Concurrent Enrolment at the University of Cincinnati

The Faculty of Engineering (FENG) of PolyU and The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS) jointly deliver a concurrent enrolment scheme allowing credit transfers between FENG and CEAS and contributing to the award of a Master of Science (MSc) degree from PolyU and a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree from UC.

Under the arrangement, students joining the following PolyU programmes in 2014-15 and beyond can apply to enroll concurrently for a Master of Engineering (MEng) programme offered by UC.

    • Postgraduate Scheme in Engineering (Code: 05002)
    • Postgraduate Scheme in Computing (Code: 61030)
    • MSc in Biomedical Engineering (Code: 47002)
  • Admissions requirements for the University of Cincinnati

    To be eligible for admissions to UC, students must have a bachelor’s degree in a corresponding engineering programme recognized as high quality by UC, and graduate with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or QPA of 75 % or equivalent. No GRE is required. Students also have to satisfy the minimum English Language requirement as follows:

      • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 85 for the Internet-based test; OR
      • An overall Band Score of at least 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), OR
      • A Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 59.

    Students who have received a baccalaureate or higher degree with English as the medium of instruction from Hong Kong are exempted from the English proficiency requirement.

  • Structure of the PolyU-MSc and UC-MEng programmes

    The UC-MEng degree requires a minimum of 30 credits (including a capstone project as described under para. 3.2 below); a thesis is not mandatory. Likewise, the PolyU-MSc degree requires a minimum of 30 credits (including the requisite number of compulsory/core subjects stipulated for individual awards); a thesis is not mandatory. Both programmes are designed to provide students with advanced knowledge and experience in their fields of interests along with subjects covering new developments in the respective disciplines.

    A key component of the UC-MEng programmes is a capstone project which carries 3 credits. It can be a written paper, project with an advisor, or a curricular practical training (internship) in the student’s field of study. The project can be undertaken at UC or PolyU, business workplace, industry, or a government institution. The capstone project provides a mechanism to demonstrate a synthesis of knowledge and application of concepts to a specific problem. Academic staff members or professionals in the workplace will oversee the capstone experience. The capstone project will include a written report and a presentation.

    • Award of the UC-MEng

      For the award of the UC-MEng, students must have completed a minimum of 5 subjects (15 credits) at UC which includes the capstone project. Up to 15 credits earned from the PolyU- MSc (attained with Grade B or above for each subject taken and a minimum of Grade C for each subject) can be credit-transferred toward the UC-MEng.

    • Award of the PolyU-MSc

      For the award of the PolyU-MSc, students must have completed a minimum of 5 subjects (15 credits) at PolyU which include three compulsory/core subjects specified for the MSc award concerned. Up to 15 credits earned from the UC-MEng (attained with Grade B or above for each subject taken and a minimum of Grade C for each subject) can be credit- transferred toward the PolyU-MSc. Besides, for students enrolling on the Postgraduate Scheme in Engineering, they must complete a minimum of 6 subjects at PolyU if they are to be considered for the award of a Distinction for their PolyU-MSc.

    • Typical study pattern for FENG students admitted to the scheme

      Typical study pattern for FENG students admitted to the scheme The structure of the scheme is such that typical FENG students will complete their first semester at FENG to earn 15 or more credits from FENG. In the second (Spring) semester, students will enroll in UC to complete 15 or more credits (including the capstone project). Students will be awarded the UC-MEng if the total recognized credits earned from FENG and CEAS are no less than 30 credits. The minimum of 15 credits of the UC-MEng must be completed as a matriculated CEAS student. These students can also be awarded the PolyU-MSc once they satisfy the degree award requirements at FENG if their subjects studied at CEAS are credit- transferred back to FENG.

    Upon completion of no less than 30 credits from FENG and CEAS, and subject to satisfying the academic regulations of the programmes/universities concerned, students can qualify for two master’s degrees; one from PolyU (MSc) and one from UC (MEng) in the following disciplines. Both degrees are recognized by the Ministry of Education in China.

    PolyU-MSc Awards UC-MEng Awards
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • E-Commerce
    • Electrical Engineering*
    • Electronic and Information Engineering*
    • Information Systems
    • Information Technology
    • Mechanical Engineering*
    • Technology Management
    • Software Technology
    *and the various specialism of study options
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering or Environmental Science
    • Materials Science or Metallurgical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering

    Students do not need to obtain the PolyU-MSc before they qualify for the UC-MEng and vice versa. For example, a student can obtain the PolyU-MSc by studying 5 subjects at PolyU and credit transfer 5 subjects from UC, irrespective of whether he/she has obtained the UC-MEng.

    The following table depicts the programme structure of the PolyU-MSc and UC-MEng under this concurrent enrolment scheme.

      PolyU MSc Degree UC-MEng Degree
    Credit Requirement
    30 credits
    (i.e. 10 subjects)
    Requirement for dissertation/thesis
    optional
    Maximum number of transferrable credits earned from PolyU/UC

    15 credits earned from UC which are recognized for credit transfer to the respective PolyU-MSc

    (Attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on the 5 subjects taken at UC and a minimum of Grade C for each subject)

    15 credits earned from PolyU which are recognized for credit transfer to the respective UC- MEng

    (Attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on the 5 subjects taken at PolyU and a minimum of Grade C for each subject)

    Other requirements
    • A minimum of FIVE subjects must be taken at PolyU which include THREE compulsory/ Core subjects specified for the award concerned.
    • To be considered for the award of a Distinction for the MSc awards hosted under the Postgraduate Scheme in Engineering, students must have completed no less than 6 subjects (18 credits) at PolyU.

    A minimum of FIVE subjects (15 credits) must be taken at UC as a matriculated CEAS student which includes the capstone project as described in para. 3.2 above.)

    Students should refer to the individual programme document for the detailed programme structure and award requirements of the respective PolyU-MSc and UC-MEng programmes.