Master's of Science in Mechanical Engineering 

Individuals pursuing an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering are choosing to do so at a university known for academic excellence and career preparedness. Graduate students deepen their knowledge of mechanical engineering fundamentals and work on research projects at a world-class research institution. 

The non-thesis option is also available as an evening-only program, which allows students to complete their degree part-time, at their convenience. This program is ideally suited for students or professionals who have a day job and can attend classes in the evenings. 


Thesis Option 

Mechanical Engineering Courses 15 credits
Approved Mathematics 3 credits
Approved Electives 6 credits
Master's Thesis 6 credits
Total 30 credits  

Non-Thesis Option

Mechanical Engineering Courses 15 credits
Approved Mathematics 3 credits
Approved Electives 12 credits
Engineering Report 2
Total  32 credits

The fine print: 

  1. At least two of the mechanical engineering courses must be designated as core courses (see “Core Courses” below).
  2. Students are limited to no more than three 500-level courses in engineering. No more than two of the 500-level courses can be applied to the 15 credits of mechanical engineering coursework.
  3. Computer Physics or Programming Language courses, Fortran, C Programming, are not permitted for graduate credits.
  4. Engineering Analysis (4600:660) may be used to replace the approved mathematics course.
  5. Courses in Statistics (3470:***) may also satisfy approved mathematics upon the approval of the student’s advisor.
  6. All master's degree requirements must be completed within six years.
  7. Students receiving assistantship must take the thesis option. They have a maximum of two years to complete their degree requirements.



All graduate students are required to take at least two of the following core courses:

4600:609 − Finite Element Analysis I

4600:610  Dynamics of Viscous Flow

4600:611 − Computational Fluid Dynamics I

4600:615 − Conduction Heat Transfer

4600:622 − Continuum Mechanics

4600:628 − Mechanical Behavior of Materials

4600:630 − Vibrations of Discrete Systems

4600:660 − Engineering Analysis (will not count toward the two required core courses if it is used to substitute the math requirement)

4600:666 − Analysis of Manufacturing Systems

View the complete graduate course schedule.