- Complete 24 credits with at least 12 at the 600-level or above.
- Complete the required 6 credits of core courses.
- Maintain an average grade of B or better.
- Take an additional 6 credits of ENRE 799 (thesis research).
- Write a satisfactory thesis and defend the thesis in an oral examination.
- Complete a set of approved technical elective courses to satisfy the balance of the course requirements (a minimum of 18 credits).
M.S. students in the Reliability Engineering Program must complete a minimum of 6 credits of Master's Thesis Research (ENRE 799) while preparing their thesis. Thesis research must be carried out under the guidance of an advisor who is a member of the Reliability Engineering Graduate Faculty. The thesis must be presented formally and defended in an oral examination open to the public, which is conducted upon completion of the thesis.
The members of the thesis examining committee must be nominated at least eight weeks prior to the thesis defense. The Graduate School has further information on deadlines for submission of the Nomination of Thesis Committee form. This form must first be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office for approval and then forwarded to the Registrar's Office in order to nominate the committee. Changes in a thesis committee can be made at any time, with the approval of the student’s advisor, the Graduate Director, and the Graduate School. In addition to the Graduate School’s requirements for the composition of a thesis examining committee, the Reliability Engineering Program requires that reliability engineering thesis committees be comprised of three regular faculty members (tenure or tenure-track faculty). Additional members beyond these three can be made, including the special nomination of research faculty or outside scientists.
The M.S. thesis must be prepared according to the guidelines in the current edition of the University of Maryland Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Style Guide. A copy of the thesis, after the advisor has approved it, must be provided to each member of the examining committee at least two weeks prior to the date of the examination. In addition, one week prior to the examination date, a notice must be sent to the ME Graduate Office at firstname.lastname@example.org inviting faculty and students to the formal thesis presentation.
After the committee approves the thesis, the Report of the Examining Committee Form should be brought to the ME Graduate Office. A few days before the examination is scheduled to take place, the student should verify with the ME Graduate office that the report is in his or her file. The student’s advisor then obtains the Report of the Examining Committee Form and takes it with them to the defense. Upon passing the examination, this form is signed by each member of the examining committee and submitted to the Graduate Office for forwarding to the Registrar's Office. An electronic copy is to be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office and also must be submitted to the Graduate School (see below).
Once this is done we ask that students fill out the Departmental Exit Information Form.
At least one unbound copy of the thesis on regular paper is to be submitted to the ME Graduate Office. Students are encouraged to provide their advisor with an additional bound copy of the thesis (binding is available through the Graduate Studies Office). An electronic copy of the thesis must be submitted to the Graduate School (see below).