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Chambers Technology Center 217
Peggy Shubert
Administrative Assistant
School of Engineering & Computer Science
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Curriculum Overview

Students may complete the requirements for the MSES program following one of two degree plans:  thesis or non-thesis plans, each requiring a minimum number of 30 units.  Please visit the online Graduate Catalog for more detailed graduate information and a complete list of courses offered.

THE THESIS PLAN will require students to perform independent research and will culminate in the completion of a thesis based on the findings of the research.  For successful completion of the thesis course, students must submit a research proposal, conduct the research, write the thesis, and successfully complete a final oral defense.  Students who choose Thesis Option may not do the directed experiential learning or the project.  The thesis plan is intended for students who plan to pursue a career in research or plan to pursue a PhD.

THE NON-THESIS PLAN allows students to choose to do directed experiential learning, a project, or they may satisfy the entire unit requirement through coursework.  Students must complete a minimum of 30 units.

1. PROJECT:  primarily intended for students concurrently employed.  MSES students who are concurrently employed in a technical capacity may work with their faculty advisor and worksite supervisor to develop a proposal for a worksite project.  The project should be complementary to their MSES curricular plans.  It will presumably be a project which is of value to their employer.  The assumption is that the student/employee will do this project as a part of their regular employment, receiving normal pay; but this is not required by the University.  Upon completion of the project, the student will submit a paper documenting the project.

2. DIRECTED EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING:  requires seven and one-half months of paid practical experience.  Pacific will assist students in securing engineering or computer science employment or a paid interniship at a graduate engineer level.  Students work with the Co-op Director, their faculty advisor, and their worksite supervisor to develop a list of expected professional and technical learning objectives, with the experience culminating in the preparations of a report which documents the fulfullment of these objectives.

Students in the blended program who choose the non-thesis plan with the directed experiential learning option could postpone their co-op experience until they are admitted into the blended program.  If they are accepted into the program, then, after they have completed a minimum of two graduate courses, they can register instead for the graduate level "Directed Experiential Learning" (DEXL). DEXL is similar to Co-op except that technical expectations are elevated.  At the end of the work experience, students must submit a comprehensive report documenting fulfillment of specified technical and professional learning objectives.

3. COURSEWORK:  Students can satisfy the entire 30 units through coursework.  This allows students to take two additional courses, increasing their technical breadth and/or depth.

All students will complete a set of core courses that covers the broader subjects of research and analysis in addition to courses specific to their chosen concentration.