Graduate Programs in Engineering
The College of Engineering offers a Master of Science in Engineering, a Master of
Science in Engineering Management and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Sciences,
allowing applicants with various backgrounds and goals to be accommodated.
Applicants seeking admission to a graduate program in engineering must have received
a bachelor’s degree in a field of engineering from an ABET accredited engineering
or closely related program or, in the case of foreign students, must present evidence
of an equivalent preparation. Furthermore, applicants are expected to have a grade-point
average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for undergraduate work and all graduate and post-bachelor
work. Applicants who have an undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 may be considered
for probationary admission on a case-by-case basis which will include a review of
their last 60 hours of engineering course work and GRE scores. In addition, the student
is required to complete the GRE with scores indicating that the student will perform
well in a strong graduate program.
Furthermore, all students must complete all requirements for the graduate courses
in which they wish to enroll, and must meet any additional general requirements as
may be stipulated by the Graduate School or the College of Engineering.
Master of Science in Engineering Degree Requirements
After admission, students are required to select an area of concentration (either
civil, environmental, electrical, mechanical, or naval architecture or marine engineering).
A choice is provided between a thesis or a research program, calling for 30 hours
of graduate work, including six hours of thesis research; and a non-thesis (or course
only) option, requiring 33 hours of graduate credit.
Applicants without an Undergraduate Degree in Engineering
Applicants with Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics, the sciences, or other
undergraduate degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Such students must
complete a core program specific to each department including any prerequisite for
each or pass the equivalent credit examinations with a grade of “B” or better. Such
students would be best advised by the particular department in which they seek to
Concentrations are allowed in the following areas:
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering Management
The College of Engineering offers an M.S. degree in Engineering Management. This program
makes use of the expertise and resources of the faculty of both the College of Engineering
and the College of Business Administration. This program is intended for engineers
who wish to remain in their engineering area of expertise but desire to improve their
managerial skills and their understanding of business practices.
Students admitted into the master of science of engineering management must possess
an undergraduate degree in engineering. Candidates for the engineering management
graduate program must meet the general University of New Orleans criteria for admission
to the Graduate School. Applicants are expected to have an undergraduate GPA of at
least 3.0. Applicants who have an undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 may be considered
for probationary admission on a case-by-case basis which will include a review of
their last 60 hours of engineering course work and GRE scores.
Master of Science in Engineering Management Degree Requirements
Both the thesis and non-thesis options are available for the degree of Master of Science
in Engineering Management.
Completion of 33 credit hours including 18 credit hours of required core courses and
three credit hours for a capstone course. The remaining 12 credit hours must be selected
from approved electives.
Completion of 30 credit hours including a minimum of six credit hours of thesis research,
and 18 credit hours of required core courses. The remaining six credit hours must
be selected from approved electives.
Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering and Applied Science
The Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering and Applied Science is an interdisciplinary,
integrative degree involving faculty from the College of Engineering and the College
of Sciences. The program is designed for those engineers who will extend the frontiers
of engineering. The graduate will have knowledge that is both broad in fundamentals
as well as strongly focused in the area of his/her research. Research is the centerpiece
of a Ph.D. program. It is expected that the graduate’s research will substantially
expand the knowledge of the engineering profession.
Admission to the doctoral program is based on reasonable evidence that the applicant
will prove capable of scholarly research on a broad intellectual foundation. All students
enrolling in the program must have a Master’s degree from an accredited college or
university in engineering, physics, mathematics, geology/geophysics, computer science,
or a closely related field, or be willing to complete coursework required in an existing
Master’s program in one of the participating departments at UNO while pursuing the
Ph.D. Admission decisions will be based primarily on grade-point average, Graduate
Record Examination scores, and letters of recommendation. Foreign applicants (non-English
speaking countries) must also have a satisfactory TOEFL score.
Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering and Applied Science Degree Requirements
Students enrolled in the program must satisfy all general requirements of the UNO
Graduate School. Following are the formal procedural requirements for students to
receive the Ph.D. degree in Engineering and Applied Science.
Ph.D. candidates must complete a minimum of 51 semester credit hours of graduate course
work in an approved program beyond the Bachelor’s degree, not including the dissertation.
The credit hours may include up to 30 semester hour credits obtained in a Master’s
degree program, if the area of the Master’s degree is relevant to the doctoral program.
Up to six of these 30 credits may be for thesis research. In addition, a doctoral
dissertation based on the results of original research under the guidance of a faculty
committee and defended in a public examination is required for the doctoral program.
At least 30 semester hours of dissertation credit must be earned.
Departments participating in the program are Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Architecture
and Marine Engineering, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics,
and Physics. The student’s dissertation advisory committee will consist of at least
five members. No more than three can be from any one department. There must be at
least one committee member from each of the colleges of Engineering and Sciences.
Program qualification, in the form of a Qualifying Examination, is administered by
the department of the principal advisor(s). It is based on material in a typical departmentalized
master’s degree program, or equivalent. Courses are chosen with the consent of the
dissertation advisory committee. The committee shall consider the interdisciplinary
nature of the program when it approves the courses. A minimum of nine credits (three
courses) must be taken in each college. A General (comprehensive) Examination will
be administered by the dissertation advisory committee. The examination will be based
on material in the student’s program of study. After passing the General Examination
the Ph.D. student is expected to write a dissertation prospectus and defend it before
the dissertation advisory committee. After a successful defense and committee approval
of the prospectus, the student may pursue research leading to the dissertation. (The
student must register for a minimum of 12 dissertation credits before successful defense
and approval of the prospectus provided that Program Qualification has been successfully
completed.) The dissertation should reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the program.
There must be a final public defense of the dissertation administered by the dissertation
Teaching and research assistantships are available to qualified graduate students
on a competitive basis.