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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering, M.S.: 30 units

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Offered by: College of Engineering

The practice-oriented Master of Science in Engineering program builds upon an undergraduate education and facilitates more advanced study. Currently, two emphasis areas are available: (a) Aerospace Engineering1 and (b) Materials Engineering.

Mission Statement

This is a program that provides the student with a comprehensive preparation for advanced work in the engineering profession. It is designed to accept students with various undergraduate engineering backgrounds. The student completes a course of study individually tailored to the student’s unique talents and professional goals.

Another purpose of the program is to facilitate applied research on relevant engineering topics. Such research should 1.) serve societal needs by addressing contemporary issues, 2.) contribute to the professional development of both students and faculty and 3.) provide preparation for further academic study and research for those students who wish to pursue a Ph.D.

Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Master of Science in Engineering shall have:

  • Knowledge of engineering principles
  • The ability to conduct engineering analyses and to develop and implement designs and problem solutions.
  • An understanding of the various technical and non-technical factors that impact the feasibility and implementation of engineering projects.
  • The foundation needed to develop engineering judgment via professional practice, and to effectively identify, consider and account for multiple and competing objectives.
  • The technical knowledge and skills needed to pursue life-long learning, with the ability to independently extend personal knowledge and understanding of engineering topics and practices by conducting literature searches, consulting with others, and using other similar techniques.

Admission to the Program

An applicant for admission to a graduate program must meet university criteria as specified in the Graduate Admissions section of this catalog as well as the criteria outlined below.

Successful applicants will be admitted to the program either unconditionally or with conditions imposed on them. To receive unconditional admission, an applicant must satisfy these criteria:

  1. The applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree in the appropriate engineering disciplines from a program that has been accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and for which the accreditation was in effect at the time of award of the degree. The degree must have been granted within five years prior to the proposed beginning of the graduate program. A baccalaureate degree in engineering technology does not satisfy this criterion.
  2. The applicant must have achieved a grade point average of at least 3.00 in all undergraduate upper division coursework in mathematics, science and engineering and, additionally, in all coursework attempted with graduate standing.
  3. Additional requirements may be imposed by department.

Conditional admission may be granted in cases in which the applicant’s academic preparation for graduate study is such that criteria 1.) and/or 2.) above are not satisfied. In such cases, the applicant may be required to submit recent test scores of the Graduate Record Examination, letters of recommendation, or other documents attesting to the applicant’s aptitude for graduate studies. Applicants who do not satisfy criterion 1.) may be required to take a limited number of preparatory courses with no degree credit. When an applicant is admitted conditionally, and if these conditions are not satisfied in the stipulated time period, the student may be dis-enrolled.

Major Required Core: 3 units

Emphasis: 24 units

Select ONE of the following two Emphases within the Program:

Aerospace Engineering Emphasis

Materials Engineering Emphasis

Culminating Experience: 3 units

Select a minimum of 3 units from the following:

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