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Mechanical Engineering—MS

Realize your career goal in design, simulation, manufacturing, testing, or one of the many other facets of the mechanical engineering discipline. Students in the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering program can choose from a broad spectrum of mechanical engineering applications.

The graduate program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics—nationally ranked in the top fifty by U.S. News & World Report—offers a wide range of challenging and rewarding courses of study. The MS in Mechanical Engineering provides excellent preparation for doctoral studies or professional practice. The MS signature course work option affords students the flexibility to focus on the applications of mechanical engineering through expanded course work and engaging co-op experiences.

Research-intensive MS options offer a project component. Students benefit from extensive research facilities on campus and at satellite locations. Expenditures for the department’s dynamic research community exceed $12 million annually. Active research thrust areas—many of which emphasize interdisciplinary collaboration—include

  • Advanced power systems: developing critical technologies for clean, efficient, sustainable power systems, and modeling energy transport and conversion processes. Focus areas include engines, fuel cells, and wind turbines.
  • Mechanics of multi-scale materials: constitutive modeling of biomaterials, cellular materials, nanomaterials, energetic materials, and composite materials. Research focuses on developing methods for modeling and characterization that will inform emerging technologies.
  • Multidisciplinary engineering dynamic systems: collaborative research at the interface of engineering disciplines such as dynamics, vibration, acoustics, signal processing, and controls. Research focuses on the need for quieter, more reliable, safer products, machines, and equipment.
  • Multi-scale sensors and systems: research into the design, fabrication, integration, and testing of physically and functionally compatible devices and components across the size spectrum. Focus areas include nanofabrication and characterization, micro-fabrication processes, and bio-nanotechnology.
  • Space systems: development of innovative components, systems, and architectures for micro and nanosatellite applications.

Join one of the largest mechanical engineering–engineering mechanics departments in the nation, and coalesce with scholars working toward achieving technological, environmental, industrial, and societal sustainability.

MS Plans

Whether your interests lie in research or course work, we offer a master plan to suit your educational goals.

Thesis Option (Plan A)

This plan requires a research thesis prepared under the supervision of the advisor.  The thesis describes a research investigation and its results. The scope of the research topic for the thesis should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. The thesis must be prepared following the current procedures.  

At least two weeks prior to the oral examination, students must

The Degree schedule form (M4) must be approved before a defense is scheduled.

Students must also report the results of the oral examination and submit a final thesis to the Graduate School prior to completing their degrees.

The minimum requirements are as follows:

Course work (minimum)20 credits
Thesis research6–10 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 level (minimum)12 credits
4000 level (maximum)12 credits

The above table represents basic requirements from the Graduate School. The Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics has additional restrictions:

  1. Courses less than 4000 level will not be counted.
  2. Grades less than a B (3.0) will not be counted.
  3. 3 math credits are required.
  4. Graduate Seminar (MEEM 6000), must be taken twice for a total of 2 credits.

Report Option (Plan B)

This option requires a report describing the results of an independent study project. The scope of the research topic should be defined in such a way that a full-time student could complete the requirements for a master’s degree in twelve months or three semesters following the completion of course work by regularly scheduling graduate research credits. The report must be prepared following the current procedures.

At least two weeks prior to the oral examination, students must

  • Schedule their examination using the Pre-defense form
  • Distribute the report to the examining committee

The Degree schedule form (M4) must be approved before a defense is scheduled.

Students must also report the results of the oral examination and submit a single paper copy of the corrected and approved report in a sturdy binder including an original signature page to the Graduate School.

Of the minimum total of 30 credits, at least 24 must be earned in course work other than the project.

Course work24 credits
Report2–6 credits
Total (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 level (minimum)12 credits
4000 level (maximum)12 credits

The above table represents basic requirements from the Graduate School. The Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics has additional restrictions:

  1. Courses less than 4000 level will not be counted.
  2. Grades less than a B (3.0) will not be counted.
  3. 3 math credits are required.
  4. Graduate Seminar (MEEM 6000), must be taken twice for a total of 2 credits.

Signature Course Work Option

Course work (minimum)30 credits
Distribution of course work credit 
5000–6000 level (minimum)18 credits
ME-EM-specific credits (minimum)15 credits

The above table represents basic requirements from the Graduate School. The Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics has additional restrictions:

  1. Courses less than 4000 level will not be counted.
  2. Grades less than a B (3.0) will not be counted.
  3. 3 math credits are required.
  4. Graduate Seminar (MEEM 6000), must be taken twice for a total of 2 credits.