Courses in the Master of Engineering program are offered on a rotating basis. Some courses are offered every year, but many are only offered every two or three years. This means students must plan their schedule carefully with regard to prerequisite courses. Certain specialty courses are offered on perceived need as well as in response to requests by students and faculty.

A representative list of courses includes those in mathematics, civil engineering, environmental engineering, engineering mechanics, computer engineering, electrical engineering, physics, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, metallurgy, nuclear engineering, environmental pollution control, and computer science. Please see the program office for a list of recommended courses and their tentative schedule.

The program requirements are summarized as follows:

  • Five courses: 500-level course from Mathematics, Computer Science, or Engineering – 15 credits
  • Two courses: 400 or 500-level course from Mathematics – 6 credits
  • Two courses: 400 or 500-level course from Mathematics, Computer Science, or Engineering – 6 credits
  • One course: M.Eng. paper – 3 credits
  • Program total – 30 credits

Students can enroll in 400 or 500-level courses in: Civil Engineering (C E), Computer Science (COMP), Electrical Engineering (E E), Environmental Engineering (ENVE), Mathematical Science (MATH), and Mechanical Engineering (M E).

Prerequisite Courses

Students may be admitted to the program from various disciplines. Students applying for admission are expected to have completed the following core courses:

  • physics through modern physics;
  • mathematics through differential equations;
  • one course in engineering thermodynamics;
  • one course in electrical circuits;
  • basic courses in engineering statics, dynamics, and strength of materials;
  • computer programming.

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