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Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering degree is primarily based on graduate course work (10 courses = 30 credits), but the candidate is also required to submit to the Acoustics Program Office a scholarly written capstone paper.

Course Credit Requirements

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 resident courses issued by the Acoustics Program Office. Students may take more than one 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.

M.Eng. Capstone Paper Requirements

The M.Eng. capstone paper is a paper involving at least one acoustics topic represented in the course work. Normally, such a paper represents a study of a particular topic that is more limited than that necessary for a thesis. Often this paper 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 paper must be approved for its technical content and style by the student’s adviser and for its format by the Acoustics Program Office. The paper must also be signed by the Program Director.

Each student shall deliver to the Program Office one (1) bound copy of this paper for retention by the Program. Additional bound copies may be required by the adviser. The costs of thesis preparation, copying, and binding are the responsibilities of the student. The student should consult with the Acoustics Program Office before final preparation of the bound and unbound copies of the report.

Expected Time to Completion

The typical length of time to complete the Master of Engineering degree program as a resident student is two (2) calendar years. All work for the degree must be completed within 8 years from the date of admission to the program.



Founded in 1965, Penn State's Graduate Program in Acoustics has become the leading resource for graduate education in acoustics in the United States. The interdisciplinary program leads to the degrees: Master of Engineering in Acoustics (M.Eng.), Master of Science in Acoustics (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy in Acoustics (Ph.D.)

Graduate Program in Acoustics

College of Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University

201 Applied Science Building

University Park, PA 16802