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School of Engineering and Computer Science
University of the Pacific
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 throught 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.