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College of Engineering and Computing

Degree Programs

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The mission of the graduate program in Mechanical Engineering is to provide graduate students with learning opportunities for acquiring a broad foundation of mechanical engineering knowledge, an in-depth research experience at the frontiers of mechanical engineering, and skills for life-long learning and professional development.

Program Objectives

Consistent with its mission, the graduate program has the following educational objectives for the graduates of its M.S. degree programs:

  • The graduates shall have expertise in a core subject area of Mechanical Engineering or Nuclear Engineering.
  • The graduates shall have a working knowledge of various areas of Mechanical Engineering or Nuclear Engineering and in allied fields, including other engineering disciplines, the sciences, and mathematics.
  • The graduates shall gain exposure to advances in Mechanical Engineering or Nuclear Engineering.
  • The graduates shall have the ability to execute a research plan, to generate and analyze original research results, and to communicate those results through oral presentations and written publications.
  • The graduates shall have the basic skills needed for life-long learning and professional development.

Typical Course Work

The Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering requires 24 hours of course work, six hours of thesis preparation and a thesis. The course work must include the following core courses:

  • EMCH 508: Intro to Finite Elements Analysis in Mechanical Engineering
  • EMCH 584: Advanced Mechanics of Materials OR EMCH 532: Intermediate Dynamics
  • EMCH 794: Thermodynamics OR EMCH 751: Advanced Heat Transfer
  • ENCP 707: Continuum Mechanics

Other courses should be of 500-level or above and  at least half of those courses should be numbered 700 or above.

All candidates for the M.S. degree must defend the thesis in a public presentation and a comprehensive examination covering the major field of study is also required, which is conducted immediately following the thesis defense. The student's thesis committee administers this exam.

Note: All students must consult with their academic advisor and complete a Program of Study form during the first semester of enrollment. A new form must be submitted whenever it is necessary to modify the program of study.

Please refer to the Graduate Handbook [pdf] for further information.

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