The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied
Science offers programs leading to the degree of Master of Science and Master
of Engineering, as well as Master degrees in several areas of applied science,
and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. The Schools 10 curricula are: biomedical
engineering; chemical engineering; civil engineering; computer engineering;
computer science; electrical engineering; engineering physics; materials science
and engineering; mechanical and aerospace engineering; and systems engineering.
The range of studies available within the school is designed
to satisfy a variety of objectives. Specific courses leading to a degree are
not prescribed; instead, each student prepares an individual program, with the
help of a faculty advisor, tailored to particular needs and goals and then submits
it for faculty approval.
Two types of masters degrees are available. Strong emphasis
is placed on research for the Master of Science degree. The focal point of the
M.S. is a thesis describing research accomplished in close cooperation with
the students faculty advisor. The degrees of Master of Engineering and
Master of Applied Science are professionally oriented and do not require a thesis.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree is regarded by many as a symbol
that its bearer has achieved an in-depth understanding of a segment of human
knowledge and has contributed significantly to that knowledge. The Ph.D. requires
a program of advanced study in courses and research, satisfactory completion
of Ph.D. examinations, and submission of a dissertation based on independent,