Mechanical Engineering

Masters Program

Master's Program in Mechanical Engineering

Degree Requirements

Mechanical Engineering Concentrations

  • Mechanics & Materials Concentration 
  • Thermofluids Concentration 
  • Energy Concentration 
  • Vibrations/Dynamics/Controls Concentration 
  • Design and Manufacturing Concentration 
  • Out-of-Department Concentrations

Energy Engineering Option

ME-Based Graduate Certificates 

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers both an Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) program and a combined BSE/MSE program. These programs offer a choice of either a thesis option or a non-thesis option. To receive the MSE degree requires a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours of acceptable graduate work, including nine (9) credit hours of research for the thesis option.

The entrance requirement for the MSE program is a BSE in Mechanical Engineering, or other engineering discipline, at an acceptable grade point average. Students with a non-ME bachelor’s degree can be required to take up to 5 undergraduate ME courses in order to ensure that the student has adequate background knowledge.

The student may register for thesis credits after submitting a thesis agreement signed by his/her thesis advisor to the graduate coordinator. Upon completing the thesis, the student is required to defend it orally before a committee of three faculty members including the advisor. The committee members must receive a completed version of the thesis manuscript at least 14 days before the thesis is defended.

Degree Requirements

All MSE degree candidates must satisfy each of the following five requirements. No course can count towards more than one requirement:

1. Three (3) credit hours of advanced mathematics from the following list:
a. 92.530 Applied Math I
b. 92.545 Partial Differential Equations
c. 24.539 (10.539) Mathematical Methods for Engineers

2. Three (3) credit hours of solid mechanics courses from the following list:
a. 22.562 Solid Mechanics I
b. 22.513 Finite Element Analysis I

3. Three (3) credit hours of thermofluid courses from the following list:
a. 22.542 Convective Heat and Mass Transfer
b. 10.528 Advanced Transport Phenomena
c. 22.581 Advanced Fluids
d. 22.546 Computational Thermofluids I

4. Nine (9) credit hours of course work in a Mechanical Engineering Concentration.

5. Either a. or b. below:

a. Thesis Option: Nine (9) credit hours of MS thesis, Plus, three (3) credit hours of course work approved by the thesis advisor. 

b. Non-Thesis Option: Twelve (12) credit hours of course work approved by the graduate coordinator.  Nine (9) of these credits may be taken in an Out-of-Department Concentration. In their first year non-thesis students must submit a plan of study to the graduate coordinator and obtain his/her approval. Any change to the submitted plan requires the approval of the graduate coordinator.   

Mechanical Engineering Concentrations

Mechanics & Materials Concentration:

22.512 Applied Finite Elements
22.513 Finite Element Analysis I
22.557 Microsystem Design
22.562 Solid Mechanics I
22.570 Polymer Nanocomposites
22.578 Advanced Materials
22.591 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
22.596 Composite Materials
22.597 Processing of Composites
22.601 Special Topics: Mechanics/Materials
22.614 Finite Element Analysis II
22.615 FEA of Composites
22.644 Plates and Shells
22.697 Structural Applications of Composite Materials

Thermofluids Concentration:

22.540 Heat Conduction 
22.542 Convective Heat and Mass Transfer 
22.545 Advanced Industrial Heat and Mass Transfer 
22.546 Computational Fluids I 
22.549 Cooling of Electronic Equipment 
22.553 MEMS & Microsystems 
22.583 Advanced Aerodynamics
22.584 Ocean Engineering
22.602 Special Topics: Thermofluids
10.528 Advanced Transport Phenomena

Energy Concentration:

22.521 Fundamentals of Solar Utilization
22.527 Solar Energy Engineering
24.509 Dynamic Systems 
16.528 Alternate Energy Sources
10.528 Advanced Transport Phenomena
24.505 Reactor Physics
24.507 Reactor Engineering and Safety Analysis

Vibrations/Dynamics/Controls Concentration:

22.513 Finite Element Analysis I
22.515 Modal Analysis
22.516 Experimental Modal Analysis
22.517 Structural Dynamics 
22.518 Data Acquisition and Signal Processing
22.524 Fundamentals of Acoustics 
22.550 Vibrations  
22.554 Dynamic Systems and Controls 
22.557 Microsystem Design
22.603 Special Topics: Vibration Dynamics
22.611 Matrix Methods 

Design and Manufacturing Concentration:

22.512 Applied Finite Elements 
22.549 Cooling of Electronic Equipment 
22.553 MEMS & Microsystems 
22.556 Stochastic Processes
22.557 Microsystem Design
22.571 Collaborative Engineering
22.573 Manufacturing Systems
22.574 Design for Reliability Engineering
22.575 Industrial Design of Experiments
22.576 Engineering Project Management
22.577 Event Driven Manufacturing 
22.579 Robotics
22.604 Special Topics: Manufacturing Engineering 

Out-of-Department Concentrations:

Non-thesis students can take nine (9) credit hours in an Out-of-department Concentration which will normally consist of nine (9) credit hours from one of the graduate certificates listed below. Students can suggest their own out-of-department concentration, but prior approval must be obtained from the graduate coordinator.

Courses from one of the following graduate certificates are acceptable:

Applied Statistics
Biomedical Engineering 
Biotechnology & Bioprocessing 
Communications Engineering 
Elastomeric Materials  
Energy Conversion 
Environmental Biotechnology 
Environmental Risk Assessment 
Foundations of Business 
Identification & Control of Ergonomic Hazards 
Integrated Engineering Systems 
Materials Sciences & Engineering 
Medical Plastics Design & Manufacturing 
Microwave and Wireless Engineering 
Modeling, Simulation, and Control of Systems and Processes 
Molecular & Cellular Biotechnology 
Nanotechnology 
New Venture Creation 
Plastics Design 
Plastics Materials 
Plastics Processing 
Stochastic Systems 
Sustainable Infrastructure for Developing Nations 
Telecommunications
VLSI & Microelectronics

Energy Engineering Option

The University offers a Master of Science degree in Energy Engineering. This unique area of concentration represents a separate multidisciplinary program that is administered jointly by the Mechanical Engineering Department (Solar Option) and the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department (Nuclear Option). The Energy Engineering Program has two M.S. degree options: Renewable (Solar) Engineering and Nuclear Engineering. Students interested in either of these program options should refer to the catalog section focused specifically on the Energy Engineering Program.

ME-Based Certificate Programs

Non-degree candidates who have a BS in engineering or a physical science are encouraged to apply to take a graduate certificate in which the ME department participates. A paper certificate will be awarded upon successful completion.

Bachelor's-Master's Program