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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
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Geosensing Systems Engineering and Sciences, MS

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In addition to continued study of a broad range of Geosensing fundamentals, candidates for the MS degree enjoy intensive exposure to a specific field of geosensing systems engineering research. 

Both thesis and non-thesis tracks are offered in the Master of Science in Geosensing Systems & Engineering Sciences.

Completion of a Master of Science with thesis requires that each student perform original research advised by one of the core faculty of the Geosensing Systems Engineering and Sciences program. This faculty member will be the Chair of the thesis defense committee. Ordinarily, the Thesis Committee Chair will arrange financial support for the student and the research. A thesis master’s degree typically requires two years (or more) of full-time effort to complete the course work, plan and perform the research, and write and defend the thesis.

Please visit the Geosensing Systems Engineering & Sciences page for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are the same for both the thesis and non-thesis options:

  • A B.S. degree in engineering or in a science related to engineering from an accredited college or university or the foreign equivalent of an accredited American B.S. or M.S. degree in engineering. Non-engineers with degrees in related fields may be considered for admission after certain prerequisite courses are completed. A list of pre-requisites and leveling courses can be found on the Information for Non-Engineers page. Applicants with non-science bachelor’s degrees in fields such as technology, management, business, and the arts must obtain an accredited engineering degree before applying.
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the last 60 hours of course work attempted.
  • Competitive scores on the General Aptitude test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). While there is no minimum GRE requirement, most students must have a quantitative + verbal combined score of 301 to be competitive; however, these scores do not guarantee admission.
  • International students must fulfill the English language proficiency requirement, including TOEFL/IELTS score. Details are found on the Graduate School/International students website.

Degree Requirements

Credit hours required for this degree: 30.0

  • Master of Science - Thesis Option

  • 15 credit hours of structured academic course work
  • Three hours of research   Credit Hours: 3.0
  • Six hours of electives (course work and or research)
  • Six credit hours of thesis   Credit Hours: 3 and
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Enrollment in seminar at least once   Credit Hours: 1.0
  • Full-time M. S. students receiving financial support must enroll in 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester, and 6 hours each summer semester.

    Full-time students may substitute CIVE 6X98 (X credit hours of research) for academic course work in any semester. Enrollment in CIVE 6X98 requires a faculty research advisor who will assign a grade - “S” for Satisfactory or “U” for Unsatisfactory. Leveling and prerequisite courses are not counted in the above 12- or 6-hr requirements (see non-engineers for more information).


    Master of Science - Non-Thesis Degree

  • Student take 30 credit hours of course work
  • Non-thesis students are self-supporting and usually attend classes part time. Taking two classes per long semester and one class each summer semester, a student can complete the non-thesis master’s degree in 2 years. Students are required to take the seminar class CIVE 6111 one semester as part of the non-thesis degree. CIVE 6111 seminar hours are not counted in the 30-hour requirement.

Academic Policies

Graduate Academic Policies: Cullen College of Engineering  

University of Houston Academic Policies  

After completing the research and writing the thesis, the candidate defends the thesis in a public meeting of the committee, interested faculty, staff, and students. The result is pass or fail with a pass usually being accompanied by recommended changes to the final draft.

All graduate students must maintain a “B” average (GPA 3.0). Any graduate student who earns three “C” grades in graduate courses will be dropped from the Program. Doctoral students who fail to complete their dissertation within five years after completion of the comprehensive examination must retake the exam.

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