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Engineering, Master of Science (M.S.)

Boyan, Dr. Barbara D.
Dean, School of Engineering
(804) 828-3647

Admission requirements summary

Engineering, Master of Science (M.S.)

of entry:



Jun 1
(Feb 1 for

Nov 15


The School of Engineering offers the Master of Science in Engineering degree with either a thesis or non-thesis option in three tracks. The engineering program utilizes the faculty and research facilities of the Department of Computer Science as well as those of the departments of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering to expose students to advanced and emerging technologies. Research thrusts in the School of Engineering include computer science, life sciences, micro-nano technology, and manufacturing and design. Engineering M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are interdisciplinary and provide a wide array of specialization areas including microelectronics, silicon fabrication, VLSI design, networks, embedded systems, image/signal processing, photonics/optical electronics, neural networks, MEMS, digital communications, micro-nanotechnology, smart materials and devices, robotics, manufacturing and design, polymers, biochips, biochemical and biological engineering, fuel cells, software engineering, parallel processing, databases, compiler theory, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. These areas cross the discipline lines of computer science, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering.

For students who want to study and conduct research in these areas or related areas, the following tracks are available:

Each track can be tailored to meet the individual student’s academic goals and research interests. Non-thesis and thesis students seeking to take course work or conduct their thesis/study research in one of these tracks should contact the graduate program coordinator or program chair of the desired track for more information about that track. Eighteen to 24 months of study usually are necessary to complete the requirements for the thesis-option Master of Science in Engineering degree. The non-thesis option generally requires 18 months of full-time study or up to six years of part-time study. A time limit of six calendar years, beginning at the time of first registration, is placed on work to be credited toward the Master of Science degree. Generally, a maximum of six credits of approved graduate course work required for a master’s degree may be transferred from another program at VCU or outside institution and applied toward the degree.

Student learning outcomes for the chemical and life science engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and engineering tracks

  1. Apply advanced knowledge of mathematics, science or engineering: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to apply advanced knowledge of mathematics, science or engineering.
  2. Communicate effectively: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively.
  3. Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems: Graduates will demonstrate an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.



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