Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

General

Program Description

Overview

The mechanical engineering masters prepares graduates to support the design of engineered systems through the application of the fundamental knowledge, skills, and tools of mechanical engineering. Students will work independently as well as collaboratively with leaders in the industry while demonstrating the professional and ethical responsibilities of the engineering profession. Ultimately, graduates will enhance their skills through formal education and training, independent inquiry, and professional development.

The ME in mechanical engineering is intended to be a terminal degree program designed for those who do not expect to pursue a doctoral degree, but who wish to become a leader within the mechanical engineering field. This program is particularly well-suited for students who wish to study part-time, for those interested in updating their technical skills, or for those who are not focused on a research-oriented master of science degree, which requires a thesis. A conventional thesis is not required for the program. In its place, students complete a capstone experience, which may be a design project leadership course or a well-organized and carefully chosen industrial internship. A research methods course may also fulfill the capstone experience; however, this option is primarily intended for students who are considering transitioning to the MS program in mechanical engineering. (Courses taken within the ME program are transferrable to the MS program.)

Plan of study

The program requires 30 credit hours. In addition to the two required courses, students choose three courses from nine different focus areas and four elective courses. All full-time equivalent students are required to attend graduate seminar weekly for each semester they are on campus. Up to three courses may be taken outside the mechanical engineering department. Students may complete the program's requirements within one calendar year with summer study. Students may also augment their education through cooperative education employment opportunities. Although co-op is not a requirement of the program, it provides students an opportunity to gain valuable employment experience within the field.

Industries

  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Defense
  • Aerospace

Curriculum

Mechanical Engineering, ME degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • MECE-707 Engineering Analysis
  • MECE-709 Advanced Engineering Mathematics
  • MECE-795 Graduate Seminar
  • Graduate Focus Courses
  • Graduate Electives

Second Year

Choose one of the following:

  • MECE-730 Design Project Leadership*
  • MECE-777 Graduate Internship†
  • MECE-792 Project with Paper‡
  • MECE-795 Graduate Seminar
  • Graduate Focus Course
  • Graduate Electives

Graduate Seminar (MECE-795) is a 0 credit course required for all full-time and full-time equivalent students.
* Design Project Leadership (MECE-730) is reserved only for students enrolled in the accelerated BS/M.Eng. program.
† Graduate Internship (MECE-777) is an option for all ME students and students enrolled in the accelerated BS/M.Eng. program.
‡ Project with Paper (MECE-792) is an option for all ME students and students enrolled in the accelerated BS/M.Eng program.

Focus areas

  • Automotive systems
  • Business
  • Controls
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanics-Design/Materials
  • Product development
  • Sustainability
  • Thermo/Fluids Engineering
  • Vibrations engineering

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the ME program in mechanical engineering, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in mechanical engineering, physics, or a related field.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) from all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
    • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit scores from the GRE.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • International students are required to submit scores from the GRE. Minimum scores of 302 (V&Q) and 3.0 (writing) and required.
Last updated Oct 2019

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