Practice-Oriented Master of Science in Engineering
Matthew Franchetti, Program Director
The College of Engineering at the University of Toledo offers a practice oriented Master of Science degree in engineering with a concentration in General Engineering. This engineering master’s degree program is intended for students who are full-time employees seeking the master’s degree to facilitate career advancement or achievement of personal educational goals. It is designed for current and future managers of technology. This cross-disciplinary program combines a study in business management and engineering and presents an alternative to a traditional business management or technical Master of Science degree. To accommodate students who are full-time employees, course work for this degree program may be taken online via distance learning.
The practice-oriented Master of Science in engineering program requires 30 credit hours at graduate level. The project option requires the completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours of approved graduate course work and 6 hours of work-related project. The coursework option requires the completion of at least 30 credit hours of approved graduate course work. The student is expected to meet the following general requirements:
- Six hours of engineering core courses to establish a common foundation in engineering. These courses include:
Course List Code Title Hours Select two of the following: 6 Management of Projects and Technological Innovation Applied Probability and Statistics Applications of Engineering Analysis Total Hours 6
- Six hours of business core courses that cover introduction to financial and managerial accounting, analysis of manufacturing and service systems, and business, government and society. These courses include:
Course List Code Title Hours Select two of the following: 6 Business, Government And Society Leading Through Ethical Decision-Making Financial And Managerial Accounting Total Hours 6
- Twelve to eighteen hours of engineering elective courses to support the student’s focus area. Each elective course is worth three credit hours, so a minimum of four courses are required. Graduate offerings in the bioengineering, chemical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical engineering and computer science, general engineering, or mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering departments are eligible for selection as electives.
- For the project option, six credit hours of a work-related project (GNEN 6920). The topic and other specifics of the project require prior approval of the program director and should include approval and cooperation of the employer.
The project may be completed in two semesters plus the summer. Students may complete their course requirements in four semesters by taking the recommended two courses per semester.
For transfer credit, students should refer to the general policies of the College of Graduate Studies. No more than nine credit hours toward the Master of Science in engineering may be earned at another university with a grade of B or better, and in no case may the project be satisfied by work already completed at another institution or on the job.
In order to be awarded the Master of Science in engineering degree, the 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 the 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.
To be admitted to the Practice-Oriented Masters of Science in engineering program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in engineering, engineering technology or in a closely related field (e.g., one of the mathematical, physical or biological sciences). Applicants must be employed or have experience in private industry, government or nonprofit organizations. Admissions are made on an individual basis and take into account the applicant’s previous record, the intended area of study, and the needs and capacity of the College of Engineering.
Applicants should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 in previous undergraduate work from appropriately accredited academic institutions or from an academic institution with high academic standards deemed appropriate and acceptable by the College of Engineering and the College of Graduate Studies. Applicants having a GPA less than 2.7 who demonstrate potential for graduate study may be admitted to the master’s program on a provisional or other basis, at the option of the college. Students with an undergraduate GPA below 2.7 must register and take the GRE. Information on the GRE is available on the GRE Web site: http://www.gre.org. Students who graduated with a bachelor’s degree from The University of Toledo do not need to submit official transcripts. Students who did not graduate from The University of Toledo need to contact the office of the registrar at their undergraduate institution to arrange for transmission of the undergraduate transcripts.
Students entering the program will be required to have at least:
- Calculus, through Ordinary Differential Equations (3 semesters),
- Physics (2 semesters) and
- Chemistry and/or Engineering Materials (1 semester) and
- any three out of the following six:
- electric circuits,
- fluid mechanics and
Students lacking one or more of the above courses must take the necessary courses before entering the program.
Students can apply for non-degree student status and take up to nine credit hours of graduate classes, which may be applied to their graduate degree program. Students with non-degree status can be admitted as regular graduate students at a later date.