The field of mechanical engineering includes areas such as dynamics, vibrations and noise, energy systems, automotive engineering design, thermal energy transport, fluid transport, experimental stress analysis, solid mechanics, manufacturing processes and materials, tribology, numerical techniques, optical inspection, mechanics of metal forming, and fasteners and bolted joints. The Department of Mechanical Engineering is concentrating its efforts in these and other areas at the graduate level.
The Master of Science in mechanical engineering degree program is designed to prepare students for advanced engineering-related careers in industry as well as for further graduate study. Admission is open to students with a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. A degree in other fields of engineering, science and mathematics may be considered as a basis for admission, but remedial coursework may be required to overcome deficiencies.
The program offers the following five options:
- Solid and structural mechanics
- Energy, fluid and thermal systems
- Manufacturing processes
- Automotive engineering
- General mechanical engineering
To fulfill the requirements for a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering, a student must:
- Complete at least 32 credits of graduate-level work, of which at least 24 credits must be in approved courses offered by the School of Engineering and Computer Science.
- Earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in courses applied toward the degree.
- Complete the requirements specified for the program in mechanical engineering.
- Satisfy all requirements concerning academic progress.
The degree requirements may be satisfied by taking only coursework. However, a graduate engineering project (ME 690) or master’s thesis research (ME 691) provides a unique and valuable learning experience in which an individual student works with a faculty member in an area of mutual interest. Therefore, students are encouraged to consider such an experience as their program permits.
Christopher Cooley, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator