Feb 08, 2023  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering M.S.


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(Major Code: 5128)

Admission Requirements


To be accepted into the MSE program, students must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0, submit a minimum GRE score of 145 in Verbal Reasoning and 150 in Quantitative Reasoning, and submit three letters of recommendation. Please note that waivers are available for applicants who have at least five (5) years of experience or applicants that have previously completed a Master’s degree.  Students will also participate in an interview process with the Engineering Graduate Advisory Committee (EGAC). Following admission, each student will have an individualized plan of study (due at the end of the first semester.)  This plan of study will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee.  Advising for students that possess a bachelor’s degree in a field other than engineering, physics, mathematics, or computer science will be done on a case by case basis.

Admission Deadlines


All application materials must be received by August 1st to be considered for fall admission and December 1st to be considered for spring admission.

Application Process


  1. Apply through the Graduate School using their application page.
  2. Submit payment of the $40 graduate admissions fee through the above page.
  3. Submit all university transcripts. All students must submit official copies of transcripts before admission.
  4. Submit GRE test scores using the instructions on the Graduate School application page.
  5. If you are requesting a waiver of GRE scores based on a previous Master’s degree or industry experience, fill out the GRE Waiver Form.
  6. Submit a letter of intent describing your interest in engineering and what you hope to get out of this program. There is no particular format for this letter. The Graduate School Admission Committee (GSAC) would like to get a feel for your interest in engineering, experience level, and expectations for this degree program. Please email letters to ECS@wtamu.edu.
  7. Submit Letters of Recommendation using the Letter of Recommendation Form.
  8. Once all application materials have been received, you will be contacted by a member of the Engineering Graduate Advisory Council for an interview.

Leveling Coursework


Leveling coursework may be required for students admitted without an undergraduate degree in engineering equivalent to the bachelor’s degree requirements in engineering at WTAMU or for students admitted with an undergraduate engineering degree that differs from the intended area of graduate study. Students will speak with an advisor prior to enrollment in the graduate program to determine what leveling coursework may be necessary.

Thesis Option (30 hours)


Twenty-four (24) semester hours of approved courses and six (6) additional hours of thesis research credit, a successful defense of a research thesis, national or international presentation of work, and publication in proceedings are required to complete this option.

Area of Specialization (15 hours)


Take fifteen hours from one of the following areas (5000-level or above): Mechanical Engineering (MENG), Civil Engineering (CENG), Environmental Engineering (EVEG), Electrical Engineering (EENG), or multidisciplinary (by advisement).

Sub-Specialization (6 hours)


Take six hours from a second area of specialization: MENG, CENG, EVEG, EENG, or multi-disciplinary (by advisement).

Elective (3 hours)


Take any subject code by advisement.

Further requirements:


Other STEM (MATH, CHEM, PHYS, etc.) can be substituted as advised by Engineering Graduate Advisory Committee (EGAC) or thesis committee, but a minimum of 18 total hours of the degree must be engineering.

Non-Thesis Option (36 hours)


The non-thesis (project) option requires a minimum of thirty-six (36) semester hours of course work including a three-credit hour project course. The project course incorporates a written report and oral presentation to the Engineering Graduate Advisory Committee (EGAC). Additional course work may be necessary for students lacking the proper course prerequisites or as required by the EGAC and specified in an approved plan of study. The 36-hour program will facilitate students who want post-graduate study as a requirement for professional certification.

Area of Specialization (15 hours)


Take fifteen hours from one of the following areas (5000-level or above): Mechanical Engineering (MENG), Civil Engineering (CENG), Environmental Engineering (EVEG), Electrical Engineering (EENG), or multi-disciplinary (by advisement).

Sub-Specialization (12 hours)


Take twelve hours from a second area of specialization: MENG, CENG, EVEG, EENG, or multi-disciplinary (by advisement).

Electives (6 hours)


Take six hours of electives at the 5000-level or above by advisement.

Non-Thesis Project (3 hours)


Further requirements:


Other STEM (MATH, CHEM, PHYS, etc.) can be substituted as advised by EGAC, but a minimum of 18 total hours of the degree must be engineering.

Non-Thesis Option with Emphasis on Leadership and Management (36 hours)


The non-thesis option with emphasis on leadership and management requires thirty-six (36) credit hours of course work including a three-hour project course. The project course incorporates a written report and oral presentation to the Engineering Graduate Advisory Committee (EGAC). Additional course work may be necessary for students lacking the proper course prerequisites or as required by the EGAC and specified in an approved plan of study. The 36-hour program will facilitate students who want to focus post-graduate study on leadership and management within an engineering context.

Area of Specialization (15 hours)


Take fifteen hours from one of the following areas (5000-level or above): Mechanical Engineering (MENG), Civil Engineering (CENG), Environmental Engineering (EVEG), Electrical Engineering (EENG), multi-disciplinary (by advisement).

Sub-Specialization (12 hours)


Take six hours from a second area of specialization: MENG, CENG, EVEG, or EENG. Take six hours from MGT or CIDM by advisement.

Electives (6 hours)


Take six hours from MGT or CIDM by advisement.

Non-Thesis Project (3 hours)


Further requirements:


Other STEM (MATH, CHEM, PHYS, etc.) can be substituted as advised by EGAC, but a minimum of 18 total hours of the degree must be engineering.

Comprehensive Exam


All students must pass the comprehensive exam for their respective programs (thesis and non-thesis options) in order to earn a graduate degree.

NOTE: The comprehensive exam is not a course the student needs to enroll in. The requirement is listed merely as a reminder to the student.

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