FAQ

How many courses/credit hours are required to complete either program?

Both programs require a minimum of 12 graduate-level courses, totaling 36 credit hours. There is no thesis in either program.

Q: Do courses need to be taken in a certain order?

Barring any prerequisites (Systems Engineering I must precede Systems Engineering II, for example), courses may be taken in whatever sequence suits the student.

Q: I don’t meet the minimum mathematics requirement or have a degree in a related field. Can I still apply to the program?

Yes. The EMSE Department reviews applications closely and on a case-by-case basis, considering each applicant’s whole admissions portfolio before rendering a decision. Applicants who don’t meet the necessary mathematics requirement may be required to enroll in a 13th course, EMSE 4197 Special Topics: Quantitative Methods in Engineering Management, during the summer after admission. We encourage candidates to contact an Admissions Counselor for more information.

Q: What are the upcoming term start dates?

Students may begin their program of choice during one of five sessions each year:

  • Early January to mid-March
  • Mid-March to late May
  • Mid-June to Mid-July*
  • Mid-August to mid-October
  • Mid-October to late December

*This is an accelerated, 5-week session.

A summer term may also be available to those who need to complete the mathematics prerequisite course.

Q: How many courses do students take during each session?

Typically, students take one course each session, completing four courses each academic year; however, students may elect to take additional courses as needed.

Q: How quickly do students typically complete the program(s)?

Generally, students can fulfill all program requirements in three years. Taking more than one course each session may accelerate the process.

Q: Will I need to log in at certain times of day? Or a certain amount of times each week?

Each course requires some scheduled lectures (one night per week from 6:30-9:30 eastern) that will be recorded for future reference. Live online attendance to all class meetings is highly recommended. Class meetings one and five are check-in points and roll will be called at those class sessions. Beyond that, students can log in whenever it fits their schedule. There’s no required number of log-ins each week, but we strongly recommend that students check in on their program at least once each day.

Q: How much time should I expect to spend doing coursework each week?

This varies for each student and each course, but as a general rule, students should be prepared to devote 6 hours to study per week.

Q: Is there a minimum GPA required to complete the program?

Courses specified in a student’s program of study must be completed with a minimum 3.0 GPA or higher to earn the degree.

Q: Do students ever need to come to campus?

No. The program can be completed entirely online.

Q: Who do I contact if I encounter a technical issue?

Online students can submit a tech service request or browse the GWiz knowledge base for more information. A moderator for the distance learning platform will monitor all classes and will be available for live technical assistance during class.

Q: What online learning platform do you use?

Both programs use the Blackboard learning management system. For more information, click here. The classes are administered live through an online education platform.

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