Mechanical Engineering ME

Graduate Admissions Counselor

Katie Beczak

Department Contact

Michael Schrlau, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director

Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? No
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Fall/Spring
Entrance Exam None
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 79
PTE Academic 58


Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

Program overview

The master of engineering in mechanical engineering is intended to be a terminal degree program designed for those who do not expect to pursue a doctoral degree but who wish to become a leader within the mechanical engineering field. This program is particularly well-suited for students who wish to study part time, for those interested in updating their technical skills, or for those who are not focused on a research-oriented master of science degree, which requires a thesis. A conventional thesis is not required for the program. In its place, students complete a capstone experience, which may be a design project leadership course or a well-organized and carefully chosen industrial internship. A research methods course may also fulfill the capstone experience; however, this option is primarily intended for students who are considering transitioning to the MS program in mechanical engineering. (Courses taken within the ME program are transferrable to the MS program.)

Plan of study

The program requires 30 credit hours. In addition to the two required courses, students choose three courses from nine different focus areas and four elective courses. All full-time equivalent students are required to attend graduate seminar weekly for each semester they are on campus. Up to three courses may be taken outside the mechanical engineering department. Students may complete the program's requirements within one calendar year with summer study. Students may also augment their education through cooperative education employment opportunities. Although co-op is not a requirement of the program, it provides students an opportunity to gain valuable employment experience within the field.


Mechanical engineering, ME degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
ENGR-707 Engineering Analysis 3
ENGR-709 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 3
  Graduate Focus Courses  9
  Electives 12
Choose one of the following: 3
   MECE-730    Design Project Leadership*  
   MECE-777    Internship†  
   MECE-792    Project‡  
   MECE-701    Research Methods§  
MECE-795 Graduate Seminar  
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Graduate Seminar (MECE-795) is a 0 credit course required for all full-time and full-time equivalent students.

* Design Project Leadership (MECE-730) is reserved only for students enrolled in the accelerated BS/M.Eng. program.

† Internship (MECE-777) is optional for all ME students.

‡ Project (MECE-792) is an option for all ME students and students enrolled in the accelerated BS/MEng program.

§ Research Methods (MECE-701) is intended for students planning to transition to the MS degree.

Focus areas

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
Automotive systems
Choose three of the following:
   ISEE-740    Design for Manufacture and Assembly 3
   MECE-623    Powertrain Systems and Design 3
   MECE-624    Vehicle Dynamics 3
   MECE-643    Classical Controls 3
   MECE-658    Introduction to Engineering Vibrations 3
   MECE-739    Alternative Fuels and Energy Efficiency 3
   MECE-752    Tribology Fundamentals 3
ACCT-703 Accounting for Decision Makers 3
MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership 3
Choose one of the following:  
   ACCT-706    Cost Management 3
   INTB-730    Managing in a Global Environment 3
   MGMT-735    Management of Innovation in Products and Services 3
MECE-643 Classical Controls 3
Choose two of the following:
   EEEE-661    Modern Control Theory 3
   EEEE-733    Robust Control 3
   EEEE-765    Optimal Control 3
   MECE-606    Systems Modeling 3
   MECE-743    Digital Controls 3
   MECE-744    Nonlinear Controls 3
Choose three of the following
   ISEE-626    Contemporary Production Systems 3
   ISEE-720    Production Control 3
   ISEE-740    Design for Manufacture and Assembly 3
   ISEE-741    3D Printing 3
   ISEE-745    Manufacturing Systems 3
   MECE-643    Classical Controls 3
Mechanics design/Materials
Choose three of the following:
   MECE-605    Finite Materials 3
   MECE-620    Introduction to Optimal Design 3
   MECE-623    Powertrain Systems and Design 3
   MECE-644    Introduction to Composite Materials 3
   MECE-657    Applied Biomaterials 3
   MECE-752    Tribology Fundamentals 3
   MECE-785    Advanced Mechanics of Materials 3
Product development
Choose three of the following:
   ISEE-741    3D Printing 3
   ISEE-750    Systems and Project Management 3
   ISEE-751    Decision and Risk Benefit Analysis 3
   ISEE-771    Engineering Systems I 3
   ISEE-772    Engineering Systems II 3
Choose three of the following:
   MECE-629    Renewable Energy Systems 3
   MECE-733    Sustainable Energy Management 3
   MECE-739    Alternative Fuels and Energy Efficiency 3
   ISEE-785    Fundamentals of Sustainable Engineering 3
   ISEE-786    Life Cycle Assessment 3
   ISEE-787    Design for the Environment 3
Thermo/Fluids engineering
MCSE-610 Applied Biofluid Mechanics and Microcirculation 3
MECE-731 Computational Fluid Dynamics 3
MECE-738 Ideal Flows 3
MECE-751 Convective Phenomena 3
Vibrations engineering
MECE-658 Introduction to Engineering Vibrations 3
MECE-758 Intermediate Engineering Vibrations 3
Choose one of the following:
   EEEE-602    Random Signals and Noise 3
   EEEE-678    Digital Signal Processing 3
   MECE-606    System Modeling 3


Admission requirements

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

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in mechanical engineering, physics, or a related field.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • International students are required to submit scores from the GRE. Minimum scores of 302 (V&Q) and 3.0 (writing) and required.
  • Domestic applicants are not required to take the GRE.

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