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Engineering Science (E SC)

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SCOTT VAN TONNIGEN, Program Coordinator
Penn State Harrisburg
School of Science, Engineering, and Technology
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
W211 Olmsted Building
Middletown, PA 17057-4898
717-948-6109 (Opens New Window)


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The Graduate Faculty, Penn State Harrisburg



The Program

A program leading to the degree of Master of Engineering with a major in Engineering Science is offered at Penn State Harrisburg. The program is designed to provide a broad, advanced education in the engineering sciences with some specialization permitted in the area of the student's major interest. It is offered specifically to permit practicing engineers to pursue advanced studies through evening classes while in full-time employment in industry in the area. Courses offered for the program are all established and authorized by the resident departments at the University Park campus.

Admission Requirements

Scores from the graduate Record Examinations (GRE) are not required for students holding baccalaureate degrees from accredited U.S. educational institutions. At the discretion of a graduate program, students may be admitted for graduate study in a program without these scores. Requirements listed here are in addition to general Graduate School requirements state in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Students may be admitted to the program from a wide variety of disciplines. Students applying for admission are expected to have completed the following core courses: (1) physics through modern physics; (2) mathematics through differential equations; (3) one course in engineering thermodynamics; (4) one course in electrical circuits; (5) basic courses in engineering statics, dynamics, and strength of materials; and (6) computer programming. Students with a 3.00 junior/senior grade-point average (on a 4.00 scale) and with appropriate course backgrounds will be considered for admission. The best-qualified applicants will be accepted up to the number of spaces that are available for new students. Exceptions to the minimum 3.00 grade-point average may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests.

English Proficiency—The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not received baccalaureate or master's degrees from an institution in which the language of instruction is English must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and submit the results of that test with the application for admission. Departments and programs may have more stringent requirements and may require all international applicants to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score regardless of their academic background. A TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or a total score of 80 on the Internet-based test (iBT), with a minimum of 19 points on the speaking section, is required for admission.  Graduate programs may require a higher score. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) module provides an exam to test four mandatory skill areas: listening, reading, writing and speaking. All four modules are equally weighted in the evaluation process. The International English Language Testing System has been approved by the Graduate Council as an alternative exam to the TOEFL for international students applying to Penn State. A minimum composite score of 6.5 on the IELTS test is required for admission.

Completed International Application material must be submitted by the following deadlines: May 31 for the fall semester; September 30 for the spring semester; February 28 for the summer session. Applications received after these deadlines will be processed for the following semester.

Applicants should submit the following:
   —A graduate online application with the application fee;
   —Official copies of undergraduate transcripts;
   —Three (3) letters of reference, especially those from faculty who can evaluate academic potential;
   —A personal statement of technical interest, goals, and experience.

   NOTE: Test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required ONLY for those applicants indicating interest in an assistantship.

Degree Requirements

The credit requirements in this major will be satisfied by an appropriate combination of core courses and elective courses. The core courses include offerings in mathematics and in several branches of engineering that have been selected because of their general character and breadth of applicability to all fields of engineering. A minimum of 30 credits is required, of which at least 18 must be at the 500 level. Of the 30 credits, 6 credits of mathematics and a scholarly written report (3 credits) must be completed.

This program should be distinguished from the graduate program in Engineering Science at University Park campus, which offers the M.S. degree.

Other Relevant Information

More details regarding admission requirements are available from the directors of the graduate centers offering the program.

Student Aid

Fellowships, traineeships, graduate assistantships, and other forms of financial aid are described in the STUDENT AID section of the Graduate Bulletin.


SCR 30-07-186

Faculty linked: 8/14/14

Program Coordinator updated: 6/1/16


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