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.

Master of Science in Engineering

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering

  1. For a chosen problem, develop and specify appropriate physical or system models.
  2. Specify or design an experiment to meet a need, conduct the experiment, analyze and explain the resulting data.
  3. Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems (physical or system. models) by selecting and applying appropriate mathematical/computational tools and techniques.
  4. Synthesize advanced technical knowledge in a traditional or emerging area of:
    Civil and Environment Engineering
    Electrical Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Admission

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 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 prior to consideration with scores indicating that the student will perform well in a rigorous 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 stipulated by the Graduate School and the College of Engineering.

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 enroll.

Degree Requirements

After admission, students are required to select an area of concentration. A choice is provided between a thesis or a research program, calling for 30 hours of graduate credit, including six hours of thesis research; and a non-thesis option, requiring 30 hours of graduate credit, including three hours of a Master’s project (ENEE 6095 or ENME 6095 or ENCE 6095 or NAME 6093).

Both options require that at least 15 course credit hours be at the 6000-level. Up to 6 credit hours may be taken, upon advice of the student’s advisor, in related subjects outside of the College of Engineering.

Concentrations

Concentrations are allowed in the following areas:

  • Civil/Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Graduate Certificate in Coastal Engineering

Student Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this certificate, students should be able to:

  1. Utilize basic principles of wind and wave generation to understand coastal sediment transport 
  2. Design gravity dams, spillways, drop structures, stilling basins, sector gates and outfall structures 
  3. Design levees and analyze slope stability, settlement, and seepage
  4. Compute sediment load using principles of sediment transport.
  5. Estimate cost for different dredging methods in the context of coastal restoration.
  6. Utilize principles of coastal morphodynamics to predict delta evolution, shoreline change, and marsh edge erosion.

Program of study requirements

  1. Undergraduate degree from an accredited university in Engineering and Sciences (Civil, Environmental, Earth Sciences, Geology, etc.)
  2. Each certificate can be earned after successful completion of four (4) graduate level courses in the area of coastal engineering and sciences offered by UNO over a two-year period (Spring and Fall semesters).
  3. The four courses are: Ocean and Coastal Engineering, Coastal Processes, Sediment Transport and Dredging, and Design of Coastal and Hydraulic Structures. Each course will be offered for 3 credit hours
  4. The cumulative grade point average (GPA) of the four courses must be a minimum of a B average (3 .0) to earn the certificate.
  5. All students will have to get admission to UNO prior to registering for the courses towards the certificate
  6. All courses will be offered in a dual format (classroom + online over the internet). This will provide opportunity for practicing engineers to take advantage of the certificate program.
  7. Certificate courses can be taken by practicing engineers with a bachelors degree in Engineering, Sciences, or related fields. The students can also use these courses towards their M.S. in Engineering program.

Master of Science in Engineering Management

The College of Engineering offers a Master of Science in Engineering Management degree. 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering Management

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of engineering management methods for use in technology organizations.
  2. Apply knowledge of technical organizations at a strategic level, and the role and practices of the various business functions.
  3. Apply modern tools for effective engineering management.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to construct and perform an effective presentation related to capstone project.
  5. Perform advanced research in engineering management theory or practice.

Admission

Students admitted into the master of science of engineering management must possess a baccalaureate degree in engineering, mathematics, or an applied science. 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 admission on a case-by-case basis, which will include a review of their last 60 hours of coursework and GRE scores. In addition, the student is required to complete the GRE, prior to consideration, with scores indicating that the student will perform well in a strong graduate program.

Degree Requirements

Both the Non-Thesis and Thesis options are available for the degree of Master of Science in Engineering Management. Students may select a concentration in Systems Innovation Engineering. Students pursuing the Systems Innovation Engineering concentration are required to take MANG 5750 as well as three elective courses chosen from systems-based, domain specific courses in either Engineering, Computer Science, or Business.

Non-thesis Option

Completion of 30 credit hours including 18 credit hours of required core courses and three credit hours for a capstone course. The remaining 9 credit hours must be selected from approved electives.

Thesis Option

Completion of 30 credit hours including 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Engineering
Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science

  1. Students are expected to exhibit a graduate-level understanding of basic theoretical views and computational/experimental methods in engineering and applied sciences, as well as advanced expertise within their chosen specialty.
  2. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to conduct an independent research program. This may involve designing and running experiments or conducting computational analyses, analyzing and interpreting data, and presenting the findings in writing in the context of the existing literature in the field.
  3. Students will be able to appraise, analyze and assess advanced topics in their specific discipline via oral communication.

Admission

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, earth and environmental sciences, 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 provide proof of English proficiency (see Graduate School).

Degree Requirements

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 dissertation research. 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. 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 completion of the doctoral program. At least 30 semester hours of dissertation research 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, of which no more than three can be from the major department, and one must be from the other college. 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. Therefore, at least nine credits (three courses) must be completed from the college that does not offer the major. 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 dissertation should reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the program. There must be a final public defense of the dissertation administered by the dissertation advisory committee.

Financial Aid

Teaching and research assistantships are available to qualified graduate students on a competitive basis.