MS in Mechanical Engineering

Courses of study leading to the MS degree are available with specialization in three of the departmental faculty research areas. Details of the MS program can be found under the College of Engineering heading. Additional information can be obtained at the mechanical engineering webpage (http://wichita.edu/mechanical).


General Guidelines Toward the MSME Degree

  • Students must select one of the following options for completion of all MSME programs (traditional or any concentration): (1) all coursework, (2) directed project, or (3) thesis.
  • A plan of study (indicating whether the student is selecting the traditional MSME degree option or the MSME with concentration option) should be submitted during the first semester of enrollment and at least 60 percent of the credit hours in a plan of study must be 700 or higher level WSU courses;
  • The professional and scholarly integrity training requirement must be completed, preferably during the first semester of the program.
  • For a list of current courses, please visit the ME website (http://wichita.edu/mechanical).

Degree Options

Thesis Option
Select a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework24
Select a minimum of 6 credit hours of thesis6
Total Credit Hours30
Directed Project Option
Select a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework30
Select 3 credit hours of directed project3
Total Credit Hours33
All Coursework Option 1
Select a minimum of 33 credit hours of coursework, and completion of a terminal activity 233
Total Credit Hours33

Coursework Requirements

Students may select the traditional MSME degree option (with no specific concentration) or select the MSME degree option with any one of the three concentrations (energy & environment, advanced materials, and design).

MSME (Traditional/no Concentration)

Thesis Option Project Option All Course Option
Core Courses3 6 6 6
ME Courses 12 15 18
Technical electives4 6 9 9
Total 24 30 33

MSME (with Concentration)

Thesis Option Project Option All Course Option
Core Courses3 6 6 6
Concentration Courses 9 12 15
Technical Electives4 9 12 12
Total 24 30 33

Core Courses (6 credit hours)

Core courses are those courses that are required by all MSME students for a successful completion of their degree program.

ME 639Applications of Finite Element Methods in Mechanical Engineering3
ME 730Modeling of Engineering Systems3
ME 777Mechanical Engineering Seminar0

Note: If the student has already taken ME 639 and/or ME 730 in their undergraduate curriculum at Wichita State University, they need to replace the core courses with equivalent courses, decided by their advisor/graduate coordinator. Similar courses from other universities will not be considered for replacement, instead of the core courses.

ME Courses (variable credit hours)

Any graduate level mechanical engineering course that is not listed as a core course could be considered as an ME course. An ME graduate level course selected by the student toward the ME course option for the MSME (traditional) degree can’t be counted toward the technical electives category.

Technical Electives (variable credit hours)

Technical elective courses are student-specific courses that are 600 level or above (either within or outside of the ME department), and help students toward their research and/or enhance their quality of education. These are decided by consulting with the students’ major professor or advisor.

Technical Electives Thesis Option Project Option All Course Option
Traditional Option 6 9 9
Concentration Option 9 12 12

Note: Not more than 6 credit hours should be taken outside the ME department for the thesis option, and not more than 9 credit hours for the project/all course option.

Concentration Courses (variable credit hours)

Concentration courses are those courses that are specifically tailored in terms of course objectives toward a particular concentration/area. These courses are required for successful completion of an MSME degree with a specific concentration. A concentration course selected by the student towards the concentration courses option for the MSME (concentration) degree can’t be counted towards the technical electives category. Courses that could be selected toward the concentration courses option for the MSME (with concentration) degree are given under specific concentration categories.

General Admission Requirements

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

  1. Have a calculus-based engineering degree (having completed differential equations, and physics courses with lab) with a cumulative GPA equivalent of 3.000 on a 4.000 scale, based on the undergraduate study;
  2. Applicants in other majors such as math, physics, or chemistry may be considered for conditional admission if they have completed calculus, including differential equations, and physics courses with lab; Undergraduate courses will be listed to correct deficiencies which will prepare them for graduate courses in mechanical engineering;
  3. Department recommends the submission of GRE scores;
  4. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit official, acceptable scores for either the TOEFL, or the Academic Module of the IELTS examination, or the PTE-Academic. Please visit the Graduate School website (http://wichita.edu/gradschool) to check English proficiency requirements;
  5. Submit a statement of interest and two academic reference letters corroborating the applicant’s undergraduate background.
  6. Depending upon the chosen concentration area, students may have to complete prerequisite coursework, as explained below.

Traditional MSME: Applicants must have a broad background in: energy systems, including courses in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer; in advanced materials, including courses in materials science and engineering with laboratory experience; and in mechanical systems, including courses in statics, dynamics and design of machine elements;

Energy & Environment Concentration: Applicants must have a broad background in energy systems, including courses in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer.

Advanced Materials Concentration: Applicants must have a broad background in advanced materials, including courses in materials science and engineering with laboratory experience.

Design Concentration: Applicants must have a broad background in mechanical systems, including courses in statics; dynamics and design of machine elements.

Applicants who do not meet the listed requirements for their chosen concentration should meet with their advisor or graduate coordinator, so that they may recommend a list of undergraduate courses that will correct any deficiencies and prepare them for the chosen concentration. Prerequisite courses must be completed by the time the plan of study is to be filed.

Program Requirements

Core Courses

Core courses are those courses that are required by all MSME students for a successful completion of their degree.

Core Courses (6 credit hours) 1
ME 639Applications of Finite Element Methods in Mechanical Engineering3
ME 730Modeling of Engineering Systems3
ME 777Mechanical Engineering Seminar0
Total Credit Hours6

ME Course Requirement — Traditional Program with no Concentration

Any graduate level mechanical engineering course that is not listed as a core course could be considered as an ME course. An ME graduate level course selected by the student toward the ME Course option for the MSME — Traditional degree program can’t be counted toward the technical electives category.

ME Course Requirements for Traditional Program Options
Thesis OptionSelect 12 credit hours of ME courses12
Project OptionSelect 15 credit hours of ME courses15
All Course OptionSelect 18 credit hours of ME courses18

Concentration Courses

Concentration courses are those courses that are specifically tailored in terms of course objectives toward a particular concentration/area. These courses are required for a successful completion of an MSME degree with a specific concentration.

MSME — Advanced Materials Concentration

Advanced Materials Concentration Courses 2
Select at least 9 credit hours for the thesis option. Select 12 credit hours for the project option. Select 15 credit hours for the all course option
ME 651Biomaterials3
ME 660Polymer Materials and Engineering3
ME 665Selection of Materials for Design and Manufacturing3
ME 667Mechanical Properties of Materials3
ME 670Introduction to Nanotechnology3
ME 672Manufacturing of Composites3
ME 673Recovery of Engineering Materials3
ME 728Advanced Electronic Materials3
ME 752Failure Analysis Methods and Tools3
ME 753Advanced Materials for Energy Systems3
ME 760Fracture Mechanics3
ME 762Polymeric Composite Materials3
ME 844Advanced Biomaterials3
ME 862Synthesis and Applications of Nanomaterials3
ME 865Corrosion Science Engineering3
ME 866Advanced Fracture Mechanics3

MSME — Design Concentration

Design Concentration Courses 2
Select at least 9 credit hours for the thesis option. Select 12 credit hours for the project option. Select 15 credit hours for the all course option.
ME 637Computer-Aided Engineering3
ME 669Mechanical Vibrations and Acoustics3
ME 709Injury Biomechanics3
ME 729Computer-Aided Analysis of Mechanical Systems3
ME 737Robotics and Control3
ME 739Advanced Machine Design3
ME 747Microcomputer-Based Mechanical Systems3
ME 758Nonlinear Controls of Electro-Mechanical Systems3
ME 760Fracture Mechanics3
ME 769Impact Dynamics3
ME 829Advanced Computer-Aided Analysis of Mechanical Systems3
ME 847Applied Automation and Control Systems3

MSME — Energy & Environment Concentration

Energy & Environment Concentration 2
Select at least 9 credit hours for the thesis option. Select 12 credit hours for the project option. Select 15 credit hours for the all course option.
ME 644Design of HVAC Systems3
ME 682Engineering Applications of Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer3
ME 702Energy and Sustainability3
ME 719Basic Combustion Theory3
ME 731Advanced Heat Exchanger Design3
ME 745Design of Thermal Systems3
ME 753Advanced Materials for Energy Systems3
ME 801Boundary Layer Theory3
ME 802Turbulence3
ME 854Two-Phase Flow Heat Transfer3
ME 859Introduction to Molecular Simulations3

Technical Electives

Technical elective courses are student-specific courses that are 600 level or above (either within or outside of the ME department), and help students toward their research and/or enhance their quality of education. These are decided by consulting with the student's major professor or advisor.

Technical Electives 3
Traditional Programs
Thesis Option: select 6 credit hours of technical electives6
Project Option: select 9 credit hours of technical electives9
All Course Option: select 9 credit hours of technical electives9
Concentration Programs (all concentrations)
Thesis Option: select 9 credit hours of technical electives9
Project Option: select 12 credit hours of technical electives12
All course option: select 12 credit hours of technical electives12