SEAS Graduate Programs
The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences offer two Master's of Science programs.
The Department of Computer Science offers graduate program leading to the Master of Science degree. Students in the Master's program may pursue either a thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis research substitutes for 6 credit hours of the program. Students who are interested in writing a thesis should contact a faculty member whose research interests overlap with theirs. This should be done during a student’s first semester of graduate study, so that thesis work can begin in the second semester.
The Master of Science in Engineering Technology Management (MSETM) provides a broad-based core of management competency in business functions, along with a solid understanding of engineering technologies and capabilities. Courses build upon existing technical competency while allowing the student to customize their depth of study in specific management technologies that enhance long-term professional career goals.
Joint Undergraduate and Master's Degree Program (JUMP) for Engineering Technology Management (ETM)
The JUMP provides the opportunity for academically outstanding students in the Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences Department to complete both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in five years. Qualified students admitted to the JUMP may begin taking graduate courses in their junior year. Contingent on satisfactory progress, these students will be admitted into the MS Engineering Technology Management program upon completion of their undergraduate degree and be classified as graduate students. If you do not meet the following requirements, you may apply for regular admission to the program as shown under Getting Started above.
Requirements for Admission
To be eligible for the program, students must meet the following criteria:
- Enrollment in good standing in one of the undergraduate baccalaureate programs in the Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences Department
- Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
- Recommendation of an AMS faculty member and/or the undergraduate advisor
- Completion of at least 72 hours and demonstrated proficiency in English
Students interested in the JUMP ETM program should meet with their faculty advisor to complete a JUMP application/statement of intent and a program of study (Form C). JUMP applications are reviewed by the AMS Graduate Faculty.
The certificate provides the knowledge and practical skills needed for successful completion of the American Society of Quality Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt Certification exams or the Society of Manufacturing Engineer's Lean Certification-Bronze level exam. Effective Fall 2014, students gaining admission to the Lean Six Sigma Graduate Certificate program and completing the program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 will be provided with a voucher for one of the above exams.
WKU's graduate admission requirements are broadly determined by the type of degree that you are interested in pursuing. Please choose a tab below to view degree related requirements. Note that specific programs may require materials in addition to these; please check the current graduate catalog for more information.
Minimum Graduate School admission requirements include an earned bachelor's degree (or equivalent) and a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
Students who wish to apply for admission to the program should have the following background:
- A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics, or another subject closely related to CS.
- A minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average and a minimum combined (V+Q) GRE score of 290, with the quantitative reasoning score being 148 or better and a verbal score that adheres to the university minimum.
- Undergraduate courses which include:
- A good knowledge of programming in a high level language like Java or C/C++,
- A course in data structures comparable to CS 280,
- A course in software engineering comparable to CS 360,
- A course in operating systems comparable to CS 425,
- A course in computer organization and architecture comparable to CS 325.
- The application forms may be found at graduate school website. First-time Applicants can apply on-line.
- They also should take the the GRE general test and have the score submitted to Graduate Studies.
- Students whose first language is not English should have their TOEFL scores submitted to Graduate Studies.
- Complete a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (WKU undergraduates may take courses prior to graduation-see FAQs) For AMS students, see JUMP below.
- Complete an application for admission.
- Submit official transcripts to the WKU Graduate School. Must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75.
- Complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (Students are permitted to enroll in 12 credit hours of course work prior to admission as a non degree-seeking student-See FAQs)
International students may apply for acceptance into the program by completing the above while also providing evidence of an ability to communicate in English (TOEFL or IELTS scores). The University minimum is a 6.5 IELTS score or equivalent.
At this time, the program is not accepting new students who do not meet minimum admission criteria. There are no provisions for conditional acceptance.
Due to high demand, the program has a limited number of slots available. Applications to the program will be reviewed by program faculty after the application due date. Admission decisions are competitive; based on merit and availability.
- Applications for the fall semester are due by April 1. Admission decision by April 28.
- Applications for the spring semester are due by September 1. Admission decision by September 30.
- Applications for the summer term are due by February 1. Admission decision based on availability.
The MSETM program requires completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test or GMAT regardless of undergraduate grade point average.
The GRE General Test assesses verbal and quantitative ability. The GRE test scores must be received by the Graduate School prior to admission. The admission decision is based upon both the undergraduate transcript grade point average and the GRE verbal and quantitative scores. For more information on interpretation of GRE scores, go to the Graduate School-Admissions Requirements. The department requires a score of at least 140 on the verbal portion of the exam, prefers at least a 140 on the quantitative portion of the exam. An analytical writing score of at least 2.5 is required. Previous course work does not have any bearing on admission requirements.
A GMAT score can be used in place of the GRE upon request.
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