MS in Engineering Information
The following information is for students who are interested in an Master of Science degree in Engineering with a specialization in Water Engineering with Dr. Howes of the BRAE department. For advisor information and other forms, please click here.
- Develop a schedule of classes in 2 formats and get approval of them by Dr. Howes.
- According to catalog requirements.
- Prepare a calendar, by quarter, showing what classes will be taken and when.
- Required and approved elective classes are listed below.
Analytical methods (6)
These classes must have computer models and analytical procedures, research planning, etc. Examples:
- SS 501 – Research Planning (4)
- CE 533 – Advanced Water Resources Engineering (4)
- BRAE 414 – Irrigation System Design (4) – this is required
Advanced Mathematics (3)
Some of the units from Analytical methods (if they exceed 6 units) can be used here.
- STAT 512 (4) or the STAT class for Engineers or some other math class of interest or engineering class that uses higher math.
Required Core Classes (28)
- ECON 410 (4)
- BRAE 414 (4) - This fulfills part of the Analytical methods
- BRAE 533 (4)
- CE 533 (4) - This fulfills part of the Analytical methods
- BRAE 532 (4)
- Thesis or 9 units of approved electives
- Approved Electives (10) – from the list below or get advisor approval
- BRAE 405 – Fertigation (1)
- BRAE 435 – Drainage (4) (currently hydrology and drainage)
- BRAE 500 – BRAE 331 lecture plus special lab assignment (3)
- CE 440 – Hydraulic Systems Engineering (4)
- CE 433 – Open Channel Hydraulics (4)
- CE 435 – Engineering Hydrology (4)
- CE 535 – Water Resources Systems Planning (4)
- CE 536 – Computer Applications in Water Res w/ GIS (4)
- CE 537 – Groundwater Contamination (4)
- CE 538 – Urban Water Systems (4)
- CE 539 – Environmental Hydraulics (4)
- Water Law, etc.
Sample Class Plan:
|Category||Classes Listed in Catalog||Class Taken||Qtr.||Units of 400 level||Units of 500 level||Units required in category|
|Prerequisite||Intro to Irrigation||BRAE 236||Fall||3||n/a|
|Advanced Math||not specified||STAT 512(e.g.)||Wtr||4||3|
|Required courses||ECON 410||ECON 410||Wtr||4||17|
|BRAE 435/414/440||BRAE 414*||Spr||4|
|BRAE 533||BRAE 533||Wtr||4|
|CE 533||CE 533||3|
|BRAE 532||BRAE 532||Spr||4|
|CE 573||CE 535*||Spr||3|
|Additional 9 units||not specified||BRAE 500||Wtr||3||9|
|not specified||CE 440||Any||4|
|Approved Electives - 400 or 500 level||not specified||CE 434||Fall||4||10|
|not specified||CE 536||Fall||4|
|not specified||CE 539||Spr||4|
*Meets the requirement for Analytical Methods for Engineers (6 units total)
Total 500 level units required: 23
Total 500 level units in proposed program: ______________
- A general irrigation class
- Soil Science intro.
- Organic Chemistry
- **Before receiving this degree, the student must pass the EIT exam.
- Select a committee of 3 persons: 1 or 2 from BRAE, 1 or 2 from CEE. Fill out committee form obtained at Graduate Studies Office.
- Formal study plan - to be completed prior to finishing 1st 12 units (available at Graduate Studies Office). If you did not graduate from an accredited engineering BS program, be sure to list EIT exam as a "Conditional" requirement, as well as other BS level engineering classes. All candidates for graduation must eventually provide proof of passing the EIT exam.
- If you are planning to use any 400 or 500 level classes that you took during your undergraduate work (which did not count for your BS degree), fill out a "Petition for Special Consideration" available at the Res. and Grad. Programs office.
- Pass the GWR (Graduate Writing Requirement). Successful completion of the GWR during undergraduate work will satisfy this.
- Maintain a 3.0 GPA in all MS classes.
- 1-2 quarters prior to graduation, submit the Advancement to Candidacy form (available at GDO)
- Pass the FE (Fundamentals in Engineering) exam and submit proof to Dr. Howes.
- Submit a Request for M.S. Evaluation (available at the Evaluations office). Must have already completed 1-4 above.
- Must complete the written exam for the M.S. Arrange for this with Dr. Howes. Generally, the exam consists of five separate exams from 5 classes. You must pass 4 of the 5. The graduate coordinator must submit a letter with his signature (not an e-mail) to the Evaluations office stating successful completion, and the date of completion.
- Arrange for comprehensive exam dates. General procedure:
- Select the week during your last quarter of courses that you want to take the exams (must be before finals week). Dr. Howes will proctor all exams.
- Topic questions are provided by and graded by professors of the classes you took with those topics.
- At least 6 weeks prior to graduation (or 4 weeks prior to taking the exams), select 5 classes (400-500 level) that you want to take and get approval from Dr. Howes. Ask instructors from those courses if they would be willing to create and grade the exams.
- Provide the final list of exam courses to Dr. Howes. Dr. Howes will request the exams from the instructors prior to the exam dates.
- The exams should be designed for 2 hrs/class
- Usually, 2 topics/day
- Open or Closed book depending on instructor of original course
- Grading = P/F
- Must pass 4 out of the 5 classes
- Finish classes.