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Grand Valley State University    
 
    
 
  Nov 25, 2017
 
2013-2014 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Master of Science in Engineering


The School of Engineering offers the Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) degree program, which graduates engineers with the sophisticated education needed to design complex engineered systems. These engineers can drive innovations, explain the value of high technology systems, and sustain their employer’s global competitiveness. This degree program is available with the following emphases:

  1. Biomedical Engineering
  2. Electrical and Computer Engineering
  3. Manufacturing Operations
  4. Mechanical Engineering
  5. Product Design and Manufacturing

 The M.S.E. program is designed to meet the technical and professional development needs of practicing engineers as well as of students interested in applied research and in preparation for advanced study. The program focuses on engineering design, development, manufacture as well as, production and capitalizes on the industrial experiences of the students. Plans of study as well as course and Capstone projects can be tailored to the needs of each student to provide a richer, personalized educational experience.

Many courses are offered in a one night per week format during the fall, winter, and spring/summer semesters;. Some courses are offered on Saturday or in the late afternoon. Students completing two courses per semester can complete the degree in two calendar years of part time study. Full time students can complete the M.S.E. degree in as little as four semesters. For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing in this catalog.

Website: www.gvsu.edu/grad/mse

M.S.E. Location

Pew Campus, John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering

Admission to the Master of Science in Engineering

The School of Engineering seeks motivated and intellectually inquisitive graduate students who desire to deepen their professional education in engineering. The School of Engineering expects candidates to make effective use of opportunities to obtain academic and program advice from the faculty and to make maximum use of program flexibility in selecting options that further their professional objectives. Candidates can be admitted to the program in any semester. These are the admission requirements.

  • A Bachelor of Science degree from a four-year undergraduate program in engineering or closely-related field. For students graduating from a program in the United States (U.S.) the program must be accredited by ABET. Needed with an application are official, original academic transcripts and degree certificates from all secondary schools or universities previously attended.
  • U.S. students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate coursework. Additional evidence can be presented in the form of high scores on the GRE test, through this test is not required.
  • International students must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) that is equivalent to at least 3.0, when linearly scaled on a 0.0 - 4.0 scale, in all undergraduate coursework. They must also submit GRE scores, which must be satisfactory, independently of their cumulative undergraduate GPA.
  • International students must also show evidence of proficiency in the English language. GVSU recognizes the following English proficiency tests:
    • TOEFL:
      • Paper: 550, Computer: 213, Online: 80
    • University of Cambridge ESOL Exams:
      • Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): C or better
      • Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): C or better
    • International English Language Test System (IELTS):
      • 7.0 or better
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation from informed sources such as current and/or former professors and supervisors. These letters should address the applicant’s academic skills, analytical and problem solving abilities, professionalism, maturity, integrity, and potential for success in graduate studies.
  • One to two page essay detailing an applicant’s career plans and academic goals. International applicants are requested to add a one to two page essay on the following topic: “What will I do to bring cultural and international perspectives to Grand Valley that will enhance the learning environment for the entire GVSU community?”

Candidates should have a base of underlying knowledge relevant to graduate study in the chosen area. This can be demonstrated by previous academic records or relevant work experience. Consultation with the Graduate Program Director may be necessary to verify the appropriateness of work experience as a substitute for academic preparation.

Once admitted to the M.S.E. program, students are expected to demonstrate initiative and teamwork, and to devote sufficient time to complete the work assigned in each course. They must be willing to imaginatively and creatively engage academic challenges. Although the demands are rigorous, the results can be exciting and rewarding. Students are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards at all times.

Academic Advising

Candidates seeking the M.S.E. degree can meet with the graduate program director to discuss career interests, professional objectives, and program plans.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of nine semester hours of transfer credit may be given for appropriate graduate courses completed with a grade of B (3.0) or above at another college or university.

Good Standing

A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher is required in all graduate-level courses. A candidate must receive a grade of C or better in all courses used to fulfill graduation requirements for the M.S.E. degree. With reference to the required courses, a grade lower than a C will result in the candidate having to repeat the course until an acceptable grade is achieved. Elective courses may either be repeated or other courses may be substituted to meet the minimum overall grade point average requirement.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available. In return for their assistantships graduate assistants work with the School of Engineering faculty and staff to provide quality education, research, and service. Qualified full-time candidates are selected on the basis of aptitude, interest, and background.

Requirements for the M.S.E. Master of Science in Engineering


The M.S.E. program requires 33 semester hours of graduate coursework for the electrical and computer engineering, product design and manufacturing engineering, manufacturing operations, and mechanical engineering; the biomedical engineering emphasis requires 36 semester hours. This coursework is distributed as follows:

2. Program


The student selects an electrical and computer engineering, product design and manufacturing engineering, manufacturing operations, or mechanical engineering program.

A. Biomedical Engineering Program:


c. Complete the Medical Device Design and Development component


B. Electrical and Computer Engineering Program:


a. Complete one of the following content areas (10-11 credit hours).


No more than two courses in a content area may be at the 400 level. Select any three courses, presented below by interest area.

b. Complete approved graduate elective courses, including independent studies


  • 7 or 8 elective credit hours for those taking the EGR 692/693 or EGR 696/697 Capstone
  • 10 or 11 elective credit hours for those taking the EGR 690 Capstone

C. Product Design and Manufacturing Program:


a. Complete the following content area (3 courses for 9 credit hours).


b. Complete approved graduate elective courses, including independent studies.


  • 9 elective credit hours for those taking the EGR 692/693 or EGR 696/697 Capstone
  • 12 elective credit hours for those taking the EGR 690 Capstone

D. Manufacturing Operations Program:


a. Complete the following content area (4 courses for 12 credit hours).


b. Complete two approved graduate elective courses (6 credit hours).


E. Mechanical Engineering Program:


a. Complete the following content area (three courses for 9 credit hours).


b. Complete approved graduate elective courses, including independent studies


  • 9 elective credit hours for those taking the EGR 692/693 or EGR 696/697 Capstone
  • 12 elective credit hours for those taking the EGR 690 Capstone

Engineering Program Description


Click here for the program description.