Mechanical Engineering MS


Graduate Admissions Counselor

Katie Beczak
585-475-6768, kmbges@rit.edu


Department Contact

Michael Schrlau, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
585-475-2139, mgseme@rit.edu


Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? No
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Fall/Spring
Entrance Exam GRE
Other
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 79
IELTS 6.5
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 science degree in mechanical engineering consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours (24 credit hours of course work and 6 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 student’s 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.

Plan of study

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

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 credit hours of graduate study in mechanical engineering and be related to the student’s technical and professional development interests. Examples of focus areas include controls, thermo/fluids, and mechanics/design/materials.

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, mechanics, thermo-fluids, and controls.

Thesis

Students 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 before students can register for Thesis (MECE-790). Students are required to submit a written thesis and orally present their thesis work.

Curriculum

Mechanical engineering, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
ENGR-707 Engineering Analysis 3
ENGR-709 Advanced Engineering Mathematics 3
  Graduate Focus Courses 9
  Electives 9
MECE-790 Thesis 6
MECE-795 Graduate Seminar 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

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

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS 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 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 scores from the GRE. Minimum scores of 302 (V&Q) and 3.0 (writing) and required.
  • 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.

Career Outcomes

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