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Engineering (ME) - Innovation, Sustainability, and Entrepreneurship 
Program Description

In an effort to address such Federal Government initiatives as the Materials Genome Initiative for Global Competitiveness and Computational Materials and Chemistry, as well as industry needs and the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges for Engineering, the School of Sustainable Engineered Systems (SSES) is offering a new graduate program. The Master of Engineering with an option in Innovation, Sustainability and Entrepreneurship has been approved and is now an available degree through the College of Engineering. The program is geared toward students and industry professionals who are interested in the translation and transfer of technologically-promising research discoveries into sustainable technologies and processes. It offers a combination of business-oriented classes and engineering courses to help engineers bridge the gap between innovative ideas and sustainable economic development strategies.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

College of Engineering -

The College of Engineering was founded when the University of Arizona opened its doors in 1885. Mining was the bedrock of Arizona’s economy at that time, and educating mining engineers was a top priority – indeed, it still is.

As the state’s economy grew and diversified, the College of Engineering continued to play a pivotal role in providing the research and engineering expertise necessary for that growth.

In today’s competitive environment, graduates of the college are the entrepreneurs developing high-tech companies that are creating jobs and improving our quality of life.

An engineering education will provide the research to build new industries and the knowledge for those who run them.

College of Engineering  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Elsa I Morales
Graduate Program Coordinator
Elsa I Morales
Director of Graduate Studies
Pierre A Deymier
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Application requirements:

Minimum GPA:  3.0
Statement of purpose
3 letters of recommendation
official transcripts

International applicants:

TOEFL:  79 (internet-based); 550 (paper-based)
IELTS:  7 (overall band score)
GRE scores

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE (international students)
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Minimum TOEFL: 79 (internet-based); 550 (paper-based)
Minimum IELTS: 7

Financial Aid
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Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: September 1

International Applicants:

  • Fall: February 1
  • Spring: September 1
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Degree requirements for Materials for Sustainability & Innovation: 30 units of graduate coursework as follows:

  • 9 units of coursework with a focus on business and management from the list below
    ENTR 500A - Technology, Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (S)
    ENTR 554 - Leading and Organizing for Innovation (F&S)
    ENTR/SIE 557* - Project Management (S)
    ENGR/MSE 502 - Research Proposal Preparation (with component on SBIR/STTR) (F)
    ENGR/SIE 514* - Law for Engineers/Scientists (S)
    ENGR/SIE 567* - Financial Modeling for Innovation (F)
    SIE 515* - Technical Sales & Marketing (F&S)
    SIE 522* - Engineering Decision Making under Uncertainty (F)

Note: a minimum of 3 credits must be taken in ENTR

  • 21 units of coursework with a focus on technical fields.
      12 units of required courses 
    MSE 550 - Materials Selection for the Environment (S)
    MSE 596a* - Special Topics: Materials for Innovation (F)
    MSE 596a* - Special Topics: Solar Energy - Science and Technology (S)
    MSE 531A* - Engineering Materials: Properties and Selection (F&S) 

        9 units of suggested topics with consultation of Department such as: 
    MSE 510 - Thermodynamic Characterization of Materials (F)
    MSE 534* - Advanced Topics in Optical and Electronic Materials (S)
    MSE 546 - Semiconductor Processing (F)
    MSE 570 - Technology of Polymers and Ceramics (F)


   *  offered online
   * soon to be offered online
   S = Spring, F = Fall

Minor Requirements
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Last revised 30 Jun 2014