Mechanical Engineering MS



The mission of the Mechanical Engineering graduate program is to provide students with advanced learning in the areas of thermo-fluid sciences, mechanical systems, or manufacturing/controls. The primary goals of the program are to develop the scholastic ability, independent creativity, and professional competence of the student to a higher level than is possible in an undergraduate program.


Through the education offered by the MS/ME program, students will learn:

  • to formulate solutions to mechanical engineering problems using multi-disciplinary approaches
  • to be able to grow professionally and personally
  • to serve their profession and community as valuable contributing leaders


Students undertaking education in MS/ME program are expected to

  • expand their knowledge and understanding of methods and approaches to advancing knowledge in the basic areas of Mechanical Engineering
  • formulate solutions to problems related to thermo-fluid sciences, mechanical systems, or manufacturing/controls
  • be able to conduct basic or applied research and development in Mechanical Engineering
  • become an engineer who will serve their profession and community as valuable contributing leaders

Research Equipment and Facilities

The mechanical engineering department is one of the largest programs on campus and has well-equipped laboratories. Several faculty members within the department are associated with the Experimental and Computational Mechanics Laboratory ( ECML ), where high-end workstations are available for pursuing research and design-in modeling.

Several faculty members are associated with the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Production ( CAMP ), where research in advanced manufacturing, composites, and design methodologies is conducted.

The department has a strong relationship with the Arbegast Material Processing ( AMP ) Center and the Additive Manufacturing Laboratory ( AML ).

Other labs include the Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer Lab, which houses a Mach 3 supersonic wind tunnel, Vibrations Lab, Neural Networks and Controls Lab, Micromechanics Lab, Advanced Dynamics Lab, and a small Ballistics Lab. The campus fosters interdisciplinary research and possesses state-of-the-art equipment, such as an electron microscope, atomic force microscope, x-ray diffractometer, Raman spectrometer, laser Vibration Pattern Imager, FADAL VMC40 Vertical Machining Center, Bridgeport Romi CNC lathe, Coordinate Measuring Machine, Injection Molding Machine, IBM 7540 Industrial Robot, and Universal Testing Machines.

Graduate research laboratories also include equipment for modern digital controls and machine vision, thermal image analysis, high-speed imaging, and experimental mechanics.


The mechanical engineering curriculum is designed to give students a thorough knowledge of the basic principles involved in the major stems of mechanical engineering: thermoscience, mechanical systems, and manufacturing.     

The graduate program in mechanical engineering can be pursued using either of two equal options.

1. Non-Thesis:
Total credit hours required (32 credits)

Project ME 788 (4 credits)

Remaining 28 hours are taken:
(maximum) at the 4001/500 level (9 credits)
(minimum) at the 600/700 level (19 credits)

2. Thesis:
Total credit hours required (30 credits)

Thesis ME 798 (6 credits)

Remaining 24 hours are taken:
(maximum) at the 4001/500 level (9 credits)
(minimum) at the 600/700 level (15 credits)

Curriculum Notes
1 300 level acceptable, if outside department and on approved blanket waiver list
1 Students may enroll in 300/400 level courses, only if 500/600 level courses within the major are not being offered or by written permission of the student's major professor and the department chair

It is the belief and policy of the Department of Mechanical Engineering that these two options are equivalent in educational value to the student. Within the first semester in residence, each student is requested to carefully evaluate their preference of study after discussion with the mechanical engineering faculty, and a decision must be made shortly after the beginning of the second semester in residence. In either case the student must by then choose a major professor, and with the major professor‘s assistance develop a plan of study. The plan is due by the mid-term of the student’s second semester in residence. The plan will be submitted to the program coordinator, who will disseminate to:

  1. Graduate office
  2.  Department head
  3.  Major professor
  4.  Copy to the student

Each master's degree candidate must select an advisory committee. In addition to the candidate's major professor, the committee must consist of at least one other mechanical engineering professor and a graduate office representative. The graduate office representative, whose appointment must be approved by the graduate dean, must be selected from outside of the mechanical engineering department. The student and his/her supervising professor will nominate the out-of-department committee member after the student has received the nominee's consent.

The core curriculum required of all MS students includes:
ME 673 Applied Engineering Analysis I (3 credits)
ME 773 Applied Engineering Analysis II (3 credits)

In addition to ME 673 and ME 773, the student must complete one course from each of the three areas listed below (or approved substations). In addition to these core courses, the student must complete nine additional credits of coursework for the thesis MS degree and thirteen additional coursework credits for the non-thesis MS degree.

Thermal Sciences:
ME 612 Transport Phenomena: Momentum (3 credits)
ME 613 Transport Phenomena: Heat (3 credits)
ME 616 Computations in Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
ME 618 Conduction Heat Transfer (3 credits)
ME 619 Convection Heat Transfer (3 credits)
ME 620 Radiation Heat Transfer (3 credits)

Mechanical Systems:
ME 623 Advanced Mechanical Vibrations (3 credits)
ME 680 Advanced Strength of Materials (3 credits)
MES 713 Advanced Solid Mechanics I (3 credits)
ME/MES 770 Continuum Mechanics (3 credits)

Manufacturing and Controls:
ME 625 Smart Structures (3 credits)
ME 683 Advanced Mechanical System Control (3 credits)
ME 781 Robotics (3 credits)

The details of the actual course selections must be developed by the student, the student's academic advisor, and the student's committee.

Entering students usually have a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. A minimum GPA of 3.00 is expected for regular (non-probationary) admission. Applicants who are graduates of programs that are not accredited by the ABET ( are required to sit for the Graduate Record Exam and have their scores submitted prior to consideration for admission. Qualifying examinations may be required of entering students from non-ABET accredited programs.

Final Examination Thesis Program

Upon completion of the thesis, mechanical engineering graduate students electing this option will be examined orally over the written thesis and coursework as prescribed in the Graduate section of the academic catalog. A mechanical engineering graduate student with an accumulated GPA of 3.4 or better in the courses in their graduate program will have their coursework exam combined with the thesis defense. For students having an accumulated GPA of less than 3.4 in the courses in their graduate program, a separate focused coursework oral examination will be administered by the student’s graduate committee. The GPA will be computed using midterm grades for the semester in which the student is currently enrolled. The coursework examination will examine primarily concepts and fundamentals of the courses in the student's program of study, rather than the mechanics of problem solution and will, in general, attempt to establish the student’s in-depth knowledge of the course content. The student’s graduate committee will select specific courses from the student’s graduate program in which the student has indicated possible deficiencies. The major professor will inform the student no less than three weeks prior to the examination what courses have been selected. However, it is the student’s responsibility to secure this information from the major professor. 

Final Examination Non-Thesis Option 

 Mechanical engineering MS graduate students selecting a non-thesis option will be required to pursue a special investigation under the direction of a faculty member. The report on this study will be written and formal although not of thesis quality nor extent. Upon the completion of the special investigation and with the approval of the directing faculty member, the student will be given a formal oral examination over the investigation. Rules concerning an oral examination over coursework taken by the student in their graduate program will be identical to the rules stipulated above for those students taking the thesis option.

Accelerated Master's Program

The Accelerated Master's Program enables a student to complete both a B.S. and M.S. degree in as little as five years. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has an accelerated M.S. degree option for academically-motivated students.  Students admitted to the accelerated program may apply up to nine (9) credits of 400/500/600 (see Curriculum Notes section above) level coursework taken as an undergraduate for M.S. degree requirements to either the thesis or non-thesis option.  All elective courses must be approved in advance of registration by the major professor or program coordinator.  Students must apply for normal graduate school admission and notate their desire for the accelerated option on the application.  In order for credits to be double counted, students must be admitted into the program before beginning the courses.