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More a Graduate Program Than Not

More A Graduate Program Than Not

In a column in a recent issue of The Tech ["Mastering an Undergrad Program," Feb. 6], Brett Altschul '99 discusses the impact, particularly in housing, that MIT undergraduates may suffer in transitioning to an Master of Engineering program. These are good points that should be given serious consideration.

Altschul nevertheless calls the MEng program "not a graduate degree" and incorrectly assumes that all MEng programs only "draw their applicants from the MIT undergraduate population." I would like to point out that the Civil and Environmental Engineering MEng is mostly populated from graduates of other institutions. Admission to the program follows a process similar to that of any other graduate program in the department. More importantly, the MEng is a rigorous degree that adds significant value and graduate education experience to engineering undergraduates.

Rafael L. Bras '72

Department Head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering