Mechanical Engineering (M.S.)

Program specializations at the master’s degree level may be undertaken in many areas, including acoustics, vibrations, machine tool design, biomechanics, combustion engines, controls, composite materials, and fluid and solid mechanics, among others. These program specializations are available to both part-time and full-time students, in either research or non-research degree programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School.


The master’s degree in mechanical engineering is offered under the following options:

Plan A: A minimum of thirty-two credits in course work including an eight-credit thesis.

Plan C: A minimum of thirty-two credits in course work.

Students can choose up to three semesters of internship with the permission of both the ME Graduate Advisor and the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). ME 6991 credits must be taken in addition to the minimum 32 credits required for the MSME under either plan A or plan C.

Credit distribution includes: at least twenty-four credits in mechanical engineering courses, including a minimum of two courses on the 7000-level for Plan A students in addition to their MS thesis and three courses on the 7000-level courses for Plan C students. Directed study and directed research courses (ME 7990 and ME 7996) cannot be counted toward satisfying the 7000-level course requirement. A maximum of four credits in directed study or directed research (ME 5990, ME 7990 and ME 7996) can be applied towards the degree. Every master's degree student must select at least four courses from one of the following thrust areas: Noise and Vibration Control, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing, Advanced Propulsion & Energy Systems. In addition, a minimum of four credits in a math intensive course is required. The math intensive course may be taken from the following suggested list:

ME 5400Dynamics II4
ME 5410Vibrations II4
ME 5440Industrial Noise Control4
ME 5460Fundamentals in Acoustics and Noise Control4
ME 6550Modeling and Control of Dynamic Systems4
ME 5100Quantitative Physiology4
ME 5160Musculoskeletal Biomechanics4
ME 5620Fracture Mechanics in Engineering Design4
ME 5700Fundamentals of Mechanics4
ME 5720Mechanics of Composite Materials4
ME 5300Intermediate Fluid Mechanics4
ME 5800Combustion Engines4
MAT 5070Elementary Analysis4
MAT 5220Partial Differential Equations4
MAT 5230Complex Variables and Applications4
MAT 5410Applied Linear Algebra4

Thesis credit requirements are met by satisfactory completion of ME 8999. The overall GPA for completing MSME Degree is B or better with no more than two courses with grades of C. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Engineering.