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Central Michigan University to offer master's degree in engineering

Two-year program ideal for students pursuing research and development in industry

Contact: Curt Smith

​​​A leader in STEM education, Central Michigan University will launch a new Master of Science in engineering degree this fall through its School of Engineering and Technology, strengthening student training and research opportunities to meet existing and emerging industry demands.

The program feeds a growing need for engineers in the workforce, particularly those interested in working for research and development in industry.

“CMU is establishing its name as one of the premier universities for the study of engineering,” said Mohamad Qatu, CMU’s School of Engineering and Technology director. “We are very excited to be adding another dimension to our teaching and research offerings.”

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The M.S. in engineering degree requires 30 credits total — 24 credit hours of coursework and six credit hours of research — and a successfully defended thesis. Up to nine credit hours can be double-counted from appropriate undergraduate courses for acceptance into an accelerated M.S. in engineering degree track.

“It’s a very research intensive program, with the second year dedicated to students working with faculty on research projects,” said Tolga Kaya, assistant professor of electrical engineering.

“Graduates will be able to successfully apply advanced concepts in areas such as materials science, mechanics, photonics, electronics and nanotechnology to improve production processes and techniques in research and development areas of engineering industries.”

CMU senior and mechanical engineering major James Hasbany is applying to the new master’s program and plans to continue his studies in Mount Pleasant after graduation in May 2015. The Grand Rapids native said that his independent undergraduate research project with Jinxiang Xi, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been instrumental in preparing him for graduate school and solidified his decision that CMU was his first choice for continuing advanced research in engineering.

“I think the professors here at CMU are brilliant,” said Hasbany. “I chose Central over every other school because the faculty here truly care about their students and are at the forefront of engineering research. It’s very exciting for me to be a part of this program.”

Students should apply for the engineering master’s program through the College of Graduate Studies by March 1, 2015. Visit for more information or call 989-774-4723.

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In addition to the new master’s in engineering degree, CMU’s School of Engineering and Technology also offers ABET accredited bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. U.S. News & World Report ranked CMU’s undergraduate engineering program No. 86 for its 2015 rankings of engineering programs without a doctorate degree. CMU also ranked No. 194 among national universities overall and No. 110 among top public schools.​

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