Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in Mechanical Engineering


Program Description

What Sets UM-Flint's MSE Program Apart?

The demand for engineers is on the rise, as more and more companies are looking for these qualified professionals to help build a better world. Prepare to embrace this exciting opportunity with the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) in Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Michigan-Flint. Designed to meet the unique needs of working professionals, it features a full or part-time course schedule with on-campus classes offered in the evening. This program provides expert faculty mentorship, real-world experience, state-of-the-art equipment, and much more—so you’ll have everything you need to succeed at the graduate level and further your career.

Powerful Economic Impact

As part of the curriculum, students will be able to gain real-world experience while addressing industry needs within communities. Mechanical engineering is the most diversified engineering discipline. Therefore, careers in manufacturing, aerospace, power generation, automotive, energy, HVAC, and biomedical can all be enhanced through an advanced degree in mechanical engineering. A strong graduate base draws industry attention and helps develop new start-up companies which are essential for economic development. Furthermore, this program provides public and community service to Flint, Genesee County, and the State of Michigan.

Research Opportunities

The program’s research activities are highly interactive with our University of Michigan professors, as well as the community and industry. Our leading-edge explorations will help equip MSE graduates with the training and education required to advance their careers in industry, government, and academia.

Expert Faculty

MSE in Mechanical Engineering courses are taught by expert faculty who bring professional knowledge and experiences to their instruction. UM-Flint faculty members are regularly published and involved in ongoing research, proposal writing, and other scholarly activities. They are also devoted mentors who will guide and support you in practically applying your classroom lessons.

U-M Resources

As part of the world-renowned University of Michigan system, UM-Flint students can tap additional resources, expertise, and contacts at the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses. “Maize and Blue through and through,” our supportive community provides students with invaluable assistance in research, networking, and other initiatives.

Small Classes

You’ll complete your MSE with a small cohort of fellow students who share your passion for problem-solving, innovation, and project management. This cohort structure allows for a lot of interaction, enabling you to develop a strong support network for personal and professional development. Curriculum projects create a collaborative environment to help you build practical and technical skills.

Mechanical Engineering (MSE)

The Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) Mechanical Engineering program provides students with a strong background in principles of mechanical engineering and a thorough knowledge of the latest technologies in the field which extends beyond the undergraduate experience. The program is designed to meet the unique needs of working professionals.


  • EGR 230 - Statics (3).
  • EGR 260 - Mechanics of Deformable Solids (3).
  • EGR 280 - Science of Engineering Materials (3).
  • EGR 315 - Machine Element Design (3).
  • EGR 350 - Fluid Mechanics (3).
  • EGR 353 - Thermodynamics (3).
  • EGR 370 - Dynamics (3).


A. Core Courses (12 credits)

  • EGR 511 - Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3).
  • EGR 532 - Advanced Thermodynamics (3).
  • EGR 540 - Advanced Dynamics and Control (3).
  • EGR 550 - Advanced Fluid Mechanics (3).

B. Electives (12 credits)

  • Four graduate-level EGR courses, or three graduate-level EGR courses and an AUE course. A maximum of 9 credits in courses taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels (currently EGR 510, EGR 551), and a minimum grade of B (3.0) in each one.

C. The Option of Choice (6 credits)

One of the following options:

Thesis Option

Students electing the thesis option must secure a thesis advisor and enroll in two thesis courses. Successful completion and oral defense of the thesis are required to earn credit for these courses. All these must conform to university standards.

Note: Independent study course is not allowed toward program requirements under the thesis option.

  • EGR 595 - Master’s Thesis I (3).
  • EGR 596 - Master’s Thesis II (3).

Non-Thesis Option

  • Two additional EGR or AUE graduate-level courses and satisfactory performance on the master’s level exit examination.

Note: Only one independent study course is allowed toward program requirements under the non-thesis option. Also, see the note in Item B.

Transfer of Credit

With the approval of the Engineering Graduate Coordinator, students may transfer in, or elect as graduate non-candidates for the degree (NCFD), up to six credits of graduate-level courses in engineering.



  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Don’t Have a Mechanical Engineering Degree?

Prospective students from other engineering disciplines may also be considered for admission to the program. A student who has not earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering may be required to complete undergraduate mechanical engineering courses before regular admission to the program.


To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • GRE scores (general) sent to the University of Michigan-Flint Institutional Code #1853
  • Two letters of recommendation. Recommendations should be from individuals familiar with your work in academic or professional contexts and who can comment on your critical thinking skills, your ability to undertake independent projects, and your capacity for collaborating with colleagues. Electronic recommendation requests are sent out as a part of the online application process.
  • Statement of Purpose: Describe your objectives for graduate study and reasons for selecting this program. Statements may be submitted online during the application process or emailed to

Application Dates

Submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5 p.m. on the day of the application deadline. This program offers rolling admission with monthly application reviews. To be considered for admission, all application materials must be submitted on or before:

  • Fall - May 1 (guaranteed consideration/international student deadline*)
  • Fall - August 1 (if space permits, US citizens and permanent residents only)
  • Winter - October 1 (guaranteed consideration/international student deadline)
  • Winter - November 15 (if space permits, US citizens and permanent residents only)

* Students must apply by this date to be considered for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

Applying as an International Student

International students are required to submit additional documentation to enter the program.

International Requirements

In addition to the materials required of all students, international students must provide additional documentation at the time of application:

  • Certificate of graduation or diploma indicating conferral of the bachelor's degree and the date it was conferred. (If you attended a college or university that includes degree information on the transcript or mark sheet, a certificate or diploma is not necessary.)
  • English Proficiency: If English is not your native language, you must demonstrate English proficiency.
  • Financial Certification: International students seeking an F-1 visa must submit an Affidavit of Financial Support form with supporting documentation. This document can be accessed through iService. It is used to determine whether you are eligible for admission.

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Last updated Jan 2020

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