Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

A graduate program of study leading to a degree of Master of Science in Engineering is offered. The objective of this program is to enhance the student's professional skills through a deeper understanding of the principles of mechanical engineering and their applications. The Master of Science in Engineering degree requires a thesis and offers the opportunity for independent investigation and creative research.

General Requirements

All courses taken for graduate credit in this program shall be selected from those listed in the Graduate Bulletin and the choices are subject to the approval of the advisors.

Curriculum Requirements

Courses Credits
Minimum semester hours in Mechanical Engineering, excluding thesis 12 hours
Minimum semester hours outside Mechanical Engineering 6 hours
Semester hours of thesis 6 hours
Minimum semester hours of at least 7000-level courses (excluding thesis), including one graduate-level Thermal/Fluids course and one Solid Mechanics course 15 hours
Minimum semester hours of 6000-level or 7000-level Mathematics 3 hours
Maximum semester hours of approved 6000-level courses 9 hours
Maximum semester hours of independent study 3 hours
Minimum Total Hours 30 hours

Upon completion of the thesis, the student must pass a comprehensive oral examination. After consulting with the student, the advisor recommends, for the Graduate Dean's approval, an oral examination committee consisting of the advisor and two other graduate faculty members. At least one member of this committee must be from outside the Mechanical Engineering faculty and may be a qualified expert in the research area from outside the University. The comprehensive oral examination covers the student's entire graduate program with emphasis on the research work and content of the thesis.