Master of Science (MS)

The Master of Science (MS) in engineering sciences program at Dartmouth stresses innovative research, advanced levels of engineering skills, and extensive project management experience. Candidates for the degree acquire:

Arrangement of a thesis research topic must be done with an individual faculty member who will sponsor the student in the program.

In the tradition of founder Sylvanus Thayer, graduate students are encouraged to participate in service activities, such as those sponsored by the Tucker Foundation and Thayer Council.

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Matching Interests to Faculty

MS students typically are funded through a professor’s sponsored research or a fellowship throughout the thesis phase of their studies at Thayer School. Therefore, applicants interested in pursuing particular areas of research should contact Thayer School faculty for an initial conversation about funded research opportunities.


A bachelor's degree is required; MS students generally hold their degree in engineering or one of the physical sciences.

Academic Honor

All students, upon matriculation, are required to attend a series of workshops in ethics and sign a statement that they agree to abide by the honor principles established by Dartmouth College. See Graduate Academic and Conduct Regulations for a full statement of academic honor.


Students are required to be in residence a minimum of 3 terms.

Number of Courses

All students entering the program are required to take 6 graduate-level courses which may simultaneously be counted for the Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree.

Courses taken previously, e.g., as an undergraduate, can be used in satisfaction of the degree requirements, but do not reduce the total number of courses required unless admission is with advanced standing.


A faculty advisor aids each student in developing a program, which is submitted to and approved by the Thayer School Program Committee during the student's first term of residency.

MS Course Planning Sheet (PDF) — for planning purposes only. You will need to go to Banner Student to complete the MS program plan.

Course Options

Applied Mathematics (choose at least 1 course)

Engineering Depth (choose at least 3 courses)

Engineering Breadth (choose at least 2 courses)


Thesis Requirements

The MS thesis demonstrates a depth of knowledge in a specific field of engineering research or design. A thesis committee typically consists of 3 Dartmouth faculty members (including the student's thesis advisor); one of the 3 may be from outside the program of study.

The candidate also presents a public oral defense of the thesis, which is conducted by the candidate's thesis committee. The candidate is responsible for giving final, signature-ready copies of the thesis to each committee member to review at least two weeks prior to their defense. Also, the candidate must submit an electronic notice of the defense to the Registrar two weeks in advance for distribution to the faculty and for posting.

A hard copy and a PDF version of the thesis must be submitted to the Registrar for archiving.

Copyright to the thesis is held by the Trustees of Dartmouth College.

Thesis Guidelines (PDF)

Dual Degrees


Students who wish to be awarded the BE degree simultaneously with the MS must have taken a substantial portion of the undergraduate program at Dartmouth or in one of its official exchange programs. Students should plan their programs to satisfy both the MS requirements and the requirements for the BE, and discuss their plans with the MS program director.

At least one term prior to the scheduled MS thesis defense, the BE/MS candidate submits to the Registrar a BE program plan approved by both his/her advisor and the Director of the BE program.