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Engineering Systems


http://engineering.mines.edu

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Science in Engineering Systems
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Systems

Program Overview

The College of Engineering and Computational Sciences (CECS) offers the degrees: Master of Science in Engineering Systems and Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Systems. Because in many problems individual research projects encompass more than one research area or sit in a niche resulting from the intersection of multiple disciplines, the degrees in Engineering Systems allow a student to develop a personalized plan of study that explores systems-based concepts in problems that span disciplines or to study specialized topics not typically found in a single disciplinary field of study.

 Prerequisites

The minimum requirements for admission for the M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering Systems are a baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer science, a physical science, or math with a grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale; Graduate Record Examination score of 650 (math) and a TOEFL score of 550 or higher (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 79 (internet based) for applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants from an engineering program at CSM are not required to submit GRE scores.

The Engineering Systems graduate committee evaluating an applicant may require that the student take undergraduate remedial coursework to overcome technical deficiencies, which does not count toward the graduate program. The committee will decide whether to recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research a regular or provisional admission, and may ask the applicant to come for an interview.

Program Details

The M.S. in Engineering Systems degree (Thesis or Non-Thesis Option) requires 30 credit hours of coursework. Requirements for the thesis based M.S. are 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis research. The non-thesis option requires 30 hours of coursework.

For the M.S. degree, a maximum of 9 credits may be transferred from another institution (note that these courses must not have been used to satisfy the requirements for an undergraduate degree). Graduate level courses taken at other universities for which a grade equivalent to a "B" or better was received will be considered for transfer credit via a petition to the Dean.

The Ph.D. in Engineering Systems degree requires 72 credit hours of course work and research credit. Graduate level courses taken at other universities for which a grade equivalent to a "B" or better was received will be considered for transfer credit via a petition to the Dean (note that these courses must not have been used to satisfy the requirements for an undergraduate degree).

Students must have an advisor from the College Graduate Faculty to direct and monitor their academic plan, research and independent studies. Master of Science (thesis option) students must have at least three members on their graduate committee, two of whom must be permanent faculty in the College. Ph.D. graduate committees must have at least four members; all members must be permanent faculty in the College. The faculty indicated above are officially affiliated with the degrees in Engineering Systems. However, all graduate faculty in the College may advise students in these degree programs.

 Ph.D. Qualifying Exam

Students wishing to enroll in the Engineering PhD program will be required to pass a Qualifying Exam.  Normally, full-time PhD candidates will take the Qualifying Exam in their first year, but it must be taken within three semesters of entering the program.  Part-time candidates will normally be expected to take the Qualifying Exam within no more than six semesters of entering the program. 

The purpose of the Qualifying Exam is to assess some of the attributes expected of a successful PhD student.  The objectives are to assess the students in the following three categories.

  • To determine the student's ability to review, synthesize and apply fundamental concepts.
  • To determine the creative and technical potential of the student to solve challenging open-ended problems.
  • To evaluate the student's technical written and oral communication skills. 

Ph.D. Qualifying exams will typically be held in each regular semester to accommodate graduate students admitted in either the Fall or Spring.  In the event of a student failing the Qualifying exam, she/he will be given one further opportunity to pass the exam in the following semester.  A second failure of the Qualifying Exam in a given specialty would lead to removal of the student from the Ph.D. program. After passing the Qualifying Examination, the Ph.D. student is allowed up to 18 months to prepare a written Thesis Proposal and present it formally to the graduate committee and other interested faculty.

Admission to Candidacy.  

Full-time students must complete the following requirements within two calendar years of enrolling in the Ph.D. program.

  • Have a Thesis Committee appointment form on file in the Graduate Office:
  • Have passed the Ph.D. Qualifying Exam demonstrating adequate preparation for, and satisfactory ability to conduct doctoral research. 
  • Upon completion of these requirements, students must complete an Admission to Candidacy form.  This form must be signed by the Thesis Committee and the Dean and filed with the Graduate Office. 

Degree Requirements

Graduate students who choose an interdisciplinary education in Engineering may do so using the curriculum below.

 M.S. Degree (Systems) - Thesis Option:

MEGN501ADVANCED ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS3.0
MEGN502ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS3.0
or EENG515 MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS
MEGN591ADVANCED ENGINEERING DESIGN METHODS3.0
MEGN503GRADUATE SEMINAR1.0
or EENG504 ENGINEERING SYSTEMS SEMINAR - ELECTICAL
or CEEN590 CIVIL ENGINEERING SEMINAR
TECH ELECT Technical Elective Courses must be approved by the graduate thesis committee.14.0
MEGN707GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT6.0
or EENG707 GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT
or CEEN707 GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT
Total Hours30.0

  M.S. Degree (Systems) - Non-Thesis Option

MEGN501ADVANCED ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS3.0
MEGN502ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS3.0
or EENG515 MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS
MEGN591ADVANCED ENGINEERING DESIGN METHODS3.0
MEGN503GRADUATE SEMINAR1.0
or EENG504 ENGINEERING SYSTEMS SEMINAR - ELECTICAL
or CEEN590 CIVIL ENGINEERING SEMINAR
TECH ELECT TECHNICAL ELECTIVE Courses must be approved by the faculty advisor.20.0
Total Hours30.0

 Ph.D. Degree (Systems)

MEGN501ADVANCED ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS3.0
MEGN591ADVANCED ENGINEERING DESIGN METHODS3.0
MEGN502ADVANCED ENGINEERING ANALYSIS3.0
or EENG515 MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS
MEGN503GRADUATE SEMINAR1.0
or EENG504 ENGINEERING SYSTEMS SEMINAR - ELECTICAL
TECH ELECT Technical Electives Courses must be approved by thesis committee.38.0
MEGN707GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT24.0
or EENG707 GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT
or CEEN707 GRADUATE THESIS / DISSERTATION RESEARCH CREDIT
Total Hours72.0

 

Professors

Marte S. Gutierrez, James R. Paden Chair Distinguished Professor

Michael Mooney

Kevin L. Moore, College of Engineering and Computational Sciences Dean

Associate Professors

Joel M. Bach

John P.H. Steele

Tyrone Vincent

Ray Ruichong Zhang

Assistant Professors

Kathryn Johnson

Anne Silverman

Cameron Turner