M.S. in Engineering

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MSEM suite classAdvance your career with a master’s degree in engineering. Our convenient evening classes provide the flexibility your schedule demands.

MSOE’s Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) program is an interdisciplinary engineering program with primary emphases in the areas of electrical engineering (EE) and mechanical engineering (ME). A key component of the MSE program is the breadth of engineering background that students gain in areas of systems engineering, EE and ME. Additionally, each student is offered some degree of concentration through the selection of an engineering option and electives.

This interdisciplinary approach is a distinguishing feature of MSOE’s program and students are encouraged to take engineering courses both within and outside of their discipline. Courses cover topics like simulation and modeling, operations research, quality engineering, advanced engineering mathematics, finite element analysis, advanced mechanics, fluid power systems, data communications, control systems and advanced electronic systems.

The MSE program’s major emphasis is on the further development of engineering knowledge and skills in an effort to enhance the productivity of the practicing engineer. The program provides a flexible platform for students to take either an integrated approach or a specialized approach to meet the demands of their career. The course work emphasizes engineering concepts and theory through presentation, and faculty bring extensive industry experience to the classroom.

A nine-credit capstone engineering project option is included as part of the program. A non-project option is also available, which includes two specialty courses and a three-credit engineering paper in the specialty.

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Curriculum Format

All classes are offered in the evening, providing convenient scheduling. The program is designed for individuals who hold bachelor degrees in engineering, engineering technology or other closely related areas. Each student works with the program director to plan a course of study tailored to his or her needs. Typically, a total of 45 graduate credits is required to complete the program, but degree requirements may vary depending upon the type of bachelor’s degree.

MSE Program Options

Each student selects either a capstone engineering project or the non-project option.

The engineering project option can either draw from the multiple disciplines studied within the program or focus more on technical areas within the student’s chosen engineering discipline. After consulting with a faculty advisor, each student develops an engineering project proposal and presents it for approval before a committee.

The non-project option requires a two-course sequence in 700- or 800-level EE/ME specialty courses and a final course (GE-791) in which a specialty paper is written. Each student completes an analysis/design of a certain aspect of the chosen specialty and presents it both orally and in writing.

100% Online delivery

Geography is not a constraint for students interested in completing the MSE at a distance. In addition to the face-to-face class format, there is also the option to take courses via 100% online distance delivery. The rich faculty, student interaction that is the hallmark of the MSE is replicated in online classes creating dynamic and flexible learning environments. Students can choose which format best fits their lives, while advancing their learning and professional skills.

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Admission Checklist and Requirements

For more information, contact:

Graduate & Professional Education
(800) 321-6763

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Curriculum Content

The MSE program has the following credit requirements from each of the following disciplines:

MA-703 Partial Differential Equations

Systems Engineering
GE-601 System Dynamics
GE-611 Numerical Methods
GE-703 Simulation and Modeling

Industrial Engineering
IE-612 Operations Research
IE-613 Quality Engineering

Electrical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering
Choice of four core courses from EE and/or ME

Two courses from AE, EE, GE, IE, ME, PH, CS or EM

Engineering Project Option
GE-796 Proposal Development
GE-797 Engineering Project I
GE-798 Engineering Project II


Non-project Option:
EE/ME 7-8XX Core V
EE/ME 7-8XX Core VI
GE-791 Engineering Specialty Paper

*MSOE follows an academic quarter system. The 45 quarter credits required in this program equate to approximately 30 semester credits of contact and class time.

Objectives and Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

  • Graduates create new value in a process or product at their workplace through application of advanced engineering skills and knowledge
  • Graduates advance in their careers as a direct result of completing the degree

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the MSE program will:

  • be able to utilize advanced mathematics, with a primary focus on numerical methods and models, to solve engineering problems involving multivariate differential systems
  • have demonstrated an ability to apply advanced engineering principles to complex problems in his or her chosen specialty
  • have demonstrated an ability to integrate and analyze information in a chosen specialty in the form of scholarly work, either as an independent specialty paper or as an independent engineering project
  • have the ability to effectively present and communicate technical concepts, both orally and in writing

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