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Master of Science, Engineering Technology


Program Rationale:

The Master of Science in Engineering Technology is designed for the working professional who has a BS in Engineering Technology or Engineering and desires further development and/or knowledge of recent advances in established or emerging technologies in the Civil/Construction or Manufacturing/Mechanical specializations. The Master of Science in Engineering Technology with a specialization in Civil/Construction Engineering Technology is designed for the working professional to continue his or her education at night at CCSU. The program will extend the knowledge of students into areas of established and emerging technologies in Architecture/Engineering/ Construction (AEC) industries, including the study of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), site development, urban hydrology, construction engineering administration, and infrastructure rehabilitation and management. The Master of Science in Engineering Technology with a specialization in Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering Technology provides students with academic experience in applied engineering methods in the areas of mechanical and manufacturing. Specialization areas focus on advanced materials, manufacturing and assembly, project administration, and technical management. Technical electives include mechanical design and analysis, manufacturing methods, materials, quality control, and applied engineering management. The program is designed to provide applied engineering methods to aid graduates and engineers in remaining current with technology, improve productivity, and assist with advancement into leadership positions in industry.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Master of Science in Engineering Technology students will be expected to:

• identify, formulate, and solve technical problems;

• design and conduct experiments and to analyze and interpret data;

• execute a project to meet desired needs; and

• communicate effectively in oral, written, visual, and graphic modes.


Admission Requirements:

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.  Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work.

The admissions application, application fee, and official transcripts from each college and university attended (except Central Connecticut State University) must be submitted to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions Office.

Applicants meeting the Graduate School admissions standards will be considered for acceptance to the Masters of Science in Engineering Technology program provided they meet the additional acceptance criteria in both section I and II:

I)     Undergraduate degree: All applicants shall have completed a four-year degree from an accredited university program from one of the following programs:

     A)     A four year Bachelor of Science program with a major in Engineering Technology or Engineering; or

     B)     A four year degree in Construction Management, Architecture, Mathematics, Computer Science, or the Physical Sciences (i.e., Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Biomolecular), with added undergraduate course work completed so the applicant is in substantial conformance with the requirements in section II.

II)     Undergraduate course work:  All applicants will have completed the following courses in part A, and the courses in Part B or C of this section. Courses must be from an accredited university program and each course shall consist of a minimum of three semester hours.

     A)     Required undergraduate courses for both the Civil/Construction and Mechanical/Manufacturing specializations:

          1)     Mathematics: Calculus I and Calculus II 

          2)     Mathematics:  One of the following courses: Statistics, Calculus III, Linear Algebra or Differential Equations

          3)     Chemistry with a laboratory

          4)     Physics I

          5)     Engineering: Statics - Applied Mechanics I or Engineering Mechanics I

          6)     Strength of Materials or Mechanics of Materials

          7)     Applied Fluid Mechanics or Fluid Mechanics

          8)     Engineering materials: Materials of Construction or Materials Analysis

     B)     Required undergraduate courses for  the Specialization in Civil/Construction:

          1)     Engineering Surveying

          2)     Structural Analysis

          3)     A minimum of three of items a through f:

                    (a)     Soil Mechanics and Foundations

                    (b)     Reinforced Concrete Structures

                    (c)     Hydrology and Storm Drainage

                    (d)     Structural Steel Design

                    (e)     Transportation Engineering

                    (f)      Environmental Technology

     C)     Required undergraduate courses for the Specialization in Mechanical/Manufacturing:

          1)     Thermodynamics

          2)     Manufacturing Processes

          3)     Solid Modeling CAD

          4)     Geometric Dimension and Tolerancing or Engineering Statistical Analysis of Operations

          5)     A minimum of two of  items a through f:

                    (a)     Machine Design

                    (b)     Process Engineering

                    (c)     Applied Finite Element Analysis

                    (d)     Design for Manufacture, or Manufacturing System Design, or Mechanical Systems and Control, or Inventive Engineering Design, or Aerospace Structures and Materials

                    (e)     Instrumentation

                    (f)     Propulsion Systems

III)     Conditional admission may be granted for an applicant who meets the Graduate School admission standards, and the standards in section I, but does not have all of the courses required in Section II. A maximum of three undergraduate courses will be allowed for conditional acceptance.  The added undergraduate course work must be completed with a grade of B or better before full admission to the Master of Science in Engineering Technology program is granted. Minimum grade point average = 2.70. Additionally, students with a grade point average between 2.40 and 2.69 may be conditionally admitted.


 Course and Capstone Requirements (30 credits):

I.     Foundation Studies (12 credits)

       Six credits are encumbered and six credits are electives selected from University courses approved for graduate study by the Engineering Department and the department offering the course.

       ET 592 Research and Development of Experiments 3

       STAT 453 Applied Statistical Inference 3 Elective, to be approved by the graduate advisor 3     

       Technical elective (ET, ETC, ETM, CM, or EMEC 400- or 500-level, approved by graduate advisor) 3


II.    Engineering Technology Specialization: Student selects one Specialization and completes 15 credits of graduate courses in a planned program approved by advisor.

      Specialization—  Civil/Construction Engineering Technology (15 credits)

      ETC 571 Design and Construction of Concrete Structures 3

      ETC 577 Engineering Technology Project Administration 3

      ET or ETC (500-level elective approved by advisor) 3

      ET, ETC, or CM (500-level elective approved by advisor) 3

      ET or ETC (400- or 500-level elective approved by advisor) 3

       Specialization—Manufacturing/Mechanical Engineering Technology (15 credits)

      ETM 517 Automated Assembly and Manufacturing Cell Design 3

      ETM 523 Contemporary Engineering Materials 3

      ET elective (one 500- or 400-level course) 3

      ET electives (two 500-level courses) 6

III. Capstone Requirement: (3 credits)

The master candidate must select either Plan A, Thesis, or Plan C, Research in Engineering Technology, and each requires a written and oral defense of the research. Plan A: ET 599 Thesis, 3 credits. The preparation of analytical research and thesis under the supervision of a graduate advisor requires a written and oral defense. Or Plan C: ET 598 Research in Engineering Technology, 3 credits. An applied engineering project conducted under the supervision of graduate advisor: Requires written report and oral defense. Extensive projects may be approved for up to 6 credits (in such case one, not two, ET 500-level electives will be required). 


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