Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology

Lex Akers, Dean

Brian Huggins, Associate Dean

Julie Reyer, Assistant Dean for Student Success

The Caterpillar College of Engineering and Technology offers programs leading to:

  • Master of Science in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
  • Master of Science in Industrial Engineering
  • Master of Science in Manufacturing Engineering
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Students majoring in engineering are required to complete from 30 to 33 semester hours of coursework, depending on the program they are pursuing. Students should consult the department graduate program coordinator for a plan of study prior to registration.

For international graduates (unless from an English speaking country), a minimum TOEFL score on the Paper Based Test (PBT) is a 550, the Computer Based Test (CBT) equivalent score of 213, or the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) equivalent score of 79. The GRE is required by some departments and suggested for others.

A minimum undergraduate last-60-hour grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is needed for unconditional admission. However, some programs may have other requirements for unconditional admission. Prospective graduate students who have a GPA below 3.0 or a TOEFL score below 550 may be admitted conditionally. TOEFL and GRE scores are taken into consideration for admission and when making assistantship award decisions.

Special Academic Programs

To participate in the following programs, students must have authorization to work in the United States. Eligibility of nonimmigrant (F-1) students is defined on an individual basis according to regulations set forth by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE), formerly referred to as INS—the Immigration and Naturalization Service. For clarification of eligibility, contact the Multicultural Student Services Office or consult the BCIS Web site at www.immigration.gov.

Practicum

Graduate students enrolled in chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering, and physics may have an opportunity for employment for 10-20 hours per week in a practicum program that partners industry and the university. Generally, the practicum is on-site work in an industrial setting. Students are assigned technically challenging projects with a near-term economic significance. Participating students will be enrolled in EGT 500 for zero credit hours.

Internship

Engineering internships provide engineering students an opportunity to participate in a full-time internship semester and/or summer away from campus providing career-related work experience. Participating graduate students will enroll in EGT 510 for zero credit hours. While on a full-time internship assignment, students are considered to have full-time student status, making normal progress toward a degree in a recognized University program, and are entitled to all student privileges at the University. Also while on a full-time internship assignment, students may register for additional hours of classroom study upon departmental approval.