Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Mechanical Engineering, M.S.M.E.

College of Engineering  
Department: Mechanical Engineering 

Also offered as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathways  


The M.S.M.E degree provides a student with the opportunity to earn the advanced degree with either coursework only or research thesis options. The M.S.M.E with thesis is a research-oriented degree in which the student writes, as a major part of the degree requirements, a thesis that defines, examines, and reports in depth on a subject area relevant to Mechanical Engineering. Both the thesis and non-thesis options prepare graduates for careers in a variety of industries. 

Major Research areas: 
Aerospace, Manufacturing, Robotics, Rehabilitation Engineering, AI/Machine Learning, Controls, Solid Mechanics and Mechanisms, Fluid Dynamics, Micro and Nano scale Materials, Biomedical Engineering, and Engineering Education.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field with consultation with the Graduate Director. 
  • Two Letters of Reference provided at the time of application.
  • A one-page Statement of Purpose provided at the time of application.  
  • GRE scores are not required but may be submitted for consideration.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 30 credit hours

  • Core - 6 credit hours
  • Other required courses - 3 hours
  • Electives - 15 credit hours
  • Thesis/non-thesis - 6 credit hours

Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Other required courses (3 Credit Hours)

 Students must choose three (3) credit hours of course work from the following math courses:

Electives (15 Credit Hours)

Minimum of fifteen (15 hours of elective graduate coursework (5000 level or greater). A minimum of nine (9) of these elective credit hours must be selected from the courses offered by the Department. A maximum of six (6) credit hours combined of  Independent Study or Graduate Internship may be counted toward the degree. 

Or other graduate course approved by the Graduate Director.

Comprehensive Exam

For the thesis option, the successful defense of the thesis satisfies the comprehensive exam requirement. 

For the non-thesis option, in lieu of the comprehensive exam, a portfolio containing project reports submitted as part of the coursework requirement will be submitted to the Department upon application of graduation.  The Graduate Coordinator and Graduate Committee members of the Department will evaluate and approve the portfolio.  The portfolio must be successfully completed and approved to satisfy the comprehensive exam requirement for graduation.

Non-thesis / Thesis Option (6 Credit Hours)

Non-thesis – 6 credit hours

Students in the non-thesis option must complete an additional six (6) hours of electives, selected in consultation with the Graduate Director from courses offered by the Department.


Thesis Option- 6 credit hours

  • Credit Hours: 2-6
  • Thesis option M.S.M.E. degree requires a minimum of six (6) thesis hours.  Thesis option MSME students must present a typed final draft to the Supervisory Committee and Graduate Advisor one week before the final oral examination.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway

Also available as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway