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Degree Programs

We offer 22 graduate degrees (each of which can be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate) in the following areas:

Master of Science

Doctor of Philosophy

 

Graduate Certificate


* Indicates that this is a Professional Master's degree. These are specialized Master of Science degrees designed specifically for working engineering and technical professionals who are looking for career advancement or to pursue a different career path.
° Indicates that this is also available at the Charlotte & Seattle campus
§ Can be combined with any graduate degree program.

 
The Ph.D. programs' student learning outcomes are:

  • The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.
  • Ability to formulate a research plan.
  • Ability to communicate orally a research plan.
  • Ability to conduct independent research.


The M.S. programs' student learning outcome is

  • The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.

 

Research Graduate Degree Programs

Bioengineering

Degree(s) Available: Doctor of Philosophy

Our interdisciplinary PhD program in Bioengineering draws on faculty across the University and reflects the significant strengths of bioengineering research in multiple areas. Students accepted to the Bioengineering program will complete a rigorous core curriculum in basic bioengineering science followed by completion of a strength track curriculum.

 


Chemical Engineering

Degree(s) Available: Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

Students may pursue a Master’s degree on either a full- or part-time basis. Students generally pursue the Doctor of Philosophy on a continuous full-time basis consistent with the residence requirements for the degree as described. Students who wish to pursue a PhD program part-time may petition the departmental Graduate Committee for approval to do so.

 


Civil & Environmental Engineering

Degree(s) Available: Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

The Civil and Environmental Engineering curriculum includes areas of concentration in construction management, environmental engineering, geotechnical/geoenvironmental engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering. All students must meet with a faculty adviser during their first semester of study to arrange an appropriate course sequence. Students may pursue a Master of Science degree program on either a part-time or continuous full-time basis. Students must pursue the PhD on a basis consistent with the residence requirements for the degree as described.

 


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree(s) Available: Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers three graduate degrees: Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE), Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering (PhDEE), and Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Engineering (PhDCE). Each degree can be completed on a Full-Time (FT) or Part-Time (PT) basis. MSECE students can pursue the program in either the Course-Thesis track or the Course-Only track. The graduate curriculum includes five areas of concentration in communications, control, and signal processing (CCSP); computer engineering (COMP); electromagnetics, plasma, and optics (EMPO); microsystems, materials, and devices (MSMD); and power systems, power electronics, and motion control (POWR).

 


Industrial Engineering

Degree(s) Available: Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering offers MS and PhD degree programs in industrial engineering. To be eligible for admission to any of the master's degree programs, a prospective student must hold a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, science, mathematics, or equivalent field. Students may pursue any program either on a full- or part-time basis; however, restrictions may apply, as described below. Students who receive financial support from the university in the form of a research, teaching, or tuition assistantship must complete an 8-semester-hour thesis. Other students may choose to complete a thesis or pursue their degree on a course-work-only basis. Students who complete the thesis option must make a presentation at a thesis defense before approval by the department.

 


Information Assurance

Degree(s) Available: Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD in Information Assurance program is designed for both students with a strong background in a technical field and those with non-technical backgrounds and a strong desire to pursue interdisciplinary work in areas related to information assurance. Applicants are expected to have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA.

 


Interdisciplinary Engineering

Degree(s) Available: Doctor of Philosophy

The Graduate School of Engineering offers an Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy degree involving substantial work in two or more academic departments or disciplines. Those interested in this program of study must submit a detailed proposal of the areas of inquiry and research with their application for admission. Interdisciplinary study requires favorable recommendation by a sponsoring Doctoral degree-granting department and approval by authorized representatives of the graduate committees of the departments appropriate to the disciplines covered under the applicant’s proposal.

 


Mechanical Engineering

Degree(s) Available: Master of Science, Doctor of Philosophy

To be eligible for admission to any of the Master’s Degree programs a prospective student must hold a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, science, mathematics, or equivalent field. Students may pursue any program either on a full- or part-time basis; however, restrictions may apply, as described below. Students who receive financial support from the University in the form of a research, teaching, or tuition assistantship must complete an eight semester hour Thesis. Other students may choose to complete a Thesis or pursue their degree on a coursework-only basis. Students who complete the Thesis Option must make a presentation at a Thesis Defense before approval by the department.

 


Operations Research

Degree(s) Available: Master of Science

Operations research (OR) deals with the application of scientific methods to decision making. Students have an opportunity to learn how to develop and solve mathematical and computer models of systems using optimization and statistical methods. OR graduates work in a wide variety of fields, such as transportation, supply chain operations, communications and computer operations, manufacturing, finance, and health care. The OR program is offered jointly by the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Department of Mathematics, thus achieving a unique balance of theory and application.

 


Professional Master's Degrees *

Biotechnology

Degree(s) Available: Master of Science

An unparalleled boom in biotechnology and pharmaceutical science has created a strong national and regional demand for scientists and engineers with expertise in biotechnology, bioinformatics, and regulatory science. Graduates of the program will receive a Master of Science (MS) degree with a major in biotechnology.

 


Computer Systems Engineering

Degree(s) Available: Master of Science

The Master of Science in Computer Systems Engineering degree is offered by the College of Engineering and may be pursued on a full- or part-time basis.

 


Energy Systems

Degree(s) Available: Master of Science (Available at the Boston, Charlotte, & Seattle campuses)

The Master of Science degree program in Energy Systems integrates the technology side of energy systems development with the financial planning needed to effectively implement them. The goal of the MSES is to create a high-level signature, interdisciplinary graduate program for the engineer or technical business major, who is pursuing an industrial or public planning based career.

 


Engineering Management

Degree(s) Available: Master of Science (Available at the Boston, Charlotte, & Seattle campuses)

The Master of Science in Engineering Management program bridges the gaps between the fields of engineering, technology and business with a focus on the art and the science of planning, organizing, allocating, directing, and controlling the activities and resources of organizations engaged in engineering activities and technology development. Northeastern’s interdisciplinary curriculum prepares students with the theoretical, quantitative, and analytical skills and tools you will need to take a leadership position in engineering management and address complex business challenges with innovative, practical, effective solutions.

 


Gordon Engineering Leadership

Degree(s) Available: Certificate, Master of Science

The Gordon Engineering Leadership Program is a transformational graduate program designed to build a future corps of engineering leadership professionals. Launched in 2007 with a generous gift from the Gordon Foundation, the program provides an excellent opportunity for aspiring leaders to accelerate their careers through advanced technical and leadership education. Most students pursue the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program as part of a Master of Science degree in the engineering discipline of their choice. Upon completion, students earn both the Master of Science degree and a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership. For most disciplines, students are required to complete 16 semester hours of Gordon Engineering Leadership Program coursework and 16 semester hours of technical coursework, for a total of 32 semester hours. For some disciplines, additional semester hours may be required.

 


Information Systems

Degree(s) Available: Master of Science

The Master of Science Degree in Information Systems is designed to facilitate career transformation for students with different technical backgrounds. The degree program can be pursued on a full- or part-time basis and is designed for students and professionals who desire to make a career shift to the information systems field, or for professionals currently in the field who wish to enhance their skills and credentials. Providing knowledge of the fundamentals of information technology as well as essential skills needed in information technology positions, this program blends academic and corporate experience to enable students to develop their professional lives.

 


Sustainable Building Systems

Degree(s) Available: Master of Science

The Master of Science in Sustainable Building Systems integrates elements of an architectural engineering program with construction management while embracing the concepts of engineering sustainability as related to energy and materials usage and the effect on the environment. The Sustainable Building Systems program focuses on the design and operation of buildings to provide a comfortable, healthy, and productive environment and landscape with minimal energy and environmental impact. Prospective students for the MSSBS program are engineering, architecture, business or science majors, and industry professionals pursuing careers in architecture, architectural engineering, real-estate development, construction and facilities management and its related fields, who desire to gain cutting edge knowledge in sustainability practices for building systems design and infrastructure development.

 


Telecommunication Systems Management

Degree(s) Available: Master of Science

The Master of Science in Telecommunication Systems Management degree is designed for professionals currently in the telecommunications field who either wish to enhance their technical skills and credentials or who wish to make a transition to the business side of telecommunications. We also welcome applications from prospective students with limited industry experience. This program, which may be pursued on a full- or part-time basis, is one of only a very few master's programs in telecommunications in the United States that is truly multi-disciplinary, giving students the flexibility to tailor the curriculum to their specific interests, backgrounds, and career goals.