About the OFFICE OF ADVANCED ENGINEERING EDUCATION
Thank you for your interest in continuing your engineering education at the University of Maryland. In the A. James Clark School of Engineering we have created an Office of Advanced Engineering Education (OAEE) to encompass all of our practice-oriented graduate education programs, short courses, workshops, license reviews, etc. The primary emphasis of OAEE is the Professional Master of Engineering Program and the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Program. These programs provide working engineers and technical professionals with the opportunity to continue their education and training at one of the best engineering graduate schools in the nation. Continued encouragement and support from Dr. Darryll J. Pines, Dean of the Clark School of Engineering, the department chairs, the full-time faculty, and the adjunct faculty, who bring special expertise and experience into the classroom, bodes well for the program to achieve its mission of providing technology-based knowledge to practicing engineers and scientists throughout the state.
OAEE Graduate Programs :
Professional Master of Engineering
The Master of Engineering program is a practice oriented, part-time graduate program designed to assist engineers in the development of their professional careers and to provide the technical expertise needed in the business, government, and industrial environments. Late afternoon and evening classes are taught by the College Park faculty and experienced adjunct faculty at the College Park campus, designated learning centers in Maryland, and online.
The M.Eng. degree requires 30 credits of course work in one of the selected program options, as opposed to the Master of Science degree (M.S.) that in general requires 24 credits of course work plus six credits of thesis (thesis option), or 30 credits of course work, a written comprehension examination, plus a scholarly paper (non-thesis option). Because there is no research component to the M.Eng. degree, the M.S. degree is recommended for those individuals who may wish to pursue a Ph.D. degree.
We trust that you will find this 30 credit-hour program to be an affordable, convenient way to earn an engineering graduate degree, to "retool" and keep current with the latest technological developments in your field, or perhaps to develop a new area of expertise so as to further your career.
Graduate Certificate in Engineering
The Graduate Certificate in Engineering (GCEN) Program is open to qualified applicants holding a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree in engineering or a related field. In addition to submitting a Graduate School admission application with fee, a copy of the applicant's college transcripts is required for evaluation. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 may be admitted on a provisional basis if they have demonstrated a satisfactory experience in another graduate program and/or their work experience has been salutary. In that case, two recommendation letters are required as well. Applicants with foreign credentials must submit academic records in the original language with literal English translations. Please allow at least three months for evaluation of these credentials.
PLEASE NOTE: That due to the brief nature of the program (12 credits), the GCEN program is not available to international students as they would not qualify for a student visa. International students are welcome to apply for an online GCEN program if it is available.
The student chooses one of the academic options and completes 12 credit hours of approved coursework with an average grade of B. The coursework, which can include up to 3 credits at the 400 - level, must be approved by the GCEN faculty advisor within the selected department. The 12 credits used for the Graduate Certificate in Engineering can be applied toward the 30 credits required for the Master of Engineering, should the student be admitted to that program on completion of the Certificate.
We trust that you will find this 12 credit-hour program to be an affordable, convenient way to "retool" and keep current with the latest technological developments in your field, or perhaps to develop a new area of expertise so as to further your career.