The Professional Degree

An undergraduate engineering degree is prerequisite for admission to the professional degree program. The program leading to the professional degrees in chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, metallurgical and mining engineering, and engineering mechanics is planned for engineers who wish to do advanced work beyond the level of the M.S. degree but who do not desire to emphasize research.

The professional degree is awarded for satisfactory completion of a graduate program at a higher level of course work than is normally completed for the M.S. degree. Students who find it necessary to include master's-level courses in their professional degree program will, in general, take such courses as deficiency courses.

A candidate is required to maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.0. A student who, at the end of any term, has not attained the grade-point average required for the degree may be asked to withdraw. At least 30 points of credit of graduate work beyond the M.S. degree, or 60 points of graduate work beyond the B.S. degree, are required for the professional degree.

The final 30 points required for the professional degree must be completed in no more than five years.


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