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Program Objectives

The evolution of computers in the past few decades has made it vital for today’s engineers to work with computer-based tools and techniques. Computer Aided Engineering is one of the newly-developed engineering disciplines and is also at the forefront of modern technology innovations.

Computer Aided Engineering program at Eastern Michigan University places a strong emphasis to prepare engineers with competent backgrounds in the engineering principles and utilize the computer-based tools and techniques for all engineering functions and processes. The curriculum is designed to train the individual to apply the knowledge in mechanical engineering, engineering analysis, product design and automated manufacturing using computer aided engineering tools. To facilitate this, students in the program will be exposed to the nature of engineering environment through well-resourced laboratories, including software in finite element analysis, engineering simulation, CAD/CAM/CAE, CNC and robotics. Courses related to engineering design and analysis principles and renewable energy engineering applications will be available as required or electives.

The program offers graduate work leading to the Master of Sciences degree in Computer Aided Engineering (MS/CAE). The M.S. program has three tracks:Design and Analysis, Renewable Energy, and Thesis.  The thesis track is intended for students who are research-oriented.  The other two non-thesis tracks do not involve research although students are encouraged to include capstone projects in their courses.

Students can take advantage of evening classes and distance-learning opportunities to earn their degrees. The field of CAE is expanding rapidly, with many new challenges and opportunities to pursue. We invite you to join us in this exciting endeavor.

Employment Opportunities

Recent graduates of the program (previously known as MS in CAD/CAM) have gone on to work in industry or to earn higher degrees. Graduates from the program are employed as design engineers, manufacturing engineers, mechanical engineers, production managers, project engineers, automation engineers, CAD/CAM/CAE application engineers, test engineers, engineering software trainers, or renewable energy engineers and developers.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program will be open to students who hold a bachelor's degree in engineering or engineering technology in related field such as mechanical, aerospace, civil, etc. Students, with other technical backgrounds, could be admitted if they make up required undergraduate course work recommended by the program advisors.
Applicant must:

  • Meet degree admission requirements of the Graduate School. In addition, the applicant should submit a personal statement, a resume and three recommendation letters. GRE score is not required.
  • Obtain a baccalaureate from an accredited institution.
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.70
  • Meet program prerequisite skill requirements and
  • In the case of international students, meet graduate school test score requirements on the TOEFL and TWE, or the MELAB. See the Admissions Web site for minimum scores. See the Admissions Web site for minimum scores. Email if you have any questions about this.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admissions may be granted to otherwise qualified students who lack prerequisite courses or are currently in the last semester of their undergraduate degree program.

Degree Requirements

  • At least 34 hours of graduate credit applicable to the program.
  • At least 16 hours with a 3.0 GPA (B) in School of Engineering Technology.
  • A 3.0 GPA (B), overall.
  • The recommendation of the program advisor and the Graduate School.