate course work may be selected from engineering, math, science, business and related fields, subject to course category restrictions specified by the individual programs. Students should consult the departmental program descriptions for additional requirements.
To be awarded the Master of Science degree, a student must have at least a B average (minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0) for all graduate course credits in the program as well as for their entire graduate transcript. Only credit hours obtained with a letter grade of “C” or higher, or an “S” grade for the limited number of classes offered on a satisfactory or unsatisfactory basis, will fulfill degree requirements.