Engineering Degree equivalent to a US Master of Engineering?

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Engineering Degree equivalent to a US Master of Engineering?

Postby Viviana Bruno » Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:41 am

Hello

I have dual citizenship (USA and Greek).
I am intrested in working in the states so i have to evaluate my degrees.

I have studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Athens which is supposed to be equivalent to a Master of Mechanical Engineering.Studies constist of 5 years (10 semesters) of more than 60 courses and a thesis at the end.Studies follow the german type.

I also have a Master of Science in Applied Mechanics from the same University.
have 1 questions for now

1)Will my Engineering Degree be evaluated as an equivalent to a US Master of Engineering

THank you Guys
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Re: Engineering Degree equivalent to a US Master of Engineer

Postby Eric » Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:39 pm

Unlike in many other countries in USA there is no National Agency that evaluates credentials from other countries.
Here in US there are reputable private services that offer their services , they employ persons who have knowledge in the field of university admissions and credential evaluations.
Some times the evaluation reports differ in their judgement.

In general Universities and Institutions provide the applicant with list of approved by them Foreign Credential Evaluation service. In 99% of the recommended service it is a service member of
NACES - National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

http://www.naces.org/members.htm

Many of the services require original documents sent to them, they return them back with the evaluation.

Also highly respected a service by AACRAO
http://ies.aacrao.org/
In some states their evaluation accepted for PE application.


In General I seen many 5 year degrees from Russia similar to your degree from Greece evaluated as Master of Engineering or Master of Science in Engineering.
A specially if 5th year classes are graduate level classes.

Here is a good advise from Dr. Bear

The really annoying thing here, Mr. Tullo, is inconsistency. I did the fairly expensive experiment of having a colleague with unusual credentials (various certificates from the UK and Guyana; a Canadian chartered accountant , and a Heriot-Watt MBA ) to 10 or 12 different NACES members, and there was quite a wide range of responses -- the MBA , for instance, evaluated as everything from "exact equivalent of regional accreditation" to "below the level of a Bachelor's degree."

Responses from readers over the years suggested that AACRAO, World Education Services, Josef Silny, and Educational Credential Evaluators were among the most popular, although it was ECE that did the very low-level MBA evaluation. (Heriot-Watt protested vigourously. Their offer to supply copies of the coursework and exams was rejected.)

So an unfortunate lesson learned is that if one really believes an evaluation is not accurate, consider shopping around -- unless, of course, as Ian suggests, the school to which you are applying has specific requirements or recommendations.
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Re: Engineering Degree equivalent to a US Master of Engineer

Postby Tark » Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:26 pm

The advice in the previous post is good for foreign degrees in general.
But for engineering specifically, the most authoritative credential evaluation service is NCEES.
NCEES is a coalition of state engineering boards. They are also responsible for preparing and grading engineering licensure exams.

My guess is that your qualifications would be considered equivalent to a US MS in engineering, but there is no way to guarantee this.

US engineering programs typically require students to have a few courses in humanities.
Sometimes foreign degrees fail to earn equivalence on those grounds -- the engineering and science coursework is OK, but there aren't enough humanities courses.
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Re: Engineering Degree equivalent to a US Master of Engineer

Postby Eric » Thu Mar 21, 2013 2:49 am

Tark is correct.

Here is a sample evaluation

http://cdn1.ncees.co/wp-content/uploads ... uation.pdf

In US there is industrial exemption, many Engineers are not licensed.
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Re: Engineering Degree equivalent to a US Master of Engineer

Postby Tark » Thu Mar 21, 2013 4:54 pm

Most engineers in the US are not licensed, since licensure is not usually required except for civil engineers.

However, NCEES is a respected authority in the US, because of their involvement in the licensure process.
If NCEES says that a foreign engineering degree is US-equivalent, then nobody else is going to argue about it.
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Re: Engineering Degree equivalent to a US Master of Engineer

Postby Eric » Thu Mar 21, 2013 10:36 pm

I have seen an evaluation of top Engineering School Ing degree from Germany of an individual who was EurEng as not equivalent to US Engineering degree that qualifying for licensing as PE.
The recommendation stated that 21 additional units required in number of subjects.

Some government agencies in US have very precise academic requirements, a friend had to take additional classes to his top tier Bachelors and Masters Degree in order to qualify for Environmental Specialist II witht he state.

I think if needed the 16 or so units for Engineering can be completed.
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