M.S. in Mechanical Engineering

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and an undesignated Master of Science with a major in Engineering. Specific courses of study in the Mechanical Engineering major include fluid and thermal systems, and solid mechanics and machine design.

Admission Requirements 

Students should consult the Introduction to the College of Engineering section for information on general admission requirements.

Applicants are expected to have a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or a related field.  Depending upon selected area of concentration, students may need to complete deficiency undergraduate coursework.

General Degree Requirements 

Both thesis and non-thesis options are available under these two degree programs. Students enrolled in a thesis option follow a 30-hour program that is composed of 24 hours of coursework and six (6) hours of thesis (MECH 5398 and MECH 5399).

Non-thesis students follow a 33-hour program. For the Mechanical Engineering degree, the non-thesis option can include up to six (6) credit hours for Graduate Projects (MECH 5396 and MECH 5397). All students enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program must take at least 18 semester hours of course work within their major if they are following the thesis option, or 24 semester hours if they are following the non-thesis option.

No more than six (6) semester hours of approved upper-level undergraduate coursework can be used to satisfy the degree requirements in the Mechanical Engineering programs. All coursework must be approved by the student's academic advisor and by the Graduate School. Specific requirements for each master’s program are available in the program office.

Professional Masters in Mechanical Engineering Track

The College offers a M.S degree tailored to mechanical engineering professionals.  The program is administered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Requirements for the Professional Masters in Mechanical Engineering

The Professional MS in Mechanical Engineering is a 33-semester-hour non-thesis program.  Coursework includes on of the following two options:

  1. A minimum of fifteen (15) semester hours of mechanical engineering classes ((9) nine hours need to be 5000 level or higher).
  2. Three (3) semester hours of a graduate project.
  3. The balance of fifteen (15) semester hours in graduate classes that support the student's thematic focus.

Or

  1. A minimum of eighteen (18) semester hours of mechanical engineering classes ((12) twelve hours need to be 5000 level or higher).
  2. the balance of fifteen (15) semester hours in graduate classes that support the student's thematic focus.

The student is required to develop a course plan of the classes out of the mechanical engineering program that he/she wishes to take and a statement of how these classes satisfy the student's area of interest.  This must be approved by the Graduate Program Director of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.  Thematic areas may include the following: manufacturing, product development, management, systems, biomechanical, aerospace.

Degree Plan

Required Credits:30

MS in Mechanical Engineering (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Major Electives:
Select eighteen hours of the following:18
MECH 5194
MECH 5195
Solid Mechanics I
Heat Transfer I
MECH 5304
Fluid Dynamics
MECH 5308
MECH 5309
Thermodynamics
Solid Mechanics II
Analytical Dynamics
Intro to 3D Eng & Additive Mfg
Special Topics Mechanical Engr
Individual Studies
MECH 5394
Graduate Projects
Graduate Projects
MECH 5694
Thesis/Non-Thesis Option:
Select one sequence below:
Thesis Option:6
Thesis
and Thesis
Professional Track Option:9
Select nine additional hours of graduate courses in BIOL, CE, CHEM, CS, ECON, EE, GEOL, IE, IMS, MATH, MECH, MFG, MGMT, MIT, MME, PHYS, SE:
Other Electives:
Select six additional hours of graduate courses in BIOL, CE, CHEM, CS, ECON, EE, GEOL, IE, IMS, MATH, MECH, MFG, MGMT, MIT, MME, PHYS, SE:6
Total Hours30-33