Degrees Offered with a Major in Engineering Education

  • Master of Science
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Ph.D. Requirements

Core Courses (15 credits)

  • EGS 6050 Foundations in Engineering Education (3 cr.)
  • EGS 6054 Cognition, Learning, and Pedagogy in Engineering Education (3 cr.)
  • EGS 6051 Instructional Design in Engineering Education (3 cr.)
  • EGS 6020 Research Design in Engineering Education (3 cr.)
  • EGS 6012 Research Methods in Engineering Education (3 cr.)

Experience (5 credits)

  • EGS 6940 Preparation for Engineering Education Practicum (1 cr.)
  • EGS 6949 Research to Practice Experience in Engineering Education (3 cr.)
  • EGS 6930 Engineering Education Seminar (1 cr.)

Electives Required (6 credits)

Students must take 6 credits of graduate courses related to their dissertation research topic and/or career goals. The courses must be approved by the student’s advisor.

     Disciplinary Concentration (15 credits)

Students must take 15 credits of graduate courses in a single engineering or computer science discipline. At least 9 credits must be at the 6000 level. This requirement is waived if a student is admitted with a master’s in an engineering discipline or computer science.

Admission to Candidacy

Successful completion of both the Qualifying Exam and Dissertation Proposal will result in admission to Ph.D. candidacy.

Qualifying Exam

The student’s supervisory committee will prepare a set of questions for the student. The student will have two weeks from the date the questions are delivered to the student to submit written answers to the committee. The student will then meet with the committee as a panel to discuss those answers.

Dissertation Proposal

The student must write an original proposal that will serve as the basis for the dissertation research. The student will then meet with their dissertation committee to defend the proposal.

Final Dissertation and Defense

The student will write a dissertation based on their research activities. The student will then meet with their dissertation committee to present and defend the dissertation. The dissertation and defense serve as the culminating activity for the Ph.D. program.

M.S. Requirements (without a thesis)

The MS without thesis option requires a total of 30 credits of coursework and a final comprehensive examination. Up to 9 credits may be transferred from another graduate degree program with the approval of the student’s advisor and the Graduate School. Transfer credits must be appropriate for the student’s graduate program and the student must have earned a B or better.The specific requirements are

Core Courses (9 credits)

  • EGS 6050 Foundations in Engineering Education (3 cr.)
  • EGS 6054 Cognition, Learning, and Pedagogy in Engineering Education (3 cr.)
  • EGS 6051 Instructional Design in Engineering Education (3 cr.)

Elective Requirement (21 credits)

Students must take 21 credits of engineering education-related graduate courses. The courses must be approved by the student’s advisor and the graduate coordinator. A minimum of 6 credits must be graduate-level courses within the major.  A maximum of 6 credits of the 21 may be S/U courses.

Comprehensive Examination

A final comprehensive exam, as required by the Graduate School, must be completed at the end of the student’s graduate program. This exam is separate from any coursework. In conjunction with the student’s advisor, the student will design a culminating experience related to the student’s career goals. Students are encouraged to be creative in designing the experience, but it must be approved by the student’s advisor, who will evaluate the student's performance. 

M.S. Requirements (with a thesis)

The MS with thesis option requires a total of 30 credits and successful completion of an MS thesis. The specific requirements are

Core Courses (15 credits)

  • EGS 6050 Foundations in Engineering Education (3 cr.)
  • EGS 6054 Cognition, Learning, and Pedagogy in Engineering Education (3 cr.)
  • EGS 6051 Instructional Design in Engineering Education (3 cr.)
  • EGS 6020 Research Design in Engineering Education (3 cr.)
  • EGS 6012 Research Methods in Engineering Education (3 cr.)

Up to 9 credits may be transferred from another graduate degree program with the approval of the student’s advisor and the Graduate School. Transfer credits must be appropriate for the student’s graduate program and the student must have earned a B or better.

Research Requirement (6 credits)

Students must take 6 credits of EGS 6971 Research for Master’s Thesis .

Additional Course Requirements

Students must take 9 credits of graduate courses and/or  EGS 6971. The courses must be approved by the student’s advisor. Note that only 6 credits of  EGS 6971 may count toward the degree.

Master’s Thesis

The student will write a thesis based on their research activities. The student will then meet with their thesis committee to present and defend the thesis. The thesis and defense serve as the culminating activity of the M.S. with thesis option.

Associate Professor

  • Van Oostrom, Johannes H.
  • Villanueva Alarcon, Idalis

Assistant Professor

  • Kim, Gloria Jung
  • Rivera-Jimenez, Sindia
  • Waisome, Jeremy Alexis Magruder

Assistant Engineer

  • Blanchard, Jeremiah J.

Affiliated Faculty

  • Taylor, Curtis
    Associate Professor

Ph.D. Student Learning Outcomes

After completion of the Ph.D., the candidate will be able to

  • Synthesize the literature to identify research topics;
  • Create relevant research question(s);
  • Conduct independent research in engineering education to address the research question(s);
  • Conduct an analysis of needs and context to identify gaps between research and practice;
  • Collaborate with others in academia, industry, and other organizations to conduct research and develop evidence-based best practices
  • Apply engineering education research findings, methodologies, concepts, and frameworks to real-world contexts such as industry or academic training experiences, professional development, classroom innovation, or assessment

Associate Professor

  • Van Oostrom, Johannes H.
  • Villanueva Alarcon, Idalis

Assistant Professor

  • Kim, Gloria Jung
  • Rivera-Jimenez, Sindia
  • Waisome, Jeremy Alexis Magruder

Assistant Engineer

  • Blanchard, Jeremiah J.

Affiliated Faculty

  • Taylor, Curtis
    Associate Professor