Master's Degree Requirements

A total of 30 credit hours of approved graduate coursework are required, within one of two options that must be selected after completing no more than 18 credit hours:

Option A: Thesis

Successful completion of 24 credit hours of graduate-level coursework and 6 credit hours of thesis research (MEGR 7991).

  • Coursework - The 24 credit hours of graduate-level coursework must include (a) one mathematics course (3 credit hours) from the Mathematics Courses list, (b) three core courses (9 credit hours) from the Core Courses list, and (c) four elective courses (12 credit hours) from Elective Courses list
  • Plan of Study - students must formulate and submit a plan of study. The plan of study must be submitted after completing no more than 18 credit hours.
  • If more than 6 credit hours of elective courses are proposed to be taken from outside the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, Director of Graduate Programs approval is required.
  • Admission to Candidacy - students must appoint a thesis committee and hold a proposal defense for approval of their thesis topic (the proposal defense format is left to the discretion of the advisor).
  • Thesis Defense - a copy of the thesis should be distributed to each member of the program committee at least two weeks prior to the defense. Students should make a public announcement of the defense within the department to allow attendance by interested faculty members and students.

Option B: Design

Successful completion of 24 credit hours of graduate-level coursework and 6 credit hours of graduate design (MEGR 7955 and MEGR 7956, currently MEGR 7090) to satisfy “the capstone design requirement”.

  • Coursework – The 24 credit hours of graduate-level coursework must include (a) one mathematics course from the Mathematics Courses list, (b) three core courses (9 credit hours) from the Core Courses list, and (c) four elective courses (12 credit hours) from Elective Courses list.
  • Plan of Study – students must formulate and submit a plan of study. The plan of study must be submitted after no more than 18 credit hours.
  • Not more than 6 credit hours may be taken from outside the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science.​

Mathematics Courses

  • MATH 6171 Advanced Applied Mathematics I
  • MATH 6172 Advanced Applied Mathematics II
  • MEGR 7172 Computational Methods in Engineering*
  • MEGR 7090 Special Topics: Engineering Analysis

Core Courses

  • MEGR 6141 Theory of Elasticity I
  • MEGR 6181 Engineering Metrology
  • MEGR 7108 Finite Element Analysis and Applications
  • MEGR 7090 Special Topics: Introduction to Control Systems
  • MEGR 7090 Special Topics: Automotive Power Plants
  • MEGR 7090 Special Topics: Advanced Automotive Power Plants
  • MEGR 7090 Special Topics: Advanced Road Vehicle Dynamics
  • MEGR 7090 Special Topics: Tire Mechanics
  • MEGR 7090 Special Topics: Materials Characterization and Analysis
  • MEGR 7172 Computational Methods in Engineering*
  • MEGR 7090 Special Topics: Engineering Design Optimization

Elective Courses

  • MEGR 6166 Mechanical Behavior of Materials I
  • MEGR 7090 Special Topics (titles vary per semester, refer to Course Delivery Schedule)
  • MEGR 7104 Fabrication of Nanomaterials
  • MEGR 7113 Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Compressible Flow
  • MEGR 7114 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
  • MEGR 7090 Statistical Thermodynamics
  • MEGR 7119 Thermal Applications in Biomedical Engineering
  • MEGR 7129 Structural Dynamics of Production Machinery
  • MEGR 7090 Special Topics: Applied Vehicle Aerodynamics
  • MEGR 7142 Theory of Elasticity II
  • MEGR 7143 Inelastic Behavior of Materials
  • MEGR 7145 Advanced Topics in Dynamics
  • MEGR 7090 Special Topics: Mechanics of the Human Locomotor System
  • MEGR 7090 Special Topics: Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • MEGR 7182 Machine Tool Metrology
  • MEGR 7183 Design of Precision Machines and Instruments I
  • MEGR 7184 Design of Precision Machines and Instruments II
  • MEGR 7090 Special Topics: Introduction to Optical Fabrication and Testing
  • MEGR 7090 Special Topics: Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • MEGR 7283 Advanced Coordinate Metrology
  • MEGR 7284 Advanced Surface Metrology
  • MEGR 7380 Tribology
  • MEGR 7480 Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Equipment
  • MEGR 7893 Advanced Topics in Precision Engineering
  • ECGR 6115 Optimal Control Theory I
  • EMGT 6924 Lean Six Sigma Practice and Management
  • ENER 6120 Energy Generation and Conversion

*MEGR 7172 may fulfill the mathematics requirement or a core course requirement, but not both.

The decision as to whether the MS degree program will include a thesis, or be completed via coursework with a comprehensive exam, is to to be made on an individual basis by the advisory committee at the time of filing the student's plan of study.

Time Limit

Students are allowed a maximum of six (6) calendar years from formal admission to the Master's program to complete the program successfully.