Master of Engineering

Purpose 

The primary purpose of the Master of Engineering Degree program is to prepare individuals for the practice of engineering. The program emphasizes the theory and application of advanced engineering principles utilizing the most advanced computational and analytical methods and tools. The goal of the program is to produce forward-looking engineering professionals who are capable of making significant contributions to society, while safeguarding the environment. Preference for admission to the Master of Engineering Degree program is given to those persons who hold a Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited undergraduate engineering degree program. Applicants who are graduates of computer science, mathematics, physics, and other science and mathematics related fields will be considered. The Master of Engineering Degree study program is intended for those persons who plan to practice engineering in industry, government, and academe or as entrepreneurial professionals. This degree program may also serve as the initial step towards the doctorate for those who are inclined to advance their knowledge of technological, managerial and engineering design and practice-based concepts. The program provides three distinct program options that allow the student to develop a program that suits his or her professional objectives.

Objectives

The interdisciplinary Master of Engineering Degree program is designed to:

  • Support the student to be successful in his/her academic and professional objectives;
  • Provide program options that can be adapted to fit student's goals and needs;
  • Develop an appreciation of the importance of a closer relationship between engineering education and engineering practice;
  • Develop an appreciation for engineering design and for the product/process realization continuum;
  • Develop a consciousness for and commitment to the importance of life-long learning;
  • Provide a complement to basic research-oriented graduate degree programs;
  • Develop a philosophy for the role of research, application, and the environment in the product/ process realization cycle;
  • Provide an innovative path to the terminal degree; and
  • Generate a cadre of well-trained engineering professionals.

Admission

Admission requirements to the M.E. degree program are commensurate with the admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies. Exceptional students who possess a GPA of 3.5 or greater in their major area of study and 3.5 GPA or better overall may apply for unconditional admission into the program at the beginning of their senior year. Applicants holding degrees in computer science, mathematics, physics, and other science and mathematics-related fields and who are currently pursuing careers closely aligned with engineering will be considered for admission to the program. Applicants holding degrees in fields other than engineering, mathematics and science may be considered for admission to the program, given that they have the requisite mathematics and science foundation. An applicant who has deficiencies in foundation courses, as defined by an advisor or departmental committee, may be required to complete successfully a number of undergraduate courses with a goal of meeting minimum departmental requirements. Undergraduate courses, taken for this purpose, may not be used to fulfill any of the requirements for the master's degree. In addition, applicants must satisfy other requirements as specified by the School of Graduate Studies.

General Requirements

All candidates who seek to earn the Master of Engineering degree will be required to complete one of the three options identified below:

Program Option Seminar Core Courses Electives Other Total Credits
Project Report I & II 9 Credits 18 Credits Project REport I & II(4) 33
Thesis I & II 9 Credits 18 Credits Thesis (5) 34
Course Only I & II 9 Credits 24 Credits 35


Each student will select one of the three options in collaboration with a faculty advisor. All departments may not offer all of these options. At the time of application, the School of Engineering will notify students of the available options.

Program of Study

A core requirement of three interdisciplinary courses (9 credit hours) will be required of all students entering at the master's level. These courses are carefully designed and coordinated to stress the interdisciplinary nature of the subject matter. The content serves as the philosophical foundation on which all other materials tailored for a specific student are based. The courses are as follows:

CEGR 514 Environmental Impact and Risk Assessment 3
EEGR 505 Advanced Engineering Mathematics with Computational Methods 3
IEGR 512 Advanced Project Management 3
Total Credit Hours 9


Elective credits are directed toward building strength in a sub-discipline. For example, the following civil engineering-related sub-disciplines are available: applied mechanics, environmental engineering, geomechanics, geotechnical engineering, groundwater hydrology, hydrology, infrastructure planning and engineering, structural engineering, structural mechanics, and transportation engineering.