Michael Schrlau, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
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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.
The MS 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|ENGR-709||Advanced Engineering Mathematics||3|
|Graduate Focus Courses||9|
|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.
To be considered for admission to the MS program in mechanical engineering, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
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