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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 Pre-Sessional English
GPA 3.0 3.0 3.0
IELTSTM 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) 6.0 (no sub-score below 5.5) 4.5
TOEFL® 80 (no sub-score below 18) 74 (no sub-score below 16) 50
GRE Required

Yes

Must have minimum scores of:
Verbal: 150
Quantitative: 153
Composite: 305
Analytical Writing: 3.0
No No
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 Students must have successfully passed Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III and Differential Equations.
Available Entry Fall or Spring Fall or Spring Fall, Summer or Spring

 

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 Electrical 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.

Students must take the GRE with minimum scores of:
Verbal: 150
Quantitative: 153
Composite: 305
Analytical Writing: 3.0

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

All prices are listed in U.S. dollars.

 Fee Direct Master's Accelerator (1 semester) Advanced Master's Accelerator (1 semester)
Tuition $14,610 $15,441
University Fees $1,317 $1,084
Total Tuition Costs $15,927 $16,525
Note: This cost is an estimate and is subject to change. Cost does not include health insurance, housing and dining fees, books, or other living expenses.
*Price does not include tuition and fees following the MAP semesters. Please visit sc.edu/bursar for additional information about tuition rates.
Costs may vary depending on program placement. Please check sc.edu/iap for more details.

Note: Additional lab fees will apply for Direct Master's Accelerator students based on actual courses taken.

Costs above are estimates per semester based on current tuition and fees and anticipated increases. Actual costs may vary and are subject to annual changes. 

1Global Carolina fee covers all fees assessed for students (including ISS, English testing, BM fees, tech, health center, etc.).