MS in Engineering with Mechanical Engineering Emphasis


Program Description


The M.S. in Engineering with an Emphasis in Mechanical Engineering degree provides specialized expertise in mechanical engineering by providing a rigorous curriculum and innovative research in three distinctive areas: Design, Optimization and Manufacturing; Energy, Fluid and Thermal Systems; and Mechanics and Materials. Specifically, the program offers students the opportunity to conduct state-of-the-art research in a number of areas with pressing societal problems.

The Design, Optimization and Manufacturing area provides a basis of study in product design and the process for building those products. The Energy, Fluid and Thermal Systems area provides a basis for the study of diverse topics such as energy or fluid power systems. Finally, the Mechanics and Materials area provides the student with insight into methods for analyzing new materials and systems and how new products and technologies use these materials.


Admission to the Emphasis

Students holding a B.S. degree or M.S. in engineering from an ABET accredited program or a B.S. or M.S. in a related field from an accredited institution are invited to apply for admission to masters or doctoral programs. Students not having an ABET accredited B.S engineering degree but having degrees in math or physical/biological science or other disciplines may be asked to take additional selected course work to adequately prepare them for their specific engineering studies.

Base requirements for consideration for admission to the College of Engineering’s Graduate Programs are listed below. Specific degree programs and emphasis areas may add additional requirements:

  • Completion of a B.S. and M.S. (for Ph.D. applicants) with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (out of 4.00) from an ABET accredited program or program in a related field.
  • Submission of the online UGA Graduate School Application and submission of:
    • Official undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts.
    • A statement of purpose.
    • Three letters of recommendation.
    • CV or resume.
    • General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores. Average Quantitative GRE scores of recently accepted students range near the 80th percentile. Applicants holding a UGA degree may waive this requirement if they meet GPA and undergraduate research requirements.
    • TOEFL is required for international students whose native language is other than English.
    • Transcript evaluations prepared by World Education Services (WES) or another approved credentialing agency are required for students who obtained degrees outside of the United States.
  • Additional requirements may be applicable for admission to discipline-specific M.S. and Ph.D. Programs and Emphasis Areas offered through the College’s schools.

Program of Study

In addition to the requirement for the M.S. in Engineering, the Mechanical Engineering Emphasis Area requires Masters coursework to be taken from classes in discipline-specific areas. The M.S. in Engineering with Mechanical Engineering Emphasis requires a minimum of 33 semester hours in the Program of Study, which consists of:

A minimum of 24 semester hours of coursework, which must include:

  • 23 hours of graduate-level coursework, including:
    • 9 hours of which must be selected from the Mechanical Engineering Emphasis course list.
    • 12 hours of which must be from UGA courses open only to graduate students and exclusive of the thesis (7300) and research (7000, 7010).
  • 1 hour of ENGR 8950 Graduate Seminar *

A minimum of 6 hours of master’s research (7000) or project-based research (7010). A typical student’s research hours will exceed this minimum; however, at most 6 hours of 7000/7010 may be listed on the Program of Study.

3 hours of MS thesis preparation and writing (7300).

* Only 1 hour of Graduate Seminar may apply on the Program of Study. Students are strongly encouraged to continue regular attendance of speaker series presentations even if not formally registered in the seminar.


Mechanical Engineering Emphasis Course List

As a requirement of the M.S. Engineering Degree with Emphasis in Mechanical Engineering, students must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours selected from among the list below. Students will work with their graduate advisor to select the most appropriate specialty area and coursework.

Design, Optimization, and Manufacturing

  • ENGR6350 Finite Element Analysis
  • ENGR6210 Linear Systems
  • ENGR6220 Feedback Control Systems
  • ENGR6230 Sensors and Transducers
  • ENGR6260 Introduction to Nanoelectronics
  • ENGR6540 Applied Machine Vision
  • ENGR6920 Theory of Design
  • ENGR8103 Computational Engineering
  • ENGR8310 MEMS Design
  • CVLE/MCHE8640 Advanced Strength of Materials
  • MCHE6360 Robotic Manipulators
  • MCHE6390 Advanced Mechanical Vibration
  • CHEM8880Nanomaterials: Engineering and Characterization
  • STAT 6315 Statistical Methods Researcher

Energy, Fluid, and Thermal Systems

  • ENGR6490 Renewable Energy Engineering
  • ENGR6350 Finite Element Analysis
  • ENGR6650 HVAC Systems for Buildings and Industry
  • ENGR8103 Computational Engineering
  • ENGR8160 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • ENGR8170/80 Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer
  • MCHE8380 Continuum Mechanics
  • PHYS6300 Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory
  • PHYS8301 Statistical Mechanics I
  • STAT 6315 Statistical Methods Researcher

Mechanics and Materials

  • ENGR6350 Finite Element Analysis
  • ENGR6740 Biomaterials
  • ENGR6760 Biomechanics
  • ENGR8103 Computational Engineering
  • ENGR6270/8270 Computational Nanomechanics
  • CVLE/MCHE8350 Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis
  • CVLE/MCHE8440 Advanced Strength of Materials
  • MCHE8380 Continuum Mechanics
Last updated Jul 2019

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