Degree requirements

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

  • Plan A (thesis option): A minimum of 32 credits in course work including an eight-credit thesis.
  • Plan C (course work option): A minimum of 32 credits in course work.

Plan A: thesis option

  • 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.
  • ME 5000 - Engineering Analysis I (4 cr) is a required core course
  • A max of 8 Cr. may be taken from other Departments in Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics Department *excluding Engineering Technology
  • A max of 4 credits can be taken in Directed Studies (ME 5990)
  • A minimum of 4 courses should be taken from one of the three thrust areas of the ME Department

MS Thesis Timeline

Plan C: course work option

  • A minimum of 12 credits should be taken at the 7000-level. At least 8 credits should be selected from the ME curriculum.
  • ME 5000 - Engineering Analysis I (4 cr) is a required core course
  • A max of 8 Cr. may be taken from other Departments in Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics Department *excluding Engineering Technology
  • A max of 4 credits can be taken in Directed Studies (ME 5990)
  • A minimum of 4 courses 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 Program Director and the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS).  ME 6991  - Internship In Industry credits must be taken in addition to the minimum 32 credits required for the MSME under either plan A or plan C.  Students are eligible to enroll in ME 6991 after successfully completing 16 credits in their Graduate program.

Graduation and Enrollment Requirements

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 of C and no more than two courses can be repeated throughout the MSME program. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College governing graduate scholarship and degrees; see sections beginning under Academic Regulations, Graduate and Aca­demic Regulations for the College of Engineering, respectively. Thesis credit requirements are met by satisfactory completion of ME 8999. Course descriptions are available in the University Bulletin

All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of Graduate School and the College governing graduate scholarship and degrees and students must pass every course with a grade of B- or better.

Graduate students may register for a maximum of 8 credits unless they have permission from the Graduate Program Officer.