College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2013-2014


Engineering, Master of Science

  • Available Emphasis Areas:
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering - Emphasis (ending Summer 2018)
  • Computer Science Engineering - Emphasis (ending Summer 2018)
  • Electrical Engineering - Emphasis (ending Summer 2018)
  • Mechanical Engineering - Emphasis (ending Summer 2018)
This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2018

This program assists students who wish to shape their engineering career by pursuing two of the most important thought-paths of our time: sustainability and innovation. The plan features real-world relevancy and considers how sustainable systems impact economics, design, and usability.


What Can I Do with a Master of Science in Engineering?

Do you want a practice-oriented education that prepares you for real-world engineering challenges? Do you want to study two of the most important issues of our time-sustainability and innovation? Are you looking for a program that will help you build a career in continued research, continue your education in a doctoral program, or enter the engineering profession?

If so, the Engineering program at Northern Arizona University can help. The program will help you understand the application of your profession to sustainability and/or advanced engineering design. Faculty are engaged in research and its creative application to relevant problems, and you will have the opportunity to join them. The methods of design and innovation are a necessary element to the successful development or support of sustainable systems. Likewise, the principles of sustainability can foster innovation and economic development. By combining both themes, you will have the opportunity to engineer a brighter future for yourself and for the world.

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Sustainability engineer
  • Engineering consultant
  • Community college instructor
  • Researcher

University Requirements

  • 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.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Research and Thesis (6 units)
  • Graduate-level mathematics or statistics (3 units)
  • Core Courses in sustainable systems and advanced engineering design (6 units)
  • Electives (15 units)

Minimum Units for Completion 30
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Thesis Thesis is required.
Research Individualized research is required.


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.
    • Transcripts
    • 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
Master's Requirements
  • Take the following 30 units:

    • Research and Thesis (6 units)
    • Graduate-level mathematics or statistics (3 units)
    • Core Courses in sustainable systems and advanced engineering design: EGR 501, EGR 502 (6 units)
    • Electives (15 units)

        • Nine of the 15 units of electives must be in your chosen emphasis area, which may include up to 3 units of 698.*
        • A maximum of two courses, up to 8 units, may be at the 400-level.**
        • You must complete at least 24 hours of formal coursework, other than such individualized studies as independent study, directed readings, thesis and research.***
        *Electrical Engineering emphasis no longer offers EE 698.
        **Electrical Engineering emphasis allows a maximum of two courses, up to 6 letter-graded units, in any combination of 400-level courses, EE 685, and EE 697.
        ***In Electrical Engineering emphasis, you must complete at least 18 units of formal coursework, other than 400-level units and such individualized studies as independent study, directed readings, and research.

  • Primary Emphasis Requirements (Select One):
      • Civil and Environmental Engineering
      • Computer Science Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
  • Since the M.S. program emphasizes interdisciplinary topics, students may wish to take courses outside of their primary emphasis area. Some courses may require prior completion of prerequisite courses. Other requirements for Master of Science in Engineering students include the following:

    • You are responsible for choosing the chair and members of your advisory committee before completing 9 units of coursework.
    • You must submit a plan of study that lists all coursework intended to satisfy the M.S. degree requirements by the first month of the semester in which you take your 10th credit. The elective and math/statistics courses are selected in consultation with and acceptable to the student's graduate committee and its chair.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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