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University of Maryland, Baltimore County - 2017

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Engineering Information

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

UMBC confers bachelor's degrees on undergraduate students who successfully complete a course of study that meets minimum university requirements, includes general education, writing requirements, major requirements, and minor and certificate requirements (if applicable). The university reserves the right to change any provision or requirement at any time within a student's period of enrollment. If a change is made, the student has the option of following the requirements in the catalog in effect at UMBC when he or she began public higher education within the state of Maryland for the first time, provided continuous enrollment (without a two-year break). This option applies to major requirements as well as to minimum university requirements and general education. Additional majors, minors, and certificate programs may be pursued but are not required for successful completion of an undergraduate degree at UMBC. Majors in the College of Engineering and Information Technology have gateway requirements for admission to the College. ABET (EAC and CAC) Accredited. Contact the appropriate department for specific details.

Students are accepted to UMBC without regard for their declared major. Students who express an interest in Engineering or Computer Science at the time of application or change their major to an Engineering discipline or Computer Science will be designated as a Pre-Major in their declared area of study. Once they start taking classes, they will need to complete designated Gateway Courses, which they must pass before they can move to the designated major. Students who are eligible to take major courses their first semester at UMBC, based on math placement, generally finish their Gateway and are moved to Major designation within the first two years at UMBC.

To receive an undergraduate degree, students must complete a minimum of 120 academic credits, and have a minimum cumulative UMBC grade point average of 2.0. At least 45 of the minimum 120 credits required for graduation must be in UMBC courses numbered at the 300-level or above or their equivalents as determined by the relevant academic department at UMBC through processes managed by the Registrar’s Office. Students must complete at least 30 credits of course work at UMBC (referred to as resident credit), to receive a UMBC degree. Of the 30 credits in residence, 15 must be upper-level courses (courses numbered at the 300 level or above).

Master's Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 credit hours is required for the master’s degree, although some programs require more.

All requirements for the master’s degree must be completed within a five-year period. Some programs provide a choice of either a thesis or non-thesis option.

Please check with program and the Graduate School Catalog for more information about master’s degree requirements.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Each program and department establishes its own degree requirements for doctoral level study (at minimum, equivalent to three years of full-time study and research).

Please check with program and the Graduate School Catalog for more information about master’s degree requirements.