LETU to Offer New Master of Science in Engineering in Fall 2011
Thu, Oct 21 2010
In keeping with its reputation as an excellent engineering school, LeTourneau University will launch a new Master of Science in Engineering program in the Fall 2011, making it one of the first Christian colleges in the nation offering a graduate degree in engineering.
LETU’s new master’s degree is a residential, research-oriented graduate engineering program. Applications are already being accepted, with a January 15, 2011 deadline for consideration for the Fall 2011 term. LETU recently received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits the university programs.
“With our strong undergraduate engineering research tradition totaling $4.5 million in external funding in the past decade, this new Master of Science in Engineering program moves us that much closer to being one of the best, comprehensive engineering schools in the country,” said LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford. “The expansion of our programs greatly contribute toward fulfilling our vision to have an impact for Christ in every workplace in every nation.”
The new graduate degree program in engineering adds to the university’s three existing graduate degree offerings: the Master of Business Administration, the Master of Education and our Master of Strategic Leadership.
“This new graduate engineering degree is designed so that currently enrolled engineering students can take dual-credit classes in their senior year and complete a master’s degree in five years,” said LETU Engineering Dean Dr. Tom Hellmuth.
The new Master of Science in Engineering degree program follows the model of the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program, having a common core in selected advanced courses, followed by specialized courses and a thesis in the areas of electrical, mechanical, biomedical, computer, civil or materials joining engineering.
“We will be able to retain some of our most talented LETU engineering students whom we previously lost to other graduate schools such as MIT, Penn State and Stanford,” said Dr. Yoni Adonyi, chair of the engineering graduate committee.
Candidates will also be sought from East Texas industries and other schools in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) as well as from institutions such as LETU’s sister institution in South Korea, Handong Global University. LETU is one of the first among more than 100 Christian colleges in the CCCU in the country to offer a Master of Science in Engineering. While graduate candidates are encouraged to bring their own funding from companies willing to sponsor them, tuition waivers and stipends will be available from external funding for qualified students.
Two more engineering faculty will be hired to support this graduate program in the next three years. While the Master of Science in Engineering will start as an on-campus program, plans are under consideration for hybrid delivery, combining online courses with on-site labs to be held during weekends. The 30 semester-hours degree will also allow for graduate course transfer of up to six semester hours from other institutions, as well as six semester hours of dual-credit courses. The mandatory thesis will be worth six credit hours, typical of other graduate engineering degrees at other institutions.
LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christian university located in Longview, Texas, offering academic majors in aeronautical science, business, education, engineering, health care, the humanities and sciences. LeTourneau University also offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs for working adults online and at educational centers in Austin, Bedford, Dallas, Houston and Tyler.