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Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

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KU-KUT Joint M.S. Degree Requirements

The department participates in a joint Master of Science degree option with the School of Mechatronics/School of Information Technology, Korea University of Technology and Education (KUT). The emphasis at KU is in biomechanics, and the emphasis at KUT is in mechatronics and systems engineering. KUT courses are taught in English.

An academic adviser is designated for each student by both KU and KUT; they are members of the academic advisory committee and oversee the Plan of Study. Support for each student — including access to course work, libraries, research facilities, computers, application for financial support, application for living quarters — is provided by both KUT and KU.

A minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate work is required, including 6 credit hours of thesis. At least 15 of the 30 semester credit hours, including the 6 hours of thesis, must be taken at either KU or KUT. The Plan of Study consists of either

  1. KUT: 9 credit hours course work, 6 hours thesis; and KU: 15 hours course work; or
  2. KU: 9 credit hours course work, 6 hours thesis; and KUT: 15 hours course work.

A list of approved KU and KUT courses is available from the director. Three credit hours of approved mathematics are required. Any combination of KUT and KU credit consistent with the time spent by the faculty members in supervising thesis work that totals 6 credit hours is permissible.

The thesis topic must be approved by the academic advisers at both KUT and at KU. Review of work may be done by exchanging thesis materials electronically, by surface mail, or by direct participation in review meetings. The thesis defense committee consists of at least 1 faculty member each from KUT and KU. It is preferred that all committee members be present at the examination. Each candidate must pass a final examination, which may be oral, or both written and oral, as determined by the advisory committee.

The institution at which the major part of the thesis project is accomplished awards a single degree and diploma. The KU transcript of each student who completes the program states that the degree is awarded for a program of study accomplished in collaboration with Korea University of Technology and Education. Korea University of Technology and Education places a similar statement on the KUT transcript. The institution not awarding the degree and diploma may award a certificate.

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