ME Graduate Programs
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers three graduate degree programs: Master of Science, Master of Engineering: Mechanical, and Ph.D. All graduate programs offer considerable flexibility in course selection and specialization of study. While most incoming graduate students have a degree in mechanical engineering or other closely related fields of engineering, our graduate programs are also suitable for students with degrees in physics or mathematics. Students with a Bachelor's degree may opt to pursue a Ph.D. directly.
We offer competitive graduate assistant stipends and tuition waivers. There is a significant amount of research funding available for students conducting research. First year Ph.D. students are commonly supported by Fellowships, Teaching Fellowships or Teaching Assistantships. This allows new graduate students to explore research opportunities with faculty members and select a faculty advisor during the first year of study. Funding for subsequent years is provided through Research Assistantships, under the supervision of individual professors. Some graduate students are selected by individual professors to receive first year RA's.
Applications are normally considered for fall admission only.
The Ph.D. program in Mechanical Engineering is designed to allow for considerable flexibility in course selection and specialization of study. The degree requirements consist of 33 credits of graduate level course work and successful completion of a dissertation, which demonstrates the student's ability to conduct independent research. In addition, the student must complete 9 credits of Doctoral Dissertation, the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination and a Candidacy Examination prior to completing the dissertation requirements. A Master's degree is not required for admission to the doctoral program. The Ph.D. should be obtainable in four years of full-time study after entering the program.
The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) program is designed to provide a balanced program in Mechanical Engineering and to allow for a significant level of specialization. Degree requirements consist of 24 credit hours of graduate level coursework, plus 6 credits of Master's Thesis and the completion of a Master's thesis, which demonstrates the student's ability to conduct scholarly research. Students should be able to complete all degree requirements, including the thesis, in 18 to 24 months of full-time study.
The requirements for Master of Engineering: Mechanical (MEM) program are designed to provide a general coursework program and to allow for some concentration of study within Mechanical Engineering. Degree requirements consist of 30 credit hours of graduate level coursework. There is no research or thesis requirement. It is possible to complete this program taking courses in the late afternoon, early morning, and/or in a distance format. Engineering Outreach can help facilitate part-time graduate education. Students who receive Fellowships or Assistantships are not eligible for this degree.