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Tickle College of Engineering

Reliability and Maintainability Engineering

MS in Reliability and Maintainability Engineering

A Master of Science degree with a major in Reliability and Maintainability Engineering is offered through an interdepartmental program. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. See the catalog listings for the appropriate department in the Tickle College of Engineering and the Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science for more information about the courses offered. The program can be completed on campus or through distance delivery. The Reliability and Maintainability Engineering Program Director is the curricular contact for all Reliability and Maintainability Engineering majors.

The RME MS program is part of the Academic Common Market. Residents in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Virginia, and West Virginia may pay in-state tuition rate. Pleas see more details from the Southern Regional Education Board.


Applicants for admission to the MS program in Reliability and Maintainability Engineering are expected to have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate program in engineering or physics. Students from other appropriate disciplines (e.g. chemistry, mathematics, etc.) can be admitted but additional engineering courses may be required. Entering students must have, as a minimum, competency in mathematics through ordinary differential equations. Students may choose a concentration with one of the departments offering the major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Industrial and Systems Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering; and Nuclear Engineering. Some departments require a GRE score.


Students, with the concurrence of their graduate committee, may choose between a thesis option and a non-thesis project option. The chosen coursework must be approved by the graduate student's major professor and committee. After the completion of the formal program coursework and research, the student must pass an oral examination conducted by his/her graduate committee. The committee will include the student's major professor, the Reliability and Maintainability Engineering program director (or his/her appointee), and another faculty member at the rank of assistant professor or above.

Thesis Option

Specific requirements of the thesis option are a minimum of 30 semester hours including:

Non-Thesis Option

Specific requirements of the thesis option are a minimum of thirty semester hours including:

Note: At least two-thirds of the minimum required hours must be taken in courses numbered at or above the 500 level.

RME Core Courses:

Statistics Sequence:

RME Electives:

Statistics Electives:

*Currently offered through distance education.
All courses are three-hour courses.
Effective: Fall 2015


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