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Master of Science


Please refer to the Graduate School Website and your MyMichiganTech account for deadline requirements. 

Thesis Option

This option requires a research thesis prepared under the supervision of the advisor. The thesis describes a research investigation and its results. The scope of the research topic for the thesis should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a Master’s degree in one to two years. The thesis must be prepared following the current procedures.

At least two weeks prior to the oral examination, students must

  • Schedule their examination using the Pre-defense form
  • Submit a draft thesis to the Graduate School
  • Distribute the thesis to the examining committee

The Degree schedule form must be approved before a defense is scheduled.

Students must also report the results of the oral examination and submit a final thesis to the Graduate School prior to completing their degrees.

The minimum requirements are as follows:


Course work (minimum)

20 credits

Thesis research

6–10 credits

Total (minimum)

30 credits

Distribution of course work credit

 

5000–6000 series (minimum)

12 credits

3000–4000 level (maximum)

12 credits

 

Report Option

This option requires a report describing the results of an independent study project. The scope of the research topic should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a Master’s degree in one year to a year and a half. The report must be prepared following the current procedures.

At least two weeks prior to the oral examination, students must

  • Schedule their examination using the pre-defense form
  • Distribute the report to the examining committee
  • Submit the report to the Graduate School

The Degree schedule form must be approved before a defense is scheduled.

Students must also report the results of the oral examination and submit the final report to the Graduate School using the current procedures.

Of the minimum total of 30 credits, at least 24 must be earned in course work other than the project.


Course work

24 credits

Report

2–6 credits

Total (minimum)

30 credits

Distribution of course work credit

 

5000–6000 series (minimum)

12 credits

3000–4000 level (maximum)

12 credits

 

Coursework Option

This option requires a minimum of 30 credits be earned through course work. Research credits may be used on a case-by-case basis following the approval of the Graduate Program Director. Some sample course plans follow. These are samples and do not in any way preclude other possibilities. All students should work with an advisor to design their particular path to the MSCE.

Distribution of course work credit

 

5000–6000 series (minimum)

18 credits

3000–4000 level (maximum)

12 credits

Sample course plans are available on the CEE Graduate Program website (http://www.mtu.edu/cee/graduate/civil/ms/index.html) under Course Work Option.