MS in Mechanical Engineering

The MS programs in Mechanical Engineering (thesis and non-thesis options) are designed for students who desire advanced training in areas of mechanical engineering. Graduates may work in any one of a variety of areas of engineering industry, in a governmental laboratory, or continue their training toward a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering, applied mechanics, or a related field.

Curriculum

Master of Science students are required to complete a minimum of 32 credit hours applicable to the degree according to the program planning sheet. All 32 credits must be at the 500 level or above. To graduate, a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (B) must be attained.

Credit cannot be given for two or more courses having significant overlap (including overlap with courses that had been taken to fulfill the candidate’s undergraduate degree requirements).

Structured Course Requirements for the MS in Mechanical Engineering (with Thesis)

The 32 credits must be selected as follows:

  • Three courses (12 credits) must be Mechanical Engineering Core courses (please see department webpage for a listing of these courses).
  • One course (4 credits) must be an approved math course (please see department webpage for a listing of these courses).
  • Two courses (8 credits) may be engineering/science electives (any 500/700-level engineering or physical science course, with no more than one course from the approved list of engineering management courses).
  • Two courses (8 credits) must be unstructured MS thesis courses.
  • A written research-based thesis must be completed.

Structured Course Requirements for the MS in Mechanical Engineering (no Thesis)

The 32 credits must be selected as follows:

  • Three courses (12 credits) must be Mechanical Engineering Core courses (please see department webpage for a listing of these courses).
  • One course (4 credits) must be an approved math course (please see department webpage for a listing of these courses).
  • Two courses (8 credits) must be mechanical engineering electives (any 500/700-level course with “ME” preceding the course number), with the exception of ME900/ME901.
  • Two courses (8 credits) may be engineering/science electives (any 500/700-level engineering or physical science course, with no more than one course from the approved list of engineering management courses).

Practicum

One of the courses taken by the student to satisfy the 32 credits must also satisfy the Practicum Requirement. Please see the department webpage for a listing of courses that satisfy this requirement. The approved courses require a substantive project, which provides the opportunity for each student, whether working individually or in teams, to gain hands-on experience with:

1) defining a problem;

2) researching, formulating, and realizing a solution (such as the design of a process or product); and

3) presenting the solution in written and oral formats.

The project can be expected to require at least 50 hours (a few hours per week, on average) of time commitment by each student. Note that the completion of the MS thesis also satisfies the practicum.