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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 semester they are on campus.

Mechanical engineering, MS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013


Sem. Cr. Hrs.


Engineering Analysis



Focus Area Courses






Advanced Engineering Mathematics



MSME Thesis


  All full-time equilvalent students are required to register for Graduate Seminar every term that they are on campus.  


Graduate Seminar


Total Semester Credit Hours


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, materials science, 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, analytical mechanics, nonlinear mechanics, fracture mechanics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, control systems, optimal control, thermal stresses, composite materials, and biomechanics.


Prior to completing 24 semester 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 semester in which they have registered for thesis credit. Students are required to deliver a successful written and oral presentation of their thesis.

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