The Master of Science in Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems degree is a 30-hour Engineering program. (The program is in an approved STEM field that allows international graduates to apply for OPT extension).
Starting in Fall 2022, updated curriculum:
Preview of Catalog effective Fall 2022:
Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems, M.S.
The minimum admission requirements for the program are:
Early Entry Program
Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may apply for the Early Entry Program and begin work toward the graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree; up to 12 credit hours of graduate coursework may be “double-counted” toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. See theUndergraduate Catalogfor details and requirements. Also, see theDegree Requirements and Academic Policiessection of theGraduate Catalogfor more information about Early Entry Programs.
The program leading to the Master of Science engineering degree in Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems is a 30 credit hour program.Students select one of the three options described below; each contains requirements to complete core courses, elective courses, and a capstone experience.
Option A: Thesis
Requires the formation of a Master’s Committee consisting of members of the Graduate Faculty, to be chaired by a member of the Department.
Requires successful completion of 24 credit hours of graduate-level coursework, research, and a thesis:
Option B: Project (Non-thesis)
Requires successful completion of 27 credit hours of graduate-level coursework and a Capstone Project:
Option C: Comprehensive Exam (Non-thesis)
Requires successful completion of 30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework and students must pass a written comprehensive that is administered by the program:
Required Mathematics Course (3 credit hours)
Students will choose one of the following:
Required Core Courses (6 credit hours)
Students are required to take both of the following courses:
Required Elective Courses (Option A students: 15 credit hours; Option B students: 18 credit hours; Option C students: 21 credit hours)
Students must take the prescribed number of elective credit hours (based on their chosen Option) from the following list. In addition, appropriate existing graduate-level courses from other programs may be approved by the Graduate Program Director, not to exceed 6 credit hours from outside of the Department. Additional elective courses may be offered occasionally as Special Topics, based on industry needs and faculty research interests.
Required Thesis Research (Option A students only - 6 credit hours)
For this capstone experience, students must take a total of 6 credit hours of Master's Research and Thesis; this is normally taken across two semesters of 3 credit hours each. During these 6 credit hours, students must conduct research on an approved topic, leading to the writing and defending of a thesis (in accordance with Graduate School policies).
This capstone experience requires individual investigation in the form of a project in the areas of Applied Energy and/or Electromechanical Systems culminating in an exposition of results in the form of a formal presentation to faculty and a professional conference-formatted paper. The proposed project must be pre-approved by a mentoring member of the Program graduate faculty and the Graduate Program Director.
The comprehensive examination is a written exam to be offered once in the fall and once in the spring semesters. A student’s exam will be scheduled when they have at least 24 hours of course credit completed or in progress. The Program Director and the examining committee will coordinate the examination. The exam will measure the student’s mastery of theories and applications in the discipline. Students will have only two opportunities to receive passing marks on the examination.
Degree Total = 30 Credit Hours
Each student is advised by the Graduate Program Director and may be supervised by their graduate advisor and/or their program Master’s Thesis Committee.
Application for Degree
Each student must apply for graduation by the published deadline in their final term. Students who apply to graduate but fail to finish will need to update their application to graduate to a future term.
Plan of Study Requirements
Each student is required to submit a Plan of Study to and receive approval from the program’s Graduate Program Director before completing 9 graduate credit hours. The Plan may be reviewed and updated periodically with the approval of the Graduate Program Director.
The department, at its discretion, may accept transfer of graduate courses (6 credit hours maximum) taken at another institution or from another program prior to admission to the M.S. in Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems program. Only courses in which the student earned a grade of B or above may be transferred.
Research and teaching assistantships are available from the Department on a competitive basis to highly qualified applicants/students.
Tuition grants including out-of-state tuition differential waivers and in-state tuition support are available on a competitive basis for both out-of-state and in-state students, respectively.
Pre-Fall-22 catalog: Program Description and Requirements in the Graduate Catalog