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Virginia Commonwealth University - 2016

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Engineering Information

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Completion of academic curricula with no grades in engineering or other courses identified by the chair below a C. Students in Chemical and Life Science Engineering/Chemical Engineering track must complete a minimum of 126 credits; students in Chemical and Life Science Engineering/Life Science track must complete a minimum of 127 credits; Students in computer science must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours; Students in Biomedical Engineering must complete 131 credits; all other engineering majors must complete a minimum of 130 credit hours.

Master's Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering: Students pursuing an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering must successfully complete a minimum of 24 credits hours exclusive of research credits. Each Master of Science student must successfully complete a thesis describing his or her individualized research project.

Master of Science in Computer Science: A student may choose either a thesis (24 didactic hours and 6 hours of research) or non-thesis (minimum 30 didactic credit hours) degree program. The thesis option is suggested for students who have a strong research interest or those who wish to pursue a Ph.D. degree. Interdisciplinary programs of study that involve computer science and another discipline are encouraged; however, a core of computer science courses is required. Courses not labeled CMSC must show relevance to the student’s program of study and must be submitted for approval by the C.S. Graduate Program Committee through the student’s advisor. At most 6 non-CMSC credits may be applied toward the degree.

Master of Science in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering: A student may choose either a thesis (24 didactic hours and 6 hours of research) or non-thesis (minimum 30 didactic credit hours) degree program. The thesis option is suggested for students who have a strong research interest or those who wish to pursue a Ph.D. degree. Interdisciplinary programs of study are encouraged. The program offers tracks in mechanical engineering (ME) and nuclear engineering (NE).

The Master of Science in Engineering offers both a thesis and non-thesis option in three different tracks: Chemical and Life Science Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Each student seeking the M. S. degree with a thesis is required to take a minimum of 24 didactic credits and 6 hours of research. Each student seeking a non-thesis M. S. degree is required to take a minimum of 30 didactic credits.

At least half of the credits required in the student’s program must be those designated as exclusively for graduate students; that is, those at the 600 level or above. A time limit of six calendar years, beginning at the time of first registration, is placed on work to be credited towards the M.S. degree.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

A minimum of 60 post B.S. degree credit hours, including research credits, is generally required for the doctor of philosophy degree in Engineering in three different tracks: Chemical and Life Science Engineering, Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Students holding the masters degree must complete a minimum of 9 semester credits in concentration and elective course work and 21 semester credits in dissertation research. The student’s advisor must approve all course work. The total of all credits must be at least 30 credits.

Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering: A minimum of 39 credit hours, exclusive of research credits, is generally required. This program is nominally a three-year program leading to the Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering. Prior evidence of completion of either (or both) Physiology and/or Statistics may result in a waiver of the requirements for these courses as determined by the graduate program coordinator and/or the department chair. A period of residence of at least three consecutive terms is required. Residency is defined as registration for at least nine credits per term. A joint M.D./Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering is offered in participation with the VCU School of Medicine. A time limit of eight calendar years, beginning at the time of first registration, is placed on work to be credited toward the doctor of philosophy degree.

Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering: The Ph.D. degree will require a minimum of 68 credit hours beyond the B.S. degree, or a minimum of 36 credits beyond the M.S. degree. Students can enter the Ph.D. program with either a B.S. or M.S. degree

At least half of the credits required in the student’s program must be those designated as exclusively for graduate students; that is, those at the 600 level or above. A time limit of eight calendar years, beginning at the time of first registration, is placed on work to be credited towards the PhD. degree.