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UCLA is on the quarter system. The MS Engineering degree requirements include *nine 4-credit hour courses. (Note that a 4-credit hour course on the quarter system covers the same course material as a 3-credit hour course taught on the semester system).
* A student may propose a sequence he/she is interested in which may mix courses from various areas. As part of the proposal, the student must list the courses he/she wishes to take and must demonstrate that course pre-requisites would not be a issue. The student’s proposal will be subject to faculty review and approval. Scheduled course offerings can be found here: https://www.msol.ucla.edu/course-schedule/
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Each course is $4,000 (The fee for the 9-course program is $36,000). Courses taken through UNEX are assessed an additional $300 University Extension processing fee.
With respect to additional costs for textbooks, UCLA instructors sometimes use their own notes and other times use texts, etc. Generally, we are unaware of the exact cost until the course begins. On average, an estimate of about $100.00 can be expected to be added per course.
No, it is not necessary to be enrolled in the program to take an MSOL course. Non-matriculating students may take courses through UCLA’s University Extension (UNEX). The cost is $4,000 plus a $300 University Extension processing fee. For more information on UNEX courses and registration please visit: http://www.uclaextension.edu/
This can vary greatly depending on the course you are taking. In general, the program provides remote access to engineering software that may be required. For the more graphic/intensive applications, a wired network system is desired. Overall you will require:
- A broadband connection (Cable, Fiber, or DSL)
- Remote desktop capability to remote.seas.ucla.edu (if needed for your class).
- Adobe Flash Player plugin (9.0.0 or greater) must be installed.
- An acceptable version of a browser for your platform as shown below:
- Windows 7 & 8.1: IE 9+, Firefox 28+, and Chrome 34+
- Mac OS X 10.9: Firefox 28+, Chrome 34+, and Safari 6.0+
- Linux Red Hat 6: Firefox 28+
The M.S. Engr. Online Program follows the same calendar as the on campus programs.
Refer to: http://registrar.ucla.edu/Calendars/Overview
Each student’s transcript will list courses by department name and course number in the same fashion as they are for on-campus programs. The transcript’s degree designation will read “Master of Science in Engineering – (Your Major)” and there will be no mention of “online” on your diploma. For students enrolled in the Data Science, Engineering Management, Mechanics of Structures, Systems Engineering, and Sustainable Water programs, degrees will be titled as: Master of Science in Engineering with an additional (separate) Certificate of Specialization in your area.
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