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About Earning a MS Degree

The Master of Science (MS) degree is a thesis based degree for those individuals who want to pursue an advanced research-oriented degree beyond the BS. Students are required to write a thesis and defend it at the final oral examination. A minor is required.

Course Requirements: The MS requires 30 semester hours of graduate credit, six of which may be thesis research. Twenty of the 30 hrs must be at the 500 level or above. Two hrs of BAE seminar are required and six hrs of the required 30 must be in an advanced math or statistics. If the student does not hold a BS in engineering, the plan must also show 15 hrs of engineering coursework at the 400 level or above. These 15 hrs may be double counted with the other requirements above.

The minor should complement the major coursework and must conform to the rules of the program offering the minor.

The MS differs from the MBAE in that it is an on-line degree. The development of research skills are the primary focus. A student completing the MS will be qualified to conduct and understand research studies in their chosen field. For those individuals whose goal is a career as a research leader, this is generally the first step on the path to a PhD. For others, this program will provide the necessary knowledge and skills to understand and interact with research leaders around the country.

For details see the BAE Graduate Manual

Masters Admission Requirements

For admission to full graduate student status, the department requires an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8 (based on a 4.0 scale) coupled with a 3.0 or higher in the undergraduate major, provided that the major is in an accredited engineering program. Applicants not meeting the requirements for full admission are sometimes granted provisional admission to make up academic deficiencies. Please see the BAE graduate manual for more information regarding those requirements. The general requirements for admission to provisional status are established by the Graduate School. The graduate catalog outlines basic requirements for MS admission. Please refer to the graduate manual for further information on BAE admission requirements (Transfer credits, GRE testing, Graduate Status Types, Minor Requirements, Final Examinations, Deadlines, etc.)