Generally, the MSSE degree is a thesis degree and our sample program corresponds to the thesis option. Under unusual circumstances and with the approval of their advisor and ISR, students may pursue a non-thesis option where they will be required to submit a scholarly paper that is reviewed by ISR faculty and will replace the research credits with approved technical electives.

The student should replace ENSE 622 with a ChBE-approved elective; or, with the approval of the student's ChBE advisor, continue with the fourth year as-listed, using ENSE 622 as a ChBE-approved elective (with student choice of the third elective). No other changes to the senior year are required.

No. University regulations require all classes double-counted in a combined B.S.+M.S. program be 600-level or above. Furthermore, ENES 489P cannot be used as the third ChBE technical elective.

Having taken two core ENSE classes, potential internship opportunities may open to the students. Likewise, students can also pursue thesis research towards their MSSE.

Dr. John MacCarthy
Director, Systems Engineering Education Program
Institute for Systems Research
2175 A.V. Williams Building
College Park, MD 20742

Professor Raymond A. Adomaitis
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Institute for Systems Research
2255 A.V. Williams Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 USA