Master of Science in Engineering Degree

The engineering programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels are designed to prepare students for rewarding careers in these fields. Graduates are expected to possess sufficient knowledge to achieve professional certification (e.g., registration as a Professional Engineer), if they choose to do so. Expected outcomes for each degree program are based on guidelines established by professional organizations such as the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

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Master of Science in Engineering Program Objectives:

The MSE curriculum is designed for working professionals who wish to enhance their technical skills for career advancement. The MSE program objective is to provide a core of knowledge related to analytical and management tools, supplemented by advanced technical electives in the student’s area of interest.

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MSE Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. A knowledge of advanced mathematics, including analytical and numerical techniques for solving ordinary and partial differential equations.
  2. An understanding of management concepts related to product quality.
  3. An appreciation for advances in computer technology relevant to the practice of engineering.
  4. An in-depth knowledge of topics in a specific field of engineering.
  5. An ability to communicate the results of a comprehensive research project.


A Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or in a related field is required. Applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA in their Bachelor’s degree program to be eligible for the Master’s program, or in special circumstances, may be accepted with approval from the Faculty Advisor and Academic Dean.

The Master of Science in Engineering degree program requires successful completion of 36 units of coursework. Students are expected to maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Students with a non-engineering Bachelor’s degree may need additional Calculus, Physics, and 300-level and 400-level engineering courses to prepare them for engineering graduate courses.

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The degree requirements are organized in the following categories:

Graduate Core 12 units
Electives 18 units
Master’s Project
6 units
TOTAL 36 units



The elective courses must be chosen with the assistance and formal approval of the Faculty Advisor and the Dean of Academic Affairs. Elective courses may be chosen from the six elective areas listed below, but must form a coherent plan of study. Approval of the elective program must be established before the student completes 3 graduate-level courses.

Elective Areas:


The Master's Project (6 units) is initiated with an approved proposal on a relevant and current subject. The student will work closely with the Project Committee, consisting of the Dean of Engineering and two Faculty members. The Project culminates with a formal report, which must be approved by the Project Committee.