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University of Maryland, College Park - 2016

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Engineering Information

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 credit hours must be completed (a minimum of 124 credits for Aerospace Engineers), out of which the final 30 credits must be in residency. Students must be enrolled in their major program for the final 15 hours. To graduate students must obtain a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.0 and complete all degree requirements. Admission to the Clark School of Engineering is limited. Applicants are reviewed and will be admitted directly on a competitive basis. Evaluation is based on high school grades, standardized test scores, activities, leadership and demonstrations of potential to succeed. An applicant may select any of the majors offered within the School.

Master's Degree Requirements

A minimum of thirty semester hours in courses acceptable for credit towards a graduate degree is required (some degree programs require more than 30 credits). For a master's degree with the thesis option, six of the 30 semester hours must be thesis research credits (799). For the master's degree with the non-thesis option, a minimum of 18 credit hours in courses numbered 600 and above is required, as well as one or more scholarly papers, some portion of which must be written. In many cases, successful completion of comprehensive examinations is required by the program.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The Graduate School requires that every student seeking the Ph.D. or D.M.A. satisfactorily complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of dissertation credits (899); a student seeking an Ed.D. must satisfactorily complete a minimum of six semester hours of dissertation credits (899). The number of research and other credit hours required in the program varies with the degree and program in question.