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International Accelerator Program

Mechanical Engineering (ME/MS)

We proudly offer excellent teaching, small classes, industry-sponsored projects and high-quality funded research. You’ll find it all in USC’s Master of Mechanical Engineering program.

Become a Mechanical Engineering Specialist

During your studies, you’ll build expertise in solid mechanics, materials processes, smart materials, manufacturing automation, concurrent engineering and other in-demand fields.

Areas of concentration include:

  • Design/Manufacturing
  • Mechanics/Materials
  • Thermofluids/Energy sciences
  • Sustainable Design Development

Students have the option of either an ME (Master of Engineering) or MS (Master of Science) degree. Pursuing an MS degree requires completing a thesis.


Admission Details

Requirements  Direct Master’s Accelerator Advanced Master’s Accelerator
GPA 3.0 3.0
IELTSTM 6.5  6.0 (no sub-score below 5.5)
TOEFL® 80  74 (no sub-score below 16)
GRE Required


Qualifying Undergraduate Degrees Four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in bioengineering, industrial engineering, material processing, material science, mechatronics (or similar) or mechanical engineering, from an accredited university.
Additional Requirements 3.0 GPA equivalent in all math course taken
Strongly Recommended: Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III and Differential Equations.
Available Entry Fall or Spring Fall or Spring

Math Self-Evaluation

Engineering programs require a high level of math proficiency. For those programs, students will be required to complete a Math Self-Evaluation and declare that they meet the minimum proficiency standard.

Upon completion of the evaluation, fill out this Declaration Form and submit with application. 

All Engineering degree programs require a 3.0 GPA equivalent in all math courses taken.

Sample Coursework

  • Advanced Heat Transfer
  • Advanced Mechanics of Materials
  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Engineering Analysis (exclusively for Master’s Accelerator students)
  • Intermediate Dynamics
  • Introduction to Finite Elements Analysis in Mechanical Engineering
  • Thermodynamics


Progression Requirements

ME or MS in Mechanical Engineering

Program Credits Earned Towards Degree Progression Requirements
Direct Master's Accelerator  9 Not applicable – student is already enrolled in degree program 
Advanced Master's Accelerator 

3.0 GPA with no degree course grade lower than a B

Successful completion of English language courses, Professional Development and Analytical Skills workshops, seminars and modules.

And be accepted by a faculty thesis advisor after completing a faculty interview.*

*Students pursuing an MS degree only

Pre-Sessional English  Successful completion of all Pre-Sessional English Program course content and approval from the Master’s Accelerator team. 

Total credits required for degree: 30

Tuition Costs 

For information regarding tuition and fees, please see the Costs Overview.  

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