By choosing a minor that is complementary to their major, full-time master's students enhance their credentials and marketability.By choosing a minor that is complementary to their major, full-time master's students enhance their credentials and marketability.

Graduate Study
Master's with Interdepartmental Minors

Students enrolled in McCormick’s full-time master’s programs have the option of choosing a major in their home department and one of the two minors currently available. By choosing a minor that is complementary to their major field, students can enhance their credentials and marketability.

Students choosing this option will receive a degree in their major field and a certificate in the minor field. The course and other requirements for the major and minor may vary by department. Check with the directors of graduate studies of the respective departments to discuss pursuing your interdepartmental minor.

Please note:
These minors are only available to students currently enrolled in a McCormick master’s program. View a list of qualifying programs

For McCormick students in a Graduate School (TGS) MS program: The McCormick School of Engineering allows double counting between the TGS MS degree and graduate minor provided that students complete at least 9 TGS course units towards their MS degree requirements which are not double-counted with the graduate minor.  Certain programs may have stricter requirements. Students should speak with their MS director about the double counting potential of their course work.

Minor in Engineering Management

One particularly popular combination is a major in any engineering field with a three-course minor in engineering management, or EM Minor, offered through the Master of Engineering Management (MEM) Program within the  Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences.

Learn more about the minor in engineering management

Minor in Entrepreneurship

The Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation offers the graduate minor in entrepreneurship, designed to provide the requisite skill sets to students who plan to create or participate in a start-up endeavor during their careers. It can also provide knowledge to assist researchers when traditional funding sources no longer exist and commercialization is the next logical step.

The minor requires three additional courses in addition to a student's graduate degree requirements. Applications are accepted annually for students planning to commence coursework in the fall quarter.

Minor in Cybersecurity

The Master of Science in Information Technology program offers a three-unit cybersecurity minor to all students enrolled in professional Master’s programs at McCormick. TGS students are not eligible to enroll at this time. Applications are accepted each year starting September 1.

Learn more about the minor in cybersecurity.

Minor in Scientific Computing

The minor in scientific computing offers a substantive programming and algorithmic knowledge base to science students. It certifies that a student has the programming and algorithmic skills to develop codes to solve modern engineering problems.

The minor is open to all graduate students and consists of taking one required course and two electives courses.

Learn more about the minor in scientific computing

Minor in Synthetic Biology

The Synthetic Biology Minor for Master's Students aims to understand and harness the rules of life across multiple scales toward engineering goals.

The minor is intended for MS students. 

Learn more about the minor in synthetic biology