Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering prepares students for future engineering practice that requires a higher level of mastery in mechanical engineering. It is best suited for individuals with backgrounds in mechanical engineering or related areas such as materials science or physics. The degree includes courses in computer-based modeling, advanced mechanics of materials, control of dynamics systems, thermal-fluid systems, and mechanical behavior of materials as well as a limited number of additional courses in science, mathematics, or engineering.

The degree is offered with thesis and non-thesis options. All students are required to complete graduate coursework as defined below.

  • Students in the thesis option must earn a total of 24 credit hours in concentration and elective courses (with a minimum of 15 credit hours of concentration courses), two credit hours in graduate seminar and six credit hours of master’s thesis, for a minimum of 32 total credit hours.
  • Students in the non-thesis option must earn a total of 30 credit hours in concentration and elective courses (with a minimum of 18 credit hours of concentration courses), one credit hour in graduate seminar and three credit hours of a graduate research project, for a minimum of 34 total credit hours.

Students must complete one of the following two options:

Option 1- Research option (thesis)

The research option requires completion of a minimum of 32 credit hours of graduate study and any additional hours needed to satisfy prerequisites. The distribution of hours is summarized as follows:

Concentration and elective courses - see below (minimum of 15 credit hours of concentration courses) 1 - 24 hours total

Graduate Seminar (take twice) - MME 610 - 1 hour each (2 hours total)

Research for Master's Thesis - MME 700 - 6 hours

Total Credit Hours - 32

1 At least 3 credit hours must be MME 600-level from the list of concentration courses.

Option 2 - Course intensive option (non-thesis)

The course intensive option requires the completion of a minimum of 34 credit hours and any additional hours needed to satisfy prerequisites. The distribution of hours is summarized as follows:

Concentration and elective courses - see below (minimum of 18 credit hours of concentration courses) 1 - 30 hours total

Non-Thesis Project - MME 704 - 3 hours

Graduate Seminar - MME 610 - 1 hour

Total Credit Hours - 32

1 At least 3 credit hours must be MME 600-level from the list of concentration courses

Concentration courses

MME 503 Heat Transfer (3) 1

MME 512 Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3) 1

MME 513 Introduction to Compressible Flow (3) 1

MME 536 Control of Dynamic Systems (3) 1

MME 570 Special topics in Mechanical Engineering (1-4) 2

MME 595 Introduction to Applied Nonlinear Dynamics (3) 1

MME 613 Computational Fluid Dynamics (3)

MME 615 Advanced Vibration (3)

MME 621 Finite element Analysis (3)

MME 623 Mechanical Behavior of Materials (3)

CPB 612 / MME 612 Engineering Analysis (3)

1 Students who have taken the 400-level of this course or its equivalent must select from among other concentrations/elective courses.

2 Students can take special topics which are pre-approved by the department for graduate level courses

Elective Courses

CPB 512 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3) 1

CPB 514 Mass Transfer (3) 1

CPB 518 Biological Transport Phenomena (4) 1

CPB 519 Biomaterials (3) 1

CPB 611 Transport Phenomena in Engineering (3)

CSE 541 Applications of Technical Computing Environments (1) 1

CSE 543 High Performance Computing & Parallel Programming (3) 1

CSE 609 Programming for Engineers and Scientists (3)

CSE 615 Mathematical Modeling (3)

CSE 616 Simulation of Physical Systems (3)

ECE 601 State Variables for Engineers (3)

ECE 525 Digital Signal Processing (3) 1

MTH 532 Optimization (3) 1

PHY 583 Mathematical Methods in Physics (4) 1

MTH 535 Mathematical Modeling Seminar (3) 1

MTH 632 Advanced Optimization (3)

PHY 527 Nano-scale Science and Technology (3) 1

PHY 537 Intermediate Thermodynamics and Introduction to Statistical Physics (4) 1

PHY 551 Classical Mechanics (4) 1

STA 501 Probability (3) 1

STA 504 Advanced Data Visualization (3) 1

STA 563 Regression Analysis (4) 1

STA 566 Experimental Design Methods (4) 1

1 Students who have taken the 400-level version of this course or its equivalent must select from among other concentration/elective courses.