M.S.E. Requirements

Effective Spring, 2020

Masters students are offered 2 options (different combination of courses, seminars externship, and research) in order to obtain their degree.

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*:

  1. Minimum course requirements: 8 courses** at the 600-level or above:
    • 4 of which must be from civil engineering – EN.560.XXX or EN.565.XXX
    • 7 of which must be technical
  1. Required courses, but do not count towards minimum course requirements:
    • Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar – Fall semester – EN.560.691
    • Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar – Spring semester – EN.560.692
    • Academic Ethics short course EN.500.603
    • Responsible Conduct of Research short course: AS.360.624 or AS.360.625
  2. Acceptable grades: B- and above. Only one course with a grade lower than B- is allowed toward the degree requirements. No grade lower than a C- may be counted toward the course requirements.
  3. First three semesters must be full-time. The fourth semester can be part-time.*** 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
  4. CPT internship credits for international students do not count toward the completion of a M.S.E. degree
  5. Externship
  6. Transfer credits are not permitted

*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/.

**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.

***See the department Sr. 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 Ph.D. The M.S.E. degree requirements are as follows*:

  1. Minimum course requirements: 7 courses** at the 600-level or above:
    • 4 of which must be from civil engineering – EN.560.XXX or EN.565.XXX
    • 6 of which must be technical
  1. Required courses, but do not count towards minimum course requirements:
    • Research course with research advisor – Fall semester
    • Research course with research advisor – Spring semester (a two-semester research sequence)
    • Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar – Fall semester – EN.560.691
    • Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar – Spring semester – EN.560.692
    • Academic Ethics short course EN.500.603
    • Responsible Conduct of Research short course: AS.360.624 or AS.360.625
  2. Acceptable grades: B- and above. Only one course with a grade lower than B- is allowed toward the degree requirements. No grade lower than a C- may be counted toward the course requirements.
  3. Final essay that is approved by the research advisor and one additional reader who is required to be a full-time departmental faculty member. Any external reader must be approved by the Department Chair
  4. Research presentation in a public forum attended by two members of the WSE faculty or other faculty approved by the Department Chair
  5. First three semesters must be full-time. The fourth semester can be part-time.*** 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.
  6. CPT internship credits for international students do not count toward the completion of a M.S.E. degree
  7. Externship
  8. Transfer credits are not permitted

*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/.

**Academic advisors, in consultation with the faculty in the department, will determine whether the 7 courses leading to this degree are appropriate and if they have been completed satisfactorily.

***See the department Sr. 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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