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New! Master of Science in Engineering

The Arizona Board of Regents recently approved a new Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) program.  The MSE is a unique, research-oriented graduate program built upon themes of sustainability and engineering design.  Students select a disciplinary focus from computer science or civil, electrical, environmental, or mechanical engineering. A core of common coursework permits specialization through the student’s choice of technical electives and thesis topic. The 30-credit hour program allows students to achieve depth in a single discipline or breadth across multiple disciplines.


The curriculum is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary study in the context of two of the most important issues of our time—sustainability and innovation.
  • Sustainable Systems emphasizes topics related to energy, natural and built environments, policy and management, and informatics. Research topics include the management of natural resources and their transformation, transportation, utilization, application, and return to nature.
  • Advanced Engineering Design emphasizes the creative potential of students and faculty to devise innovative solutions. Creating new ideas, designing new products, integrating processes, advancing applications, delivering sophisticated services, and introducing new strategies are critical to America's success and the demands of 21st-century interdisciplinary technologies.

The program integrates research and application while advancing both individual and collaborative research and scholarship. The technical rigor and depth of the program will prepare a graduate for continued research, a doctoral program, or entry into the engineering profession.

Please visit our web site for additional information on the MSE program.