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Graduate-Level Education and Research

  • Many Departments in the College of Engineering have very flexible programs that allow for a focus on graduate-level (MS and PhD) education and research on humanitarian engineering.  Ultimately, it is a matter of focus of your research: are you focusing on problems of the poor and/or developing countries, or not?  

  • Rigor and scholarship is just as feasible and achievable for humanitarian engineering as it is for any traditional MS/PhD research in any engineering discipline.  

  • The Humanitarian Engineering Minor above can be used as a starting point for picking engineering and hon-engineering courses, but of course you would also use graduate-level classes in your own discipline.  

  • Some ideas on graduate degree programs in humanitarian engineering include:

  • MS non-thesis options often require a small project (smaller than a thesis) and these could be appropriate for a humanitarian engineering focus.

  • MS theses are a fantastic vehicle to study in-depth humanitarian engineering solutions in order to become an expert in one area.

  • PhD dissertations are also fantastic vehicles to provide deep, rigorous, and scholarly investigation into humanitarian engineering topics connected to your discipline.  With a PhD you open the door to lead in the field, and become a faculty member at a university (especially, if you have strengths in a traditional engineering discipline and humanitarian engineering).

  • For the PhD you should investigate at the OSU Graduate School, their Special Graduate Programs:

    • Combined programs (between Colleges, e.g., with College of Business or College of Medicine)

    • Graduate Certificate Programs

    • One-of-a-Kind PhD programs