Main Campus Degree Requirements:

ME (Professional)

  • Twenty-four credits of coursework
  • Two credits of seminar
  • Four credits of project work (ME616 Special Projects) with a Department of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering faculty advisor. All students must complete a project and are required to present it orally. A written report approved by the chair of the graduate committee is required. With the faculty advisor’s approval, students enrolled in industry-sponsored distance learning programs may accomplish 7 credits of project work and 21 credits of course work.

MS (Research)

  • Thirty credit hours minimum
  • Minimum of six credit hours of thesis that counts toward the degree
  • Minimum of 20 credit hours of course and seminar work
  • Twenty credit hours earned in residence
  • All students must complete a thesis and defend it orally to a committee consisting of a minimum of three Clarkson faculty members. Exceptional students may be invited to proceed directly to the PhD; such students will be awarded the MS upon completing 40 credit hours and finishing the doctoral candidacy procedure (qualifying exam and proposal defense) with a superior grade.
  • Those students who are not fully prepared to pursue graduate work in engineering may be required to take additional coursework for which graduate credit will not be given.