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School of Science & Engineering

MS in Engineering Curriculum

The integrated curriculum provides students with a solid foundation in core engineering and science subject matter, as well as extensive opportunities for self-directed research in niche areas. Courses are offered late afternoons and evenings.

The curriculum emphasizes problem formulation, system performance evaluation and analysis, and optimal decision-making based on quantitative methods including mathematical programming for structured constrained optimization, combinatorial optimization for unstructured (non-convex) problems, stochastic analysis and optimization for systems under uncertainty, probability theory and statistical inference for identification and data processing. At its core, the curriculum provides formal instruction in the systems paradigm and in a set of mathematical tools appropriate to a particular area of interest and that will be used in subsequent courses.

The curriculum consists of a maximum of 12 credit hours of upper-level senior/first-level graduate courses and a minimum of 12 credits of advanced level graduate-only courses. The MSE allows current Merrimack undergraduate students to take up to eight credit hours of coursework at the 5000 level that may count toward their MSE degree. These hours may also be used toward the undergraduate degree.

Graduate students can participate in cooperative education opportunities and internships in their area of study.

30 to 32 graduate credits comprised of:

  • Minimum 8 credits of Core Courses
  • 24 credits of electives
  • A minimum of 12 credits must be earned at the graduate-only level (6000-level)
  • A maximum of two courses (6 to 8 credits) may be transferred from outside the College

Students are required to take a minimum of 30 credits of course work and to complete a written and oral comprehensive examination. All students must take at least: two core courses and a minimum of 12 credits at the
6000 (graduate only) level. Examples of courses include:

Core Courses

GEN 5001 Introduction to Systems Engineering (all specializations) 
GEN 6002 Numerical Methods (all specializations)
GEN 6032 Sustainable Infrastructure Systems (Infrastructure
                  specializations only)
GEN 5101 Project Management or 
EEN 5265 Engineering Management (Engineering Mgmt specialization 

Additional courses are required according to the specialization of choice.