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, Civil and 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 CECS 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 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 ENGR 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 30 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.

Major: Engineering Management

Coursework-Only 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 OR ES 550 – Environmental Law (3 hrs.)
ENGR 610 – Applied Statistics (3 hrs.)
Elective courses
See approved Engineering Management electives that follow. (9 hrs.)

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 OR ES 550 – Environmental Law (3 hrs.)
ENGR 610 – Applied Statistics (3 hrs.)
ENGR 699 – Comprehensive Project (3 hrs.)
Elective courses
See approved Engineering Management electives that follow. (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 OR ES 550 – Environmental Law (3 hrs.)
ENGR 610 – Applied Statistics (3 hrs.)
ENGR 682 – Research (6 hrs.)
Elective course
See approved Engineering Management electives that follow. (3 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: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Each Civil and Environmental Engineering major must have completed the Foundation Courses listed below (and their associated prerequisites), or their equivalents as approved by their 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 312 – Structural Analysis
CE 342 – Transportation Engineering
CE 413 – Reinforced Concrete or CE 414 – Steel Design
CE 331 – Hydraulic Engineering
CE 351 – Environmental Engineering

Coursework Only Option (30 hours)
Required courses
One of: ENGR 610, ENGR 620, or ME 601 (3 hrs.)
EM 660 – Project Management (3 hrs.)

Elective courses (24 hrs.)

Project Option (30 hours)
Required courses
One of: ENGR 610, ENGR 620, or ME 601 (3 hrs.)
EM 660 – Project Management (3 hrs.)
TE 699 – Comprehensive Project (3 hrs.)

Elective courses (21 hrs.)

Thesis Option (30 hours)
Required courses
One of: ENGR 610, ENGR 620, or ME 601 (3 hrs.)
EM 660 – Project Management (3 hrs.)
ENGR 682 – Research (6 hrs.)

Elective courses (18 hrs.)

Elective Courses for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Major

  • Any CE (Civil Engineering) graduate course approved in advance by the student’s advisor
  • Any ENVE (Environmental Engineering) graduate course approved in advance by the student’s advisor.
  • Any EM (Engineering Management) graduate course approved in advance by the student’s advisor.
  • Any ES (Environmental Science) graduate course approved in advance by the student’s advisor.
  • Any ENGR (Engineering) graduate course approved in advance by the student’s advisor.
  • Other graduate courses approved in advance by the student’s advisor, up to 6 credit hours.

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