The master’s program is designed to extend the technical breadth and depth of an engineer’s knowledge.
Students in this program complete a program of studies approved by the faculty advisor in the major department. The program must include no less than 46 quarter units and a 3.0 GPA (B average) must be earned in all coursework taken at Santa Clara. Residence requirements of the University are met by completing 36 quarter units of the graduate program at Santa Clara. A maximum of 9 quarter units (6 semester units) of graduate-level coursework may be transferred from other accredited institutions that have not been applied to a previous degree at the discretion of the student’s advisor. All units applied toward the degree, including those transferred from other institutions, must be earned within a six-year period.
Students have the option to write a thesis as part of their master’s degree. Students who choose this option are responsible for obtaining an advisor for their thesis work. The maximum number of units awarded for the master’s thesis is nine. Please note that the thesis option is not available in engineering management and leadership.
The coursework requirements for the degree are determined by each of the major departments. In order to graduate, students must complete the required coursework for the program to which they are admitted and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all coursework listed on their approved program of study. In addition to this requirement, engineering management and leadership degree candidates must earn a 3.0 GPA in those courses applied to their technical stem and a 3.0 GPA in their engineering management course stem.
Note that the number of engineering management and leadership courses accepted for other degrees in the graduate engineering program is restricted to 6 units in computer science and engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and most options of mechanical engineering.
Master's Degrees are offered in the following programs: