The master of engineering in mechanical engineering is a 30 semester credit hour degree program and is intended to be a terminal degree program designed for those who do not expect to pursue a doctoral degree but are expected to be a leader within the mechanical engineering field. This degree is particularly well-suited for students who wish to study part time, those interested in updating their technical skills, and those not focused on a research-oriented master of science thesis. A conventional thesis is not required for master of engineering degree program and is replaced by a choice of the capstone experience. The capstone experience may be a design project leadership course, a well-organized and carefully chosen industrial internship, or an independent study project. A research methods course may also fulfill the capstone experience; however, is primarily intended for students who wish to transition to the master of science program in mechanical engineering. Courses taken within the master of engineering are transferrable to the master of science program in mechanical engineering. Students choose from ten different focus areas (3 courses in a focus area) and 4 elective courses in addition to the 2 required courses. Up to 3 courses may be taken outside the mechanical engineering department. Students may complete the program degree requirements within one calendar year with summer study. Students may also augment their education through graduate non-mandatory coop employment opportunities with our vast number of industry partners while completing their studies at RIT. Although graduate coop is not required for completion of the master of engineering degree it does give students an opportunity to gain and seek employment and receive a real-world experience/skill set while studying at RIT.