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Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

http://www.cemr.wvu.edu


e-mail: cemr-info@cemr.wvu.edu

Degrees Offered

  • Aerospace Engineering: Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
  • Chemical Engineering: Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
  • Civil Engineering: Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
  • Computer Engineering: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Computer Science: Master of Science
  • Computer and Information Science: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Electrical Engineering: Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
  • Engineering: Master of Science
  • Industrial Engineering: Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
  • Industrial Hygiene: Master of Science
  • Mechanical Engineering: Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
  • Mining Engineering: Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
  • Occupational Safety and Health: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering: Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy
  • Safety Management: Master of Science
  • Software Engineering: Master of Science

The Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources (Statler College) graduate programs are administered through the Departments of Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering.

The facilities are housed on the Evansdale campus in three buildings: the Engineering Sciences Building, the Mineral Resources Building, and the Engineering Research Building. These buildings house state-of-the-art research facilities, well-equipped teaching laboratories, classrooms, and offices for the faculty and administration of the graduate programs and Mining and Industrial Extension.

The college offers a doctor of philosophy in most disciplines. The Ph.D. program prepares graduates for leadership in industrial, governmental, or academic fields. The areas of specialization in engineering are aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mining, and petroleum and natural gas engineering. In addition, the college offers a Ph.D. in computer science and a Ph.D. in occupational safety and health.

Designated master’s degrees are offered in aerospace, chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mining, petroleum and natural gas engineering, software engineering, and computer science. A master of science in engineering (M.S.E.) degree is offered to qualified students as determined at the departmental level. The college offers two accredited master of science degrees in industrial hygiene, and in safety management. These programs are accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Currently the college offers graduate certificate programs in computer forensics,information assurance and biometrics and software engineering. For specific information about a program, students should review research and graduate studies (http://www.cemr.wvu.edu ) information of the college website.

Special Requirements

A student desiring to take courses for graduate credit in the college must comply with the appropriate University regulations for graduate study. To become enrolled in a Statler College graduate program, a student must apply for admission through the Office of Admissions to the department housing the student’s choice of major. Acceptance will depend upon review of the student’s academic background and available facilities in the major program’s department.

An applicant with a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB), or an internationally recognized program in engineering or computer science will be admitted on the same basis as engineering or computer science graduates of WVU. Lacking these qualifications, an applicant must first fulfill any special requirements of the department in which the student is seeking an advanced degree.

No credits which are reported with a grade lower than C are acceptable toward an advanced degree. To qualify for an advanced degree, the graduate student must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 based on all courses acceptable for graduate credit for which the student has received a grade from WVU. Graduate students in the college must also comply with the regulations of their major department.

Individual Departments may establish more stringent requirements than those adopted for (Statler College) as a whole. These departmental requirements are contained in the individual program sections of the graduate catalog.

Course Load

A full-time graduate student must register for at least nine, but no more than 15, credit hours during each regular semester, or at least six, but no more than 12, credit hours in the summer session. Permission to carry a heavier load must be obtained in writing from the dean.

Master’s Program

For all master’s degree students, an Advisory and Examining Committee consisting of at least three faculty members will be appointed. A plan of study must be jointly prepared and approved by the student and all members of the student’s Advisory and Examining Committee, the department chair, and the dean or dean’s designate, either at the end of the second semester of the student’s attendance or at the completion of the 12th course credit hour, whichever is later. The college is authorized to grant master’s degrees under each of the following three options:

  • Thesis Option – This option requires a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework and at least six credit hours of research leading to the thesis.
  • Problem Report Option – This option requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of course- work and at least three credit hours of a research or design project leading to a formal written report.
  • Coursework Option – This option requires a minimum of 33 credit hours of coursework. There are two ways this option is implemented. First, although rarely permitted, this option is open to students who have practical engineering experience and/or have demonstrated an ability to organize and develop a project and write a technical report. Approval to pursue this option must be obtained from the student’s Advisory and Exam- ining Committee (AEC), the graduate program coordinator, and the department chair. Second, a department can choose to offer students within a designated program the coursework only option. Normally, for each option the coursework required is greater than that required for a student doing a thesis or problem report. In addition, the Department must require successful completion of a written or oral comprehensive examination.

For complete details about admission criteria and other governance details of the master’s of science programs please refer to the Guidelines for Master’s of Science Programs which can be found on the college’s home page.

Application for Transfer of Graduate Credit

A student wishing to apply graduate credit earned at another institution to a master’s degree at WVU must complete an application for transfer of graduate credit to WVU and have an official transcript submitted to the WVU Office of Admissions from the external institution. A maximum of 12 semester hours from other institutions may be acceptable for credit at WVU in master’s degree programs in (Statler College). Departmental programs may choose to accept fewer transfer credit hours with the restriction that only courses with grades of A or B may be considered for transfer.

Advisory Committee

The student, research advisor, academic advisor, and department chairperson appoint the student’s Advisory and Examining Committee (AEC). For the masters program, each committee must consist of at least three members. The specific makeup of the master’s AEC is described in the college’s Guidelines for Master’s of Science Programs.

Plan of Study

At the end of the second semester of a student’s attendance, or at the completion of the twelfth credit hour the student, with the advice and consent of the student’s academic advisor, graduate coordinator, and members of the student’s Advisory and Examining Committee, will submit a plan of study, initiated in the student’s department, to the dean or dean’s designee.

Time To Completion

All requirements for the master’s degree must be completed within eight years preceding the student’s graduation.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission as a graduate student is required of all applicants for admission to a program of study and research leading to the Ph.D. degree. To be eligible for admission into a doctorate of engineering program, a candidate is expected to hold or to receive by time of enrollment a B.S. or an M.S. degree in:

  • Some discipline of engineering from an institution which has an ABET-accredited program in that discipline or which has an internationally recognized program in engineering/mineral resources,
  • Mathematics and physical sciences (as specified by individual programs)

To be eligible for admission into the computer sciences and information doctoral program, a candidate is expected to hold a B.S. or an M.S. degree in:

  • Computer science
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics and physical sciences (as specified by the program)

To be eligible for admission into the occupational safety and health doctoral program, a candidate is expected to hold a B.S. or an M.S. degree in:

  • Industrial hygiene
  • Safety
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics and physical and life sciences (as specified by the program)

Although a bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement, applicants are normally encouraged to hold a master’s degree in a relevant discipline. Admission to graduate study does not necessarily assure entrance into a (Statler College) doctoral program.

For complete details about admission criteria and other governance details of the doctor of philosophy programs please refer to the Guidelines for Doctor of Philosophy Programs which can be found on the college’s home page.

Application for Transfer of Graduate Credit

A student wishing to apply credit earned at another institution to a doctoral degree program at WVU must submit an application for transfer of graduate credit to WVU and have an official transcript from the institution forwarded to the WVU Office of Admissions. The approval of transfer credit is at the discretion of the student’s Advisory and Examining Committee with the restriction that only courses with grades of A or B may be considered for transfer.

Advisory Committee

The student, research advisor, academic advisor, and department chairperson appoint the student’s Advisory and Examining Committee. For the Ph.D. program, each committee must consist of at least five members—at least three, including the chairperson, from the student’s major department and at least one from another discipline related to the student’s area of interest. The specific makeup of the Ph.D. AEC is described in the college’s Guidelines for Doctoral Programs.

Plan of Study

At the end of the second semester of a student’s attendance or at the completion of the 12th credit hour the student, with the advice and consent of the student’s academic advisor, graduate coordinator, and members of the student’s Advisory and Examining Committee, will submit a plan of study, initiated in the student’s department, to the dean or dean’s designee. Some Departments may require that a preliminary dissertation research proposal be submitted along with the plan of study.

Candidacy Examination

After admission to the program and after the residence requirements are met, the applicant will take a candidacy examination in which the student must demonstrate: (a) a grasp of the important phases and problems of the field of study and an appreciation of their relation to other fields of human knowledge and accomplishments, and (b) the ability to employ the instruments of research developed in the student’s area of interest. When an applicant has passed the candidacy examination, the student will be formally admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree. A student will have only one opportunity for reexamination. Some programs may require a student to successfully pass a qualifying examination before taking the candidacy examination.

Credit Requirements

The doctor of philosophy degree is not awarded solely on the basis of the accumulation of course credits and completion of a definite residence requirement. The amount and nature of the coursework undertaken by a doctoral student will be established for each individual student with the objective of ensuring a reasonable and coherent progression of academic development beyond the baccalaureate and/or master’s degree.


Faculty

Dean

  • Eugene V. Cilento - Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

  • Warren R. Myers - Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Administration

  • Royce J. Watts - M.S.

Associate Dean for Research

  • Pradeep