For further information pertaining to the non-thesis plan, the graduate student may contact the home department Graduate Program Option Coordinator.
The thesis plan requires 30 s.h. of graduate course work. This generally consists of 9 s.h. of core courses, 15 s.h. of technical concentration courses, and 6 s.h. of thesis. This plan is strongly recommended for candidates who wish to continue their graduate studies beyond the master's degree. Recent baccalaureate degree students are also encouraged to pursue the thesis plan. The thesis provides first-hand experience with experimental design, literature searches, research methodology and technical report writing and can lead to a higher level of expertise in the chosen area of specialization.
Students who have been in the work arena and are moving into an engineering management role may wish to choose this plan. The management plan requires a total of 36 s.h. of course work. In addition to 12 s.h. of core courses, a series of engineering and business courses totaling 21 s.h. are recommended in the description of the home department's graduate program option. The student must also complete a 3 s.h. special project course. For more information pertaining to this plan, contact the Graduate Program Option Coordinator of the home department.
A student may wish to develop his/her own plan of study. A series of courses may be selected to meet a specific professional goal or objective. The student must meet with an advisor to develop a self-directed curriculum plan. A total of 33 s.h. of course work is required for non-thesis, and 30 s.h. for a thesis plan. Students pursuing the non-thesis plan must complete 3 s.h. special project course. For more information pertaining to this option, refer to the home department's graduate program description or contact the home department Graduate Program Option Coordinator.
Early Placement Program for the Ph.D. in Engineering
Early placement programs for the Ph.D. degree in Engineering at the University of Akron and the Doctorate degree in Engineering at the Cleveland State University are available. Students accepted in either program are required to complete a minimum of 60 s.h. of course work and 12 s.h. of dissertation work at Youngstown State University. In addition, students may select their co-advisor from the engineering faculty at Youngstown State University. Students interested in such an early-pacement program should select the thesis plan for their MS program. For further assistance regarding these options and to initiate a letter of interest, contact the College of Engineering and Technology Graduate Program option coordinator in the student's are of interest.