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University Bulletin
Graduate Degree Programs

Engineering Design (EDSGN)

http://www.sedtapp.psu.edu/design

SVEN G. BILEN, Head of the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs
213 Hammond Building
814-865-7589

Degrees Conferred:

M.S., M.Eng.

 

The Graduate Faculty

 

Students may specialize in Engineering Product Design, Systems Design and Data-Driven Design. Engineering Product Design addresses the identification of consumer preferences and requirements, the evaluation of existing products and product families, and the development of innovative designs. Systems Design examines the role components play within systems and the optimization of systems as a whole. This includes defining and developing a variety of systems that satisfy user requirements. Data-Driven Design focuses on using data to motivate and inform design decisions and assess current product performance.

Admission Requirements

The requirements listed here are in addition to the general requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.

For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution. Applicants with at least a 3.00 junior/senior grade-point average (on a 4.00 scale) and appropriate course backgrounds may be considered for admission. Exceptions to the minimum 3.00 grade-point average may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests.

All applicants must provide the department with official transcripts of all their previous course work (in duplicate); international applicants must submit official transcripts, degree, and diploma certificates in both English and their native language. Photocopies will not be accepted. Applicants must also submit scores from the GRE® revised General Test (verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing), a statement of objectives, resume, and three letters of recommendation.

The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), with the exceptions noted below. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section for the Internet-based test (iBT). Applicants with iBT speaking scores between 15 and 18 may be considered for provisional admission, which requires completion of specified remedial English courses ESL 114G (American Oral English for Academic Purposes) and/or ESL 116G (ESL/Composition for Academic Disciplines) and attainment of a grade of B or higher. The minimum acceptable composite score for the IELTS is 6.5.

International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.

Applicants for fall admission who wish to be considered for financial aid should complete the application process prior to DECEMBER 15 of the preceding year.

Degree Requirements

Master of Science (M.S.) Degree Requirements. The M.S. degree is an academic degree, which is strongly oriented toward research. To receive the Master of Science degree in Engineering Design, a student must complete at least 32 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. At least 18 credits in the 500 and 600 series, combined, must be included in the program. A minimum of 12 credits in course work (400 and 500 series), as contrasted with research, must be completed in the major program. A thesis is required and at least 6 credits of thesis research (EDSGN 600/610) must be included in the program.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROGRAM - 32 credits

A minimum of 32 graduate credits is required as follows: focus area elective courses (12 cr.), general electives (6 cr.), engineering design studio (6 cr.), engineering design portfolio (1 cr.), colloquium, (1 cr.), thesis research (6 cr.)

Students must take the following 8 credits: EDSGN 581 (3), EDSGN 582 (3), EDSGN 585 (1), EDSGN 590 (1)

Students must select a minimum of 12 credits of focus area electives from: EDSGN 401 (3), EDSGN 479 (3), EDSGN 547 (3), EDSGN 548 (3), EDSGN 549 (3), EDSGN 558 (3), EDSGN 559 (3)

Students must select 6 credits of general electives from: I E 418 (3), I E 460 (3), I E 470 (3), I E 520 (3), I E 557 (3), I E 563 (3); IST 413 (3); IST 520 (3); IST 521 (3); M E 561 (3), M E 565 (3); MANGT 510 (3); SYSEN 550 (3), SYSEN 555 (3) or from a list of approved courses maintained by the program

Students must take 6 credits of EDSGN 600/610

The M.S. in Engineering Design requires the completion of an M.S. thesis and the Engineering Design Portfolio.

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) Degree Requirements

The M.Eng. degree is a non-thesis professional master’s degree that provides training for advanced professional practice. To receive the Master of Engineering degree in Engineering Design, a student must complete at least 32 credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, and a scholarly report based on an independent studies course (EDSGN 596), or a domestic (ENGR 595A) or international (ENGR 595I) internship experience, and an engineering design portfolio (ENGR 585). A minimum of 18 credits must be in the 500 series.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROGRAM - 32 credits

A minimum of 32 graduate credits is required as follows:  focus area elective courses (12 cr), general electives (9 cr), engineering design studio (6 cr), engineering design portfolio (1 cr), colloquium, (1 cr), independent studies (3 cr) or domestic or international internship (3 cr)

Students must take the following 8 credits: EDSGN 581 (3), EDSGN 582 (3), EDSGN 585 (1), EDSGN 590 (1)

Students must select a minimum of 12 credits of focus area electives from: EDSGN 401 (3), EDSGN 479 (3), EDSGN 547 (3), EDSGN 548 (3), EDSGN 549 (3), EDSGN 558 (3), EDSGN 559 (3)

Students must select 9 credits of general electives from: I E 418 (3), I E 460 (3), I E 470 (3), I E 520 (3), I E 557 (3), I E 563 (3), IST 413 (3), IST 520 (3), IST 521 (3), M E 561 (3), M E 565 (3), MANGT 510 (3), SYSEN 550 (3), SYSEN 555 (3) or from a list of approved courses maintained by the program

Students must take EDSGN 596 (3), or ENGR 595A (3 ), or ENGR 595I (3)

The M.Eng. in Engineering Design requires the completion of a scholarly paper and the Engineering Design Portfolio.

Other Relevant Information

All graduate students must participate in Scholarship and Research Integrity (SARI) training by completing the online University module offered through the Office of Research Protections (ORP) during their first year of study and 5 hours of discussion-based training. To satisfy the 5-hour discipline-specific discussion-based training, SEDTAPP will provide 2 hours of training as part of their colloquium; the remaining 3 hours of training can be satisfied through College or ORP offerings. These requirements must be met before graduation.

Student Aid

Graduate assistantships and other forms of student aid are described in the STUDENT AID section of the Graduate Bulletin. International students must take AEOCPT and score between 250 and 300 in order to begin a teaching assistantship; students who require remediation may be assigned a teaching assistantship only after addressing the deficiencies identified by the test.

Courses

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.

ENGINEERING DESIGN (EDSGN) course list

Last Revised Spring Semester 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-07

Review Date: 06/10/2014

 


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