9: School of Graduate Engineering and Applied Science

General Information | Degree Programs | Program Descriptions | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Admission Requirements | Financial Assistance | Special Fellowships | General Requirements
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)

Master of Science

The Master of Science degree is a graduate research degree. It introduces a student to research at the graduate level. A full-time student may be able to complete the program in one and one-half calendar years. The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers instruction leading to the degree of Master of Science in the following fields: Applied Mathematics, Applied Mechanics, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nuclear Engineering and Systems Engineering.

The department chairperson will appoint an advisor to each graduate student for consultation in preparing a program of study. The program of study should be approved by the advisor and the department chairperson and be submitted to the Office of the Dean by the end of the first semester of graduate study. No graduate credit is automatically granted for any course completed before the program of study is approved. Any later change in the program of study must be submitted for approval. Approval of a program of study does not obligate the University to offer the courses listed, as all graduate courses are offered subject to sufficient enrollment. Candidates who complete the degree requirements and are approved by the faculty will be presented for degrees at the first scheduled graduation exercise of the University following completion of the requirements.

Degree Requirements   A candidate for the Master of Science degree must fulfill the following general requirements:

  1. Completion of an approved program of study. The program of study shall include a minimum of 24 credits of graduate-level courses, of which a minimum of 12 credits must be in the area of major study. A program of study may contain no more than a total of nine credits of 500-level courses with no more than six credits from within the degree program. Departmental requirements may be more restrictive. The program of study may include a maximum of six transfer credits for graduate courses completed at another school of recognized standing or of University of Virginia courses taught by adjunct faculty or a combination of these two. The courses for which such credit may be granted must be part of the approved program of studies at the University. Only courses with a grade of B or better may be transferred.
  2. Completion of acceptable research accomplished under the close direction of a faculty advisor. The research shall be documented in a written thesis. Written instructions for thesis preparation are available in the Office of the Dean.
  3. Satisfactory performance in a final examination of the thesis conducted by an examining committee appointed by the Office of the Dean. Depending upon the policy of the individual department, at least one examiner may be from outside the applicant's major department. A candidate who does not give a satisfactory performance on the examination may, upon the recommendation of two-thirds majority of the examining committee, be granted a further examination after being given adequate time to prepare.
  4. Submission of the approved thesis. Three copies of the final thesis as approved by the examining committee must be submitted for binding by the date specified in the academic calendar.
  5. Application for degree, using a standard form, made by the date specified in the academic calendar.
  6. Completion of at least one semester in residence at the University of Virginia as a full-time student.
  7. Completion of a comprehensive examination, if required by the student's department.


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