MS Fast Track Program

The Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering offers accelerated program options for the Master of Science with major in Ocean Engineering (with thesis) and the Master of Science with major in Mechanical Engineering (with thesis) for qualified students who will be supported under research assistantships. The accelerated programs allow students to complete their MS degree in 12 months.

The objective of these options is to provide an opportunity for students to earn their master's degree in one year, which translates into a significant reduction in both time and expense, thus allowing the student to enter the workforce sooner, while minimizing the financial impact of pursuing an MS degree. In order to achieve this goal, the program of study and thesis work must be well defined prior to the student starting the program of study. In addition to the normal requirements, students with an engineering core GPA of 3.5 or better, in conjunction with their prospective graduate studies academic advisor, are invited to submit a letter of intent to the graduate committee for consideration to be admitted into this program. The letter of intent should include an outline of the project and milestones to be reached by the end of each semester. Students admitted into the accelerated option are allowed to take a maximum of 12 credits per semester.