Graduate Program

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a master of science program to select candidates. Students may also earn a master of science degree in mechanical engineering through the five-year bachelor of science & master of science in engineering program.

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Curriculum Requirements

Candidates for a master’s degree in mechanical engineering must complete a total of eight course credits, including seven graduate-level courses and a graduate thesis credit. Of these seven courses, one must be a graduate-level advanced mathematics course (ENGR 695 or equivalent) taken in the first semester; five must be 600-level courses in the Department of Mechanical Engineering; and one may be a graduate-level course from another engineering department, a math or science course approved by the student’s adviser, or an approved graduate-level independent study course that is not related to the thesis research.

Thesis Requirement

The master’s thesis is regarded as both an educational experience for the candidate and a contribution to public knowledge. The requirement of a 1.0 course credit for a written thesis in the mechanical engineering department may be satisfied by one of the following:

  • An experimental or theoretical research project.
  • An exercise utilizing novel approaches to solve a practical engineering problem.

Before registering for a thesis credit, the student must defend a thesis proposal. A final oral examination must be passed at least two weeks before the degree is to be conferred. While not a requirement for graduation, the submission of a peer-reviewed journal article stemming from thesis research is strongly encouraged.


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Research Areas

Faculty perform applied, computational, experimental and theoretical research in the following broad areas:

  • Aerospace and vehicle systems
  • Advanced fluid dynamics
  • Alternative energy, biofuel combustion and energy conversion
  • Biomechanics and mechanobiology
  • Computational modeling and machine learning
  • Mechanical design
  • Dynamics, automation, control and robotics
  • Materials processing and process optimization
  • Mechanics and behavior of materials


A wide range of equipment and facilities are available for graduate research, including:

  • A fully staffed project development laboratory and machine shop
  • Hybrid powertrain laboratory
  • Tissue mechanics and mechanobiology laboratory.
  • Motion analysis biomechanics laboratory
  • Computer-aided engineering and design equipment and software for computational analysis
  • Materials characterization, fracture mechanics and nondestructive evaluation laboratories
  • Combustion and energy transfer laboratories
  • Robotics and design laboratory
  • Wind tunnel facilities
  • Makerspace laboratories

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