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The Master of Engineering (MEng) is a non-thesis degree that provides students advanced specialized training intended to prepare them to transition to technical positions in industry or doctoral graduate programs in science or engineering. Students deepen their understanding by completing advanced coursework in foundational MSEN topics, such as thermodynamics, kinetics, solid-state physics, and mechanical behavior of materials. Furthermore, students broaden their exposure to new topics through attendance at seminars and through coursework in specialized areas of MSEN.

Both Master of Science non-thesis and Master of Engineering non-thesis have the same degree plan requirements and coursework. The only difference is the title of the degree that you will earn upon graduating.

Courses Credits
MSEN 601 - Fundamental Materials Science and Engineering 3
MSEN 602: Physics of Materials 3
MSEN 603: Fundamentals of Soft and Biomaterials 3
MSEN 640: Thermodynamics 3
Designated Electives: 3 Courses or 9 credits from the designated electives list 9
Free Electives: 1; on an individual basis, the student will consult with his/her committee chair to choose additional courses appropriate to research area 3
Mathematics - One mathematics course selected from MATH 601-604, STAT 601, STAT 630, PHYS 615 & 616 (select one) 3-4
MSEN 681: Seminar (Maximum 2 hrs) 1
Total Semester Credit Hours Required for Degree 30
Course Catalog


  • Background Course Requirements are eligible to be waived at the discretion of the instructor and graduate program director; if the student has taken a relevant (MSEN) lower degree (Bachelor's/Master's) or by exam.
    • Waiver Process: students should submit request directly to the course instructor cc’ing the graduate advisor so that approval/denial can be documented in the students Departmental Record. Student should submit supporting evidence such as transcript, course description, and syllabi for review.
    • Even if students are waived from Background Courses they must still have a total 30 credits to earn their degree.
  • Combination of following courses may not exceed 12 hours:  MSEN 685 (Directed Studies) and MSEN 684 (internship).
    • Non Thesis student cannot use MSEN 691 (Research) toward their degree plan.
    • Remaining credit hours may be taken from other courses as per graduate catalog.
    • The maximum number considered for transfer credit is twelve (12) hours.
    • Nine (9) hours must be completed in residence -- one long semester or a full summer session.
  • Faculty advisor recommends courses based on student’s completed educational work, research and professional interests.

Committee: Minimum 1 member; must be approved MSEN core faculty, joint faculty, or affiliated faculty.