2017-18 University Catalog 
    May 22, 2024  
2017-18 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering - Specialties, MS

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The MS in Engineering (MSE) is designed to be a highly customizable and modular degree enabling students and industry partners to choose coursework from multiple engineering disciplines to design their own specialty not available in the classical MS degrees. Students and working professionals work with a faculty advisor to develop a plan of study that fits the student’s overall goals. This includes multidisciplinary specialties within Electrical & Computer Engineering such as Embedded Systems Engineering and Interconnected Devices, Optical Engineering, Energy & Power Engineering, and Systems Engineering.

The program enables the advisor to work with the student and employer to define an Area of Specialization within the MS in Engineering degree program tailored to meet the specific goals of the student and align with the company’s strategic mission. The flexibility in the MS in Engineering degree ensures a relevant, up-to-date educational experience, and the ability to meet urgent industry needs in multidisciplinary technical fields. The program is designed to provide maximum flexibility while maintaining academic rigor.

Program Design

The MS in Engineering is designed as a “Flexible/Multidisciplinary Engineering Degree.” As such, the students have the flexibility to customize the MS in Engineering to be highly relevant to their professional interests. The flexibility to design specialized or multidisciplinary degree programs is the defining element of the program and is what makes it such a close match to the interdisciplinary environment in today’s fast changing industries. Through a faculty advisory committee, coursework is personally customized for the student or industry partner company to best match the desired outcomes based on a thorough needs assessment.

Program Mission and Objectives

The MSE at Oregon Tech is designed to prepare engineering professionals with advanced knowledge and skills in high-demand multi-disciplinary engineering fields who are ready to assume a broad range of technical and leadership roles.

Student Preparation

Students should be prepared to start graduate engineering academic work. Typically, this means the successful new student has the following:
1. A baccalaureate degree in engineering, the physical sciences (e.g., physics, chemistry), or a related technical discipline.
2. Evidence of potential for graduate academic work, success or potential for success in industry, and demonstrated interest in their chosen specialty.

BS/MS Concurrent Fast Track Degree (5 year Program)

Students enrolled in the EERE BS programs are eligible to apply for the concurrent Fast Track BS/MS program. This enables students to potentially obtain both the BS and MS degrees in 5 years.

MSE Coursework & Specialties

Students can complete a multidisciplinary program by taking courses in Systems Engineering, Research Methods & Innovation (covering peer-reviewed research, IP fundamentals, and technology commercialization), and one or more engineering disciplines including Electrical & Computer Engineering.
It is also possible to complete a specialized MSE degree. Sample MSE specialties include:
  • MSE in Embedded Systems Engineering & Interconnected Devices
  • MSE in Energy & Power Engineering
  • MSE in Optical Engineering
  • MSE in Power Engineering
  • MSE in Systems Engineering

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