Manufacturing and Design Course Guidelines

1. The M&D area does not set any area specific course requirements. Faculty supervisors are encouraged to design a course plan for each student which employs all available university course resources to address each student’s needs. If you do not have a Faculty supervisor feel free to sign up for any course that you think looks interesting and that might be relevant to your research interests.

2. Not every course is offered every semester, consult the course catalog for course availability.

3. Under current Graduate Studies Committee rules, up to two upper level undergraduate electives may be taken for credit by MS students, if they have not previously taken a similar course. Undergraduate courses cannot be counted towards the PhD course requirements.

4. The typical course load for new graduate students is three course per semester if you have not already found a research advisor. If you have found a research advisor then they may ask you to sign up for two courses and 3 credits of research which is common for students actively involved in research.

5. Most masters students in the M&D program typically participate in the thesis option for the master’s program which requires 8 three credit courses and two master's thesis courses, Thesis A and Thesis B, taken in two separate semesters. If you plan to participate in either the Report or Coursework only master’s programs then please schedule a time to come and talk about it with your faculty supervisor.

6. The final degree plan for each student must be approved by the Graduate Advisor. In the case of PhD students, the final course plan must also be approved by the dissertation committee.

7. Courses are listed in the format used in the on-line (registration) course schedule. More detailed course descriptions can be obtained by consulting the on-line Graduate Catalog at http://catalog.utexas.edu/graduate/ and the ME graduate site http://me.utexas.edu/graduate.

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