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Master of Science Curriculum & Courses

Graduate Courses

Mechanical Engineering Core Courses

Click here to see the plan of Mechanical Engineering graduate course offerings for the next several semesters by core area. Summer courses may change subject to availability of funds. In addition to the core courses listed above, the ME department offers advanced courses on other special topics (see graduate catalog for a complete listing of all mechanical engineering courses).

Mathematics Courses

The following Mechanical Engineering courses can be used to satisfy the mathematics requirement for MS students:

Filing an Official Degree Program

All MS students must submit the degree program form to the Graduate School before the second semester of enrollment (this will be enforced by placing a hold on students records). The form (obtained from the links below) must be completed using Microsoft Word and sent as an email attachment to the Graduate Assistant in the Advising Office. Please read the following instructions before completing the form: Guidelines for Degree Plans.

Once this form is approved by the student’s Faculty Advisor, the Graduate Advisor and the Graduate School, the courses listed on this form become the Official Degree Program for the student, and deviations can only be made when properly justified. Students are therefore urged to work closely with their Faculty Advisor when submitting this form. Please note that the department is not required to accept any courses taken after the initial semester of attendance unless they have been previously approved as part of the Official Degree Program.

Thesis Option

The following describes the program requirements specific to the thesis option. For requirements shared by all MS students, please see the Master of Science program overview page.

  1. The thesis option requires a minimum total of 30 credit hours, consisting of a minimum of 24 hours of course-work, and six hours of ME 6000 Master's Thesis.
  2. Nine hours of course-work must be selected from the designated courses in the students’ selected major area.
  3. At least six hours of course-work must be in the designated breadth areas (breadth areas are areas outside the students’ core area, but within Mechanical Engineering).
  4. All Masters Students are required to take 6 hours of advanced mathematics.
  5. In addition to the core and breadth courses, students must take an additional 3  hours of graduate level course-work designated as graduate free elective. These free electives could be selected from any of the areas inside the ME department, other engineering departments, and/or sciences (up to three hours may be independent study or special topics).
  6. In situations where the students’ thesis is highly interdisciplinary and requires extensive course work outside the department, the two breadth courses and the additional free elective may all be taken in other departments or colleges as needed. The faculty advisor must notify the graduate advisor of this necessity in written.
  7. Time required to complete the thesis option Master's degree is usually between 18 and 24 months.
  8. Students pursuing a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering with a thesis option must submit to the graduate school a written thesis that is approved by the students’ Advisor and Advisory Committee. The Master's thesis represents the results of original and significant research work in Mechanical Engineering conducted by the student under the supervision of the Faculty Advisor and Advisory Committee.

    The date and place of the defense presentation must be advertised two weeks in advance of the defense and the presentation must be open to the public. Failure to follow these guidelines may delay graduation.
  9. Thesis defense is the final examination for the MS program with thesis option in Mechanical Engineering.

Report Option

The following describes the program requirements specific to the report option. For requirements shared by all MS students, please see the Master of Science program overview page.

  1. The report option requires a minimum of 36 hours consisting of 33 hours of course-work and three hours of ME 6301, Masterʼs report.
  2. Nine hours of course-work must be selected from the designated courses in the students’ selected major area.
  3. At least six hours of course-work must be in the designated breadth areas (breadth areas are areas outside the students’ core area, but within Mechanical Engineering).
  4. All Masters Students are required to take 6 hours of advanced mathematics.
  5. In addition to the core and breadth courses, students must take an additional 9 hours of graduate level course-work designated as graduate free elective. These free electives could be selected from any of the areas inside the ME department, other engineering departments, and/or sciences (up to three hours may be independent study or special topics).

Coursework Option

The following describes the program requirements specific to the coursework option. For requirements shared by all MS students, please see the Master of Science program overview page.

  1. The coursework option requires a minimum of 36 hours consisting entirely of coursework.
  2. Nine hours of course-work must be selected from the designated courses in the students’ selected major area.
  3. At least six hours of course-work must be in the designated breadth areas (breadth areas are areas outside the students’ core area, but within Mechanical Engineering).
  4. All Masters Students are required to take 6 hours of advanced mathematics.
  5. In addition to the core and breadth courses, students must take an additional 15 hours of graduate level course-work designated as graduate free elective. These free electives could be selected from any of the areas inside the ME department, other engineering departments, and/or sciences (up to three hours may be independent study or special topics).
  6. The MS course-work only option requires a Comprehensive examination to be administered by the ME departmental Graduate Advisor. The exam will be geared on courses taken by the student toward the student's selected program. Coursework students should check with the Graduate Advisor regarding the format of the exam
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