9: School of Graduate Engineering and Applied Science

General Information | Degree Programs | Program Descriptions | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Admission Requirements | Financial Assistance | Special Fellowships | General Requirements
Right to Petition | Transfer Credit | Air Force and Army ROTC | Graduate Degree Credit for Undergraduates
Joint Degree Program | Master of Science | Master of Engineering | Part-time Graduate Students
Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program | Doctor of Philosophy
Virginia Consortium of Engineering and Science Universities (VCES)

Degree Programs

The University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science offers programs leading to the degree of Master of Science, Master of Engineering, Master in several areas of applied science, and Doctor of Philosophy. The Schoolís 12 curricula are: applied mathematics, applied mechanics, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, engineering physics, materials science and engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, nuclear engineering, and systems engineering.

The broad range of studies available within the School is designed to satisfy a variety of objectives. Specific courses leading to a degree are not prescribed; instead, each student prepares, with the help of a faculty advisor, an individual program tailored to particular needs and goals and submits it for faculty approval.

Two types of masterís degrees are available. Strong emphasis is placed on research for the Master of Science degree. The focal point of the M.S. is a thesis describing the research accomplished in close cooperation with the studentís faculty advisor. The degrees of Master of Engineering and Master of Applied Science do not require a thesis and are professionally oriented.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is regarded by many as a symbol that its bearer has achieved an in-depth understanding of a segment of human knowledge, and has contributed significantly to that knowledge. The Ph.D. requires a program of advanced study in courses and research, satisfactory completion of comprehensive examinations, and submission of a dissertation based on independent, original research.

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