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Master of Science (MS) Degree Requirements

To obtain a Master of Science (MS) Degree in Mechanical Engineering (ME) or Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from the Joint Institute, students must fulfill the following requirements.

  1. Complete specific Coursework.
  2. Preparation, propose, and defend a Master Thesis.

While the typical duration of the master program is of two and a half years, a student is eligible to receive a master degree when the above requirements are fulfilled. If graduating in less than two and a half years, students must file the following SJTU Early Graduation Form.

Requirements for ME and ECE degrees are identical; the term “major” refers to the ME and ECE programs. Important dates of the master program are summarized below for the present academic year.

1. Coursework

To complete their coursework requirement, Master students must take a number of courses, while maintaining a minimum GPA. Specifically, students must take the following course.

  1. At least twenty one approved credit hours of engineering, math, and science at the 4xx level or higher,
  2. A total of three credit hours of technical communication, Vg 500 Technical Communication, and
  3. A total of three credit hours of politics.
  4. The JI Grade Point Average for these courses must be at least 3.1. If a student fails to meet this requirement, he/she must take additional courses. His/her JI Grade Point Average will be evaluated based on the twenty one approved credit hours for which he/she has obtained the highest marks.

The twenty one approved credit hours of engineering, math, and science are subjected to the following restrictions.

  1. At least three credit hours of mathematics must be taken at the 5xx level or higher.
  2. At least twelve credit hours within the student’s major must be selected at the 5xx level or higher.
  3. A maximum of six credit hours may be selected from classes offered outside of the JI. These credit hours must be approved by the faculty adviser and the graduate committee; The Petition to Take a Non-JI Course form can be downloaded from the Graduate Student Forms. If the petition is approved, the course will be counted as part of the student’s twenty one approved credit hours requirement, but will not count towards his/her JI Grade Point Average.
  4. The combined total of 4xx level credit hours and credit hours taken outside of the JI cannot exceed nine. If the Graduate Committee approves a non-JI math class to satisfy the math requirement, those non-JI math credits do not count toward this total of nine credit hours.

2. Master Thesis

Master students must write and defend of a formal master thesis. For each semester they are involved in graduate research, ME or ECE students must register for master thesis research, Vm 595 or Ve 595 Master Thesis, respectively. This course will provide feedback on their progress toward the completion of their master thesis.

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Figure 1. Master thesis time line

The successful defense of a Master Thesis involves the following steps, which are shown in fig. 1.

  1. The candidate forms a Master Thesis Committee consisting of at least three faculty members in his major field, including his/her research advisor. The membership of the master thesis committee must be approved by JI’s degree committee; the master thesis committee membership form must be submitted to the Graduate Program Office for approval by the degree committee.
  2. The candidate submits his/her master thesis proposal to the members of the master thesis committee for approval at least two weeks before the thesis proposal presentation. This document provides the following information: (1) the proposed content of the research work, (2) a comprehensive literature review of the state-of-the-art in the field, (3) a description of the research tasks that have been completed, (4) a discussion of preliminary results, (5) the original contribution of the proposed research, and (6) the tasks that will be completed before the thesis defense.
  3. The candidate presents his/her master thesis proposal to the master thesis committee. This presentation is open to the public. The committee provides feedback to the candidate on the progress of his/her research.
  4. The candidate writes a draft of his/her master thesis that is submitted to the members of the master thesis committee for approval at least two weeks before the thesis presentation. The master thesis provides a comprehensive description the research work completed by the candidate.
  5. The candidate presents his/her master thesis to the master thesis committee. This presentation must be open to the public. A minimum of six months must separate the thesis proposal and defense presentation dates. The thesis presentation must take place at least three weeks before the final thesis is due to JI’s graduate school.、
  6. The master thesis committee suggests modifications and revisions to the master thesis. The candidate modifies the thesis draft in light of the committee’s suggestions and recommendations. The final thesis must be approved by the members of the master thesis committee by signing the master thesis approval form.

3. Important dates

SJTU accepts the final thesis at four dates. They are March 15, June 30, September 30 and December 15. So accordingly the master thesis due time at the JI will be March 1, June 15, September 15 and December 1.