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 21 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 21 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 (24 hours)

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

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

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 (30 hours)

Non-Thesis Project - MME 704 (3 hours)

Graduate Seminar - MME 610 (1 hour)

Concentration courses

MME 503 Heat Transfer (3)

MME 512 Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3) *

MME 513 Compressible Flow (3)*

MME 536 Control of Dynamic Systems (3) *

MME 595 Introduction to Applied Nonlinear Dynamics (3) *

MME 613 Computational Fluid Dynamics (3)

MME 615 Advanced Vibration (3)

MME 621 Finite element Analysis (3)

MME 623 Mechanical Behavior of Materials (3)

CSE 541 Application of Technical Computing Tools (1) *

CSE 543 High Performance Computing (3) *

CSE 609 Programming for Engineers and Scientists (3)

CSE 615 Mathematical Modeling (3)

CSE 616 Simulation of Physical Systems (3)

CPB 612 / MME 612 Engineering Analysis (3)

* Students who have taken the 400-level of this course or its equivalent must substitute another course.

Elective Courses

CPB 512 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3)

CPB 518 Biological Transport Phenomena (4)

ECE 525 Digital Signal Processing (3)

MTH 532 Optimization (3)

MTH 535 Mathematical Modeling Seminar (3)

PHY 523 Materials Physics (4)

PHY 527 Nano-scale Science and Technology (3)

PHY 551 Classical Mechanics (4)

STA 501 Probability (3)

STA 563 Regression Analysis (4)

STA 566 Experimental Design Methods (4)