Clarkson University offers an MS in engineering science for qualified students who desire interdisciplinary graduate study in engineering that does not fit within any of the four engineering departments shown below.

This program allows your to pursue a basic master's degree in engineering science with an emphasis on all aspects of the engineering and science schools. The degree program enables you to pursue a broad range of topics and make your master's degree your own.

Engineering Science Curriculum

In order to earn your master's in engineering science, you must complete 30 total credit hours, 12 of which must be in engineering-specific courses.

Degree Requirements

Students must have a BS in engineering or science (chemistry, computer science, math or physics; other degrees considered on a case-by-case basis).

  1. The following are minimum requirements:
    1. minimum of 30 credits beyond BS
    2. minimum of 18 credits of graduate coursework (12 credits in engineering)
    3. GPA of 3.0/4.0 (B) for graduation
    4. two credits of seminar work (in engineering or science)
    5. minimum of 6 credits of thesis
    6. twenty of the 30 credit hours must be earned in residence
    7. one academic year of full-time study beyond the baccalaureate
  2. The research advisor must be a member of the Coulter School of Engineering (CSOE) (may be a courtesy appointment).
  3. The MS Thesis Committee will consist of a minimum of three faculty members (PhD) with at least two from CSOE.

In order to earn your PhD in Engineering Science, you must complete 60 credits beyond MS, 90 credits beyond the BS.

Degree Requirements

Students must have an MS in Engineering or Science (Chemistry, Computer Science, Math or Physics; other degrees considered on a case-by-case basis).

  1. The following are minimum requirements:
    1. Minimum of 60 credits beyond MS, 90 credits beyond the BS
    2. Minimum of 39 credits of graduate course work (minimum of 24 credits in engineering).
    3. GPA for graduation is B (3.0/4.0).
    4. 6 credits of seminar (in engineering or science).
    5. PhD Thesis Committee: Minimum of five faculty Members (PhD) with at least three from CSoE.
  2. A maximum of 30 credit hours transfer credit (grade of B or better).
  3. All work to be completed within seven years after the candidacy procedure is completed.
  4. The research advisor must be a member of CSoE (can be a courtesy appointment).

Sequence of Examinations:

  1. Qualifying Examination: A written qualifying exam is required within one year of admission to the PhD program.  The qualifying exam will be administered by the Chair of the student’s PhD Committee or the researcher advisor’s departmental graduate committee.  The outcome of the exam is determined by a vote of the respective committees, with no more than one dissenting vote permitted for passage. Failure to pass the qualifying examination twice is grounds for dismissal from the program.
  2. Research Proposal Defense Examination: Administered by PhD Thesis Committee within one year of passing the qualifying exam.
  3. Examination on the Dissertation: Administered by PhD Thesis Committee at least one year after passing the proposal defense.


A complete application consists of the following:

  • Online Application Form
  • Resume.
  • Statement of Purpose.
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation.
  • Official Transcripts.
  • GRE Test Scores.
  • For International Applicants, an English Proficiency Test is required.
    • Minimum Test Score Requirements: TOEFL (80), IELTS (6.5), PTE (56) and Duolingo English Test (115).


A limited number of one-year and/or partial year tuition scholarships are available for qualified full-time students. A limited number of stipends are also available. Most scholarships and/or stipends are associated with department assistantships or completion of a master’s thesis as part of the qualified applicant’s plan of study to complete his/her degree program.

Learn more about all of our scholarships and how to apply by contacting the Engineering Department via email

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Our Engineering Science program is the right fit if you want a degree that spans multiple disciplines and departments.