Graduate Program in Acoustics


Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering degree is based on graduate course work, but the candidate is also required to submit to the Acoustics Program Office a scholarly written report or a developmental study involving at least 1 area represented in the course work. Normally, such a report represents a study of a particular topic that is more limited than that necessary for a thesis. Often this report can be developed from some previous work of the student such as a term paper or a technical report. The report is free of any formal requirements of the Graduate School, but it is expected that the student will use the Thesis Guide as an example of the appropriate format. The report must be approved for its technical content and style by the student's advisor and for its format by the Acoustics Program Office. The report must also be signed by the Program Chair. Each student shall deliver to the Program Office 1 bound copy of this report for retention by the Program. Additional bound copies may be required by the advisor. All work for the degree must be completed within 8 years from the date of admission to the program.

Also, if the student or work was funded by the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) 2 unbound copies of the report must be submitted to the ARL Office of Initiatives and Academic Programs. The student should consult with the Acoustics Program Office before final preparation of the bound and unbound copies of the report.

The graduate course credits for the M.Eng. degree must meet the following criteria:

  • Total number of course credits required for M.Eng. Degree - 30
  • Number of core course credits required - 18
  • Maximum number of Individual Study (ACS 596) credits - 6

The 12 non-core course credits may be selected from the "Required and Approved" list of courses issued by the Acoustics Program Office. Students may take more than 1 credit of Colloquium (ACS 590) and more than 6 credits of Individual Study (ACS 596) but such credits cannot be applied to the total number of course credits required. Master of Engineering students may not apply research credits (ACS 600) to the total number of course credits required.

For a student on a 1/2 time assistantship, a Master of Engineering degree program should require no more than 2 calendar years to complete.