M.S.E. Requirements

Effective Fall, 2017

Masters students are required to complete 8 courses, a graduate seminar, and an externship in order to obtain their degree. However, these requirements can be satisfied in a few different options. As you see, there is some flexibility and we encourage students to find the solution that works best for them.

Course-Only M.S.E. Requirements

The most common path for M.S.E. graduate students is to complete the degree through coursework alone. The M.S.E. degree requirements are as follows:

  • 8 courses, 7 of which must be technical.
  • All courses must be completed at the 600-level or above.
  • 4 of the 8 courses must be from civil engineering (EN.560.XXX or EN.565.XXX).
  • First three semesters must be full-time. The fourth semester can be part-time.*
  • No more than one course with a grade lower than a B- may be counted toward the course requirements.  No course with a grade lower than a C- may be counted toward the degree requirements.
  • Transfer credits are not permitted.
  • Enrollment in Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar (Fall – EN.560.691, Spring – EN.560.692) is required for two semesters.
  • Completion of Academic Ethics short course EN.500.603.
  • Completion of Responsible Conduct of Research short course (if required) AS.360.624 or AS.360.625.
  • Academic advisors, in consultation with the faculty in the department, will determine whether the 8 courses leading to this degree are appropriate and if they have been completed satisfactorily.
  • Students must comply with all requirements stipulated by the Whiting School of Engineering Academic Policies and Procedures as outlined at https://engineering.jhu.edu/graduate-studies/academic-policies-procedures-graduate/.

Notes:

  • Seminars, Academic Ethics (EN.500.603) and Responsible Conduct of Research (AS.360.624/625) short course are less than 3 credits each and do not count towards minimum course requirements.
  • CPT internship credits for international students do not count toward the completion of a M.S.E. degree.
  • It is expected that the degree will be completed in one year with the student enrolling in 4 courses per semester, although in select cases students may require a third semester of study.

*See the department Academic Program Coordinator or Director of Graduate Studies to determine if you are eligible for part-time status.

 

M.S.E. with Thesis Requirements

The M.S.E. with thesis option is primarily intended for students interested in pursuing a PhD.  The requirements are as follows:

  • 7 courses (6 of which must be technical).
  • Enroll in a two-semester research sequence with research advisor.
  • All courses must be completed at the 600-level or above.
  • 4 of the 7 courses must be from civil engineering (EN.560.XXX or EN.565.XXX).
  • First three semesters must be full-time. The fourth semester can be part-time.*
  • No more than one course with a grade lower than a B- may be counted toward the course requirements.  No course with a grade lower than a C- may be counted toward the degree requirements.
  • Transfer credits are not permitted.
  • Enrollment in Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar (Fall – EN.560.691, Spring – EN.560.692) is required for two semesters.
  • Completion of Academic Ethics short course EN.500.603.
  • Completion of Responsible Conduct of Research short course (required) AS.360.624 or AS.360.625.
  • The student must write a final essay that is approved by the research advisor and one additional reader who will typically be a full-time departmental faculty member. Any external reader must be approved by our Department Chair.
  • The student must present their research in a public forum attended by two members of the WSE faculty or other faculty approved by our Department Chair.
  • Academic advisors, in consultation with our departmental faculty, will determine whether the courses leading to this degree are appropriate and if they have been completed satisfactorily.
  • Students must comply with all requirements stipulated by the Whiting School of Engineering Academic Policies and Procedures as outlined at https://engineering.jhu.edu/graduate-studies/academic-policies-procedures-graduate/.

The M.S.E. with thesis program is expect to be completed in 3-4 semesters with the student enrolled in 2-3 courses per semester in addition to research. Summer research is typical but not necessary and is left to the discretion of the student and advisor.

Notes:

  • Seminars, Academic Ethics (EN.500.603) and Responsible Conduct of Research (AS.360.624/625) courses are less than 3 credits each and do not count towards minimum course requirements.
  • CPT internship credits for international students do not count toward the completion of a M.S.E. degree.

*See the Department Academic Program Coordinator or Director of Graduate Studies to determine if you are eligible for part-time status.

 

Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program

All Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s students must meet the requirements stipulated above for the respective M.S.E. program (course-only or thesis program) with the following exception:

  • The department will accept one course from JHU undergraduate studies at the 400-level or above toward the course requirements listed above.

Note:  Seminars, Academic Ethics (EN.500.603) and Responsible Conduct of Research (AS.360.624/625) courses are less than 3 credits and do not count towards minimum course requirements.

 

Instructions to Apply to the BS/MSE Program – click HERE

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