M.S. in Engineering

Program Description

The M.S. in Engineering (M.S.E.) program is an interdisciplinary engineering program designed to meet the specific needs of engineers employed in industry, government, and consulting, as well as those desiring a traditional research-based graduate degree. The program offers a broad core curriculum with opportunities for concentrated study in three majors:
Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, and Transportation and Infrastructure Engineering.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should follow the admissions process described in this catalog or at the Graduate Admissions website: www.marshall.edu/graduate/admissions/how-to-apply-for-admission. Each applicant for admission to the M.S. in Engineering degree program must have an undergraduate engineering degree from either an accredited ABET curriculum or an internationally recognized program and meet one of the following (A, B, or C) admission requirement options:

  • A. Pass the PE exam, or
  • B. Have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater, or
  • C. Have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.50 or greater. and satisfy at least two of the following: (1) Pass the FE exam, (2) verbal GRE score at least 145, (3) quantitative GRE score at least 150, and/or (4) analytical writing GRE score at least 3.0.

Additionally, to be considered for admission, international students must have an iBT TOEFL score of at least 85. or a Paper-Based TOEFL score of at least 527.

Students who do not meet admission requirement options A, B, or C arc welcome to apply, and their applications will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. The program admission recommendation will be decided by the M.S.E. degree program coordinator based on a combination of GRE scores and level of performance in undergraduate engineering coursework.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria but who do have an undergraduate engineering degree are welcome to apply as non-degree seeking students and take courses toward an M.S.E. degree. If a non-degree seeking student has at least a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.30 in his or her first 9 credit hours of CITE M.S.E. courses, that student may re-apply to the university to be considered for admission to the M.S.E. degree program.

Eligibility to take the PE exam is based primarily on completion of an ABET-accredited undergraduate engineering degree in most states. Completion of a M.S.E. graduate degree at an institution with an ABET-accredited undergraduate degree does not fulfill that requirement to take the PE exam.

Degree Requirements

Each degree candidate is required to complete at least 30-33 graduate credit hours, depending on the option chosen below (project, thesis, or coursework only), with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 for the courses included in the student’s Plan of Study. At least one-half of the minimum required hours for the degree must be earned in classes numbered 600 or above.

Each degree-seeking student must file an approved Plan of Study, developed with a faculty advisor, before the student registers for the 12th credit hour. The Academic Regulations portion of the Graduate Catalog may be consulted for additional information.

A student may only earn the M.S.E. degree once. Therefore, students wishing to complete two of the three M.S.E. majors (i.e., double major) must complete all requirements for both majors before the degree is awarded. A maximum of 12 credit hours may be counted toward both majors, as approved by the student’s academic advisor in each major. An option must be selected for each major and the two options are permitted to be different. However, each major must have its own comprehensive assessment (i.e., comprehensive project, thesis, or comprehensive examination). For example, a single thesis and defense cannot satisfy the requirements for both majors.

Students may choose to complete either the project option, the thesis option, or the coursework only option after consultation with their academic advisors.

Project Option. The comprehensive project involves the application of coursework completed as part of the degree to a practical problem. Students will work with their advisors to identify an appropriate project and scope. Students must prepare a formal written report and deliver an oral presentation to a committee. Students register for TE 699, Comprehensive Project (3 hrs.) during the semester in which their project will be completed and presented, but preliminary work on the project may commence before that semester.

Thesis Option. The thesis option involves the completion of 6 hours of research (ENGR 682) under the direction of an advisor on an approved project. Students must summarize their work in the form of a formal, written document and successfully defend the thesis before a committee. Thesis work is typically conducted over two semesters.

Coursework Only Option. Students can complete 33 hours of coursework and then complete a comprehensive examination within the last two semesters of graduation to fulfill the requirements of their degree program. Examinations will be administered once per semester for all students.

Requirements for Majors

MAJOR: Engineering Management
Project Option (30 hours)
Required courses

  • EM 620 Management of Technical Human Resources and Organizations 3 hrs.
  • EM 660 Project Management 3 hrs.
  • EM 668 Operations Management 3 hrs.
  • EM 670 Seminar in Engineering Management 3 hrs.
  • EM 675 Engineering Economics (or TM equivalent) 3 hrs
  • EM 694 – Engineering Law (3 hrs)
  • TE 699 Comprehensive Project
  • Elective courses
    See approved Engineering Management electives below 6 hrs.

Thesis Option (30 hours)
Required courses

  • EM 620 Management of Technical Human Resources and Organizations 3 hrs.
  • EM 660 Project Management 3 hrs.
  • EM 668 Operations Management 3 hrs.
  • EM 670 Seminar in Engineering Management 3 hrs.
  • EM 675 Engineering Economics (or TM equivalent) 3 hrs
  • EM 694 – Engineering Law (3 hrs)
  • ENGR 610 Applied Statistics 3 hrs.
  • ENGR 682 Research 6 hrs.
  • Elective courses
    See approved Engineering Management electives below 3 hrs.

Coursework Only Option (33 hours)
Required courses

  • EM 620 Management of Technical Human Resources and Organizations 3 hrs.
  • EM 660 Project Management 3 hrs.
  • EM 668 Operations Management 3 hrs.
  • EM 670 Seminar in Engineering Management 3 hrs.
  • EM 675 Engineering Economics (or TM equivalent) 3 hrs
  • EM 694 – Engineering Law (3 hrs)
  • ENGR 610 Applied Statistics 3 hrs.
  • Elective courses
    See approved Engineering Management electives below 12 hrs.

    Approved Elective Courses for the Engineering Management Major

  • Any EM (Engineering Management) course.
  • Any TM (Technology Management) course.
  • Any College of Business course approved in advance by the advisor.
  • Any engineering course approved in advance by the advisor.

MAJOR: Environmental Engineering
Each Environmental Engineering major must have completed the Foundation Courses listed below (and their associated prerequisites), or their equivalents as approved by his or her advisor, before being fully admitted. Until this requirement is satisfied, the student can only receive Provisional admission to the program. All other admission requirements must still be satisfied.
Foundation courses

  • ENGR 318 Fluid Mechanics
  • CE 331 Hydraulic Engineering
  • CE 432 Water/Wastewater Treatment

Project Option (30 hours)
Required courses

  • One of ENGR 610, ENGR 620, or ME 601 3 hrs.
  • ENVE 615 Environmental Chemistry 3 hrs.
  • TE 699 Comprehensive Project 3 hrs.
  • ES 514 Environmental Risk Assessment
  • ES 550 Environmental Law
  • ENGR 610 Applied Statistics 3 hrs.
  • Three courses–one per category–from among the following six categories 9 hrs.
    (1) Project Management: EM 660
    (2) Water/Wastewater: ENVE 616 or ENVE 617
    (3) Solid/Hazardous Waste: ENVE 620 or ENVE 625
    (4) Air Pollution: ENVE 611, ENVE 612. ENVE 680, or ES 604
    (5) Hydraulics/Hydrology: ENVE 670, ENVE 671, or ENVE 672
    (6) Env. Remediation/ Risk/Mgmt.: ENVE 682, ES 514, ES 620
    One of the following three courses:

  • ES 620 Environmental Management Systems
  • TE ES 640 Groundwater Principles
  • ES 646 Dynamics of Ecosystems

Transportation and Infrastructure Engineering

Any two of the following (6 hrs):

  • CE 612 – Structural Steel Design and Behavior (3 hrs)
  • CE 614 – Advanced Reinforced Concrete Structure Design and Behavior (3 hrs)
  • CE 616 – Pre-stressed Concrete Design (3 hrs)
  • CE 618 – Bridge Engineering (3 hrs)

Any two of the following (6 hrs):

  • CE 634 – Traffic Engineering (3 hrs)
  • CE 635 – Evaluation of Transportation Systems (3 hrs)
  • CE 636 – Transportation Planning (3 hrs)
  • CE 637 – Highway Safety Engineering (3 hrs)

In addition to the required courses listed above, students must complete nine hours of elective courses selected from the list below:

  • CE 612 – Structural Steel Design and Behavior (3 hrs)
  • CE 614 – Advanced Reinforced Concrete Structure Design and Behavior (3 hrs)
  • CE 615 – Finite Element Applications in Civil Engineering (3 hrs)
  • CE 616 – Pre-stressed Concrete Design (3 hrs)
  • CE 618 – Bridge Engineering (3 hrs)
  • CE 634 – Traffic Engineering (3 hrs)
  • CE 635 – Evaluation of Transportation Systems (3 hrs)
  • CE 636 – Transportation Planning (3 hrs)
  • CE 637 – Highway Safety Engineering (3 hrs)
  • CE 638 – Pavement Design (3 hrs)
  • CE 650-652 – Special Topics in Civil Engineering (3 hrs)
  • CE 699 – Civil Engineering Research (1-6 hrs)
  • EM 694 – Engineering Law (3 hrs)
  • ENVE 670 – Hydrology and Drainage Control (3 hrs)
  • ES 560 – Environmental Law (3 hrs)
  • IS 645 – Geographic Information Systems (3 hrs)