Oral comprehensive examination
32 credit hours
MMAE has a long history of providing valuable Master's level education to engineers across a broad spectrum of topics. Our graduates leave IIT well prepared in their specific areas of focus. Nearly 2000 people have earned a Master of Engineering or Master of Science degree from MMAE.
The M.S. degree program is designed to equip students with advanced knowledge and to prepare them for careers in research and development. In line with the department's approach to its graduate programs, a student has considerable flexibility, in consultation with his or her program adviser, in formulating a program. The completion of a minimum of 32 credit hours of approved work, which includes six to eight credit hours of thesis research. Before completion of the first semester of graduate study, full-time students should select an area of specialization and a permanent adviser. Graduate students pursuing the M.S. degree on a part-time basis should select a permanent adviser before registering for their twelfth credit hour. The student, in consultation with the adviser, then prepares a program of study that reflects individual needs and interests. This program must be approved by the adviser, the department's Graduate Studies Committee, the department's chair, and the Graduate College. After completion of the thesis, the student is required to pass an oral comprehensive examination on his or her thesis and related areas. The examination committee consists of at least three appropriate faculty members who are nominated by the thesis adviser and appointed by the department's Graduate Studies Committee.