Regents Approve Graduate Programs In Engineering

Feb. 27, 2004

by Larry D. Brumley


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The Baylor University Board of Regents on Friday approved two new master's programs in the School of Engineering and Computer Science, giving the school its first graduate programs in engineering. The school currently offers a master's degree in computer science.

Effective Fall 2004, Baylor's department of engineering will offer the master of science in electrical and computer, mechanical and biomedical engineering and the master of science in engineering degrees. The M.S. program will provide coursework and research experience that will prepare students for Ph.D. programs. The master of science in engineering degree will provide advanced education for engineers who are working toward a career in industry or government.

"The approval of this degree program by the regents will raise the stature of Baylor engineering and turn the corner toward a level of increasing national prominence, while maintaining a strong emphasis on Baylor's mission," said Benjamin S. Kelley, dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

The School of Engineering and Computer Science is currently ranked 19th in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of schools that have an undergraduate emphasis and is Baylor's highest-ranking school.

"Fifteen of the engineering schools ranked ahead of Baylor have master's programs. This move will substantially improve Baylor's ability to rise in the national rankings," said Baylor Provost David Lyle Jeffrey.

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