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The George Washington University - 2016

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Engineering Information

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science programs require from 126 to 140 credit hours, and Bachelor of Arts programs require from 120 to 131 credit hours. Specific options are offered in most degree programs, and some of these require additional credit hours. Example options include the medical preparation option in most programs, the environmental engineering and transportation engineering options in civil engineering, the computer security and information assurance option in computer science, and the aerospace engineering, biomechanical engineering, and patent law options in mechanical engineering. Five year bachelor's/master's degree programs are available.

Sixty hours must be completed in residence. Full-time students normally complete their programs
in four years. The core curriculum -- the program of the first four semesters -- provides the base
of scientific principles and mathematical techniques necessary for the professional courses taken in the last four semesters.

Master's Degree Requirements

The minimum program consists of 30 credit hours of approved graduate-level courses in the Departments of Computer Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering, 33 in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and 36 in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering. With the approval of the department, the student may elect an optional master's thesis program that consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours of approved graduate-level courses (30 credit hours in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering) and a master's thesis (6 credit hours). Students whose undergraduate study does not include necessary prerequisites may be required to take additional course work.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Upon admission to the first stage of the program (that is, study of related fields culminating in the qualifying examination), the student is assigned a faculty advisor who directs his or her studies. In some departments a faculty committee may be appointed instead of a single advisor. Programs of study are structured to include a major field and in some departments one or two minor or supporting fields. Students should verify minor requirements with their department or advisor.

A minimum of 30 credit hours in a formal program at the graduate level beyond master's study or, for students without master's degrees, a minimum of 54 credit hours in a formal program at the graduate level beyond the baccalaureate, is required. In many cases, particularly when the student undertakes a doctoral program in a field other than that in which the earlier degree was obtained, the program of study exceeds the minimum number of credit hours. All doctoral students take a minimum of 24 hours of dissertation research.

Students admitted to doctoral study are encouraged to undertake one year of full-time study on campus. In general, the advisor will require the student to register for a minimum of 6 credit hours of course work in every semester except the summer sessions.

To be admitted to the qualifying examination, the student must have an overall grade-point average of 3.2. The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering require a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.4.

If a doctoral student receives two grades of F or three grades below B-, graduate study is terminated and further enrollment is prohibited. Courses in which the student earns grades below B- are not included in the total credit-hour requirement for the degree.