General Information | Degree Programs | Program Descriptions | Course Descriptions | Faculty
Admission Requirements |
Financial Assistance |
Special Fellowships |
Right to Petition | Transfer Credit | Air Force and Army ROTC | Graduate Degree Credit for Undergraduates
Joint Degree Program | Master of Science | Master of Engineering | Part-time Graduate Students
Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program | Doctor of Philosophy
Virginia Consortium of Engineering and Science Universities (VCES)
The broad 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, with the help of a faculty advisor, an individual program tailored to particular needs and goals and submits it for faculty approval.
Two types of master's 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 the research accomplished in close cooperation with the student's faculty advisor. The degree of Master of Engineering and the applied science master's degrees do not require a thesis and are professionally oriented.
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 comprehensive examinations, and submission of a dissertation based on independent original research.
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