The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers both Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) program and a combined BSE/MSE program. These programs offer a choice of either a thesis track or a non-thesis track. 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 track.
The entrance requirement for the MSE program is a BSE in Mechanical Engineering, or other engineering discipline, at an acceptable grade point average providing strong performance in mathematics and science courses. 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.
Students on the thesis track 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 at least 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.
All MSE degree candidates must satisfy each of the following four requirements. No course can count towards more than one requirement:
Mechanical Engineering Concentrations (for student on non-thesis track)
1. Mechanics & Materials Concentration:
2. Thermofluids Concentration:
3. Energy Concentration:
4. Vibrations/Dynamics/Controls Concentration:
5. Design and Manufacturing Concentration:
Students on a non-thesis track can take nine (9) credit hours in a second concentration which will normally consist of nine (9) credit hours from one of the graduate certificates listed below. Students can suggest their own secondconcentration, but prior approval must be obtained from the graduate coordinator.
Courses from one of the following graduate certificates offered out of the ME department are acceptable:
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.