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Master of Engineering

The Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering offers a graduate program leading to a master of engineering degree. Students in this program can take courses in engineering and up to nine credits in an area related to their concentration. This program capitalizes on the strengths of the Donald P. Shiley School of Engineering and caters to the individual needs of the graduate student. Courses in engineering are selected from civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering, as well as computer science.

Key Features

  • Collaborative and interdisciplinary curriculum.
  • Nine credits of foundation courses in advanced math, instrumentation and/or business.
  • Engaged and committed faculty.
  • Small cohort size, typically around 10 students.
  • Hands-on experience and projects.
  • Focus on preparation for industry, no thesis required.
  • Open to all STEM majors.


The program is structured to allow most students to complete the coursework in 12 months if attending full-time. It is also fine to spread the courses out over several years. An example for a 12 month program course plan is shown below. The program electives may be taken during any academic term depending on the student’s desired course load. 30 credits of graduate courses are required.

Fall Spring Summer
  • Foundation Course 1
  • Foundation Course 2
  • Elective 1
  • Elective 2
  • Foundation Course 3
  • Elective 3
  • Elective 4
  • Elective 5
  • Elective 6
  • Elective 7

The electives in the program are intended to help a student focus in a specific topic area. Clusters of classes are available for specific focus areas.

Focus Elective Classes
Energy and Environment Possible classes include Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Electric Power Systems, Turbomachinery, Combustion, Energy Conversion,  Economic and Metrics for Sustainability, Water Resources Engineering, Open Channel Flow, Water and Wastewater Design, Innovation for Sustainability. Additional courses based on student interest may also apply. Some courses may require additional pre-requisites.

Student Selected

Students select courses from engineering, computer science, business with the help of a faculty advisor to align with specific career objectives. Past students have developed programs based on controls and automation, structures, and engineering management. What might your new degree look like?.

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 Have Questions?

 Feel free to contact Dr. Sharon A. Jones, Graduate Program Director.