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Associate of Science in Engineering (ASE)

The ASE was developed to help ease students’ transfer from two-year to four-year engineering programs and to help expand the pipeline into engineering careers.  It is a transfer-oriented degree built around an outcomes-based statewide agreement (see outcomes below).  Two ASE agreements based on critical outcomes have been developed: Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering.  For links to ASE web pages at colleges (most are still under construction), click here.

The ASE degree is designed to transfer as a degree, rather than on a course-by-course basis, into parallel four-year engineering programs in Maryland.  The ASE does not guarantee admission into a four-year engineering program, however.  Four-year institutions that have parallel programs for EE or CE or both and that have expressed support for the ASE are Capitol College; Frostburg State University; the Johns Hopkins University; Loyola University Maryland (Loyola only: technical credit block transfer but not general education block transfer); Morgan State University; the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC); the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP); and and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES).    If you have questions about the ASE or the documents here, please contact one of the ASE Oversight Council co-chairs.

An ASE Guide is in being developed to help implement programs.  The Guide includes information on articulation review, a collegial faculty review of content that is conducted by the faculty discipline group in the course of program development.  The completed Guide will be posted here after it has been reviewed by the ASE working groups. 

Application Forms for Colleges to Use (Word): Application Forms for Colleges to Use (pdf):
MHEC Program Application for Colleges (Word) MHEC Program Application for Colleges (pdf)

ASE Outcomes (Word):

ASE Outcomes (pdf):


Other Information about the ASE:


  • Presentations from September, 2009 Launch: 

For Advisors (pdf)     For Applicant Colleges (pdf)

ASE regulation: http://www.mhec.state.md.us/higherEd/COMAR/COMAR_CH_03_Web.pdf#ASE_Definition
and http://www.mhec.state.md.us/higherEd/COMAR/COMAR_CH_03_Web.pdf#34ASE_Degree


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