The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering offers a program leading to the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME). This research-oriented academic degree is appropriate either as a terminal degree or in preparation for doctoral studies in mechanical and aerospace engineering.
The MSME program consists of coursework and research in advanced mechanical and aerospace engineering topics allowing emphasis in solid mechanics, thermal/fluid systems, or dynamics and controls. Graduate students can participate in on-going interdisciplinary research programs through independent study projects or as research assistants on sponsored research projects. Courses at the graduate level are often offered in the late afternoon or evening to enable students from local industry to complete their studies.
During the first semester of enrollment, each student will prepare a Plan of Study, which must be approved by the student's graduate advisor and the MAE Graduate Affairs Committee. The plan will specify the student's selected area of interest and list courses related to the area. Any subsequent changes to the Plan of Study must be approved by the student's advisor and the MAE Graduate Affairs Committee.
Students Choose between Plan I (Thesis Option), or Plan II (Course Option)
All students must complete a minimum of two classes (6cr) in Math and at least one class (3cr) in each of the three Disciplines Areas - Dynamics and Controls, Thermal Fluid Systems and Solid Mechanics. Typically, Engineering Analysis I and II will be taken the first two semesters of the MS program.
Students must complete a minimum of three additional courses (9cr) in one of the Discipline Areas which will constitute the Specialty Area. Students completing a thesis only need one additional course to satisfy the Specialty Area requirement.
Elective courses (including Independent Studies) are completed as needed for a total of 30 credit hours. Note that an Independent Study should not be given for thesis research (which has a maximum of six credit hours).