Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Individuals pursuing the Master of Science Degree 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. Review our graduate course descriptions.

The non-thesis option is also available as an evening-only program, which allows students to complete their degree part-time, and 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 credits
Total 32 credits

The fine print:

  1. Students can choose from three areas of emphasis or specialization: 1) Thermo-Fluid Sciences; 2) Mechanics, Materials, and Manufacturing; or 3) Dynamics, Controls, and Systems Engineering.

  2. Students are required to take courses from at least two areas of emphasis in the first semester of graduate study.

  3. Students should meet their academic advisor and decide on an area of emphasis before the start of their second semester.

  4. Students should take at least three courses in their area of emphasis during their program.

  5. At least two of the mechanical engineering courses must be designated as core courses (see “Core Courses” below).

  6. Students are limited to no more than three 500-level courses in engineering. Up to two of the 500-level courses can be applied to the 15 credits of mechanical engineering coursework.

  7. Students must obtain their advisor's approval before registering for electives.

  8. Computer Physics and programming language courses (like Fortran or C Programming) are not permitted for graduate credit.

  9. Engineering Analysis (4600:660) may be used to replace the approved mathematics course.

  10. Courses in Statistics (3470:***) may also satisfy approved mathematics if approved by the student’s advisor.

  11. All master's degree requirements must be completed within six years.

  12. Students receiving graduate assistantship must take the thesis option and 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