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Clarkson University - 2016

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Engineering Information

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

The undergraduate class of 2010 and beyond must complete at least 120 credit hours to graduate, maintain at least a 2.000 cumulative average, meet the requirements of the Clarkson Common Experience, meet the requirements for a degree program as determined by the offering department, and be in residence for at least four semesters including the final undergraduate semester or, if entering with advanced standing, have completed at least half the remaining upper-level undergraduate work in residence at Clarkson.

Master's Degree Requirements

The MS and ME degrees require a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate coursework. The MS degree typically takes 18-24 months to complete, and is comprised of coursework (18 credits minimum), seminar (2 credits minimum), and research credits. The degree requires each student to complete an independent research project that leads to a written thesis which is defended orally to a committee of three faculty members. The ME program is structured to be completed by full-time students within one calendar year. The 21 hours of required coursework must include at least 12 credits earned from the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering. The remaining 9 credits include two seminar credits and 1-7 credit hours of project work. The ME degree requires completion of a design project carried out under the direction of an engineering faculty member and culminating in a written report.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The PhD degree requires each student to complete a minimum of 90 graduate credit hours (60 past the MS degree), comprised of coursework (credit requirements vary), seminar (6 credits minimum), and research credits. A comprehensive examination in the major field of study must be taken within two years after admission to the PhD program. An independent and original research project that leads to a written dissertation and is defended orally to a committee of five faculty members must be completed as part of the final examination. The PhD degree typically takes 3-5 years to complete. An off-campus option allows students working full time to integrate work-related research with requirements for the PhD.