An integrated curricula between master and doctoral engineering programs

A. Herrera
Proceedings Frontiers in Education 1997 27th Annual Conference. Teaching and Learning in an Era of Change  
Introduction. The engineering graduate programs in Mexico appeared during the 50´s at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), which has had the largest population, the greatest number of degrees obtained, and the most prestigious professors. Now, there are 15 areas of engineering in the master and doctoral programs, 13 of these, are offered at the Engineering School, and two more at the Chemistry School. The Engineering School has experimented recent changes in the curricula in this
more » ... e curricula in this decade to integrate both, master and doctoral programs in order to be more flexible and personal. These changes will be described in this paper. The Engineering Graduate Programs in Mexico [1,2]. After finishing the bachelor level, students can develop any kind of specialization, master, or doctoral program, with a duration of one, two and four years, respectively. Engineering graduate programs in Mexico are growing fast, the population and graduate students have arisen from 25,500 students and 3,167 graduates in 1980 to 65,615 students and close to 15,000 graduates in 1995. At the Engineering School of UNAM, the number of students has grown from 596 during 1986 to 1,053 in 1996. We expect that in four years the number of students will increase the double from the recent number of students. The master and doctoral programs [3,4]. The master and doctoral programs have 14 oriented areas: Environment,
doi:10.1109/fie.1997.635974 fatcat:vzid7khbabehzosuqvggqyr7zi