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Engineering Information

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Engineering baccalaureate programs are housed in both the College of Engineering and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. In the College of Engineering, resident instruction is offered through 15 majors. All are of eight semesters duration, except Architectural Engineering which is a 10-semester program. All majors require 45 general education credits. Majors and total credit requirements (including the 45 general education) for the baccalaureate degrees are as follows: Aerospace Engineering 131, Biological Engineering 129, Architectural Engineering 160 (for a B.Arch E. degree), Biomedical Engineering 130 or 131, Chemical Engineering 133, Civil Engineering 127, Computer Engineering 128, Computer Science 126, Electrical Engineering 130, Engineering Science 131 (honors only program), General Engineering 127, Industrial Engineering 129, Mechanical Engineering 131, and Nuclear Engineering 129. Materials Science and Engineering requires 131 credits. An applicant must meet the following minimum requirements: (1) graduation from an accredited secondary school (GED accepted) and (2) completion of the required units of preparatory work as indicated under "Institution Profile."

Master's Degree Requirements

For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or (2) a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution. Ordinarily, an entering student must have completed in a satisfactory manner a minimum of course work in designated areas, the specific courses and amount of work depending upon the intended field of advanced study. GRE scores are required in most master's programs. A minimum of 30 graduate credits is required. At least 18 credits at the 500-level or above must be included in the program. A minimum GPA of 3.00 on 4.00 scale is needed for work at Penn State. A thesis or paper is required in all M.S. degree programs. A scholarly project/report/culminating experience is required for all M.Eng. programs. All requirements for master's degree (including acceptance of thesis, paper, or project/report/culminating experience) must be met within eight years of admission to degree status. Not all M. Eng. degrees are available at University Park location. Specific requirements vary from program to program and department to department.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or (2) a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution. Ordinarily, an entering student must have completed in a satisfactory manner a minimum of course work in designated areas, the specific courses and amount of work depending upon the intended field of advanced study. GRE scores are required. No specified number of courses/credits earned will assure attainment of the doctorate degree. A student is required to complete the program within eight years from date of successful completion of the candidacy exam. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for work at Penn State is required for doctoral candidacy, the comprehensive exam, acceptance of dissertation, final oral examination, and graduation. A candidate must demonstrate competence in English and foreign language requirements. Residency requirement: 2 consecutive semesters of full-time study over a twelve-month period during the interval between admission and completion of the Ph.D. program. Specific requirements vary from program to program and department to department.

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