Academics

Summary of Degree

The MSE is obtained by completing a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework (which may include optional directed study, project, or research credits). Students also have the option of completing a practicum if they wish to make industry experience part of their educational plan. This increases the program to 33 credit hours by adding the course ENGR-5723: Graduate Engineering Practicum. The program is offered on campus, though some classes are also offered online.

The degree allows flexibility so that recent graduates and those who have been working in their careers for some time will have the ability to incorporate academic topics that are most useful for their future directions. The graduate faculty for this program are drawn from the faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and the Department of Mathematical, Computer, and Information Sciences. At the beginning of the program, students select a track of study: Electrical/Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Engineering Management. The Engineering Management track offers the most flexibility for working professionals seeking a blend of engineering and project management content.

Purpose and Objectives

The MSE program in the Graduate School of Engineering seeks to fulfill the mission of OC to transform lives for Christian faith, scholarship, and service. The MSE is a rigorous educational program, with a broad selection of classes that will enhance the abilities of new engineering graduates and practicing professionals who aspire to make significant contributions in technology, innovation, and productivity. The program is designed to allow a student to select areas that will add depth and breadth to his or her technical and business knowledge.

The graduate of the MSE program at OC should have the following characteristics:

  1. Increased depth of knowledge in the chosen engineering major, including a blend of current theory and practice
  2. Increased breadth of knowledge extending beyond the chosen engineering major into other engineering, mathematics, computer science, and/or business topics
  3. Enhanced communication skills within the practice of engineering and the management of technology
  4. Knowledge of issues of ethics and social responsibility and an understanding of Christian values and faith

Accreditation

The MSE degree at OC has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602 (800-621-7440)] since 2009.