Section A: Satisfactorily complete eight one-semester advanced courses approved by your advisor:
- No more than two courses may be chosen from the part-time Engineering for Professionals program.
- At least four courses must be at the graduate level (full-time programs xxx.600 or higher, Engineering for Professionals xx5.4xx or higher).
- No more than four courses may be at the intermediate/advanced undergraduate level (full-time programs xxx.300 – xxx.499, Engineering for Professionals xx5.3xx). (Note: for students matriculating in Spring 2018 or later only advanced undergraduate courses xxx.400-499 will be accepted)
- At least two courses should be in applied mathematics, numerical analysis, or computational methods. (This requirement can be waived in writing by your advisor, if sufficient prior preparation in these areas can be demonstrated).
- Independent Study, 530.600 MSE Graduate Research, Graduate Research, or Special Studies are not eligible courses to help complete Section A’s requirement.
Section B: Plus either:
- Two additional one-semester graduate-level courses (xxx.600–xxx.799) approved by your advisor (for BS/MSE and MSE students only, one can be 530.600 MSE Graduate Student Research), or…
- …an M.S.E. Thesis acceptable to your advisor and one other reader. The course 530.602 MSE Thesis Research and Writing must be taken for a total of six credits, generally in one or two semesters. 530.600 is not accepted when writing a thesis.
At least half of all courses counted toward the master’s degree must be 530.xxx Mechanical Engineering or 535.xxx Engineering for Professionals’ Mechanical Engineering but no more than two courses may be chosen from the Engineering for Professionals program.
Students either in a bachelor’s/master’s program or seeking a master’s degree in the Whiting School, after having earned a Whiting School or Krieger School of Arts and Sciences bachelor’s degree may double-count two courses (.400-level or higher) to both programs with the permission of the master’s faculty advisor.
For information, visit the Whiting School’s “Graduate – Full-Time Academic Policies” page and select the “Policy on Double-Counting Courses” bar.
MSE Course Plan
You can use the MSE Certificate of Completion as a Course Plan.
NEW! 530.602 Master’s Thesis Research and Writing – 3-10 credits – students must enroll in this “Pass/Fail” course when doing thesis research and writing for each semester where thesis work is done.
This “Pass/Fail” course does not count as one of the eight courses required in addition to the thesis. The course is generally the equivalent of six credits and can be taken in one semester or split into three-credit courses taken over two semesters. If a student needs subsequent semesters to continue thesis work, he or she can simply register for the same course each semester.
According to the Graduate Board’s Procedures for Administration of Approved Policies for the Award of Advanced Degrees, “Thesis readers are selected and appointed by the chair or appropriate faculty of the sponsoring department or committee. Any duly appointed member of a department or committee holding the rank of assistant professor or higher (excluding lecturers) is eligible for selection as a referee without prior approval. The Graduate Board Office must approve readers from outside the University, or from any non-Ph.D. sponsoring department, laboratory or institute within the University.”