MS in Mechanical Engineering

Courses of study leading to the MS degree are available with specialization in any of the departmental faculty research areas described earlier. Details of the MS program can be found under the College of Engineering heading. Additional information can be obtained at:


In addition to the requirements outlined by the Graduate School, the ME program requires its applicants to:

  1.  Have a calculus-based engineering degree with a GPA equivalent of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale based on the last 60 hours of undergraduate study.
  2. Applicants must have completed calculus, including differential equations, and two physics courses with lab.
  3. Applicants must have a broad background in mechanical systems, including courses in statics; dynamics and design of machine elements; and in energy systems, including courses in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer.
  4. Applicants with calculus-based engineering degrees in other majors and math, physics, or chemistry majors may be considered for conditional admission. Undergraduate courses will be listed to correct deficiencies which will prepare them for graduate courses in mechanical engineering.
  5. Submit a statement of interest and two reference letters corroborating the applicant’s undergraduate background.
  6. A GRE score is not required for admission to the MSME program, however, GRE scores may be submitted for consideration of assistantship positions.

Program Requirements

The MSME program offers three options for degree completion - a 30 hour Thesis option, a 33 hour Project option, and a 33 hour Coursework only option.  In addition to the requirements outlined by the Graduate School, the MSME program applies the following guidelines to its program students:

Select a minimum of 12 credit hours in a focused area within mechanical engineering12
A maximum of 6 credit hours may be taken or transferred from outside the department (maximum of 9 credit hours in the Coursework only option)6-9
A maximum of 6 credit hours are allowed at the 600 level of courses in the plan of study (9 credit hours in the Coursework only option)6-9
Terminal Requirement:3-6
Satisfactory completion of one of the following during the last semester of the MSME program
Thesis (6 credit hours)
Project (3 credit hours)
Comprehensive Exam (required for coursework-only students)