To earn a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree at the School of Engineering, you must complete 30 credits as outlined in the required courses below. At least 9 credits will be fulfilled through your chosen specialty.

Required Courses

ME xxxx Required for Specialty Area, Credits: 6.00 total
ME xxxx Electives Approved by Graduate Adviser, Credits: 6.00 total
Free Electives, Credits: 6.00 total


Select 1 of the 3 specialties offered below. You may specify which you are interested in during the admissions process or during your advising sessions. To complete a specialty in Controls and Dynamic Systems and Mechanics and Structural Systems you need to take only 2 courses (in addition to the core course for each specialty), provided one does not choose the thesis option, and complete 30 credits with 10 courses (4 required+2 specialty, 2 free electives and 2 ME electives). In Energy and Thermal Systems Specialty ME 6813, ME 6823 and ME6833 are also required in addition to the core courses above.

Energy and Thermal Systems Specialty

Suggested additional courses:

The four courses (ME6043,ME6813,ME6823,ME6833) constitute the requirements of the Certificate in Energy Engineering and Policy. The certificate can be earned as a stand-alone objective. Three additional energy related courses in addition to three required courses will satisfy the degree requirements

Controls and Dynamic Systems Specialty

3 courses from:

Mechanics and Structural Systems Specialty

3 courses from:

Important Credit and Course Notes

  • To graduate, you must have a 3.0 GPA or better in each of the following:
    • In the average of all graduate courses taken at the School of Engineering (whether or not some of these courses are being used to satisfy specific degree requirements)
    • In the average of all courses submitted for the graduate degree
    • In each guided studies, readings, projects, thesis, courses, or credits enrolled
  • You must take at least 21 credits out of the 30 credits needed for the degree at the School of Engineering. In other words, 9 credits may be transferred from elsewhere.
  • No more than 6 credits in “Guided Reading” courses are allowed
  • Validation credit is not allowed, but the graduate adviser may waive specific requirements (and substitute designated ones), based upon your prior studies or experience
  • Transfer credits are not granted for the following:
    • Undergraduate courses
    • Courses counted toward satisfying undergraduate degree requirements
    • Courses not related to the graduate program as stated in this catalog
    • Courses that received a grade lower than B
  • You must complete your degree in 5 years, unless a formal leave of absence is approved before the period for which studies are interrupted
  • If you decide to do a ME 9973 Master Thesis (9 credits) as part of your work for the degree, those 9 credits will be counted against 3 out of the 6 credits in ME electives, 3 out of the 6 credits in ME Required for the Specialty Area credits, and 3 out of the 6 credits of Free Electives. Formatting guidelines for the submission of a Master's Thesis or Project can be found by clicking here
  • You are not allowed to submit more than 3 courses (9 credits), starting with a 5 for MS degree requirements satisfaction
  • Departmental electives include courses with a mechanical (ME), aerospace (AE), or materials (MT) prefix, plus departmental thesis or project credits
  • All courses and program details are subject to adviser approval