College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2017-2018
School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems
Engineering - Electrical Engineering, Master of Engineering
This program prepares you for professional practice with a broad, applied education with courses in several technical areas. With input from industry, Northern Arizona University created courses to enhance knowledge, understanding, and/or develop skills critical to today's practicing engineers.
What Can I Do with a Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering?
The flexibility of an electrical or computer engineering degree can't be overstated; this highly lucrative degree could mean working in aerospace, computers, or many other areas. A bachelor's degree will get you into the field, but a master's will provide you with even more opportunities. If you're looking to enhance your electrical or computer engineering knowledge while making yourself more marketable, our program is right for you.
Our program is intended to meet your educational needs as a practicing engineer. You will have the opportunity to enhance and/or develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding that are critical to today practicing engineers.
Students wanting to earn their bachelor and master’s degrees may qualify for our Accelerated program, which allows students to count six units toward both degrees, shortening the time to graduation.
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Research and Development Engineer
- System Design Engineer
- Engineering Consultant
- Computer, Electrical, or Electronics Engineer
To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)
You must additionally complete:
- All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
- All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
- All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
|Minimum Units for Completion||30|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.|
|Additional Fees/Program Fees||Required|
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The Master of Engineering is a non-thesis professional degree, based primarily on course work and/or on an engineering project designed with the guidance of a faculty advisor to address a need or problem specific to their engineering field of study (Civil, Environmental, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering). This degree program is designed to provide a broad, practice-based education.
Student Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate the ability to apply graduate level critical thinking skills to formulate and solve advanced civil (electrical/environmental/mechanical) engineering problems.
- Acquires knowledge on advanced contemporary engineering topics and computational tools specific to civil (electrical/environmental/mechanical) engineering.
- Develops the ability to identify, formulate, and solve relevant advanced civil (electrical/environmental/mechanical) engineering problems.
- Develops the ability to synthesize, explain, verify, and justify solutions to complex civil (electrical/environmental/mechanical) engineering problems.
- Assesses the state of the art in the field of study.
- Applies, independently and creatively, appropriate engineering theories and tools towards developing a viable solution for the project.
- Designs and conducts activities specific to the project.
- Creates a report reflecting the integration of knowledge acquired through the project.
- Delivers an oral presentation to peers summarizing the work performed on the project and its outcomes.
- Synthesizes and presents the relevance of the engineering project in both technical and non-technical terms.
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
- International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy
Individual program admission requirements include:
- B.S. degree in Engineering or completion of prerequisite courses (see department website for details)
- GRE® revised General Test
- 3 letters of recommendation
- Personal statement or essay
Take the following 30 units:
- Engineering Management/Business (3 units)
- Advanced Mathematics or Statistics (3 units)
- Electives (24 units)
- You are responsible for choosing the chair and members of your advisory committee before completing 9 units of coursework.
- By the first month of the term in which you take your 10th unit of credit, you must submit a plan of study listing all coursework intended to satisfy the M.Eng. degree requirements. (This plan of study is subject to the approval of your advisory committee and the program director of your home institution.)
- You may apply up to 6 letter-graded units from any combination of Independent Study (XXX 697) and 400-level courses (not including XXX 408, 485 or 497) toward your degree
- At least 18 units must be in electrical engineering
- You must complete at least 24 hours of formal course work (which cannot include Independent Study (XXX 697) or, other such individualized studies as field work (XXX 608), practice-oriented project (XXX 690) and research (XXX 685).
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program
This program is available as an Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Plan. Accelerated Programs provide the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates working on their bachelor’s degree to simultaneously begin work on a master’s degree, which may allow them to complete both degrees in an accelerated manner by applying 6 units toward both degrees. Students must apply to the accelerated program and the master’s program by the application deadline, and meet all requirements as listed on the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Programs to be considered for admission. Admission to programs is competitive and qualified applicants may be denied because of limits on the number of students admitted each year. Be sure to speak with your advisor regarding your interest in Accelerated Programs.
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