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Master of Science in Engineering Technology


About the Program

Program Overview

Location: Cullowhee and Biltmore Park

App Deadline: Dec. 1, Aug. 1

Full-Time or Part-Time

Full-Time Eligible for Assistantships

Prerequisites: GRE Suggested, Score 300

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The Master of Science in Engineering Technology focuses on enhancing technical knowledge and management skills necessary in our competitive technology-intensive world. This program combines qualitative approaches and quantitative techniques in a balanced curriculum that strengthens problem-solving skills and managerial competence. 

Some of our students work full time and are enrolled in the program to learn new skills and advance within their companies. For these students, we offer evening classes in Asheville at our Biltmore Park location. Classes meet only once a week and the entire program can be completed in two years. Part-time program brochure

Other students choose our full-time program in Cullowhee. The program is designed to permit students to take courses across disciplines providing flexibility to meet individual career needs. These students also work together with a faculty mentor on an advanced project. Through this personalized mentorship, students are given the skills needed to solve challenging problems that they will face in their future careers. Full-Time Program Brochure

Admission Requirements

In addition to the university's Graduate School Admission Requirements, the MSET program has the following requirements:

  1. A completed application form submitted to the graduate school (Name, address, etc.)
  2. Three letters of recommendation, typically from professors or supervisors who can evaluate aptitude for graduate study.
  3. GRE General Exam - a combined score of 300 on verbal and quantitative, and a 3.5 on analytical writing is strongly recommended for assistantship consideration. (The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants to the part-time, program at Biltmore Park if the applicant possesses a minimum of three years U.S. work experience and has an undergraduate overall GPA of 3.25/4.0.)
  4. An undergraduate degree in engineering, engineering technology, industrial technology, or approval by Program Director. Students who have earned undergraduate degrees in non-technical fields may require additional courses prior to beginning the MSET program – Please contact Dr. Yanik for details.
  5. Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (for assistantship consideration, a GPA of 3.5/4.0 is strongly recommended on all major courses taken at the undergraduate level)

International Students

For international students, a minimum score of 80 (Internet-based Test), 213 (Computer-based Test), or 550 (Paper-based Test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. In addition, international students must submit a document-by-document evaluation of undergraduate degree(s) by the World Evaluation Services (WES) or equivalent evaluation services.

Additional Information

For more information please contact:

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Paul Yanik
Engineering and Technology
828-227-2166 or 828-227-2775

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