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. 

Information on how to apply can be found here.

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.

Application

Information on how to apply

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

Facilities

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

For more information and to apply

Contact Details

Mechanical Engineering

Location

211 Dana Engineering Bldg.