Master of Science Degree: Thesis Option

The Master of Science with thesis option requires a minimum of 32 semester credit hours of approved courses and research. Of those hours, 16 credit hours must be formal course work (see below for the list of required courses). The remaining credits are for research, electives, and internship hours as applicable.

The specific course requirements of the department appear in this section. Satisfactory completion of an equivalent course at another institution is an acceptable fulfillment of the departmental requirement. Only technical (science or engineering) courses can satisfy these requirements.

The student must complete 16 hours of core courses:

  • SENG 655: Process Safety Engineering (3 credits)
  • SENG 670: Industrial Safety Engineering (3 credits)
  • SENG 660: Quantitative Risk Analysis (3 credits)
  • SENG 677: Fire Protection Engineering (3 credits)
  • STAT 601: Statistics (4 credits)

Total Credits: 16 “core” credits

The remaining 16 credit hours may be obtained through research (SENG 691), directed studies (SENG 685), internships (SENG 684), and/or elective courses subject to the approval of your advisor.

  • The electives must be formal graduate-level courses and should be approved your Chair and Program Director. In special cases, up to 9 hours of advanced undergraduate level courses may be taken. A written request by the student must be submitted and approved by the student’s Committee Chair and the Program Director.
  • Graduate courses completed at other institutions and passed with a grade of B or better may be used towards satisfying the electives. With approval of the Program Director, up to nine credit hours may be transferred from other institutions. These courses cannot have been used towards another degree.
  • All degree plans must have at least 1 hour of research SENG 691 included.
  • In addition, 2 hours of SENG 681 (Seminar) may be taken towards the degree plan.

It is important to note that no more than 12 hours may be used in any combination of the following categories:

  • No more than 8 hours of 691 (Research).
  • No more than 8 hours of 685 (Directed Studies).
  • No more than 3 hours of 690 (Theory of Research) may be used.
  • No more than 3 hours of 695 (Frontiers in Research) may be used.

Please note the following additional credit hour requirements and restrictions:

  • There is a maximum of 2 hours of 681 (Seminar) allowed towards the degree.
  • In special cases, a maximum of 9 hours of advanced undergraduate courses (300-or 400-level) may be used. The student must submit a written request to the Program Director and obtain approval from your Committee Chair.
  • No credit may be obtained by correspondence study.
  • For graduate courses of three weeks’ duration or less, taken at other institutions, up to 1 hour of credit may be obtained for each five-day week of coursework. Each week of coursework must include at least 15 contact hours.
  • Continuing education courses may not be used for graduate credit.
  • Extension courses are not acceptable for credit.
  • Exceptions to the above will be permitted only in unusual cases and when petitioned by the student’s advisory committee and approved by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Thus, based on the above, a typical degree plan will include:

  • 16 hours of “core” credits
  • 16 hours of electives, internships, directed studies, and research.

For information on available electives please click here.