Degree Requirements for Master of Science Programs

Degree Requirements for Master of SciencePrograms

To be eligible for a Master’s degree a student must:

  • Satisfy all University requirements for a Master’s degree.
  • Meet all undergraduate deficiencies, and requirements as specified by the students’ advisory committee.
  • Complete 30 semester hours of acceptable graduate level courses, including up to 3 credits of an Independent Study course. Supervised Research credits are not counted toward the 30 credit degree requirement.
  • Optionally, complete an acceptable thesis (minimum six credits) or engineering project (minimum three credits).
  • Successfully complete the core courses defined for the student’s chosen specialty area
  • Earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all approved courses in the student’s program of study.
  • Complete CGN 6939 Graduate Seminar.
  • For those students who chose the thesis option, they must get approval and written evaluation of the oral defense and written thesis by their thesis committee. The committee should have, at a minimum, three graduate faculty members, and each member must complete and sign the student evaluation.
  • For those students who chose the engineering project option, they must get approval and written evaluation of the oral defense and written engineering project by their project committee. The committee should have, at a minimum, three graduate faculty members, and each member must complete and sign the student evaluation.
  • For students who chose non-thesis and non-engineering program(all course) option, they must present a 5 page written report (in the format of a journal article) and an oral presentation (in CGN 6939) of a selected topic that demonstrates substantial professional engineering knowledge and experience. The written report and oral presentation must be evaluated and the student evaluation forms must be completed and signed by two departmental graduate faculty members, at a minimum, and then used by the CGN 6939 instructor to issue a P/F grade. The seminar will be scheduled and will be announced to students and faculty at least one week in advance in the last semester of the student’s program