Continuing the legacy of innovation to meet the needs of students and society, Oklahoma Christian University leadership has announced that beginning in the fall of 2008, the School of Engineering will begin offering courses leading to the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) degree.
The degree program is designed to allow engineering graduates to continue their education beyond the BS degree through the completion of 30 credit hours of coursework. The unique graduate program allows flexibility in selecting courses that will benefit both recent graduates and seasoned professionals. In addition to courses in computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering, graduate classes will be available in computer science and mathematics, as well as select courses from OC’s highly successful MBA program.
The program is designed to allow both breadth and depth for the engineering professional. Dr. Phil Lewis, Dean of the College of Professional Studies, believes this new addition will provide an extended service to the engineering community and enhance the reputation of OC, the College of Professional Studies, and the School of Engineering.
“The MSE will allow graduates of engineering programs to learn topics useful in important growing fields such as biomed, aerospace, energy, and systems engineering,” Lewis said. “The OC MSE will provide a unique opportunity to deepen the student’s knowledge of engineering and increase readiness for leadership, with a strong emphasis on ethics and Christian values.”
Throughout OC’s history, innovation has been a hallmark of the OC experience. By adding this program, future engineers will be better equipped to compete in the global marketplace. The new program will be led by Dr. Robert Mitchell, who earned his MS and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology. Mitchell joined the OC faculty in the fall of 2006 after serving as the Dean of the School of Engineering at the University of Missouri – Rolla.
“The engineering profession is undergoing constant change as our world becomes more dependent on technology to meet the challenges we face. Engineering education has continued to change to meet these needs,” Mitchell said. “Continuing education beyond the bachelor’s level is becoming more important for engineering professionals as the problems become more complex and the technology and the teamwork required to solve them increase. We are pleased to be adding a Master of Science in Engineering to our curriculum that will allow new BS graduates to continue their education and that will also provide a way for working engineers to continue their education. Our classes will be available in person and also over the internet using modern collaborative and video streaming capabilities.”
With the addition of the MSE program, OC will offer four Master programs. OC added the MBA program in 2000, the Master of Divinity in 2004 and the Master of Arts in Ministry in 1988.