The Master of Engineering - Mechanical (M.E.) degree program extends and broadens students' undergraduate preparation. Students take courses that are more specialized and detailed, deepening their understanding of the field. It can be considered as a terminal degree or as a preparation for the Ph.D. degree program.
A Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering is needed for acceptance into the Master's program. Applicants with undergraduate degrees in other engineering disciplines may be required to take appropriate undergraduate courses before being formally admitted into the Master's program. International applicants whose native language is not English and who have not obtained prior degrees from a U.S. institution are required to provide TOEFL scores. International applicants who have not obtained prior degrees from a U.S. institution are also required to provide GRE scores. View the full application requirements checklist.
The Master's degree requires thirty credits. Fifteen of the credits (or five courses) form the core and comprise the student's major field. The core courses consist of:
- ME 635 Simulation and Modeling
- ME 636 Project Management of Complex Systems
- ME 641 Engineering Analysis I
- and two more courses from any one of the following tracks
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The remaining five courses (15 credits) constitute the student's elective field and will consist of:
- at least one course of "600-level or higher" given in the Mechanical Engineering Department
- a maximum of four courses of "500-level" given in the Mechanical Engineering Department
- a maximum of one course given in other departments
A student may substitute a Project (ME800 Special Problems in Mechanical Engineering, 3 credits) or a Thesis (ME900 Thesis in Mechanical Engineering, 6 credits) for the appropriate number of courses. The available pool of electives allows the student to specialize in one of the following areas: Advanced Manufacturing, Air Pollution Technology, Computational Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, Design and Production Management, Power Generation, Robotics and Control, Structural Analysis and Design, Vibration and Noise Control. In order to graduate with a Master's degree, a student must obtain a minimum of "B" average in the major field as well as an overall average of "B" in all the courses needed to meet the 30-credit requirement for the degree. Please see The Graduate School section on Student Status.
In addition to the 30 credit Master of Engineering degree, the department offers several Graduate Certificate programs which are specifically designed to allow practicing engineers an opportunity to gain specialized knowledge in a particular Mechanical Engineering focus area. Credits earned towards a Graduate Certificate may later be applied towards a full Master of Engineering graduate degree. For more information, please see the Graduate Certificates page.