Masters Degree Requirements

Requirements for the Thesis Master degree

Student Affairs Officer

Miguel Perez, cbesao@seas.ucla.edu

Phone: (310) 825-1203

CBE Faculty Graduate Advisor

Tatiana Segura, tsegura@ucla.edu

Foreign Language Requirement

None.

Course Requirements

The requirements for the M.S. degree are a
thesis, nine courses (36 units), and a minimum 3.0 grade-point average in the
graduate courses. Chemical Engineering 200, 210, and 220 are required. Two other
courses must be taken from regular offerings of the department, and two additional
courses may be Chemical Engineering 598, involving work on the thesis. The
remaining two of the nine courses may be taken from those offered by the
department, or from any other field in life sciences, physical sciences,
mathematics, or engineering. At least 24 units must be in letter-graded
200-level courses.

All master’s degree candidates are required
to enroll in Chemical Engineering 299 during each quarter of residence.

 

A program of study encompassing the course
requirements must be submitted to the research adviser for approval before the
end of the student’s first quarter in residence.

A program of study which encompasses these
requirements must be submitted to the departmental Student Affairs Office for
approval by graduate division before the end of the student’s second quarter of
residence.

Undergraduate Courses. No lower division courses
may be applied toward graduate degrees. In addition, the following upper-division
courses are not applicable toward graduate degrees: Chemical Engineering 102A,
199; Civil Engineering 106A, 108, 199; Computer Science M152A, M152B, 199;
Electrical Engineering 100, 101, 102, 103, 110L, M116L,199; Materials Science
and Engineering 110, 120, 130, 131, 131L, 132, 150, 160, 161L, 199; Mechanical
and Aerospace Engineering 102, 103, 105A, 105D, 199.

Teaching Experience

Not required.

Thesis Plan

Every master’s degree thesis
plan requires the completion of an approved thesis that demonstrates the
student’s ability to perform original, independent research.

This plan is for all M.S.
degree students who are not in the specialization in semiconductor
manufacturing. These students must complete a thesis. Students should consult
the research adviser for details on the thesis plan. Thesis-plan students
nominate a three-member thesis committee that must meet University regulations
and be approved by the Graduate Division, as outlined in Standards and
Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA
.

Time-to-Degree

The average length of time for students in
the M.S. program is six quarters. The maximum time allowed for completing the
M.S. degree is three years from the time of admission to the M.S. program in
the School.

Specialization in
semiconductor manufacturing
. Students in this specialization must complete the degree in two years
(six quarters). The program may be completed in one calendar year (three
quarters and a summer session) by enrolling in three courses per quarter and
for one summer session. Students who are enrolled less than full-time must
complete the degree in three years (nine quarters).

Termination of Graduate Study and Appeal of Termination

University policy

A student who fails to meet the above requirements may be recommended for termination of graduate study. A graduate student may be disqualified from continuing in the graduate program for a variety of reasons. The most common is failure to maintain the minimum cumulative grade point average (3.00) required by the Academic Senate to remain in good standing (some programs require a higher grade point average). Other examples include failure of examinations, lack of timely progress toward the degree and poor performance in core courses. Probationary students (those with cumulative grade point averages below 3.00) are subject to immediate dismissal upon the recommendation of their department. University guidelines governing termination of graduate students, including the appeal procedure, are outlined in Standards and Procedures for Graduate Study at UCLA.

Special departmental or program policy

A recommendation for termination is reviewed by the School’s Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

In addition to the standard reasons noted above, a student may be recommended for termination for:

    1. Failure to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 in all courses and in those in the 200 series.
    2. Failure to maintain a grade point average of 3.0 in any two consecutive terms.
    3. Failure to complete the thesis to the satisfaction of the committee members.
    4. Failure to maintain satisfactory progress toward the degree within the three-year time limit for completing all degree requirements.
      RECOMMENDED M.S. PROGRAM TIMELINE
      FALL
      QUARTER
      WINTER
      QUARTER
      SPRING
      QUARTER
      1
      YEAR
      Chm Eng 200      TA Class 495
      Chm Eng 298
      Chm Eng 299
      Elective1
      Elective1
      *ADVISOR SELECTION PROCESS
      Chm Eng 210
      Chm Eng 220
      Chm Eng 298
      Chm Eng 299*SUBMIT COURSE STUDY PLAN
      Chm Eng 298
      Chm Eng 299
      Chm Eng 598
      Elective1
      2
      YEAR
      Chm Eng 298      Elective 1
      Chm Eng 299
      Chm Eng 598
      TA Conf. before School Year begins*NOMINATE MASTERS COMMITTEE*COMPLETE FORM FOR ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY
      Chm Eng 298
      Chm Eng 299
      Chm Eng 598*THESIS FILING/GRADUATION
      Chm Eng 298
      Chm Eng 299
      Chm Eng 598*THESIS FILING/GRADUATION
      1Consult with the Graduate Adviser or research advisor.  Three of the four electives must be 200 level, letter-graded courses.  Two of the
      three must be a ChE course; the remaining course may be taken in any field of science, mathematics, or engineering.
      Must be enrolled in at least 12 Units/Quarter
      All graduate students must be enrolled in at least 12 units per quarter to maintain full-time status.  This requirement may be satisfied by taking 590-series courses.  Enroll in 2-12 units to fulfill the graduate requirement.  Courses are listed by academic adviser.  Permission to enroll:  Obtain the PTE authorization number from the instructor in charge.
      598 – Preparation for the master’s thesis research.
      299 – the departmental seminar is mandatory for all graduate students during each quarter of residence.
      *Teaching Assistants/Associates; enroll in 4 units of the Teaching Apprentice Practicum course 375.
      MS Course Study Plan: http://www.chemeng.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/chemeng/MS-Course-Study-Plan-08-12-15.pdf
      MS Timeline: http://www.chemeng.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/chemeng/M.S.-Timeline-1.pdf
      Graduate Handbook:http://www.chemeng.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/chemeng/Graduate-Handbook-2016-2017-1.pdf