Students applying for acceptance to degree status must comply with the general requirements of the Graduate School. General requirements for the M.S. degree are listed under the Engineering heading of this section and in the general information of this Bulletin.
General requirements for the M.S. degree are listed under the Engineering heading of this section and in the general information of this Bulletin.
- One academic year, or equivalent, spent in full time graduate study will be the minimum time necessary for a student to fulfill the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
- The student is required to complete only graduate-level courses, 600-level or 700-level, to fulfill the course requirement.
- A minimum of two 700-level courses are to be completed as part of the total expected credits of coursework required in their chosen option.
- If no 700-level courses are available in the chosen area of interest of the student during their stay in the M.S. program, the requirement of 700-level course(s) can be waived with the recommendation of their faculty advisor.
- Any M.S. student can take a maximum of two 600-level or 700-level courses from other Engineering Department(s) or other Departments such as Mathematics and Computer Science with the approval of his/her faculty advisor. The student is expected to state his reasons for taking the outside departmental course and get his/her faculty advisor’s approval before registering for the course(s). The only exception is that a course from Industrial Engineering Department needs to be a course that involves lectures for the entire duration of the semester instead of those that are conducted over weekends for only 4-to-6 weeks of the semester.
- A maximum of only one course is allowed among 600-level or 700-level courses of the MAE Department that are designated as “Special Topics” or “Special Problems” that do not have scheduled lecture classes for the entire duration of the semester.
- Both a 30 credit hour thesis option and a 30 credit hour non-thesis option are available.
- M.S. with Thesis Option: The student is required to complete 24 credits of course work and 6 credits of thesis in their chosen area of specialization. The thesis involves research-type work completed under the supervision or guidance of a faculty advisor. At the completion of the thesis, the student is required to write a thesis and make an acceptable oral presentation of the thesis before a committee of three faculty members that includes the faculty thesis advisor as the Chair of the committee. The faculty advisor is required to be from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
- M.S. with Non-Thesis Option: The student is required to complete 27 credits of course work and 3 credits of an independent project in an area of his/her interest under the supervision of a faculty advisor. The faculty advisor is required to be from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. After completing the project, the student is required to submit a project report to the faculty advisor and also make an oral presentation of the project before two faculty members, including the faculty advisor. The student will receive a grade for the project. The independent project credits do not count toward the required minimum of two 700-level courses to be completed as part of the total expected credits of coursework required in their chosen option.
- M.S. with Management Option: This is a Non-Thesis Option in which a student completes 15 credits from Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering courses and 12 credits from the general area of Management, and 3 project-based credits. The independent project credits do not count toward the required minimum of two 700-level courses to be completed as part of the total expected credits of coursework required in their chosen option. The courses in Management area can be taken either from the School of Business, if available, or from the Department of Industrial Engineering. The student will select the courses in consultation with his/her faculty advisor. The faculty advisor is required to be from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. An undergraduate degree in engineering is required.
- Students can also concentrate their studies in Additive Manufacturing, providing students hands-on training in methods to design, analyze, and fabricate complex structures using state-of-art additive manufacturing printing facilities. This area of study is designed for students who want to further their career by enhancing their analytical and practical skills, critical thinking and problem solving strategies.
- Special areas of study include: Advanced material science and mechanics of materials, Computer Aided Design (CAD) for novel structural design and Finite Element Methods (FEM) for structural optimization and stress analysis, and Algorithm design for the additive manufacturing process.
- Students who choose to concentrate their studies in Additive Manufacturing take the following courses, as well as their required thesis or project credits:
- Methods of Engineering Analysis
- Scientific and Engineering Foundation of Additive Manufacturing
- Additive Manufacturing of Engineering Materials
- Additive Manufacturing Lab
- Computer Aided Design (CAD) for novel structural design and Finite Element Methods (FEM) for structural optimization and stress analysis
- Engineering Optimization
- Electives [for the remainder of their required credit hours]: Advanced Mechanics of Materials, Introduction to Composite Materials and Analysis, Intermediate Heat Transfer, Mechanical Vibrations, Design for Manufacturability, or Special Topics (with multidisciplinary options).
The mission of the graduate program is to prepare students to become knowledgeable and skilled engineers and researchers with an understanding of the ethical and other professional aspects of mechanical engineering.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Students will demonstrate competence in the theoretical and practical knowledge of mechanical engineering.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate the results of their scientific research in writing and in oral presentations.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically in learning and/or research.