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 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 provided having 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 option 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. 22.520 Numerical Methods fro Partial Differential Equations
b. 24.539 (10.539) Mathematical Methods for Engineers
d. 92.545 Partial Differential Equations
c. 92.530 Applied Math I

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

3. Three (3) credit hours of thermofluid courses from the following list:
a. 22.540 Heat Conduction
b. 22.542 Convective Heat and Mass Transfer 
c. 22.559 Multi-Scale Computational fluid Dynamics I
d. 22.581 Advanced Fluids 
e. 10.528 Advanced Transport Phenomena

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

1. Mechanics & Materials Concentration:

22.512 Applied Finite Elements
22.513 Finite Element Analysis I
22.514 Finite Element Analysis of Composites 
22.562 Solid Mechanics I
22.569 Fracture Mechanics
22.570 Polymer Nanocomposites
22.591 Mechanical Behavior of Materials 
22.614 Finite Element Analysis II
22.601 Special Topics: Mechanics/Materials
22.597 Processing of Composites
22.596 Composite Materials

2. Thermofluids Concentration:

22.540 Heat Conduction 
22.542 Convective Heat and Mass Transfer 
22.545 Advanced Industrial Heat and Mass Transfer 
22.549 Cooling of Electronic Equipment 
22.553 MEMS & Microsystems 
22.558 Aero/Wind Engineering
22.559 Multi-Scale Computational Fluid Dynamics I
22.560 Multi-Scale Computational Fluid Dynamics II
22.581 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
22.583 Advanced Aerodynamics
10.528 Advanced Transport Phenomena
22.584 Ocean Engineering

3. Energy Concentration:

22.504 Energy Engineering Workshop
22.521 Solar Fundamentals
22.525 Grid-Connected Solar Electric Systems
22.526 Transport Processes in Energy Systems 
22.527 Solar Energy Engineering
22.528 Photovoltaics Manufacturing
22.534 Green Combustion and Biofuels 
10.528 Advanced Transport Phenomena
24.505 Reactor Physics
24.507 Reactor Engineering and Safety Analysis
24.509 Dynamics Systems

4. Vibrations/Dynamics/Controls Concentration:

22.510 Dynamics and Diagnostics of Rotating Machinery
22.513 Finite Element Analysis I
22.515 Modal Analysis
22.516 Experimental Modal Analysis
22.518 Signal Processing Techniques 
22.524 Fundamentals of Acoustics
22.530 Autonomous Robotic Systems
22.550 Vibrations  
22.554 Dynamic Systems and Controls 
22.579 Robotics
22.603 Special Topics: Vibration Dynamics
22.611 Matrix Methods
16.513 Control System
16.584 Probability and Random Processes

5. Design and Manufacturing Concentration:

22.512 Applied Finite Elements 
22.549 Cooling of Electronic Equipment 
22.553 MEMS & Microsystems 
22.571 Collaborative Engineering
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

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 offered out of the ME department 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 
New Venture Creation 
Plastics Design 
Plastics Materials 
Plastics Processing 
Stochastic Systems 
Sustainable Infrastructure for Developing Nations 
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