MFS Graduate Handbook

Purpose

This MANUAL is intended to provide a SUMMARY only of information needed by graduate students in Manufacturing Systems Engineering.

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL BULLETIN is the OFFICIAL REFERENCE
for materials involving graduate study, and takes precedence over this manual.

Section I: General Procedures Section II: Degree Requirements for the Master of Science Degree Section III: Operational Guidelines for Assistantships Appendices

 

Section I: General Procedures

  1. Classification of Students
    • Regular Students
    • Conditional Students
    • Post-baccalaureate Students
    • Dual Degree Students
    • University Scholars Program
  2. Admission Requirements for Regular Students
  3. Activities Prior to Admission
  4. Activities Following Admission but Before Beginning of Class Work
  5. Activities After Enrollment
  6. Course Load
  7. Course Offerings
  8. Review and Dismissal
  9. Seminars
  10. Mail/Information

Section II: Degree Requirements for the Master of Science Degree

  1. Program Options
  2. Course Requirements
  3. Thesis Requirements
  4. Final Examination
  5. Submission of Thesis
  6. Graduation Fees
  7. Residence Credits

Section III: Operational Guidelines for Assistantships

  1. Student Financial Support
  2. Period of Appointment
  3. Service Load
  4. Renewal and Termination of Appointments
  5. Tuition Scholarships
  6. Health Care
  7. Income Tax Exemptions
  8. Parking Privileges
  9. Social Security Taxes
  10. Holidays, Vacations and Sick Leave

Appendices

Appendix A:
Admission Criteria for Students Without an Undergraduate Engineering Degree (preliminary)

Appendix B:
Plan of Study form

Appendix C:
Thesis Approval Sheet

Appendix D:
Final Examination Recommendation

Appendix E:
Dual Degree Form

 

Section I: General Procedures

Classification of Students

Currently, students undertaking graduate work are classified by the Graduate School in 1 of 2 categories, degree students or post-baccalaureate students. Degree students are further classified as either regular, conditional, or dual degree. Finally, the University Scholars Program is available for under-graduate students with a minimum of 90 hours, accepted GPA, and senior standing. See admission requirements for more detail.

      1. Regular Students
        Regular students must satisfy all admission requirements and be accepted by both the Graduate School and the MSMSE Degree Program.
      2. Conditional Students
        A student who wishes to pursue a higher degree, but who, for 1 or more of the reasons listed below, is temporarily ineligible for regular admission status may be recommended by the Director of Graduate Studies as a conditional student:

        1. Missing transcripts or other requirements for admission such as letters of recommendation.
        2. Temporary waiver of the Graduate Record Examination.
        3. Deficiencies of undergraduate courses in engineering.
        4. Graduating University of Kentucky seniors lacking no more than six hours for graduation. The consent of the College Dean and the Dean of the Graduate School and approval of the Director of Graduate Studies are necessary. Such students may take no more than twelve credit hours and must complete the undergraduate degree during the semester in which they enroll in the conditional status.
      3. Post-baccalaureate StudentsStudents who hold a baccalaureate degree and who wish to pursue graduate study without a degree objective and students who do not fulfill the entrance requirements of The Graduate School may apply for admission as post-baccalaureate graduate students. A 2.5 grade point average in a 4.0 scale is required.Admission to this status may be granted to an applicant who (1) demonstrates promise but has not qualified for admission to a degree program, or (2) intends not to complete a degree program. Students may take courses for graduate credit but may not apply more than 9 hours credit with a grade of A or B earned in the post-baccalaureate status to any degree program leading to an advanced degree at this institution. All transfers of credit hours to a graduate program must be approved by that program’s Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and the Graduate Dean.Post-baccalaureate students who wish to apply for a graduate program should notify the Graduate School by updating their existing graduate school application. Applicants must have a 3.0 grade point average on all work attempted as post-baccalaureate students.
      4. Dual Degree StudentsStudents enrolled in electrical or mechanical engineeing who have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 may enroll in the dual degree program. Such students may take graduate level courses beginning in their junior year provided they’ve completed at least 90 credit hours. The dual degree program is structured to appeal to engineering students who plan a career in manufacturing.
      5. University Scholars Program
        Students in this category must have senior standing, have completed all University studies requirements (a minimum of 90 hours, 3.5 GPA in major, 3.2 GPA overall).The current University Scholars Program provides an opportunity for the very best and brightest students to significantly reduce the time required to complete an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree at the University of Kentucky. This is accomplished by allowing scholars to apply up to 12 hours of graduate coursework toward both degrees.Previously students were immediately classified as graduate students, which affected financial aid status and tuition rates.Recognizing that these financial issues are significant disincentives for students to enroll as University Scholars and, as a consequence, for departments to offer this program, the following changes will take effect for students applying for admission in fall 2007 and beyond:

        • the primary classification of University Scholars students will be undergraduate until they have completed the credit hours required for their undergraduate degree, and
        • undergraduate tuition rates will be applied to the 12 hours (or less) of graduate level course work designated for dual credit in this program.

        The proposal to expand the University Scholars program to doctoral candidates was approved by Graduate Council and has now been forwarded to Senate Councl for consideration.

Admission Requirements for Regular Students

Applicants seeking admission to the Manufacturing Systems Engineering MSMSE Program as regular students must have been awarded a baccalaureate degree with an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. To be admitted to the MSMSE Program the applicant must have been awarded a Bachelor of Science degree from an engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., (ABET). Applicants who have been awarded Bachelor degrees other than engineering or from engineering programs not accredited by ABET (including those offered by institutions outside the United States) may be admitted only if persuasive evidence (test scores, grades, letters of recommendation) indicate strong academic potential. Students with an undergraduate major not in engineering may also need to complete a certain number of undergraduate engineering courses to prepare them for this program (Appendix A). The extent of this will be evaluated by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). For additional information contact the Graduate Admissions Officer.

The Graduate School requires that applicants take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Generally, a score of at least 700 on the Quantitative portion is required. Exceptions may be made if other persuasive evidence indicating the student’s potential for graduate work is available.

All international students (except those with a degree from an accredited U.S. institution) must have a minimum score on the language tests. Two systems may be considered: TOEFL or IELTS. per Graduate School requirements.

1. TOEFL: The test of English as a foreign Language (TOEFL) is now offered in an Internetbased format (TOEFL-iBT). This new format tests all four language skills that are important for effective communication: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Test takers receive a score on each of the four sections (0-30) and a total score (0-120).

For admission to the University of Kentucky Graduate School, the minimum acceptable total TOEFL-iTB score is 79. This is considered equivalent to our currently acceptable minimum scores of 550 on the paper-based and 213 on the computer-based tests.

2) IELTS: Applicants may now use International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores to satisfy the language requirement. As with the iBT, listening, reasing, writing, and speaking skills are assessed. Test takers receive a band score on each of the four sections (1-9) and an overall band score that is the mean of the four individual module scores (overall band scores are reported to the nearest whole or half band).

For admission to the university of Kentucky Graduate School, the minimum acceptable IELTS overall band score is 6.5.

Prior to Admission

    1. Information on Program

Direct inquiries about the program can be made to the Director of Graduate Studies, Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Potential applicants will receive application forms for admission and financial aid, or be referred to the program web page for both information and the application process.

    1. Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

It is a requirement of the Graduate School that applicants for admission as regular students must take the general test (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) amd submit official scores to the Graduate School. Inquiries regarding details should be addressed to the University Counseling and Testing Center, which administers the examinations locally, or to the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey.

      1. Application for Admission
        1. Regular Status

Applicants for admission as regular students must be admitted to both the Graduate School and the Degree Program.

Application Deadlines Fall Semester Spring Semester
Domestic Students July 15 December 5
International Students February 1 June 15

(No applications are accepted for the Summer Session.)

Section II: Degree Requirements for the Master of Science Degree

 

A. Graduate School Application

        • Applicant is required to submit the following items to the Graduate School.
            • Graduate School Application form
            • Payment of the application fee
            • 1 official copy of transcripts from all colleges or universities ever attended
            • Official GRE scores from ETS (register to take the test) Photocopies are not accepted.
              School Code: 1837
            • Official TOEFL or IESTL scores. (International students only.) Photocopies not accepted.

To complete the Graduate School Application form and pay your fee online visit the Admissions page of the Graduate School’s website.

Mail all Graduate School admissions documents to:
Kathy Ice-Wedding
University of Kentucky
202C Ezra Gillis Bldg.
Lexington, KY 40506-0033

B. MSMSE Degree Application

        • Applicant must submit the following items to the Director of Graduate Studies of the MSMSE Program.
          • Resume (International students please specify which is your first and which is your family name)
          • Statement of Purpose (International students please specify which is your first and which is your family name)
          • 3 letters of recommendation
          • 1 official copy of transcripts from all colleges or universities ever attended

Mail all MSMSE Degree application documentation to :
Rose Cramer
Center for Manufacturing
University of Kentucky
220 CRMS Bldg.
Lexington, KY 40506-0108

 

      1. Post-Baccalaureate Status

All transfers of credit hours to a graduate program must be approved both by that program’s Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and the Graduate Dean. The process for admission as a post-baccalaureate graduate student is:

        1. Student applies to graduate school and pays application fee (by credit card). The program code is POBA.
        2. Student faxes undergraduate transcript (photocopy acceptable) to graduate school to the attention of Azhar Swanson, Admissions Officer. Fax number is 1-859-257-4618.
        3. The Graduate School will evaluate the application and notify the student of its decision. The student may expect:
          • If no: graduate school notifies student of rejection
          • If yes: graduate school admits student and notifies them. Student may register for courses. DGS assistant, Rose Cramer, has access to listing of post-bac. acceptances.
          • Permission to enroll in any graduate course as a post-baccalaureate student will be granted only if space is available and the student meets the prerequisites.
          • Criteria that must be met include:
            • a baccalaureate degree with a 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale)
            • this status is appropriate for students who do not wish to pursue a graduate degree
            • a graduate school admission application (and accompanying transcript) must be on file at least 2 weeks in advance of the registration date for the term in which the student plans to enroll.
          • Graduate students with post-baccalaureate status have one month after each semester begins to be admitted to a graduate program by the Graduate School. After that deadline the student must wait until the following semester.
          • To be admitted to a graduate degree program subsequent to being a post-baccalaureate, a student must
            1. have a 3.0 on all work attempted in post-baccalaureate status
            2. may not transfer more than 9 hours or 25% of hours required to earn the degree
            3. must have earned an A or B in transferred courses
            4. must have transfer approved by program’s Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean of the Graduate School
            5. must comply with all admissions requirements for degree-seeking students to the desired program. State the term for which enrollment is desired

Additional information for this program.

      1. Dual Degree Status and University Scholar Status

Application for Financial Aid

See discussion on financial aid in Section III.
Also see: MSMSE Student Financial Support

  • After Enrollment
  • Assignment of a Faculty Advisor
      The Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) serves as the advisor to each student majoring in Manufacturing Systems Engineering until the student has a permanent advisor. Selection of a faculty adviser is based on the interests of the student, on willingness of the faculty member to accept the student, and concurrence of the DGS. Typically the adviser should be appropriate for directing the thesis of the student, and may also be the principal investigator of a funded project which provides funds for the student’s support. The advisor should be selected during the student’s first semester in the program.
    1. Program Planning
      Approximately one (1) week prior to the start of school, a new graduate student should meet with a faculty advisor and/or the Program’s Director of Graduate Studies to develop a plan of graduate study. This is accomplished by completing the “Plan of Study” form, having it signed by the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies, and filing it with the Director of Graduate Studies. The primary purpose of this effort is to help precisely define the educational objectives of the student and to assure that the student is fully aware of the University’s and the Department’s degree requirements. This must be accomplished early in the student’s program and, in any case, no later than the end of the first semester of graduate studies.

 

    1. Registration

After developing a proposed program with an advisor and/or the DGS, the student may proceed with registration.

All UK students must register for classes through myUK, the web portal to their records and other services and information. In addition to the link above, there is a link on the bottom left corner of the UK home page. Visit the www.uky.edu/registrar/myUK.htm and/or www.uky.edu/Registrar/AccSAIS.htm for general information. Go to www.uky.edu/Registrar/docs/myUK.pdf for specific directions to register for classes. Any student who experiences difficulties with this system can contact Rose Cramer for assistance. Her office is 210 Robotics Building (RMB) and her phone is 7-6262, ext. 212.

Midway through the current term, preregistration for the next semester’s courses is held for all currently enrolled students. See Section 5 b. below for further details.

    1. Office Space

Office space in the Center for Manufacturing is available on a limited basis to graduate students. Contact the advisor and your faculty advisor for available spaces. Her phone number is 7-6262, ext. 220. Priority will be given to those actually engaged in research activities.

  • After Beginning Class Work
    1. Proposed Plan of Study


This must be accomplished early in the student’s program and, in any case, no later than the end of the first semester of graduate studies.

It should be emphasized that the Plan of Study can, and often will, be changed as the student progresses. Should such a change become necessary, a new Plan of Study should be prepared, following the same procedure as emphasized above.

    1. Subsequent Advanced Registration

Students expecting to continue their work during the next term must advance register. Advanced registration for the spring term is conducted during a three-week period in November and for the summer and fall terms during a three-week period in April. An appointment to discuss course choices should be made with the project advisor during this preregistration period. After consultation with and approval of the faculty advisor, students must register using the myUK system. Visit the UK Registrar’s website for a schedule of classes and all registration information needed. Any student who experiences difficulties with this system can contact Rose Cramer for assistance. Her office is 210 Robotics Building (RMB) and her phone is 7-6262, ext. 212.

    1. Readmission

A student who does not enroll during a regular semester must apply to the Graduate School for readmission by the stated deadline before subsequent enrollment will be permitted.

    1. Incomplete Grades

A grade of “I” (incomplete) may be assigned to a graduate student if a part of the work of a course remains undone and there is a reasonable possibility that a passing grade will result from completion of the work. All incomplete grades must be removed from the student’s record before the admission to candidacy or the award of a degree. A grade of “I” will automatically become a failing grade of “E” if not changed within one year from the date the incomplete was assigned.

    1. Application for Degree

To be eligible for a degree, the student must file an application at the Graduate School within 30 days after the beginning of the semester in which he/she expects to graduate or within 15 days after the beginning of the Summer Session. The student must obtain the application forms from the Graduate School.

    1. Time Limits for Degree

No course or equivalent credit may be given for graduate study completed more than eight years prior to the end of the semester at which the student expects to receive a degree. Exceptions to this rule are possible under certain conditions if recommended by the Director of Graduate Studies and subsequently approved by the Dean of the Graduate School and the Graduate Council. No activity completed more than 12 years preceding the proposed graduation date will be considered for graduation.

  • Course Load
  • Regular Semester
      1. A full-time student is one who is enrolled in nine or more semester hours of work.
      2. The maximum load permitted during any semester is 15 semester hours.
      3. Full-time graduate assistants whose services to the University require up to 20 hours per week may take no more than 10 hours per semester. Graduate assistants must remain full-time students until their course and/or residence requirements are met.
      4. Persons holding full-time working or professional assignments, whether employed by the University or not, may take no more than six hours per semester. Under certain circumstances, the student may petition for a waiver of this rule.
    1. Summer Term

Full-time students are expected to work on research full time in the summer, therefore in general, no courses should be taken during this period. Course offerings during the summer are limited.

  • Course Offerings
    Some of the graduate courses in the MSMSE program are not offered every semester, some are offered once a year and others once every 2 years. Should a student miss a course while being offered, he/she might not be able to take that course again. The student can avoid this dilemma by planning the program of study well in advance. (See Section II and Plan of Study .)
  • Review and Dismissal
    Once each semester the progress of each graduate student will be reviewed by the the student’s academic advisor, and in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and Graduate Studies Committee. If a student’s progress is unsatisfactory, then corrective action may be defined or that student may be dismissed from the MSMSE graduate program.

 

  • Conditions for Dismissal
    1. Any regular student who has completed twelve or more hours of graduate course work and who has not attained a 3.0 standing may be dismissed from the program.
    2. Any student who has completed the formal course work and is not making satisfactory progress toward the completion of the remaining degree requirements may be dismissed from the program.
    1. Procedure
    1. The dismissal is effective at the end of the semester in which the review is made.
  • Seminars
    1. Center Seminars

To supplement the student’s formal coursework and research experience, the Center for Manufacturing , in conjunction with the Graduate School, offers seminars. Every graduate student, except those with a class or work assignment at the same time, is expected to attend.

    1. Graduate Student Seminars

To help formulate ideas and plans and to aid in the effective presentation of research material, it is desirable that every graduate student present a seminar; the seminar will generally be presented in the second year of full-time graduate study, when the student’s research is nearing completion. Every graduate student, except those with a class at the same time, is expected to attend the Graduate Student Seminars. MSMSE graduate students are strongly encouraged to attend other seminar series organized at the College of Engineering. (ME, EE, MSF, etc.)

    1. Safety Training Seminars

All graduate students who expect to be involved in laboratory work are expected to attend some safety training seminars as provided by the safety committee of the center and the safety training offered by the university.

  • Mail/Information

Graduate students may receive mail in care of the Center for Manufacturing , Room 210, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0108. Mail will be placed in special graduate student mailboxes.

A bulletin board with important information affecting graduate students will be maintained outside the office of the assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies, Rose Cramer, Rm. 210, Robotics Bldg. (RMB). This board should be consulted periodically.

Section III: Operational Guidelines for Assistantships

Degree Requirements for the Master of Science Degree (MS)

The MSMSE in Manufacturing Systems Engineering is a program housed in the College of Engineering rather than in one of the existing departments because of its highly multidisciplinary nature. It is administered by a Committee appointed by the Dean of Engineering, on recommendations from the Faculty Advisory Committee. The Director of Graduate Studies is appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School, upon recommendation of the Dean of the College of Engineering; the Dean obtains input from the Faculty Advisory Committee in developing his recommendations. The Committee includes faculty who are active in the teaching of courses in the program. The Committee will also typically consist of one or more members from departments outside the College of Engineering, which by their nature have an affiliation with manufacturing.

A minimum of twenty-four semester hours of course work plus a thesis (Plan A) or thirty-three semester hours including MFS 784 Research Project in Manufacturing Systems Engineering is required. In no case will independent work, used for part of the thesis be counted as part of the twenty-four hours of course work. The thesis must be actively supervised by a member or associate member of the Graduate Faculty. Students pursuing this degree under the dual degree option must meet the same requirements as all other students. MSMSE Faculty

    1. Program Options

The Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering is offered through the Graduate School. There are currently two options approved for fulfilling the requirements for the MS degree:

      1. Plan A (Thesis Plan)

This program provides for study and research leading to the degree of Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering. The thesis plan requires twenty-four credit hours of course work and a thesis. Per Graduate School requirements, one-half or more of the coursework must be at the 600 level (graduate credit only) or above. All students will be required to complete four specified core courses (MFS 505, MFS 605, MFS 606, MFS 611). The electives for each student will be developed in conjunction with a faculty adviser to insure that the program provides breadth and depth of content for the student, and meets the specific needs and interests of the student.

The coursework consists of the following (see Course Descriptions, excerpted from the University Bulletin):

Four core courses
MFS/ME 505 Modeling of ManufacturingProcesses and Machines 3 hr
MFS/EE 605 Systems for FactoryInformation and Control 3 hr
MGT/MFS 611 Organizational Behavior 3 hr
MFS/ME/EE 606 ManufacturingSeminar/Project Crs. 3 hr
Manufacturing Specialization Electives 6 hr
Other Electives (appropriate courses in Engineering, Computer Science, or Business & Economics) 6 hr
Thesis
Total 24 hr
Recommended Sequence for Plan A (an example)Since this is a graduate program, a semester by semester sequence can not be completely defined. Some students will be part-time, and the sequence for full-time students may vary to some degree depending on their individual needs and prerequisites of courses. However, the sequence recommended for a full-time student would be as follows:
Semester 1
MFS 505 Modeling of Manufacturing Processes 3 hr
MFS 611 Organizational Behavior 3 hr
Manufacturing Specialization Elective 1 3 hr
Semester 2
MFS 605 Systems for Factory Information and Control 3 hr
Manufacturing Specialization Elective 2 3 hr
Elective 1 3 hr
Semester 3
MFS 606 Seminar/Project Course 3 hr
Elective 2 3 hr
Thesis/project

Students working on their thesis, who have completed all required course work should register for MFS 748 (0 hours) to maintain their status in the university.

 

      1. Plan B (Research Project)

The research project option is reserved for students who have significant engineering research or development experience in a manufacturing environment, for which completion of a thesis would be less beneficial than the additional course work involved in Plan B. Approval of the student’s advisor and of the DGS is necessary for a student to pursue Plan B. The Plan B (research project) requires thirty-three credit hours of course work including an individual project. Per Graduate School requirements, one-half or more of the coursework must be at the 600 level (graduate credit only) or above. All students will be required to complete four specified core courses (MFS 505, MFS 605, MFS 606, MFS 611). The electives for each student will be developed in conjunction with a faculty adviser to insure that the program provides breadth and depth of content for the student, and meets the specific needs and interests of the student. The project class (MFS 784) will be conducted in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Recommended Sequence for Plan B (an example)

The coursework sequence consists of the following (see Course Descriptions, excerpted from the University Bulletin):

Semester 1
MFS/ME 505 Modeling of ManufacturingProcesses and Machines 3 hr
MGT/MFS 611 Organizational Behavior 3 hr
Other Electives (appropriate courses in Engineering,Computer Science, or Business & Economics): 2 electives 6 hr
Semester 2
MFS/EE 605 Systems for Factory Informationand Control 3 hr
MFS/ME/EE 606 Manufacturing Seminar/Project Crs. 3 hr
Manufacturing Specialization Electives 3 hr
Other Electives (appropriate courses in Engineering,Computer Science, or Business & Economics): 2 electives 3 hr
Semester 3
Manufacturing Specialization Electives 6 hr
Project (MFS 784) 3 hr
Total 33 hr

 

      1. Dual DegreeRecommended Sequence (an example)Mechanical Engineering Option Electrical Engineering Option

    1. Course Requirements
      1. Transfer of Credits

In some cases a student may transfer up to 9 semester hours credit from another program or university. Consult the Graduate School Bulletin for details.

      1. Program Approval

Each student’s Plan of Study must be approved by both the faculty advisor and Director of Graduate Studies.

      1. Deficiencies

A student may not be able to begin immediately a full graduate program leading to the MSMSE degree; it may be necessary for the student to satisfy prerequisites omitted in his/her undergraduate curriculum. Deficiencies are determined by the Director of Graduate Studies. (See Section I.2 and Appendix A)

      1. Requirements by Numbering

A candidate for the MSMSE degree may credit the following toward degree requirements:

        1. Any 500-, 600-, or 700-level course; and
        2. Any 400G level course offered by a program other than Manufacturing System Engineering.

In addition, the following conditions apply:

        1. A minimum of half of the required credit hours must be 600- and 700- level courses (those meeting as organized classes). For thesis option this means twelve credit hours.
        2. At least two-thirds of the required credit hours must be in regular courses (excluding MFS 768, 780, 784).
      1. Requirements by Major Area

At least two-thirds of the course work must be in manufacturing-related areas. All courses must be included in the student’s Plan of Study.

      1. Grades

The MS degree will be awarded only if the student has attained a grade point average of at least 3.0 on all work taken as a graduate student and on all work carrying graduate credits.

      1. Transfer from Other Degree

Students currently enrolled in other degree programs at the University may be transferred to the MSMSE program with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean of the Graduate School. All regulations and procedures stipulated herein shall be applied to such students.

    1. Thesis Requirements

The thesis must be developed under the direction of a member or associate member of the Graduate Faculty. It must be approved by the thesis director (i.e. a faculty advisor), the Director of Graduate Studies, the examining committee, and the Graduate School, and must be in conformity with instructions prepared by the Graduate School entitled, “Instructions for the Preparation of Theses and Dissertations.” (See Appendix C)

    1. Final Examination

The student is required to take a final oral examination for the MSMSE degree regardless of the option. This examination is administered by an examining committee appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School upon recommendation by the Director of Graduate Studies. The committee must consist of at least three members of which the chairman is the student’s faculty advisor. The examination is comprehensive and covers the student’s entire program including, but not limited to, the thesis.

The final examination is given no earlier than the beginning of the semester in which the degree is to be awarded and no later than eight days before the last day of classes of that semester. The examination must be declared either pass or failure on a majority basis. In the event of failure, the committee may recommend to the Graduate School the condition under which a second examination may be administered. In so far as it is practicable, the same examination committee gives this examination. A third examination is not permitted.

Plan A

The following procedures apply:

      1. Submit an “Application for Degree” to the Graduate School within 30 days of the beginning of the semester in which the student will take the examination.
      2. Submit thesis to the thesis director and the Director of Graduate Studies in draft form.
      3. Complete a Final Examination Recommendation Form (see Appendix D). This form, accompanied by a Thesis Approval form (see Appendix C), must be submitted to the Graduate School no later than 2 weeks prior to the anticipated date of the examination.
      4. Submit thesis to the examining committee at least one week prior to the final examination.
      5. Take final examination.
      6. Modify thesis as required by the examining committee.
      7. Submit thesis in final form to the Graduate School (see calendar for exact date). A copy of the thesis should be filed with the Director of Graduate Studies.

Plan B

The following procedures apply:

      1. Submit an “Application for Degree” to the Graduate School within 30 days of the beginning of the semester in which the student will take the examination.
      2. Complete a Final Examination Recommendation Form (see Appendix D). This form must be submitted to The Graduate School no later than 2 weeks prior to the anticipated date of the examination.
      3. Submit written project report to examining committee at least one week prior to final examination.
      4. Take final examination. A copy of the project should be filed with the Director of Graduate Studies.

    1. Submission of Thesis

After the final examination is passed, the final copy of the thesis, with appropriate signatures, is submitted. The Graduate School requires two copies, unbound and on 100% cotton paper. The cost of preparation and duplication of the thesis is normally the responsibility of the student. One copy of the thesis must be filed with the Director of Graduate Studies.

    1. Graduation Fees

There are no graduation fees for MS candidates. However if a thesis is being submitted, a fee for the binding of the thesis must be paid at the Student Billings and Collection Office when the thesis is submitted to the Graduate School.

    1. Residence Credits

An MS MSE student who has completed the formal coursework and who is/is not receiving a graduate assistantship through the Department or University during Fall or Spring Term, with his/her time principally devoted to the MS MSE thesis, is required to register for MFS 748 (0 hours).

Section III

Operational Guidelines for Assistantships

  • Student Financial Support

Please see MSMSE Student Financial Support for information on sources of financial support for students of the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program.

  • Period of Appointment

The appointment period for Research Assistants is determined by the principal investigator or by the Director of the center as the case may be. With the exception of official University holidays, all graduate assistants are expected to provide service throughout the periods of their appointments. Absences during these periods require notification of and prior approval by the faculty advisor. During periods when classes do not meet and during the summer (May 16-August 15), all assistants are expected to devote full-time to research.

  • Service Load
  1. During the 9-month academic year, appointments are typically for one-half time service (twenty hours per week).
  2. Full-time appointments (forty hours per week) are typically made during the three summer months.
  3. During the 9-month academic year, Assistants must be registered as full-time students. However, if the Assistant has completed all the course requirements for the degree, enrollment as a part-time student may be permitted with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • Renewal and Termination of Appointments
  1. All assistants shall maintain satisfactory academic records and progress toward degrees; their assistantships will not be renewed if their academic progress is unsatisfactory.
  2. Appointments are not renewed beyond the end of the academic term during which all degree requirements have been satisfied.
  3. Appointments are not renewed if the university requirements are not satisfied.
  4. Appointments are not renewed if funding is unavailable.
  • Tuition Scholarships

Nonresident graduate students holding research assistantships or fellowships may be eligible to receive tuition scholarships administered by the Graduate School and awarded each semester to cover the out-of-state portion of the tuition. The Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) is responsible for certifying to the Graduate School those eligible to receive tuition scholarships. Graduate students on traineeships or other externally funded programs where funds are available to pay tuition are not eligible for tuition scholarships.

Nonresident graduate students, not holding assistantships are also eligible for scholarships covering the out-of-state portion of the tuition. These “Kentucky Graduate Scholarships” are based on prior academic performance.

For more information, see The Graduate School homepage.

  • Health Care

Graduate students with full assistantships or fellowships receive the student health insurance plan offered by the University of Kentucky. Other students are eligible to purchase this insurance.

For more information, see The Graduate School homepage.

  • Income Tax Exemptions

Assistantship stipends are subject to federal and state income taxes (note: unless covered by tax treaty) but exempt from Fayette County tax.

  • Parking Privileges

Graduate students are automatically eligible for ‘C’ parking permits. Application for ‘E’ permits by Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants shall be accepted only upon additional clarification of the DGS that the individual is employed in a service capacity and is required to meet a firm teaching or research schedule during normal class hours.

  • Social Security Taxes

Graduate and Research Assistants holding either F-l or J-l visas are exempt from the payment of social security taxes. Others are similarly exempted only during those academic terms in which they are enrolled as full-time students.

  • Holidays, Vacations and Sick Leave

Graduate and research assistants are not required to work during official University holidays. However, since they are classified as temporary employees of the University, they are not eligible to receive vacations and sick leave with pay. During the period between semesters students are expected to devote full time to their research projects.

 

Appendices

Appendix A

Admission Criteria for Students
Without an Undergraduate Engineering Degree (preliminary)

Graduate Student Applicants without an ABET-accredited engineering degree must develop competence and demonstrate ability in the fundamentals of engineering. This is accomplished by completing, or having taken the equivalent of, a set of courses in one of the engineering disciplines. If appropriate, a number of courses drawn from two or more such disciplines could be considered. These courses can be taken in post-baccalaureate or undergraduate status.(NOTE: These courses may have prerequisites — see UK Bulletin) [actually linked to grad school bulletin.]

Mechanical Engineering
ME 151 Manufacturing Engineering
ME 220 Engineering Thermodynamics
ME 440 Controls
ME 330 Fluid Mechanics
ME 325 Heat Transfer
ME 344 Mechanical Design
Electrical Engineering
EE 211 Circuits I
EE 221 Circuits II
EE 280 Design of Logic Circuits
EE 380 Computer Organization
EE 415 Electromechanics
EE 421 Signals & Systems I
EE 461 Intro. to Electronics
EE 468 Fields & Waves
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Chemical Engineering
CME 205 Process Principles I
CME 210 Process Principles II
CME 320 Engineering Thermodynamics
CS 221 Computer Science for Engineers
ME 330 Fluid Mechanics
CME 415 Separation Processes
CME 425 Heat & Mass Transfer
CME 420 Process Modeling
CME 550 Reactor Design

 

Appendix B

PLAN OF STUDY

Appendix C

Instructions for the Preparation of Theses and Dissertations

THESIS APPROVAL SHEET

Appendix D

FINAL EXAMINATION RECOMMENDATION
(Master’s Degrees and Specialist in Education)

Send this form, accompanied by an Approval Sheet (if thesis has been written), to the Graduate School no later than 2 weeks before the date of the examination.

Appendix E

DUAL DEGREE FORM