Mechanical Engineering - Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

(30 credits)

Students may select one of two options for completing their MS degree. Selection of a particular option must be made during the first semester of study in conjunction with selecting a permanent adviser.

Thesis Option

M E 570Engineering Analysis I3
Select at least 18 credits of M E graduate courses 118
Select one or both from the following:
M E 509Individualized Study3
M E 510Special Topics 26
Total Credits30

Up to 6 credits of A E graduate courses may be substituted with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator. All course must be 500 level or above.


Special topics courses offered formally on a one time basis.

Publication Requirement: a refereed conference paper accepted or a refereed journal article in review or accepted by graduation. The MS thesis can be a reformatted version of this paper. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis by the department head.

Coursework Option

M E 570Engineering Analysis I3
Core Courses
Select one core course from 4 of the 5 following topic areas:12
Solid Mechanics
Select one from the following:
Elasticity I3
Continuum Mechanics3
Thermal Science
Select one from the following:
Intermediate Heat Transfer3
Select one from the following:
Intermediate Fluid Mechanics3
Computational and Theoretical Fluid Mechanics3
Dynamics and Vibrations
Select one from the following:
Engineering Analysis and Control
Select one from the following:
Finite Element Analysis3
Control of Mechanical Systems3
Engineering Analysis II3
Additional Requirements
Select 4 additional M E courses (500 level or above) from the following: 312
Core Courses listed above
Research Area Courses
Dual Listed Courses
Individualized Study3
Special Topics1-6
Select one course (500 level or above) from related areas 43
Total Credits30

Graduate A E courses may be substituted for M E courses with the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator.


If course is not in A E or M E program, approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator is required.

Selection of MS Option and Permanent Adviser

Newly admitted graduate students will be assigned a temporary adviser for the first semester, but they must select a degree option and permanent adviser before registering for the second semester.

In considering a decision about option and adviser, the student should arrange to meet with several members of the graduate faculty during the first six weeks of study to discuss specific educational objectives. The student can use these meetings to become familiar with faculty interests and research projects currently in progress. The faculty member must agree (in writing) to serve as the student's adviser.

All students must pass a final examination. The final examination is to be conducted by the student's advisory committee and is taken after completing all coursework and thesis work for the thesis option, or all coursework for the course-only option.