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.

Thesis option

The MS program has the option of a master’s thesis. Students interested in pursuing a master’s thesis must identify a research advisor and a suitable thesis project (in consultation with the research advisor) and then defend the thesis before a committee of faculty upon completion of the thesis, prior to completing the program. The current research interests of the ME faculty are listed on our website.  Students are encouraged to begin the process of identifying a research advisor and thesis topic prior to matriculating in the program, and as early as during the time of preparing the application for the MS program. However, students are not required to have secured a research advisor or thesis topic prior to matriculating. The “thesis option” for the MS program in Mechanical Engineering is ideal for students wishing to experience an in-depth, focused exploration of a current research area and to make an original intellectual contribution in that area. This path prepares students for research-oriented careers as well as careers in design and analysis, testing, consulting, and management.

This is a suggested time line for completing an MS in ME@BU with a thesis together with all of the links to important forms and procedure descriptions.

1st Year
  • Launch research project (if not already started)
2nd Year

* = Suggested readers from outside the department need to approved by the department.

Non-thesis option

Students electing not to pursue a master’s thesis will instead take two additional graduate courses in Mechanical Engineering. This path is ideal for students wishing to complete the MS degree in 1-1.5 years and to use their advanced degree as a foundation for a career in industry R&D (research and development), design and analysis, testing, consulting, management or sales.

The non-thesis option can be completed in 1 year if a student takes four courses each semester.  The course planning sheet  is similar to that for the thesis option except that 2 500-/700-level courses in ME replace the 2 research courses.