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

Applicants must apply for admission into the MSME program online at: gradapply.wayne.edu. The applicant must have a bachelor's degree from an ABET accredited institution in the United States or a comparable degree from an officially recognized institution outside the United States to apply for graduate admission. He/she must have adequate preparation and discernible ability to pursue graduate study in the selected major field.

All applicants for the MSME program whose B.S. degree is not from an ABET-accredited university are required to submit his/her scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). International applicants are required to submit a WES Evaluation for their transcripts. Note that the official transcript evaluation must be transmitted directly from WES to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Along with the application, the applicant must upload an official transcript from every college and/or university attended. All students who have earned degrees from a country where English is not the native language must have a minimum score of 79 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or 550 from a paper-based TOEFL (pBT) or IELTS score of 6.5.

To be admitted into the ME graduate programs, an applicant must satisfy all Graduate School requirements that are listed at https://wayne.edu/admissions/graduate/admission-requirements/. In addition, a regular admission for Master's degree may be authorized if the applicant's grade point average (GPA) is 3.0/4.0 or better and if he/she holds a degree from an ABET accredited or equivalent institution. Students with an overall GPA between 2.8 and 3.0 out of 4.0 in their BSME degree program will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students with degrees in fields other than Mechanical Engineering or degrees from non-accredited institutions may be admitted to the post-bachelor program where students will be expected to complete a set of assigned courses with a grade B or better in each course. The set of assigned courses will be selected from the following list of courses based on the student’s field of interest:

ME 2200Thermodynamics3
ME 2410Statics3
ME 2420Elementary Mechanics of Materials3
ME 3300Fluid Mechanics: Theory and Laboratory4
ME 3400Dynamics3
ME 4300Thermal Fluid Systems Design4
ME 4150Design of Machine Elements4
ME 4500Mechanical Engineering Design II4

A successful completion of all post-bachelor program requirements will earn the student a regular admission to the Master's degree program in Mechanical Engineering.

All applicants must pay the $50 Application Fee. Note that your application will not be assessed until all necessary items are submitted via our online application at gradapply.wayne.edu. For questions about your application or requirements, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator Ms. Ellen Cope at (313) 577-0409 or escope@wayne.edu and include your Access ID or Application ID. For additional questions, please contact Professor and Chair Dr. Nabil Chalhoub at ab9714@wayne.edu.

 

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

Plan A (Thesis Option): A minimum of thirty-two credits in course work including an eight-credit thesis.
This program requires a minimum of 32 semester credits that can be selected as follows

  • ME 8999 - MS Thesis (8 Cr.)
  • A minimum of 8 credits (2 courses) should be taken at the 7000-level. At least 4 credits should be selected from the ME curriculum. Directed study and directed research courses (ME 7990 and ME 7996) cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • ME 5000 - Engineering Analysis I (4 Cr.) is a required core course
  • A maximum of 8 credits may be taken from other Departments in Engineering (excluding Engineering Technology), Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics Departments
  • A maximum of 4 credits may be taken in Directed Studies (ME 5990)
  • A minimum of 4 courses (16 Cr.) should be taken from one of the three thrust areas of the ME Department

Plan C (Coursework Option): A minimum of thirty-two credits in course work.
This program requires a minimum of 32 semester credits that can be selected as follows

  • A minimum of 12 credits should be taken at the 7000-level. At least 8 credits should be selected from the ME curriculum. Directed study and directed research courses (ME 7990 and ME 7996) cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • ME 5000 - Engineering Analysis I (4 Cr.) is a required core course
  • A maximum of 8 credits may be taken from other Departments in Engineering (excluding Engineering Technology), Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics Departments
  • A maximum of 4 credits may be taken in Directed Studies (ME 5990)
  • A minimum of 4 courses (16 Cr.) should be taken from one of the three thrust areas of the ME Department.

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. The student is responsible for arranging the internship in the industry. Students are eligible to enroll in ME 6991 after successfully completing 16 credits in their graduate program.

Course Group Requirements
The Department of Mechanical Engineering has three research thrust areas, namely the "Noise and Vibration Control", the "Advanced Materials and Manufacturing", and the "Advanced Propulsion and Energy Systems". In addition, many Biomedical Engineering courses are cross listed with ME courses and are available for ME Graduate students to take and be considered towards their degree. Graduate students must select a field of study in one of the three thrust areas of the ME Department.
All MSME students must select at least four courses from one of the three thrust areas listed above. The core course (ME 5000) is considered to be one of the four courses required from the selected thrust area.

Courses offered in the Noise and Vibration Control Thrust area are:

MAT 5000Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics and Proof Writing3
ME 5115Fundamentals of Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering4
ME 5400Dynamics II4
ME 5410Vibrations II4
ME 5425Analysis of Vibration Movements and Instrumentation4
ME 5440Industrial Noise Control4
ME 5460Fundamentals in Acoustics and Noise Control4
ME 5990Directed Study1-4
ME 5995Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering I1-4
ME 6550Modeling and Control of Dynamic Systems4
ME 7315Electric-drive Vehicle Modeling and Simulation4
ME 7400Advanced Dynamics4
ME 7410Vibrations of Continuous Systems4
ME 7420Random Vibrations4
ME 7440Signal Processing Technologies and Their Applications 4
ME 7460Advanced Acoustics and Noise Control4
ME 7480Nonlinear Vibration4
ME 7550Control of Dynamic Systems4
ME 7590Nonlinear Control Systems4
MAT 8999Master's Thesis Research and Direction1-8

Courses offered in the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Thrust area are:

ME 5000Engineering Analysis I4
ME 5040Finite Element Methods I4
ME 5453Automotive Manufacturing Systems and Processes4
ME 5580Computer-Aided Mechanical Design4
ME 5620Fracture Mechanics in Engineering Design4
ME 5700Fundamentals of Mechanics4
ME 5720Mechanics of Composite Materials4
ME 5730Tribology and Lubrication Technology4
ME 5990Directed Study1-4
ME 5995Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering I1-4
ME 7020Finite Element Methods II4
ME 7451Advanced Manufacturing II: Material Forming4
ME 7610Theory of Elasticity4
ME 7680Manufacturing Processing Mechanics4
ME 7720Advanced Mechanics of Composite Materials4
ME 7820Engineering Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) Methods and Industrial Applications4
ME 8020Crashworthiness and Occupant Protection in Transportation Systems I4
ME 8030Crashworthiness and Occupant Protection in Transportation Systems II4
ME 8999Master's Thesis Research and Direction1-8

Courses offered in the Advanced Propulsion and Energy Systems Thrust area are:

ME 5000Engineering Analysis I4
ME 5110Fundamental Fuel Cell Systems4
ME 5210Convective and Radiative Heat Transfer4
ME 5215Fundamentals of Battery Systems for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles4
ME 5300Intermediate Fluid Mechanics4
ME 5700Fundamentals of Mechanics4
ME 5800Combustion Engines4
ME 5810Combustion and Emissions4
ME 5820Thermal Environmental Engineering4
ME 5990Directed Study1-4
ME 5995Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering I1-4
ME 7260Heat and Mass Transfer4
ME 7290Advanced Combustion and Emissions I4
ME 7300Advanced Fluid Mechanics4
ME 7310Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer4
ME 7850Dynamics and Vibration of Automotive Engines4
ME 8290Advanced Combustion and Emissions II4
ME 8999Master's Thesis Research and Direction1-8

Cross-listed courses with Biomedical Engineering are:

ME 5100Quantitative Physiology4
ME 5160Musculoskeletal Biomechanics4
ME 5170Design of Human Rehabilitation Systems4
ME 5180Introduction to Biomaterials4
ME 6180Biomedical Instrumentation4
ME 7100Mathematical Modeling in Impact Biomechanics4
ME 7160Impact Biomechanics4
ME 7180Advanced Topics in Biomaterials and Tissue Biomechanics4
ME 7195Tissue Biomechanics4

Student Performance Requirements

  • A grade of B or better must be earned for the core course ME 5000Engineering Analysis I.
  • The Graduate GPA will be calculated using all graduate courses taken at Wayne State University. It must always be maintained at 3.0/4.0 or better; otherwise, the student will be placed under academic probation.
  • Students on academic probation have one semester to raise their GPA to at least 3.0/4.0. Failure to do so will result in the student being excluded from the ME graduate program.

The overall GPA for completing MSME Degree is 3.0/4.0 or higher (i.e, “B” grade or better) with no more than two courses with grades less than C and no more than two courses can be repeated throughout the MSME program. A passing grade for any course is “B-” or better with the exception of the core course (ME 5000, which must be passed with a grade of “B”. Thesis credit requirements are met by satisfactory completion of ME 8999. Note that three "C+" or lower grades will result in termina­tion of the student from the ME graduate program. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College governing graduate scholarship and degrees.

Graduate students may register for a maximum of 8 credits per semester unless they have permission from the ME Director of Graduate Studies. 

All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Engineering.

MS Thesis 

The Master's Thesis Committee will consist of three graduate faculty members from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, including the advisor. Upon approval by the ME Director of Graduate Studies, one graduate faculty member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering may be replaced by a member from another department.

The Master's Thesis Committee will administer the final oral examination.

A public final oral examination based on the MS thesis is required.  The examination will be administered by the advisor and two other graduate faculty members from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. One ME member of the thesis committee may be replaced by a non-ME graduate faculty, if the thesis topic is multi-disciplinary, with the approval of the ME Director of Graduate Studies. Passing of the examination requires a majority vote of the committee. 

Time Limitations

Students have a six-year time limit to complete all requirements for the Master's degree.  The six-year period starts at the beginning of the semester during which the student has taken work that applies toward meeting the requirements of the degree.  The College of Engineering reserves the right of re-validation of over-age credits. In re-validation cases the advisor and the student must set a terminal date for completion of all degree requirements, including such additional requirements as may be prescribed to re-validate the over-age credits. Time extensions beyond these conditions are authorized only for conditions clearly beyond the student's control.

In work counted toward a Master's degree, no credit may be more than six years old at the time all requirements are completed.  A time extension may be authorized by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Engineering with the approval of the ME Department Chairman, but only for conditions which are clearly beyond the control of the student.  Upon recommendation of the advisor and approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Engineering, a student may arrange for re-validation of over-age credits which are between six and ten years old and which represent courses completed at Wayne State University.  Credits from other institutions may not be re-validated.  A special examination fee is charged for course re-validations.

Graduation

Each degree candidate must file an Application for Degree at the beginning of the semester in which he/she plans to complete degree requirements at https://reg.wayne.edu/students/degrees. The candidate should consult the academic calendar of the Graduate Division Bulletin. If an application for a degree was filed for a previous semester in which the student did not graduate, a new application is necessary.