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Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering Degree is a non-research, 36 credit hour program.  This is designed to be a terminal degree for entering master students interested in a terminal master’s degree, who have a demonstrated need for a professional, non research degree in engineering, and have a academic interest in the department. Students considering a PhD should not enroll for this option. In addition, since this is a non-research degree, the department will not provide a student enrolled in this program any financial assistance.

Please note that the official University transcript and diploma will only indicate Master of Engineering, with no designation of the focus area.

Note: When registering for the GRE and TOEFL exams, be sure to designate the University of Missouri-Columbia and your program of interest as locations to receive the scores. MU’s Institutional Code for the GRE and TOEFL is: 6875.

There are four possible focus areas for the Master of Engineering degree:

  • ME with a focus in Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • ME with a focus in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • ME with a focus in either Electrical or Computer Engineering
  • ME with a focus in Biological Engineering

During the first semester in the graduate program, the ME students should:

  • Select a Major Advisor
    • The student’s academic advisor and the Director of Graduate studies must approve all coursework used to satisfy the credit hour requirements for this degree.
  • Develop a Program of Study with the assistance of your Major Advisor

The student’s advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies (upon recommendation of the MAE Graduate Committee) must approve all coursework used to satisfy the credit hour requirements. See more information in the ME Program of Study section.

  • The minimum degree requirement is 36 hours with a minimum of 18 hours at the 8000 level.
  • A minimum of 21 hours must be engineering courses.
  • A minimum of 18 hours must be MAE courses.
  • A minimum of 18 hours must be taken at MU.
  • A maximum of 6 hours taken at other accredited institutions may be transferred upon approval of the MAE Graduate Committee, but up to 18 hours may be transferred from a UM system institution.
  • An official transcript of this work must be on file in the MU Registrar’s office.
  • There is no mathematics requirement for this degree.
  • There is no seminar requirement for this degree

Grade Point Average (GPA)
The GPA in the Graduate School is based on the student’s entire graduate record of courses taken at MU. To remain in good standing and to graduate, a graduate student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in all graduate courses taken at MU.

Time Limit
A reasonable rate of progress toward the degree is required each semester. The program for the Master’s degree must be completed within a period of 8 years after the first enrollment according to Graduate School regulations.

Following successful completion of the Final Examination, the student must fulfill certain Graduate School and MAE departmental requirements. The Graduate School will not authorize degree completion until it receives written notification from the MAE Director of Graduate Studies that all departmental requirements have been met.

Graduate School Requirements

  1. A final examination is not required for the ME degree.
  2. The student’s academic advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies shall notify the Graduate School of the student’s completion of the required coursework for the ME degree.
  3. All incomplete grades are to be changed, signed by the student’s advisor and the Department Chairman and forwarded to the Graduate School.

Department-Specific Requirements

MAE Departmental Requirements

The ME with a focus in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering follows the general ME requirements as shown in the catalog.

  1. Letter of completion from MAE Director of Graduate Studies and advisor
  2. All departmental keys and equipment are to be returned.
  3. A forwarding address must be left with the Graduate Program Administrative Assistant.

The ME with a focus in MAE requires 18 credit hours at the 8000-level.

Students who complete an ME in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering may apply for admission to the PhD program. A statement of objectives and 3 letters of recommendation must be submitted to the Graduate Program Office. Contact the Graduate Program Secretary for additional information.

The requirements for the ME degree with Computer Science focus are the same as those for the MS in CS degree with the following exceptions:

  1. The student must complete at least 36 hours of graduate courses.
  2. A minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned from University of Missouri.
  3. At least 21 hours must be courses offered by the CS program.
  4. At least 15 hours must be 8000 level courses offered by the CS program (excluding CS 8085).
  5. CS 8980, CS 8990, and CS 9990 may not be taken.
  6. At most 3 hours of CS 8085 may be taken.
  7. No final examination is required. Only the M1 Program of Study is submitted for this program. Master of Engineering, not Computer Science, is noted on the student’s transcripts.

The entrance requirements for the MS and ME degrees are the same.

The requirements for completing the Master of Engineering degree with a focus in Electrical & Computer Engineering are the same as those for the Master of Science degree with the following exceptions.

  • The student must complete at least 36 hours of graduate courses.
  • A minimum of 30 credit hours must be earned from University of Missouri System institutions.
  • At least 18 credit hours must be taken from the ECE course offerings.
  • ECE 8085, ECE 8990, ECE 8010 cannot be taken.
  • No final examination is required.

The ME degree with a focus in Biological Engineering requires a minimum of 36 semester hours beyond the baccalaureate degree. A minimum of 15 hours must be at 8000 level and above and a minimum of 21 hours must be from engineering. For further information on the Program of Study for ME, prospective students should consult the catalog.

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