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Rules and Regulations - Graduate

The Faculty of Engineering offers a two-year graduate program leading to the Master’s of Engineering degree.

To earn the degree, a student must successfully complete the required course work as approved by the Departments of the Faculty of Engineering.

I.     ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
II.    ACADEMIC RULES and REGULATIONS

  1. Time Limitations
  2. Transfer Credits
  3. Passing-Grade
  4. Full-Time Status
  5. Evaluation of Academic Performance:
    E.1 Academic Probation
    E.2 Removal of Probation
    E.3 Continuing Probation
    E.4 Strict Probation
    E.5 Dropping from the Department 


  6. Appeal

I.     ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must hold a BS degree in engineering from a recognized institution of higher learning, with an undergraduate average of at least 80 or its equivalent in the major courses of the field of study. The candidate’s folder should contain the following documents:

1)      An official application to join the graduate program
2)      Official transcripts from the universities attended during the last three years
3)      3 letters of recommendation
4)      A personal statement

Acceptance to the graduate program of Engineering is granted upon recommendation of the Faculty Graduate Committee after reviewing the application.

The Faculty Graduate Committee may also admit students on probationary status to the graduate program after evaluation of the student file. A student admitted on probation must achieve an average of 80 or above during the first year of graduate study with a full-time load, and not have failed any courses. Failure to satisfy these requirements may result in automatic dismissal from the graduate program.

Students not admitted on probation because their undergraduate average is too low may repeat some courses to improve their average and reapply for admission to the graduate program.


II.    ACADEMIC RULES and REGULATIONS
The following is a statement of the policy on academic progress in the Faculty of Engineering.

Graduate students are evaluated at the end of each semester.

Evaluation of academic progress is based on the average of the major graduate courses taken during the evaluation period. All required courses are counted as major courses.

  1. Time Limitations
    With careful planning, full-time students should be able to complete the MS program in two years. Part-time students can complete the MS degree in up to five years.
    Course credits earned in the program of graduate study or accepted by transfer are valid for a maximum of six years unless the Graduate Committee of the Faculty grants an extension. Students should petition in writing to the Graduate Committee for such exceptions.

  2. Transfer Credits
    A maximum of 12 credits (four courses) out of 43 credits, obtained at an approved institution of higher learning, may be accepted towards the degree, provided the credits consist of work taken at the graduate level. A grade of 80 or better is required for transfer courses to be accepted. These courses must not have been credited toward any other degree at UOB. Transfer credits are granted for courses which are equivalent to a course offered at UOB.

  3. Passing-Grade
    The passing grade for all courses is 70.

  4. Full-Time Status
    The semester load for full-time students is no less than 9 hours. Full-time students may accept employment only with the approval of the Department. Students who are employed outside the University for more than 20 hours per week are not normally eligible for full-time status at the Faculty of Engineering.

  5. Evaluation of Academic Performance

    E.1 Academic Probation
    If a student enters the graduate program on probation, the conditions for its removal must be fulfilled by the end of the first semester. Starting from the second semester, a student must maintain a cumulative major average of 80 or above. Failure to do so by the end of a semester places the student under academic probation. Under such circumstances, the student may be required to take a lighter credit load, which may result in a delay in graduation.
    Such students will not be allowed to take more than 12 new credits in the semester during which they are on probation and will also be required to retake the courses they had failed the next time they are offered. Such students will be encouraged by their advisor to take courses in the Summer semester.

    E.2 Removal of Probation
    A student placed on probation will be given the opportunity to achieve a cumulative major average of 80 or above in one semester in order to remove the probation.

    E.3 Continuing Probation
    Students placed on probation for the first time because of their failure to achieve the required cumulative average in major courses will have one semester to meet these requirements. If they fail to do so, they will be granted another semester on continuing probation. Removal of continuing probation depends upon the student achieving a cumulative average in major courses of 80 or above by the end of the second semester on probation.

    A Continuing Probation is considered as a second probation.

    E.4 Strict Probation
    A student placed on continuing probation and who fails to remove it is placed on strict probation for one semester with the following conditions:
    1. The student is allowed to register for a maximum of 12 repeated credits.
    2. The student registers only for courses in which the grade earned was less than 80.

    To remove the strict Probation the student must:
    1. Not fail any course.
    2. Obtain a cumulative average of 80 or above in major courses.

    E.5 Dropping from the Department
    Students will be dropped from the Department for any of the following reasons:
    a. They achieve a cumulative major average less than 70.
    b. They are on Strict Probation and are not able to remove the probation by the end of the next semester.

  6. Appeal
    A graduate student may petition the Dean concerning the application of any academic regulation. Petitions should be made only when a dispute cannot be resolved at the Departmental level.

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