I am a full time engineer but am interested in a part-time Masters’ degree. Is this possible through Clemson?
The Mechanical Engineering Department has developed an evening and hybrid series of courses for working professionals so that they can take graduate level courses towards fulfillment of the requirements of a non-thesis Master’s degree. These will start in the Spring 2015 semester with ME 6320 (Advanced Strength of Materials), taught once a week on Monday evenings. The course will be streamed live to the Lowcountry Graduate Center in Charleston, SC. Every third week, the course lectures will be delivered in Charleston and streamed live to the Clemson campus. This hybrid approach will provide personal interactions between the faculty and the students at both locations on a regular basis. Additional courses in this hybrid format will be offered in the Fall and Spring semesters with on-line graduate courses offered in the summer semester, including ME 6570 (Wind Energy) and ME 6550 (Design for Manufacturing). To learn more about Clemson in the Lowcountry, please visit the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies website.
What are the application deadlines?
As a new graduate student, how many courses should I take in my first semester?
All incoming, full time graduate students are advised to take four courses in their first semester, with the only exceptions being those that are already working with research advisors. This will provide graduate students the opportunity to focus on coursework, strengthen their knowledge of advanced concepts beyond their bachelor’s degree, and prepare them for research work with faculty, or provide them with an accelerated path towards graduation with the non-thesis option, and allow students to complete 50% of the required course work for the thesis option in their first semester.
Can I choose a coursework only option for the MS degree?
All incoming MS students are required to start with the non-thesis option and are centrally advised by the departmental graduate director until such a time as a faculty mentor has agreed to advise the graduate student as his/her thesis student. This means that students start in the one-year MS degree option consisting of four courses per semester in the first two semesters and three courses in the third semester (Fall, Spring, Summer), if they are not able to find a thesis advisor to work with regardless of funding source.
Where can I go for additional information?