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 Engineering

The Master of Engineering degree is a graduate professional degree. It enhances the professional instruction of the bachelor's program in engineering or applied science, providing the student with greater knowledge and deeper understanding in a specific field. A full-time student should be able to complete the degree program in one calendar year. The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers instruction leading to the degree of Master of Engineering in the following fields: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and Systems Engineering.

The degrees of Master of Applied Mathematics, Master of Applied Mechanics, Master of Computer Science, Master of Engineering Physics, and Master of Materials Science and Engineering are also offered.

The department chairperson will appoint an advisor to each graduate student for consultation in preparing a program of study. The program of study must 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.

Degree Requirements   A candidate for the Master of Engineering degree, or for the degrees of Master of Applied Mathematics, Master of Computer Science, Master of Engineering Physics, or Master of Materials Science and Engineering, must fulfill the following general requirements.

  1. Completion of an approved program of study. The program of study shall include a minimum of 30 credits of graduate level courses, of which a minimum of 18 credits must be in the area of major study. A program of study may contain no more than a total of nine credit hours of 500-level courses with no more than six credit hours from within the degree program. Departmental requirements may be more restrictive. The program of study may include a maximum of 12 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 study at the University. Only courses with a grade of B or better may be transferred.
  2. Application for degree, using a standard form, made by the date specified in the academic calendar.
  3. Completion of a comprehensive exam, if required by the student's department.


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