Graduation

Non-Thesis Option

Requirements for graduation are:

  • Minimum of 30 graduate-level credits with a GPA of at least 3.0, and no grade lower than C

Of the 30 graduate-level credits:

  • At least 24 credits of lecture-based courses
  • At least 15 credits in CAE
  • At least 12 credits of courses at the 700 level
  • At least 6 credits of lecture-based CAE courses at the 700 level (not Independent Study / Special Problems)
  • Up to 6 credits of Independent Study are permitted

Thesis Option

Requirements for graduation are:

  • Minimum of 30 graduate-level credits with a GPA of at least 3.0, and no grade lower than C
  • At least 24 credits of lecture-based courses
  • At least 15 credits in CAE
  • At least 6 credits of lecture-based CAE courses at the 700 level (not Independent Study / Special Problems)
  • Thesis requirement:  6 credits of Master's Thesis (CAE 810)

Neither Independent Study (Special Problems) nor Master's Project (CAE 705) will count towards the degree.

Transfer of Credits from Other Institutions

A total of 6 credits of transfer and/or exchange coursework not counted towards the student’s BS may be taken at another institution and used to satisfy requirements for the M.S. 

Admission Requirements

All students applying to the graduate program are required to submit GRE scores and three letters of recommendation. Admission criteria are described under Colleges of Engineering – Graduate Admission Requirements. Both a Thesis Option and Non-Thesis Option are available for this M.S. Degree.

  1. International students should consult the section on admissions.

Thesis Admission Requirement:

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than their proposed major may be admitted to the graduate program and to candidacy upon completion of appropriate undergraduate deficiency courses, in addition to the regular requirements for the graduate degree.

Non-Thesis Admission Requirement

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a field other than their proposed major may be admitted to the MS program upon completion of appropriate undergraduate deficiency courses as listed below, in addition to the regular requirements for the graduate degree.

Deficiency courses are as follows:

  •  Calculus, 10 semester credits
  • Advanced Mathematics, 6 semester credits
  • General Chemistry, 4 semester credits
  • Physics (with Calculus), 8 semester credits
  • Statics, 3 semester credits
  • Engineering Science related to area of study, 3 semester credits
  • Engineering Design related to area of study, 6 semester credits

In general, items 1 through 7 apply to students without an undergraduate degree in engineering, and items 6 and 7 apply to students with an undergraduate degree in engineering. The student's graduate committee will select courses for items 6 and 7 on an individual basis.

Curriculum Requirements - Thesis Option

CAE Courses 700 Level or Higher 16
CAE Course 3
CAE 810Master's Thesis 26
Additional Hours15
Total Credit Hours30
1

Independent study courses do not meet this requirement. (CAE 705, CAE 790)

2

The MS thesis must be defended to, approved by, and signed by the student’s Thesis Committee, which is typically the same as the student’s Program of Study Committee or, if not, has makeup equivalent to the Program of Study Committee.

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Minimum 30 credits, including at least 15 CAE credits

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Minimum GPA 3.0, and no grade lower than C

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Thesis Committee

The MS thesis must be defended to, approved by, and signed by the student’s Thesis Committee, which is typically the same as the student’s Program of Study Committee or, if not, has makeup equivalent to the Program of Study Committee.

The CAE Committee Chair (Advisor) shall be a full-time faculty member from the CAE Department, one member must be from outside the Department and hold a Ph.D., and one member other than the CAE Committee Chair (Advisor) must be either a full-time or part-time member of the Department; and one of the committee members must be a member of the Graduate Faculty.

Curriculum Requirements - Non-Thesis Option

CAE Courses 700 Level or Higher 112
CAE Course 3
Additional Hours15
Total Credit Hours30
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  • At least 12 CAE credits must be at the 700 level or above, of which up to 6 credits can include independent study courses CAE 790 or CAE 705.
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Minimum GPA 3.0, and no grade lower than C

Additional Details 

  • Requirements for the M.S. degree are listed in this Bulletin under Engineering and under Master’s Degree General.
  • A total of 6 credit hours of transfer and/or exchange coursework not counted towards the student’s bachelor’s degree may be taken at another institution and used to satisfy requirements for the M.S. degree.
  • Both a thesis option and a non-thesis option are available.
  • There is also a 5-year B.S./M.S. option available for qualified undergraduate students enrolled within the Department. For this combined degree program only, students are allowed to transfer up to 9 credit hours of graduate coursework from a semester spent abroad. The coursework resulting in the 9 credit hour transfer is to be approved by the student's M.S. advisor prior to initiating the study abroad program.
  • Of 30 required credit hours, up to 6 may be thesis research. At least 12 credit hours must be at the 600 level, of which up to 6 credit hours can be thesis research, independent study, or, for 5-year BS-MS candidates,Master's Design Project.
  • The student and an advisory committee plan the students overall program.
    1. The advisory committee consists of a minimum of 3 members.
    2. The chair of the committee shall be a full-time faculty member from the CAE Department, one member must be from outside the Department and hold a Ph.D., and one member other than the chair must be either a full-time or part-time member of the Department.
    3. In addition to the Committee Chair, at least one of the members must be tenured/tenure-earning, or a member of the Graduate Faculty.