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Mechanical Engineering MS

Edward C. Hensel, Department Head
(585) 475-2162, echeme@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/kgcoe/mechanical/program/graduate-ms/overview

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 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.

Curriculum

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

Mechanical engineering, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
MECE-601 Math I For Engineers 3
MECE-602 Math II For Engineers 3
  Focus Area Courses 9
  Electives 9
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 student’s technical and professional development interests. Examples of focus areas include controls, 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, mechanics, thermo-fluids, and controls.

Thesis

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 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:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university in mechanical engineering (or a related field),
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Have an GPA of 3.0 or higher,
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (minimum scores of 302 (V&Q) and 3.0 (writing) are required),
  • Submit two letters of reference from individuals well qualified to judge the candidate's ability for graduate study, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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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 45 quarter credit hours. A minimum of 36 quarter credit hours are to be earned in course work and 9 quarter credit hours of thesis. A maximum of 9 quarter 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. Upon matriculation into the MS program, the student should formulate a plan of study in consultation with his or her adviser.

Curriculum

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 quarter they are on campus. At least 28 quarter credit hours of graduate-level course work, including the core and focus area courses, must be taken in the mechanical engineering department. Eight quarter credit hours may be taken as upper-level undergraduate electives or as technical courses outside of the department, with prior approval. Typical out-of-department courses include advanced engineering, mathematics, and science courses.

Mechanical engineering, MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
0304-870 Mathematics for Engineers I 4
0304-871 Mathematics for Engineers II* 4
  Focus Area Courses 16
  Electives 12
0304-890 Thesis 9
0304-899 Graduate Seminar 0
Total Quarter Credit Hours 45

* An alternative course may be approved by an adviser and/or department head.

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 12 quarter 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, materials science, thermo/fluids, and mechanics/design.

Independant 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.

Thesis

Prior to completing 20 quarter credit hours of graduate work, students should prepare and present a formal thesis proposal to their faculty adviser. 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 quarter 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:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university in mechanical engineering or a related field,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Have an GPA of 3.0 or higher,
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (minimum scores of 1200 (V&Q) and 3.0 (writing) are required),
  • Submit two letters of reference from individuals well qualified to judge the candidate's ability for graduate study, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).