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Masters in Engineering Requirements

Masters in Engineering Requirements

It's difficult to nail down the academic requirements for a graduate degree in engineering simply because the number of engineering fields that exist today. There are engineering professions related to several sciences, to technology fields, to construction, to product design and to operations or industrial management. Our review of the requirements for an engineering degree attempts to focus on the categories of study that these Master of Engineering programs have in common. There are groupings for specialization, but there are also core courses that are common to several of the engineering specialties. The goal here is to provide a snapshot of the academic rigors associated with the most common engineering fields. Engineering students at the graduate level generally hold bachelor's level degrees in the field, so the essential requirements for mathematics and physics are behind them. It is the focused advanced level studies included in a graduate level engineering curriculum that will be the challenge.

The Sciences

A master's in chemical engineering or a master's in bioengineering will have advanced level science courses along with possibly some molecular physics. In many cases the two degrees overlap. At Ohio State the electives for both degrees include Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering, Thermodynamics, Chemical Process Dynamics & Control, and others that are relevant to both disciplines. At Wayne State the Biochemical and Molecular Biology program includes courses in Protein Structure & Function and Structural Biology, both courses in molecular structure that will require a solid physics background.

Studies in Materials Engineering can get into chemistry and the processing sciences such as Structure and Characteristics of Crystalline Materials, Kinetics of Materials, and Processing of Polymers. These three courses and several others separate out specific classes of materials and zero in on the characteristics of these substances that can be manipulated for specific results. Environmental Engineering students will study fluid dynamics and revisit several areas in both biology and chemistry that have to do with treatment processes, specifically water and waste water treatment processes. Environmental Microbiology and Environmental Organic Chemistry are standard classes for this engineering degree. Engineering degrees in the sciences have many requirements in common.

Technology Engineering Requirements

The Masters in Computer Science is the gold standard for technology degrees, on an academic level and in the job marketplace. As with the sciences however, many of these degree requirements overlap. Among the requirements for the MSCS at Clemson are three classes in computer languages and translators, computer systems, and theory & complexity. From that point the degree requirements move into the structural elements including software engineering, networks and computer graphics. A degree in software engineering or in computer engineering will share many of the same class requirements, although perhaps under different titles.

Electrical engineering or electronics engineering usually have courses in microelectronics, quantum and optical electronics, and digital systems. At that point the degrees may diverge, with electrical engineering focusing on engineering modeling, advanced engineering mathematics and advanced systems design and network theory. The electronics student will probably move closer to the computer sector with courses in advanced circuit synthesis, micro fabrication & nanotechnology, and perhaps biomedical technology. California State University at Long Beach offers one degree in Electrical Engineering and another in Electrical Technology that are segregated in this fashion.

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