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MS with Thesis degree requirements, WE

Program of Study—Working with the faculty advisor, the student will plan a Program of Study having: (1) an emphasis in one of the five areas of welding engineering (welding processes, materials, design, nondestructive evaluation, or plastics joining), and (2) breadth of study in other areas of welding engineering. During the student’s first semester of enrollment the Program of Study is to be submitted to the Graduate Studies Committee for approval.  [Semester-based requirements below.]

Semester-based degree requirements

For graduate students who entered the graduate program in or after Summer term 2012.

I 30 total graduate credit hours are required

A Of these 30 hours, at least 20 must be graded graduate level courses.
Note: Courses selected are to emphasize one of the five welding engineering areas (processes, materials, design, non-destructive evaluation, or plastics joining). However, students are to take at least one course from each of the four remaining WE subjects outside their area of interest.*

  1. Of these 20 credit hours, at least 10 credit hours MUST be taken in WE
    • Of these 10 credit hours in WE, at least 6 credit hours MUST be taken at the 7000 level or greater in WE.
  2. The 20 credit hours are to consist of:
    • At least 8 credits in the WE concentration area
    • At least one course each from the remaining four concentrations
    • Additional graded graduate credits may be taken in WE or out of WE--it is understood that any non-WE credits are to be related to the student's discipline (hard sciences and/or engineering) unless previously approved by the Graduate Studies Committee.

B At least 10 credit hours may come from other courses, besides those listed above, to bring the total graduate credit hours to 30 or greater.

  1. Full-time students are to enroll in WE 7895 (Graduate Seminar and Colloquium) every Autumn and Spring term. Part-time students are expected to enroll in WE 7895 at least once per year. Students are not required to enroll during the semester of graduation.
  2. At least 10 credit hours are to come from WE 6999 (Research in Welding Engineering).

II Presentation and defense of an acceptable thesis

  • Within the first term of WE 6999 registration the student is to submit a thesis topic summary to the student’s advisor. The summary is to include a proposed title, problem definition, objective, and a method of approach.
  • The MS examination committee consists of the student’s advisor and at least one other Graduate Faculty member.
  • The student is permitted two attempts at examination.

Courses that apply toward the degree:

  • WE courses at the 5000 level or above that may be taken for graduate credit.
  • Non-WE courses at the 5000 level or greater in the hard-sciences, math, and engineering that may be taken for graduate credit.

*Course key for WE concentration areas:

  • Process: #0## (i.e., WE courses with a zero in the hundreds place)
  • Materials: #1## and 7023
  • Design: #2## and 7115
  • Non-destructive Evaluation: #3## and 5038
  • Plastics and Composites: #4##, 5038, and 7201

Rev SU12


Quarter-based degree requirements

For graduate students who entered the graduate program prior to Summer term 2012.

I 45 total graduate credit hours are required

A Of these 45 hours, at least 30 must be graded graduate level courses.

  1. Of these 30 hours, at least 15 credit hours MUST be taken in WE
    • Of these 15 hours in WE, at least 9 credit hours MUST be taken at the 700 level or greater in WE.
    • Note: Courses selected are to emphasize one of the five welding engineering areas (processes, materials, design, non-destructive evaluation, or plastics joining). However, students are to take at least one course from each of the four remaining WE subjects outside their area of interest.
    • Individual Study, WE 793: Students may petition to have up to 6 credits of WE 793 applied toward the 30-credit graded course requirement. Approved credits earned in 793 may not be counted toward the WE 700+ level requirement.
  2. These requirements permit up to 15 hours of non-WE study to count toward fulfillment of a WE Master's degree—it is understood that all non-WE credits are to be related to the student's area of welding study unless previously approved by the Graduate Studies Committee.

B At least 15 credit hours may come from other courses, besides those listed above, to bring the total graduate credit hours to 45 or greater.

  1. Full-time students are to enroll in WE 795 (Graduate Seminar and Colloquium) every Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarter. Part-time students are expected to enroll in WE 795 at least once per year. Students are not required to enroll during the quarter of graduation.
  2. Of these 15 hours, at least 15 credit hours are to come from WE 999 (Research in Welding Engineering).

II Presentation and defense of an acceptable thesis

  • Within the first quarter of WE999 registration the student is to submit a thesis topic summary to the student’s advisor. The summary is to include a proposed title, problem definition, objective, and a method of approach.
  • The MS examination committee consists of the student’s advisor and at least one other Graduate Faculty member.
  • The student is permitted two attempts at examination.

Courses that apply toward the degree:

  • WE courses at the 600 level or above that may be taken for graduate credit.
  • Non-WE courses at the 500 level or greater in the hard-sciences, math, and engineering that may be taken for graduate credit.