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. The program offers a broad core curriculum with opportunities for concentrated study in three areas of emphasis: Engineering ManagementEnvironmental Engineering, and Transportation and Infrastructure Engineering. Students wishing to have two areas of emphasis must meet special requirements.

Admission Requirements

Each applicant for admission to the M.S. in Engineering degree program must have an undergraduate engineering degree from an ABET-accredited college or university 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 up to 2.99, and have at least two of the following: (1) Pass the FE,(2) verbal GRE score at least 151, (3) quantitative GRE score at least 150, and (4) analytical writing GRE score atleast 4.0.

Alternatively, an applicant who has an undergraduate engineering degree from an ABET-accredited college or university and has an undergraduate GPA less than 3.00 may be considered for Provisional Admission without taking the GRE. To be removed from Provisional Admission, the student must have a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.30 at the end of his or her first 9 credit hours of CITE M.S.E. degree courses—if this provisional requirement is not met, the student will be dropped from the program.

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 CITE M.S.E. degree classes. 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, and has an undergraduate engineering degree, that student may re-apply to the university to be considered for admission to the M.S.E. degree program.

Foreign students who have an undergraduate engineering degree, but not from an ABET-accredited college or university, and who have an undergraduate GPA equivalent to at least a 2.75, can be considered for admission only on a case-by-case basis, and the program admission recommendation will be up to the judgment and decision of the program coordinator for the M.S.E. degree program, while taking into consideration the other requirements stated above as well as individual high achievement of the applicant.

Also, all international students must have an iBT TOEFL score of at least 85, or a Paper-Based TOEFL score of at least 527, prior to registering for the first semester of courses.

All students, foreign or domestic, who are admitted without an engineering degree from an ABET-accredited engineering degree program must realize that they will likely not qualify to take the FE exam or the PE exam, even if they earn the M.S.E. degree.

 

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If you are from outside the US, you may find Marshall’s International Student Information website a useful resource.

Degree Requirements

Each degree candidate is required to complete at least 30 graduate credit hours, consisting of 9 credit hours of core courses plus 21 additional hours of required courses and electives in the applicable area of emphasis, with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 for the courses included in the student’s Plan of Study. Each degree-seeking student must have an approved “Plan of Study,” developed with a faculty advisor, that must be filed before the student registers for the 12th credit hour.. Please consult the Academic Regulations portion of the Graduate Catalog for other information.

The Engineering program culminates with the comprehensive graduate project. This project is not the traditional graduate thesis with a research orientation, but rather a real-life, industry-type project in which the student undertakes an assignment that requires synthesis of all of the coursework and its application to a typical problem from a relevant subject area.

Core Courses

All Engineering degree students are required to take the following 9-hour core set of courses:

  • EM 660 – Project Management (3 hrs)
  • ENGR 610 – Applied Statistics (3 hrs)
  • TE 699 – Comprehensive Project (3 hrs)

Additional required courses vary by area of emphasis.

Requirements for Areas of Emphasis

Engineering Management

  • EM 620 – Management of Technical Human Resources and Organizations (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)
  • Two CITE elective courses approved in advance by the student’s advisor (6 hrs)

Environmental Engineering

  • ENVE 615 – Environmental Chemistry (3 hrs)
  • ENVE 681 – Environmental Engineering Design (3 hrs)
  • ES 514 – Environmental Risk Assessment (3 hrs)
  • ES 560 – Environmental Law I (3 hrs)
  • One of the following three courses:
    ES 620 Environmental Management Systems (3 hrs)
    ES 640 Groundwater Principles  (3 hrs)
    ES 646 Dynamics of Ecosystems   (3 hrs)
  • Two CITE elective courses approved in advance by the student’s advisor (6 hrs)

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)

Students Wishing to Have Two Areas of Emphasis

Master of Science in Engineering students who wish to complete two areas of emphasis must complete two comprehensive projects—one for each area of emphasis—and all the required courses for both areas of emphasis, as well as the M.S.E. core courses and needed electives as approved in advance by the student’s advisor.

To complete both the Engineering Management and the Environmental Engineering areas of emphasis, the student must complete the following courses for a total of 42 Degree Semester Hours:

  • EM 660 – Project Management (3 hrs)
  • TE 699 – Comprehensive Project (3 hrs)
  • ENGR 610 – Applied Statistics (3 hrs)
  • ENGR 687 – Independent Study (for the second comprehensive project) (3 hrs)
  • EM 620 – Management of Technical Human Resources and Organizations (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)
  • ENVE 681 – Environmental Engineering Design (3 hrs)
  • ENVE 615 – Environmental Chemistry (3 hrs)
  • ES 514 – Environmental Risk Assessment (3 hrs)
  • ES 560 – Environmental Law I (3 hrs)
  • One CITE ENVE or ES elective approved in advance by the advisor (3 hrs)

To complete both the Engineering Management and the Transportation and Infrastructure Engineering areas of emphasis, the student must complete the following courses for a total of 42 Degree Semester Hours:

  • ENGR 687 – Independent Study (for the second comprehensive project) (3 hrs)
  • ENGR 610 – Applied Statistics (3 hrs)
  • TE 699 – Comprehensive Project (3 hrs)
  • EM 660 – Project Management (3 hrs)
  • EM 620 – Management of Technical Human Resources and Organizations (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)
  • 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 – Prestressed 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)
  • One CITE CE or other related elective approved in advance by the advisor

To complete both the Environmental Engineering and the Transportation and Infrastructure Engineering areas of emphasis, the student must complete the following courses for a total of 42 Degree Semester Hours:

  • EM 660 – Project Management (3 hrs)
  • TE 699 – Comprehensive Project (3 hrs)
  • ENGR 610 – Applied Statistics (3 hrs)
  • ENGR 687 – Independent Study (for the second comprehensive project) (3 hrs)
  • ENVE 615 – Environmental Chemistry (3 hrs)
  • ENVE 681 – Environmental Engineering Design (3 hrs)
  • ES 614 – Environmental Risk Assessment (3 hrs)
  • ES 660 – Environmental Law I (3 hrs)
  • 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 – Prestressed 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)
  • One CITE ENVE or ES elective approved in advance by the advisor (3 hrs)
  • One CITE CE or other related elective approved in advance by the advisor (3 hrs)