Master's Program


Program Description

The Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering allows a student to development a course of study tailored to his or her interests and objectives. Students may construct their own sequence of courses (referred to as the Standard Track), or choose courses from predefined elective concentrations, such as the Energy Systems, Micro/Nanoscale Engineering, or Robotics and Control elective concentrations. In general, attainment of the degree requires two to three semesters of full-time study, although it may also be undertaken on a part-time basis over a correspondingly longer period.

Program Requirements

To fulfill the requirements for a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, a student must complete 30 credits of coursework, consisting of no fewer than ten courses, with a GPA of at least 2.5/4.0. All courses must be at the graduate level, i.e. 4000-level or higher. The sequence of courses should show a clearly discernible specialization. Additionally, the courses taken must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Minimum of five 4000-level or higher lecture courses in Mechanical Engineering
  • Minimum of two 6000-level courses in SEAS, with at least one in Mechanical Engineering
  • Minimum of one 4000-level course or higher in mathematics (APMA, MATH, or STAT)

When fulfilling the above requirements, please note the following restrictions:

  • Maximum of six credits of research (or thesis work) in Mechanical Engineering
  • Maximum of two credits of fieldwork
  • Out-of-department study is encouraged. However, all courses outside SEAS must be chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor. Written authorization must be given to the Student Affairs Manager for verification of these courses.
  • Additional requirements apply for students satisfying an elective concentration. See below.
Elective Concentrations

Rather than completing the Standard Track, students can select an elective concentration in either biomechanics, energy systems, micro/nanoscale engineering, or robot­ics and control. The requirements for an elective concentration are identical to those of the Standard Track, with one exception: students must take at least 15 credits from a list of courses determined by an adviser in consultation with an advisory committee. The currently available elective special­izations are listed below.

Further details on currently available elective concentrations are provided on the Master's Programs Elective Concentrations page.

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