The MAE Department offers three Master of Science (MS) Degrees:
The graduate programs in the MAE department are tailored to working professionals. Most graduate students work full-time and attend classes in the evenings on a part-time basis. To facilitate this, most graduate courses in the MAE department are offered Monday through Friday after 5:30 PM to accommodate working professionals. The MAE departmentís MS programs give practicing engineers an opportunity to increase their competence so as to better meet the needs of the workplace, or to prepare themselves for more advanced study in the discipline.
All MS programs in the MAE department require 30 units beyond a bachelorís degree, and specific requirements vary by program so students are advised to review the university catalog carefully (see links provided below). Additionally all MS student are required to complete either an MS thesis or a comprehensive examination to complete their degree. All three MS degree programs in the MAE department offer two degree plans: Plan 1 (Thesis) and Plan 2 (Coursework Only), and the breakdown of the required units to be taken to earn an MS degree differs depending on the plan selected as shown in the following table:
|Plan I (Thesis)||Plan II (Coursework Only)|
|Math||6 Units (MAE 501, MAE 502)||6 Units (MAE 501, MAE 502)|
|Core Area||12 Units (varies by program)||12 Units (varies by program)|
|Electives||6 Units (varies by program)||12 Units (varies by program)|
|Other||6 Units MAE 698 and Thesis||Comprehensive Exam|
For information on MAE courses available, see the university catalog.
For specific details on the MSAE program and to review the program admissions requirements, see the university catalog.
For more details or to make an appointment contact the MSAE program advisor: Dr. Hsin-Piao Chen
For specific details on the MSME program and to review the program admissions requirements, see the university catalog.
For more details or to make an appointment contact the MSME program advisor: Dr. Bei Lu
For specific details on the MSE program and to review the program admissions requirements, see the university catalog.
For more details or to make an appointment contact the MSE program advisor: Dr. Bei Lu
There are various ways that graduate students can get involved in research at CSULB while working on their MS degrees. The following links contain information on various faculty research interests and current projects within the College of Engineering at CSULB.
Each semester a limited number of hourly assistantship may be available. Students interested in these positions should pay attention to job announcements posted around campus and on Beachboard once enrolled in an MS program.
Teaching assistant positions are typically advertised by the department at the beginning of each term, only last for a period of one term, and terms of employment are managed by the department.
Research assistant positions, when available, are typically advertised by faculty conducting sponsored research and the terms of employment are determined by the faculty members directly.
In either case, these positions are extremely limited, very competitive, and students are not typically allowed to apply for these positions until they are enrolled in an MS program and are taking classes on campus.
The minimum qualifications required for each program are listed in the University Catalog and can be found by following links provided above. Applications to the graduate programs in the MAE department are submitted using the CSUMentor.edu website. Letters of recommendation are not required. To be considered for admission all graduate applicants must:
For details on the application process the see following:
For the current application deadlines for all CSULB graduate programs, see the following:
International applicants have additional application requirements and applications deadlines and must follow a slightly different application process. Please see the following for details:
To be awarded an MS degree from CSULB, students must meet all university requirements and follow all appropriate procedures. These requirements cover various issues, including transfer credit, graduate writing assessments, GPA requirements, timely degree completion, advancement to candidacy and filing for graduation. These specific details on these requirements and procedures can be found on the university website (follow the provided link) and should be reviewed carefully: http://www.csulb.edu/depts/enrollment/graduation/masters_degree.html