M.S. Degree Requirements

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS-All MSE Graduate Students

The following requirements are departmental; they are meant to provide details beyond those given by the Rackham Graduate School’s Academic Policies and Procedures.  Where the following requirements conflict Rackham’s Policies and Procedures, the Rackham requirements will take precedence. 

 

COGNATES

All students must take two courses (cognates) outside the MSE dept.  These cognate courses (each of two credit hours minimum) must be in a technical area, and are usually satisfied at the graduate level (400 level courses can also satisfy cognate requirements).

 

RESEARCH

All graduate students receiving financial support from the MSE dept., from the University, or from a National Fellowship must enroll in MSE 690, 990, or 995 during the term(s) they are supported.  The faculty research advisor will work closely with the student to establish a research program and officially evaluate the student’s research progress through the grading of MSE 690, 990, or 995.  Students must register for at least a total (coursework and research credits) of 8 credit hours at the Master’s and Candidate level, and at least 6 credit hours at the Pre-Candidate level, each term to maintain full time status.

 

DEPARTMENT SEMINAR SERIES

All Ph.D. students and all M.S. students who are enrolled in research and are supported by a fellowship or grant must register for 1 credit of MSE 890 (MSE Colloquium) for 4 semesters and attend at least 70% of the colloquium each semester to receive a satisfactory passing grade. All Ph.D. Candidates and Research Master’s students who are enrolled in research and not supported by a grant or fellowship are still required to attend the Colloquium series, but need not enroll in MSE 890.  Coursework Master’s students who are not enrolled in research are not required to enroll in MSE 890, but may take up to 2 credits of MSE 890.

 

COURSE SELECTION

All course selections must be approved by the faculty research advisor or the graduate advisor.  

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ENGINEERING-M.S.E.

 

Three different types of Master’s. degrees are offered: one with a primary focus on coursework (Coursework), one for CoE students to pursue a 5 year combined B.S.E./M.S.E., and one with an emphasis on research (Research) Students supported with a GSRA or research fellowship, must pursue a Research masters rather than a Coursework masters.

 

Coursework Masters
  • Students seeking a coursework M.S.E. degree must complete 30 credit hours of courses, which must be approved by the student’s advisor.  Of the 30 credit hours, up to 8 credit hours may be satisfied by MSE 690, and at least 15 credit hours of MSE department courses (excluding MSE 690) must be taken.  Students may count no more than 1 non-engineering, professionally related (e.g. business, entrepreneurship, public policy, patent law, TechCom, engineering education) course toward their coursework degree requirement, which must be approved by the Master’s Chair.   This course cannot be used as a cognate.
  • Students must take at least 2 cognate courses, at least 2 credits each in a technical area.
  • Students taking MSE 690 must submit a research report commensurate with the number of MSE 690 credits taken.  This report must be approved by the project supervisor. It may also be used as a document for the Ph.D. Prelim Exam (see Prelim Exam section below).

 

SUGS/SGUS (Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Studies)

The Rackham SUGS program was developed to promote greater enrollment of qualified College of Engineering students in the Master’s Program by making it possible for students to pursue a five-year combined B.S.E./M.S.E, B.S.E./M.S. The program does not require a dual enrollment, though a minimum of two full terms (minimum of 9 credit hours each term) of graduate enrollment in Rackham only is required.

  • SUGS students may double count up to 9 credit hours of non-required B.S.E. undergrad coursework toward the 18 credit hours. Required undergraduate courses will not be double counted, but courses elected to meet technical or free elective B.S.E. requirements may be double counted.
  • Up to 6 credit hours of the undergrad program can be transferred to the master’s degree and counted toward the 18 credit hours.  
  • All courses to be double counted or transferred are to be approved by the MSE Undergrad Program Advisor.
  • Of the 18 credit hours, up to 8 credit hours may be satisfied by MSE 690 (Research Problems in Materials Science and Engineering). Students taking MSE 690 must submit a research report commensurate with the number of MSE 690 credits taken. This report must be approved by the project supervisor.
  • SUGS students must enroll in Rackham only for two full terms minimum, paying full tuition.

 

Research Masters
  • Any student who enrolls for MSE 690 with GSRA support must complete a research Master’s degree. Students seeking a Research Master’s degree must complete 30 credit hours of courses, which must be approved by the student’s advisor.  Students may count no more than 1 non-engineering, professionally related (e.g. business, entrepreneurship, public policy, patent law, TechCom, engineering education) course toward their coursework degree requirement, which must be approved by the student’s advisor (Ph.D.) or Master’s Chair (M.S.) This course cannot be used as a cognate.
  • Students must take at least 9 credits of MSE 690.
  • Students must take at least 12 credit hours of MSE department courses.
  • Students must take at least 2 cognate courses, at least 2 credits each in a technical area and obtain a B- or better in each course.
  • Students must submit a Master’s thesis to an examining committee of three faculty members, two of which must be from MSE.  This committee will include the research advisor and two other faculty selected by the advisor in consultation with the student and approved by the Graduate Committee Chair.  The thesis may also be used as a document for the Ph.D. Prelim Exam (see Prelim Exam section below) if the student continues for a Ph.D. degree.
  • The thesis must be defended orally before this committee and approved by a majority of the committee and the advisor.
  • The oral defense may also serve as the Ph.D. Prelim Exam at the committee’s discretion.
  • This thesis should contain a critical review of background information and relevant literature, a statement of objective, a results section, and a thorough scientific analysis of these results.  It should have a degree of originality suitable for publication.
  • In the event that the student is not satisfied with the results of his/her examination(s), an appeal for arbitration can be made in sequence to the graduate committee chair, the Dept. chair, the Rackham Graduate School or the College of Engineering Ombudsman.