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Mechanical Engineering MS

Program overview

The master of science degree in mechanical engineering is awarded upon successful completion of an approved graduate program consisting of a minimum of 30 semester credit hours (24 semester credit hours of course work and 6 semester credit hours of thesis). A limited number of credit hours may be transferred from graduate courses taken outside the university, provided such courses complement a studentís proposed graduate program in the mechanical engineering department. An adviser will review course work for possible transfer credit. Upon matriculation into the MS program, the student should formulate a plan of study in consultation with an adviser.


The program includes core courses, focus area courses, elective courses, and a thesis. All full-time MS students are required to attend the weekly graduate seminar each semester they are on campus.

Mechanical engineering, MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
MECE-601 Math I For Engineers 3
  Focus Area Courses 9
  Electives 6
MECE-602 Math II For Engineers 3
MECE-790 MSME Thesis 6
MECE-795 Graduate Seminar 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Focus area courses

All students must develop a focus area of study, with prior approval from their adviser and the department head. The focus area should consist of at least 9 semester credit hours of graduate study in mechanical engineering and be related to the studentís technical and professional development interests. Examples of focus areas include controls, materials science, thermo/fluids, and mechanics/design.

Independent study

A student also may earn a limited number of credits by doing an independent study with guidance from a member of the graduate faculty. Areas for independent study include selected topics in applied mathematics, analytical mechanics, nonlinear mechanics, fracture mechanics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, control systems, optimal control, thermal stresses, composite materials, and biomechanics.


Students should prepare and present a formal thesis proposal to their faculty adviser prior to completing their course work. An acceptable proposal (including a statement of work, extensive literature search, and proposed timeline), signed by the student and approved by their faculty adviser and department head, is required prior to registering for thesis credits. Students must form a graduate thesis committee in coordination with their adviser and present their proposal to their committee for review and approval during the first semester in which they have registered for thesis credit. Students are required to deliver a successful written and oral presentation of their thesis.

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in mechanical engineering, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

Career Outcomes

Job Titles

Mechanical engineer, design engineer, manufacturing engineer, systems engineer, R&D specialist, product/process engineer, project engineer, consulting engineer, application/sales engineer, project engineer


Machine/system design (incl. DFM/A; modeling), product R&D, capital project coordination, field engineering functions, manufacturing process development, Q.A. programs, controls specification/development, maintenance program development

Recent Employers

Ariel Corporation, Bausch & Lomb, Boeing, Borg Warner Morse TEC, Constellation Energy, Cummins Engine, Delphi, Fisher Price, General Dynamics, Getinge, Hamilton Sundstrand, Harris RF, Honda R&D, Impact Technologies, ITT, Johnson & Johnson, Lighting Services, Lockheed Martin, Lord Corporation, Moog, NASA, Parker Hannifin, PPC, Precision Castparts (PCC), Special Metals Corp, The Raymond Corporation, Toyota, Vicor, Wegmans Food Markets, Welch Allyn, Xerox,

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