ME Programs and Degrees

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering at both the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. The goal of the Graduate Program is to educate students in the disciplines of Mechanical Engineering, in more depth and breadth than is possible at the B.S. level. This preparation will allow the graduate to utilize contemporary methods at an advanced level during a professional career in engineering design, development, teaching, and research. Each student's plan of study is based on her/his background and career objectives as well as on sound academic practice. The Mechanical Engineering Program faculty members have teaching and research expertise in areas related to fluids engineering, thermal sciences, solid mechanics, and mechanical systems.

Academic programs emphasizing fluid mechanics, hydrodynamics, heat transfer, combustion, materials processing, solid mechanics, and mechanical systems may be developed from courses offered by the Mechanical Engineering Program faculty. Students desiring a more general program may combine these emphases, while those wishing a degree of specialization in computational mechanics, bio-fluid dynamics, environmental fluid mechanics, atmospheric processes and climate change, materials engineering, chemically reactive flows, computer-aided design, bio-mechanics, manufacturing, or automatic control may combine departmental courses with appropriate courses from other departments of the College of Engineering and the University.


Master of Science Degree

The M.S. program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work and research. Students may choose either a thesis or non-thesis program. Normally six and no more than nine semester hours of credit for M.S. thesis research (registration in ME:6199, graded by the students’ advisor) shall be counted in satisfying the 30-semester hour minimum requirement. Out of the required 30 semester hours of course work, a minimum of 12 semester hours must be from 5000 or higher level Mechanical Engineering Courses.

To earn the M.S. degree, the student is required to attain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale on the graduate work used to satisfy the degree requirements and be successful in the Final Examination, administered by the student's Committee.

The requirements for the M.S. degree are such that they may be completed within a calendar year. However, students with assistantship duties and/or other constraints may take up to two calendar years to complete the degree.

Students are encouraged to consult sections IX and X of the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College for further requirements and information about the Masters Degree.


Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The Ph.D. program in Mechanical Engineering requires a minimum of 72 semester hours of credit, including research for the dissertation, beyond the B.S. degree. Out of the required 72 hours of credit, a minimum of 54 semester hours must be from courses (except thesis research) taken beyond the B.S. degree and a minimum of 12 semester hours must be from Ph.D. thesis research (registration in ME:7299, graded by the students’ advisor). Out of the required 54 semester hours of course work, a minimum of 18 semester hours must be from 6000 and 7000 level Mechanical Engineering Courses. A final cumulative GPA of higher than 3.25 is needed to obtain the Ph.D. degree.

The Graduate College requires that courses taken ten or more years prior to the comprehensive examination be evaluated by the department to assess the use of these credit hours within a student’s plan of study. The department must send a letter of petition to the Graduate College, requesting the use of any or all of these credits toward the fulfillment of degree requirements.

To be admitted formally to the Ph.D. program, the student must pass the Qualifying Examination (see Academic Procedures). Having satisfactorily completed the Comprehensive Examination, the student normally has only to complete and defend the dissertation at the Final Examination (Academic Procedures). Requirements for the Ph.D. degree can generally be completed in about three years beyond the M.S. degree.

Students are encouraged to consult sections IX and XII of the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College for further requirements and information about the Doctoral Degree.