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    Oct 04, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Reliability and Maintainability Engineering, MS, Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering Concentrations


A Master of Science degree with a major in reliability and maintainability engineering is offered through an interdepartmental program. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. See the Graduate Catalog listings for the appropriate department in the Tickle College of Engineering and the Department of Business Analytics and Statistics for more information about the courses offered. The program can be completed on campus or through distance delivery. The Reliability and Maintainability Engineering Program Director is the contact for all students interested in the reliability and maintainability engineering major.

Concentrations (Optional) and Options Available

Computer Engineering — Thesis, Project

Electrical Engineering — Thesis, Project

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus

Distance Education

Admissions Standards/Procedures

Applicants for admission to the MS program with a major in reliability and maintainability engineering are expected to have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate program in engineering or physics. Students from other appropriate disciplines (e.g. chemistry, mathematics, etc.) can be admitted but additional engineering courses may be required. Entering students must have, as a minimum, competency in mathematics through ordinary differential equations. Submit online application to Office of Graduate Admissions.

Credit Hours Required

Minimum of 30 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

  • Option Requirements
    • Thesis Option: ECE 500  (6 credit hours)  
    • Project Option:
      • The graduate course will be supervised by the student’s master’s committee.
      • A written project proposal describing what the student will do in the graduate course must be submitted in advance to the graduate student’s committee for approval.
      • A written final report is required.
      • The project graduate course may be taken through the major professor’s department: ECE 501  
    • Reliability and Maintainability Engineering Core Courses (12 graduate credit hours):
    • Statistics (6 graduate credit hours)
      • IE 516  or STAT 567  
      • An additional graduate course selected in consultation with the major professor and guidance committee
    • Six graduate credit hours of reliability and maintainability engineering elective courses or statistics elective courses chosen from these lists.

*Currently offered through distance education. 
All graduate courses are 3 credit hour courses.

Note: For both the thesis and project option, at least two-thirds of the minimum required credit hours must be taken in courses numbered at or above the 500-level.

Additional Course Requirements

  • Concentration Specific Courses: Graduate courses taken for each of the concentrations come from the various subject areas in the Tickle College of Engineering and selected in consultation with the major professor and guidance committee. The concentrations represent the area of research for the thesis or project.
    • Computer Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering

Non-Course Requirements

  • Thesis Option: A final oral examination covering the thesis and related coursework.
  • Project Option: A final oral examination covering the project and related coursework.