Graduate

Graduate Degrees

  • Master of Science (M.S.) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  • Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  • Joint Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.)/Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Masters Programs

M.S. and M.S.E. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Applicants for the M.S. or M.S.E. degrees normally hold a Bachelor of Science degree in naval architecture and marine engineering with an average grade of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. However, the graduate program has been structured so that students with a bachelor’s degree in other engineering disciplines that require knowledge of basic mechanics ­such as mechanical engineering, applied mechanics, aerospace or civil engineering ­may also start directly on their master’s program. Students with a bachelor’s degree from another field without knowledge of basic mechanics and only want to pursue a master’s degree will be required to take NA 470 (Foundation of Ship Design) or NA 491 (Marine Engineering Laboratory I) they might also need to take several undergraduate-level courses which will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Joint M.S.E. / M.B.A. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

The Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and the School of Business Administration offer a joint degree program for qualified persons to pursue concurrent work in business administration and naval architecture and marine engineering studies leading to the M.B.A. and M.S.E. degrees. The program is arranged so that all requirements for both degrees can be completed in two years of enrollment, depending on undergraduate NAME background and the specialty area of the NAME master’s program. The degrees are awarded simultaneously.

The program can begin with studies in either school. However, because of the sequential nature of the core courses in the M.B.A. program, most students will find it advantageous to start with year one in the Business School. During the remainder of the program, courses might be taken in both schools. Students who wish to begin in NAME should consult a counselor in the Business School to formulate an appropriate plan of study. Interested students must file separate applications and be admitted to both schools. Students admitted to this joint program must satisfy the following degree requirements:

  1. The MBA 57 credit hour degree program including
    • 45 Business Administration Credits, made up of:
      • Roughly 30 credit hours M.B.A. core
      • Roughly 15 elective hours in business administration
    • MBA communication requirement
      • Up to 12 credit hours of transferable electives from the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  2. The NA&ME 30 credit hour degree program including
    • 18 hours of graduate-level NAME courses-15 of the 18 NA&ME credits required  need to be 500 level NA&ME courses or higher.
    • 2 cognate courses – must include one (1) Mathematics course

Ph.D. Programs

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

The doctoral degree is conferred in recognition of marked ability and scholarship in some relatively broad field of knowledge. A part of the work consists of regularly scheduled graduate courses of instruction in the chosen field and in such cognate subjects as may be required by the committee. In addition, the student must conduct an independent investigation in a subdivision of the selected field, and must present the results of the investigation in the form of a dissertation.

A student becomes a pre-candidate for the doctorate when admitted to the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies and accepted in a field of specialization. Candidacy is achieved when the student demonstrates competence in her/his broad field of knowledge through the completion of course work, passing comprehensive exams and successful presentation of a Ph.D. prospectus.

There is no general course requirement for the doctorate. However, during the course of a student’s graduate study,  3 math classes and 50 total classroom credit hours are expected as a minimum (with an approved MS degree earned before admission to the Ph.D. program, the total classroom credit hours could be reduced to 20). The comprehensive exam consists of a Part I written exam covering general mechanics and a Part II oral exam and prospectus presentation describing the proposed Ph.D. dissertation. A special doctoral committee is appointed for each applicant to supervise the work of the student both in election of courses and in the preparation of the dissertation.

A pamphlet describing the general procedure leading to the doctorate is available from the Rackham Graduate School upon request.