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Engineering Graduate Program

College of Engineering

Major in Engineering (Major Code: 5128)

Introduction

Increasingly, today’s engineers are expected to have interdisciplinary knowledge of all facets of engineering. The Master’s of Science in Engineering program is designed to prepare engineers for anything they’ll see in their career — even if it’s not the specialty they studied in undergraduate courses. In this program, students gain working knowledge of many engineering disciplines, from mechanical to civil, environmental to electrical, while also having the flexibility to concentrate on a specific area. This degree provides a rare opportunity to expand skills into all facets of engineering while augmenting skills in a chosen specialization.
  
The Master’s of Science in Engineering program offers two options:

  • A 30-hour in-person thesis track designed for students who may be planning to continue to a doctoral program or considering a career in R&D. Students may benefit from WTAMU’s institutional agreement with Texas A&M University for acceptance into its doctoral program and potential scholarship opportunities.
  • A 36-hour non-thesis program with 100% online options, designed to meet workforce needs with flexible scheduling for working professionals.

Due to visa regulations, International Students with non-immigrant F1 visa status will not be admitted into the 36 credit hour online track. 
 
Students who are well suited to this program are:

  • Driven by a need to discover
  • Intrigued by research and design
  • Pursuing research because of a passion to learn new things
  • Interested in developing and learning skills in new areas of engineering while enhancing skills in their own area.

In addition to the benefits of strong industry ties and advanced labs, WTAMU has dedicated faculty and advisers involved in challenging, groundbreaking research. This program is thus geared toward both students and industry professionals interested in everything from sustainable technologies and processes to promising research advancements. With a wide variety of class options from business-oriented classes to engineering courses, students will be able to bridge gaps that they could not before.


Admission Requirements

To be accepted into the MS Engineering program a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in an engineering or closely related undergraduate degree program preferred
  • International  Applicants Only: TOEFL score 213 (computer-based; 79 (iBT) or IELTS score of 6.0 or PTE 53

Admission Deadlines

All application materials must be received by August 1st to be considered for Fall admission, December 1st to be considered for Spring admission, and May 1st to be considered for Summer admission.

Application Process

  1. Apply through the Graduate School using their application page.
  2. Submit payment of the $40 graduate admissions fee through the above page. The admission fee waived through July 31, 2021 (for domestic applicants). 
  3. Submit all university transcripts.  All students must submit official copies of transcripts before admission.
  4. Submit a letter of intent describing your interest in engineering and what you hope to gain from this program.  There is no particular format for this letter.  The graduate program leadership would like to gain an understanding of your interest in engineering, experience level, and expectations for this degree program.  Upload your letter of intent to the WTAMU Applicant Portal.
  5. Once all application materials have been received by the Graduate School, you will be contacted by a representative from the College of Engineering.

Options

  • Thesis Option
  • Non-Thesis Option

Suggested Plan of Study:

Thesis Option

Non-Thesis Project Option

Category

Semester Credit Hours

Category

Semester Credit Hours

Area of Specialization

15

Area of Specialization

15

Sub-specialization

6

Sub-specialization(s)

12

Elective

3

Elective

6

Thesis

6

Project

3

TOTAL

30

TOTAL

36

 

Requirements

Thesis Option

Twenty-four(24) semester hours of approved courses and six (6) additional hours of thesis research credit, a successful defense of a research thesis, national or international presentation of work, and publication in proceedings are required to complete this option.

Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis (project) option requires a minimum of thirty-six (36) semester hours of course work including a three-credit-hour project course. The project course incorporates a written report and oral presentation to a faculty committee. Additional course work may be necessary for students lacking the proper course prerequisites or as specified in an approved plan of study. The 36-hour program will facilitate students who want post graduate study as a requirement for professional certification.

 Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When is my application due?
    • Application deadlines are August 1st to be considered for Fall admission and December 1st to be considered for Spring admission.  All application materials should be received on or before these dates unless agreed upon with the Graduate Program advisor. 
  2. Are all courses available online? 
    • Almost all courses are available online.  There may be rare exceptions but these would not be required courses for degree completion.  Students will be notified via email each semester about course offerings and formats before the registration period opens for the next term.  Registration opens for graduate students around November 1st for Spring and Summer semesters and April 1st for Fall semesters.
  3. Are there specific GPA or GRE requirements for this program?
    • The GRE is not required for admission to this program. 
    • A minimum undergraduate GPA is not required for this program, but a 3.0 undergraduate GPA is preferred.  Industry work experience can substantially contribute to a candidate's application for admission as well as an undergraduate GPA. 
    • Transcripts should be submitted to the Graduate School following the directions on their application page
  4. Where do I submit my letter of intent?
    • Letters of intent can be submitted to either the Graduate School admission officer in which you are in contact or to Dr. Pamela Lockwood, Associate Dean in charge of Graduate Programs in the College of Engineering at coegradprogram@wtamu.edu
  5. When will I receive a degree plan?
    • Degree plan options will be delivered to you for your review from the College of Engineering admissions personnel early in your application process.  You will also receive an official degree plan from the Graduate School within your first semester which the Graduate Advisor will track for accuracy.  
  6. Who do I contact if I have questions?