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Does a master's program in engineering require a final project?

Haraldur Audunsson 1, * Siegfried Rouvrais 2, 3 Ralph Rudd 1 Ragnar Kristjánsson 1 Olivier Matthieu Moschetta 1 
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Abstract : Within engineering education frameworks worldwide, requirements for a master's degree are diverse and very few graduate-level engineering courses are recommended for accredited programs. To ascertain how common the requirement for a final project at the master's level is, an ad hoc review of international master's programs was conducted. This review included several of the highest-ranking universities internationally and selected universities in Europe. From this review, it is established that the standard practice is to require students attempting a master's degree in engineering to complete what we term a final project course, which may or may not be research-focused, and typically corresponding to one semester of work. This paper summarizes how the considered universities integrate a final project course into their programs and distinguishes how these might differ from traditional research-focused master's dissertations. We discuss the practical difficulties of managing such projects. We conclude by providing a rubric for self-assessment and reform that aligns with the criteria for continuous improvement in a graduate program quality framework.
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Haraldur Audunsson, Siegfried Rouvrais, Ralph Rudd, Ragnar Kristjánsson, Olivier Matthieu Moschetta. Does a master's program in engineering require a final project?. CDIO 2022: 18th CDIO International Conference, Jun 2022, Reykjavik, Iceland. ⟨hal-03683564⟩



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