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2015-2016 General Catalog 
2015-2016 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, MS

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Master’s Program

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers several options for the Master of Science degree. Students may pursue a traditional Mechanical Engineering degree (with a thesis or non-thesis option) or specialize in Sustainable Energy. The department is also a member of the Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program through which students can earn a master’s degree in Material Science.


Prospective students must have a BS degree (or a recognized equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or any one of the following related fields: Any Engineering Major, Chemistry, Computer Science, Material Science, Mathematics/Applied Mathematics or Physics/Applied Physics. Non-majors, students without a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, may be required to take up to twelve credit hours of remedial coursework in Mechanical Engineering as a condition of admission.

Applicants must have at least a 3.0 upper-division GPA, a GRE Verbal score of at least 150, and a GRE Quantitative score of at least 155 (or a minimum combined GRE General Test score of 1150). International students must take the TOEFL exam and score at least 550 on the paper-based exam, 213 on the computer-based exam, or 80 on the Internet-based exam. Applicants must also submit a personal statement, resume, and three letters of recommendation. Please visit the department Web site for additional details.

Note: Effective August 2011, the GRE Revised General Test replaced the GRE General Test. To learn more about this test, go to

Major in Mechanical Engineering

I. Thesis Option

Mechanical Engineering students must take the following minimum distribution of courses for a total of thirty credit hours:

Core Courses

Mechanical Engineering Courses

Six credit hours:

  • Two courses in Mechanical Engineering.


Nine credit hours:

Select three graduate-level courses in engineering, mathematics, or any science discipline (computer science, physics, etc.). Courses must be selected in consultation with the student’s major professor. One of the three electives may include EML 5905 Directed Individual Study (1-6)  or EML 5910 Supervised Research (1-6) .

II. Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis option requires thirty-three credit hours, of which at least thirty credit hours must be letter-graded courses. Students must complete twenty-one credit hours of coursework within mechanical engineering. Six credit hours may be taken outside the department in any of the following areas: engineering, mathematics, or any science discipline (computer science, physics, etc.). The remaining six credit hours are devoted to an Engineering Design Project or two additional letter-graded courses.

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