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College of Engineering

331 Engineering Building
Philadelphia, PA 19122

General Statement
Application Deadline

Civil Engineering
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--Graduate Faculty
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Electrical Engineering
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Mechanical Engineering
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--Graduate Faculty
--Admission Requirements

Master of Science
in Environmental Health

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--Graduate Faculty
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Course Descriptions-
--Civil Engineering/
Environmental Health
--Electrical Engineering
--Mechanical Engineering

Keya Sadeghipour, Ph.D., Acting Dean, (215) 204-5285.

Saroj K. Biswas, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Studies, 215-204-8403,


General Statement

The College of Engineering offers three graduate degrees Ė two at the masterís level and one at the doctoral level. The Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) degree is awarded through programs in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The Master of Science in Environmental Health (M.S.) degree is awarded through programs in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The Ph.D. in Engineering degree program is college-wide and may be earned through study in any of the departments.

The M.S.E. degree programs prepare the student to advance in their profession by combining the broad aspects of engineering theory and practice. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. Graduates who take the thesis option in any of the programs are prepared to enter a doctoral program, and all graduates are prepared to enter a high-tech industry as an immediate contributor.

The Ph.D. in Engineering is intended for outstanding individuals who wish to pursue careers in industry, government, or academia in a high-level, creative environment. The program includes additional advanced courses as well as novel, independent research.

The Master of Science in Environmental Health prepares students to recognize, evaluate, and design controls for environmental pollution in the workplace and in the community.

Areas of Concentration

The areas of concentration for study and research in Civil and Environmental, Electrical and Computer, and Mechanical Engineering, and Environmental Health are described under the departmental headings.

The Ph.D. in Engineering degree is interdisciplinary and draws upon the research expertise of the faculty in all departments. The current faculty interests include, but are not limited to, the following research areas: advanced/computer-aided manufacturing and advanced materials processing; bioengineering, computer engineering; dynamics, structural dynamics, controls, and systems; energy and environmental science; engineering physics and mathematics; thermal and fluid science; and signal processing and communication, transportation engineering, and construction management. Within each of these areas, there are a number of sub-areas, which are described in the section devoted to the Ph.D. in Engineering.


Application Deadlines

  • All master's degrees, U.S. applicants

    Fall semester -July 1
    Spring semester -November 15

  • All master's degrees, international applicants

    Fall semester -April 15
    Spring semester -October 15

  • Ph.D. in Engineering, applicants

    Fall semester -February 15

  • All financial aid applicants

    February 15

Financial Aid

Teaching assistantships are available for incoming graduate students, and application must be made in writing before February 15. Research assistantships are also available and are offered only after an interview with the faculty member responsible for the research. Students may also be nominated by their department for University-wide fellowships, which are available on a competitive basis to students whose performance indicates an outstanding future career in teaching and research. The student makes no application for the University-wide fellowships; nominations are made by the department.


Students seeking a teaching or research assistantship in any of the master's degree programs should apply to the appropriate departmental graduate program chair. Students applying for support in the Ph.D. in Engineering program should contact the Director of Graduate Studies.


Time, Residency, and Registration Requirements

The time limit for completion of all degree requirements, including any thesis, dissertation, or research project that may apply, is five years for all master's degrees and seven years for the Ph.D. in Engineering degree.

All graduate students in the College must be enrolled continuously (fall and spring semesters) in at least one course that advances them toward their degree.

To remain in good standing, students who will not be able to satisfy the continuous enrollment requirement must obtain a leave of absence from the Director of Graduate Studies. A maintenance fee of $25.00 per semester is required while on leave. A leave of absence does not extend the time limit for completion of all degree requirements.

The "General Guidelines for Degree Programs" in the front of this Graduate Bulletin should be consulted for additional information.

Application of Credit Taken Prior to Matriculation

The time period for completing a graduate degree begins with the semester of matriculation. All courses taken before that semester are subject to evaluation and approval by the studentís departmental faculty. Generally, courses taken more than three years before the matriculation semester are not applied toward the degree requirements. In addition, a maximum of 9 semester hours of coursework taken prior to matriculation can be applied toward the degree requirement.


Certificate Programs -Continuing Education

The College of Engineering recognizes the importance of life-long learning and continuing graduate education to practicing engineers. In light of this, many of the courses listed below may be taken on a non-matriculated (continuing education) basis. In addition, each department has designated specific groups of three courses to form certificate programs. Students who complete certificate programs may be able to matriculate and apply the courses toward the M.S.E. degree or M.S. in Environmental Health.

For additional information about certificate programs or continuing engineering education, contact the graduate program chair of the department in which you are interested.